img 0451111 Local vegetable prices could jump    if Florida freeze continues

Soulard Market vendor warns of rising prices

ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Local produce vendors are warning the cost of tomatoes and green beans could double — if freezing weather continues to hammer Florida.

At Soulard Market, vendor John Merkel says what happens in Florida could affect prices here soon.   “Tomato is the thing that is most concerning to my supplies,” Merkel said, ” because every restaurant needs them.  Every house needs them.”

Down the row,  “George the Produce Man” had a similar warning for consumers.   “I looked at tomatoes this morning and nobody really wants to sell any quantities, because they don’t know what’s going to happen to tomatoes.   They could easily double in a couple of days.”

How about green beans?

“They could easily be in the same predicament,” George warned. 

In Palm Beach County, Florida, a leading producer of winter vegetables, the price of a bushel of green beans jumped over 60 % earlier this week to around $25, compared to $15 over the weekend. 

Soulard vendors agree that the Florida cold snap does not appear to be a threat to fruit prices — at least for now. 

Copyright KMOX


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