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High costs for produce suppliers could mean higher prices for consumers

By Mackenzie Patterson - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  The last time you went to the grocery store, you may have noticed higher produce prices.  Rod Denney, a local shopper, explained to News Leader Nine that rising produce prices cannot be a good thing.

"It makes me a little bit anxious," said Denney.

For some people who are already fighting a rough economy, an increase in the cost of another staple item could hurt them even more. 

"Your wages and your cost of living increase do not go up as much as consumer products go up," said Denney.

A local produce suppliers explained to News Leader Nine that customers are not the alone when it comes to price increases.  Mike Blackwell, the owner of Fat Boy's Farmer's Market, said the price his market has to pay for some produce has more than doubled in the last weeks.  For example, for a box of tomatoes Blackwell said he normally pays about $12-$14.  However, this week the price was $35.  The increase is not affecting just tomatoes.  Fat Boy's employees showed News Leader Nine an increase in price for suppliers for lettuce, bell peppers, lemons, and more. 

Fat Boy's blames the rise in freezing temperatures and fuel and fertilizer costs going up.  Blackwell also explained this is just a bad time of year for fresh produce because farmers are in between seasons.  For Denney said he will continue to remain a loyal customer to farmers' markets despite any price increases.

"It seems like you need to go to a farmers' market like this to find some that's actually reasonable," said Denney.

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