to the grocery store are becoming more expensive because prices for certain
fruits and vegetables are on the rise.
are struggling to produce certain fruits and vegetables because of all the rain
this summer. As a result of the low supply, prices are increasing.
produce suppliers are struggling to get their usual supply of summer favorites,
leaving customers paying more for the limited quantity available.
Meyers owns Georgia's Finest Organic Farms, a farm in Waverly Hall. He says
it's been the worst summer in awhile for growing certain fruits and vegetables.
The June and July rain totals in the Columbus area are twice as high as their
average. This is having a negative effect on growing certain crops.
crops can only do so much, eventually they're going to give in to water and if
they have excessive water, they're going to get damaged," says Meyers.
of the lack of supply, prices in grocery stores and farmers market are
increasing. Some Columbus restaurants are seeing it affect them too. Country's Barbeque
buys most of their produce from local farmers. This year, there's been a lack
of some of the summer favorites.
think probably the biggest thing that's hurt us more than anything because of
the rain this year is the peas," says Scott Ressmeyer, one of the co-owners. "That's
one of the huge popular items here in the restaurant."
been forced to get creative and find other ways to keep popular sides on their
have to just deal with what mother nature gives you, and try different things
with cucumbers, squash and items like that," says Ressmeyer.
save on produce, Meyers says to buy different fruits and vegetables. There are
many kinds of produce that can still grow despite the rain: berries, carrots,
eggplant, and peppers are all examples.
Meyers says produce that is seeing the highest rise in prices is tomatoes, squash, melons, cucumbers and melons.