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Produce Prices Plumping Up

WYOMING — Grocery shoppers beware — the prices of some fruits and veggies are going up, and they could stay that way for months. It doesn’t ta...

WYOMING -- Grocery shoppers beware -- the prices of some fruits and veggies are going up, and they could stay that way for months.

It doesn't take too long for shoppers walking into Gerrity's in Wyoming to notice the prices of some fruits and veggies are growing.

"Oh, my gosh, I feel like growing it myself! " exclaimed Louise Pardini.

The prices of tomatoes, cucumbers, and other produce are all going up and those are some of Louise Pardini's favorite foods.

"Even though it's going up, there's nothing you can do with the weather and everything, you just pray and hope it goes down soon."

The United States Department of Agriculture warns the price of produce might be plumping up because of wet weather in places where it's grown, like Florida. So some stores, like Gerrity's, have to buy some of their produce outside of the U.S.

"You're talking about possibly going down to South America, Mexico for these items, instead of nationally grown," said Gerrity's manager Dwayne Kalinay.

The higher prices aren't stopping some shoppers from getting their intake of fruits and veggies.

"We really wouldn't have a choice. Everyone still needs to eat," said Colleen Cox of Forty Fort.

But another shopper, on a fixed income, is left with making tougher choices.

"I'm getting the things, but I'm getting smaller amounts of it. I used to love the big salads, but now I'm reducing it because of the prices."

Gerrity's produce buyers expect prices will return to normal levels in a couple months.