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On Your Side: Price of produce on the rise

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Trips to the grocery store are becoming more expensive because prices for certain fruits and vegetables are on the rise.

Farmers are struggling to produce certain fruits and vegetables because of all the rain this summer. As a result of the low supply, prices are increasing.

Some produce suppliers are struggling to get their usual supply of summer favorites, leaving customers paying more for the limited quantity available.

Ira Meyers owns Georgia's Finest Organic Farms, a farm in Waverly Hall. He says it's been the worst summer in awhile for growing certain fruits and vegetables. The June and July rain totals in the Columbus area are twice as high as their average. This is having a negative effect on growing certain crops.

"Your crops can only do so much, eventually they're going to give in to water and if they have excessive water, they're going to get damaged," says Meyers.

Because of the lack of supply, prices in grocery stores and farmers market are increasing. Some Columbus restaurants are seeing it affect them too. Country's Barbeque buys most of their produce from local farmers. This year, there's been a lack of some of the summer favorites.

"I think probably the biggest thing that's hurt us more than anything because of the rain this year is the peas," says Scott Ressmeyer, one of the co-owners. "That's one of the huge popular items here in the restaurant."

They've been forced to get creative and find other ways to keep popular sides on their menu.

"You have to just deal with what mother nature gives you, and try different things with cucumbers, squash and items like that," says Ressmeyer.

To save on produce, Meyers says to buy different fruits and vegetables. There are many kinds of produce that can still grow despite the rain: berries, carrots, eggplant, and peppers are all examples.

Meyers says produce that is seeing the highest rise in prices is tomatoes, squash, melons, cucumbers and melons.

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