WALL TOWNSHIP - Vegetables such as lettuce, eggplant and green peppers will cost about a third more than they used to. The increase in price is part of the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years. Higher fuel prices, a cold winter in Florida and droughts are to blame for limited crops. The price of corn has gone up too, which is fed to livestock causing the cost of chopped meat, eggs and milk to skyrocket. A gallon of milk will now cost you $4.19.

Experts predict food prices will continue to climb throughout the year.