The winter freeze in Florida continues to cause ripple effects through fresh vegetable markets, accounting for much of an 8 percent decrease in winter fresh-market vegetable shipment volume nationwide.


Increased imports, particularly from Mexico, helped offset much of that decrease.


Those are the findings of a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.


Contracted acreage for the five leading processing vegetables—tomatoes, sweet corn, snap beans, green peas and cucumbers—is predicted to decrease 9 percent from last season.


To read the complete report, visit the ERS.