He held up an artichoke which carried a label saying "frost kissed". It's outer skin was brown and starting to peel, like a sunburn. "It may look funny on the outside," the farmer said, "but it's still good on the inside."
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Madelyn Alfano said the produce she's receiving is smaller, as outer leaves damaged by the frost have been removed. Her chopped salad is her best-selling item, but since her menus are already printed, she can't easily raise prices. It's easier to just remove ingredients. "Spinach is going to be on the menu for another week. So come in and get it while you can."
The farmers who grow these perishable fresh vegetables can't get crop insurance, so how does Percy hope to get through this?
"It's kind of ironic," he said holding a couple artichokes, which now are 8 percent more expensive than they were a month ago. "When we have a full supply of product and perfect quality, we usually don't make a whole lot of profit. So when we do have problems like this, unfortunately for the consumer, that's sometimes when the farmer makes his money."
—By CNBC's Jane Wells; Follow her on Twitter: @janewells