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Strawberry shortage blamed on southern freeze

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Strawberry shortage blamed on southern deep freeze. Strawberry shortage blamed on southern deep freeze.

A strawberry shortage can be blamed on a recent record deep freeze down south.

Grocery store owners across the country, including those in Rocky Hill and Newington, said the frigid temperatures have badly damaged fruit farms in Florida.

They said farmers in that state provide most of the nation's strawberries during the colder months between Thanksgiving and March.

Eyewitness News found only a handful of the berries in the aisles at West Side Market in Rocky Hill and none at Best Market in Newington.

"I've heard about the cold snap," said Lisa Raczk, a shopper. "I'm not happy about it because it affects our fruit and we are trying to be healthy."

Best Market even posted a sign that said there was a limit on how many packages customers can buy.

The southern freeze is also affecting oranges, but farmers said there is some good news. They said the cold rejuvenates the plants and could mean more fruit this Spring.

"Then they'll be a little cheaper and that sounds good to me," said shopper Kim Gilleran.

With the height of their season just six weeks away, growers still believe there will be a good crop.

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