LOS ANGELES, Calif.—In Denver this past week, organic spinach at a local health-food store cost several times what it had been. The reason? A sales clerk blamed it on the drought in California.
California does provide much of the produce and fruit consumed in Colorado and many other states of the West. But the Los Angeles Times reports that some fruits and vegetables are actually cheaper than they were a year ago. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts modest increases of 2 to 3 percent.
Farm experts say many produce products are grown in the coastal areas. They have not been affected by drought the same as the Central Valley.
The biggest price increases for fruits and vegetables so far are those for garlic (up 100 percent), radishes (up 57 percent), carrots (up 48 percent), grapefruit (up 45 percent) and green onions (up 42 percent), says the Times.