Today at the IGA-associated grocery store in my coastal Califonia community, I asked the produce manager how last week's hard freeze in northern Mexico's food producing area would affect his produce prices. (it hit the Yuma, AZ area as well, which is a huge leafy greens and winter veggie growing area. Florida had been hit by hard frosts a month earlier.)
"Let me put it this way: last week, on my distributor's order sheet, zucchini was $9 a case. This week, it's $50. It's going to be a case of whatever the market will bear."
Has anyone else seen evidence of steep price hikes? If so, any strategies? What have you heard in other media?
Nobody talking about it much in my area.