Fla. tomato farmers have surplus despite cold snap

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MIAMI (AP) --
Tomato prices skyrocketed just three months ago, but they're falling now with an unexpected glut in Florida.

The Sunshine State is the only place in the U.S. where tomatoes
are grown on a large scale during winter. But even there, cold
weather in January and February killed plants and caused a shortage
that had some grocers charging nearly $4 a pound.

Now that the weather has warmed, Florida farmers are seeing
their surviving plants mature and tomatoes ripen all at once.
That's caused a glut, and farmers who were getting $30 for 25
pounds in March are now averaging only about $4.75. Supermarket
prices are falling too.

Some farmers say they'll leave their tomatoes in the field,
rather than sell them at a loss.


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