Prices for lettuce and locally grown veggies skyrocket

Yuma

Prices for lettuce and locally grown veggies skyrocket

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YUMA, Ariz. (KSWT News 13) - Prices for lettuce and locally grown vegetables have skyrocketed after Yuma's recent count of cold and wet weather.

Kurt Nolte with the Arizona Agricultural Center tells KSWT News 13 the shortage will affect grocery stories, restaurants and customers across the nation.

Some local growers are trying to make up for the extremely low supply by planting new lettuce now, which Nolte says is rare, in case the conditions keep up.

 "We expect the prices to be at where they are until the end of our season and then some of those prices may continue into the spring where production is prominent in California," said Nolte.

The price of iceberg lettuce has quadrupled, going from $7 per carton to $28 dollars.

Celery has tripled in price.

 

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