The U.S. Government says food
pricing will rise four percent in 2014, the biggest jump in three years.
Abrasive weather conditions,
including the Midwest's bitter winter and droughts in California, are to blame
for the rise. The most affected food will be meat, dairy and fruits.
FOX19's Jessica Brown spoke
with Turner Farms in Indian Hill about the weather impact and how consumers can
Melinda O'Brian from Turner
Farms explained that extra steps had to be taken to plant Spring crops since
conditions have been colder for this time of year.
"Ordinarily we would not start peas in the
greenhouse, we'd just put them outside in late February and early March, but we
haven't been able to do that. SO to stay on schedule, we are starting them in
the greenhouse," said Melinda.
Melinda says she waited to
plant this year later than she ever has due to the cold weather. Typically, she
starts to plant outdoors around March 6.
Turner Farms has a heated
and unheated greenhouse where plants are sprouting while the ground warms up.
Turner Farms workers says
the biggest thing consumers can do to deal with changes in food prices is to be
flexible. Buying produce that is in season, shopping at local farmers markets
can all lead to savings in money.