You could soon be paying more at the grocery store for fruits and vegetables. But it’s actually not because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s connect the dots.
The winter storm that shut down Texas earlier this year did more than just turn off the power for a few days. It caused a widespread deep freeze that could impact grocery prices nationwide. That’s because Texas is one of the nation’s largest suppliers and fruits and vegetables during winter.
Some crops did better than others, with farmers reporting that onions and cabbage suffering the least amount of damage from the weather. Still, 20% of those crops statewide were lost to the freezing conditions.
There are other states the U.S. looks to for crops during the winter, including Arizona and Florida. This likely means we won’t see a major shortage during the next few weeks, but prices may go up as stores sort out logistics on how to stock these products using new suppliers from new areas. #WakeUpCLT
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