Mar 5, 2010 9:27 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Frigid Florida winter sends tomato prices through roof

Tomato lovers could soon be out of luck as a frigid Florida winter takes a toll on the state's tomato crop.

Florida is the only U.S. state that produces large amounts of tomatoes in the winter, and growers lost about 70 percent of their crop during a prolonged cold snap.

That means restaurant owners are paying a lot more. The average wholesale price for a 25-pound box is $30, up from $6.50 last year.

You'll pay even more in the grocery store.


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