Due to the drought and early spring some retailers were limited in their local produce sourcing options and pricing Photo by Thinkstock

Due to the drought and early spring, some retailers were limited in their local produce sourcing options and pricing. Photo by Thinkstock

Unusual Weather Disrupts Local Produce Availability

The drought conditions and early spring in some parts of the country drove up prices of locally sourced fruits and vegetables, limited availability and hurt produce quality.

At GFF Foods, in Moore, Okla., Produce Manager and co-owner David Dozier wasn’t able to source the usual local tomatoes, squash or peaches due to the hot, dry weather.

“Usually we have Stratford [Okla.] peaches, but this year there were no Stratford peaches at all at any of the grocery stores,

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