Mother nature drives up grocery costs

By WEEK Producer

March 6, 2014 Updated Mar 6, 2014 at 10:52 PM CDT

Mother nature is taking another chunk out of our pay check. Food prices now are nearly two percent *higher than they were this time last year.

Fresh fruit prices are up 1%. Fresh vegetables are up 1.5%. Fresh seafood is up more than 2%.

These prices are based off below average temperatures in December. They do not take into account the polar vortex in January and February--or the record drought in California; so we could see prices continue to rise.

Another major problem is the late start to spring. Temperatures continue to be below average,keeping snow on the ground and soil frozen. That's keeping farmers out of the fields.