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Rain and Cold! How weather affects the price of produce

Storms have a lasting effect on agricultural production.   Bad weather has a cumulative negative impact on quality and availability of many fruits and vegetables.  Weather can affect a grower’s ability to plant or harvest their crops.  In addition, the quality of many crops is compromised as a result of rain, frost, or other forms of weather.  All of this tightens the supply of various commodities, and raises price.  It all goes back to the basic principles of supply and demand.

For example, the rain we had last week may have made it impossible for growers to plant lettuce for close to 10 days.  As a result, we will probably see a shortage of lettuce in a little over 2 months when that product would have been ready for harvest!   Currently, broccoli and lettuce prices are high as a result of weather and the limited sunlight typical of winter.

Later this week, we will have an update on how has affected fruit crops!

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