Richmond, VA—Tumultuous weather is to blame for a shortage of leafy greens in central Virginia and around the nation, and now, shoppers are facing higher prices in grocery stores.
Different types of lettuce (including romaine, bib, and arugula), spinach, broccoli and cauliflower are all in short supply at various grocery chains. The shortage is due to weather in California, where the majority of these vegetables are grown. Some crops came in early, but several weeks of bad weather and cold damaged some crops.
This is a nationwide problem, and customers all over the country are being forced to pay more for these vegetables. But grocers say it's a short-term price increase: once the next growing cycle is completed, the prices should drop back to normal levels.
Heads of lettuce should be back to normal prices in about a week, while other green vegetables may take about 4-6 weeks to become less costly.
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