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Jan 22, 2009 04:39 AM

blame mother nature for price hikes in tomatoes and strawberries

soon, the freezing conditions in sw florida will take a toll on strawberry and tomato availability, thus raising prices.

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  1. Ahh... (sarcastic tone inserted here) tomatoes and strawberries... the summer-y fruits of January.

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    1. re: HaagenDazs

      ever heard of the strawberry festival?

      ever go to sw florida? they actually have real, honest ripening tomatoes being harvested.

      i direct your attention to this excellent farm report, especially the very last two paragraphs:

      you're talkin' to a florida girl, here. i know these things.

      1. re: alkapal

        I'm with ya - there all kinds of warm locales around the globe that can produce produce (get it?!) all year long, but the real kicker here is what is seasonal for MOST folks.

        Do you think the folks in Michigan are used to eating a fresh ripe tomato in February? Of course not. Conversely, you're likely not going to find Lake Whitefish in Miami.

        Unfortunately people have grown too accustomed to having whatever they want whenever they want it. The unfortunate part of that is that quality often suffers greatly as a result. The prime example is the generic pinkish-white, mealy, rubber balls that some often refer to as tomatoes. So to say that (in January) the costs of what is supposed to be a seasonal summer fruit/vegetable for most of the country is going up, is rather comical to me.

          1. re: alkapal

            To say that tomato and strawberry prices are going to go up is rather narrow minded because that would imply that all tomatoes and strawberries come from Florida. They don't. Perhaps you could re-post this in the Florida section. There are other states and other countries that produce those items now too. Like I alluded to above, some people have what I'll call the Walmart mentality, that they should have everything they want whenever they want it regardless of quality.

            So yes, while avoiding cutesy acronyms, it makes me laugh. Sometimes out loud.

            In the meantime, I'll wait until seasonal summer tomatoes arrive in the far off state of Georgia.

    2. You may be right, but not always the case. Prelim reports are ambiquous. Some damage but remember we aren't the only strawberry and tomato producers. With the economy, I expect them to go up a bit but not much. Just my 2 cents.

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      1. re: kchurchill5

        i hope the farmers are not hurt, but these were some record lows.

        they have to cover the tender tomato plants, and "ice" the strawberries to protect them. frost is the killer. this explains a bit, and shows a photo of the real-life strawberries in january!!!

        1. re: alkapal

          Oops, I always thought you were a guy. Sorry

          Does Florida export much fruit to England? I can't imagine we import strawberries. and don't worry alkapal, strawberries will be alright in the end. I've heard they're next to mint in their impossible-to-kill-ness

          1. re: Soop

            soop, i doubt there is much fruit exported to england, except maybe citrus. i can't imagine anyone thinking strawberry plants laden with fruit are frost-hardy -- but i'm willing to see the authority on that issue.

            i think there is a great deal of fresh produce imported into the u.k. and europe from israel, pursuant to a couple of free-trade agreements, iirc.

        1. re: alkapal

          It was worse they original reports. At least my farmers market here doesn't get affected as much for some reason. Grocery stores do and a lot of the crops shipped from in to other states get affected. My friend has a large garden so I am fortunate that I get fresh tomatoes year round. Love them, also onions, and a variety of peppers. I'd be lost without that. I grow vegetables too, mostly for the squirrels, lol.