NJ produce feels the heat; consumers feel the pinch

Fresh New Jersey produce is feeling the effect of the relentless heat wave. This year, some of the state's crops like blueberries, strawberries and corn

Fresh New Jersey produce is feeling the effect of the relentless heat wave.

Fresh New Jersey produce is feeling the effect of the relentless heat wave. (7/19/13)

COLTS NECK - Fresh New Jersey produce is feeling the effect of the relentless heat wave.

This year, some of the state's crops like blueberries, strawberries and corn are taking a beating.

Michael McDonald of Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck says it's taking a lot to keep crops alive. Customers should expect to pay more for produce. Growing costs are higher because of the hot weather, and harvests may be limited.

In the Midwest, farmers had the opposite problem. Abnormally cool, wet weather prevented crops including peas and sweet corn from being planted.

Consumers may not see price increases until late summer.

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