Tomato Prices Skyrocket

By: Tim Saunders
By: Tim Saunders

You can thank a busy hurricane season for the soaring price of tomatoes. It seems all those storms we saw back in September did a number on the tomato crop in Florida. And that's sent prices soaring here in the commonwealth.

In July, tomatoes in Harrisonburg were 79 cents a pound. Today's price is $3.99 a pound, an increase of about 500 percent. It's causing some restaurants to cut back on the tomatoes they use. Some have stopped using them all together. But grocers say the price should fall once crops come back.

"I think once the farmers are able to come back with their crop from the damages from the storms that the price will get back in line with what people are used to seeing," says John Garber, manager of Harrisonburg's Red Front Supermarket.

Grocers say citrus fruits were also wiped out by the hurricanes, so you could soon start paying more for grapefruit and oranges.


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