End Of California Drought Doesn’t Bring Relief For Produce Prices

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — From “farmageddon” to good fortune.
Five years after the drought, farmers across California’s Central Valley say produce is finally plentiful, but that doesn’t mean better prices.
But after five years of California’s devastating drought, farmers markets are ripe for business.
“The quality is exceptional this year,” said Missy Gotelli of Gotelli Farms.
And fans know it.
But perfection doesn’t come cheap.
And prices are only going up he says, to make up for the drought years.
“I don’t know they said the same year about charging more for the wet year,” said a shopper.
When farmers catch up with planting crops, after harvests were disrupted by too much water this winter.
“Because of the drought, we weren’t able to produce our black button sage but this year with the increased rain, and the super bloom, these fields are blooming with sage again,” said Ms. Zamora at the honey stand.

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