Despite the January freeze in Florida that decimated vegetable crops in that state, retail vegetable prices have remained about the same as a year earlier.

During the winter, Florida accounts for 34 percent of the shipments of seven warm-season vegetables, according to the monthly vegetable and melon report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In mid-February, volume from Florida was a fraction—10 percent to 30 percent—of normal whereas shipments from Mexico were partially offsetting, running 40 percent to 50 percent higher than a year earlier.

With the exception of higher prices for green beans and tomatoes, the additional imports plus weather-impaired demand this month appears to have helped keep retail prices near levels of a year earlier.

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