Supermarkets & restaurants wary of California drought

22News found out how it could impact supermarkets, stores and restaurants here on the east coast

NORTHAMTPON, Mass. (WWLP) – California is in a historic drought and their Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown is taking action saying, “I’m issueing an executive order mandating substantial water reduction across our state.” Californians have been ordered to cut their water use by 25%.

California officials say drought may be the new normal for them…but that could mean a change of our normal lives here on the East Coast as well.

Surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.  The state relies on that snowpack to help replenish its reservoirs.

Nearly half of US grown fruits, nuts and vegetables are grown in California, and California farmers report already suffering deep cutbacks in their water supply letting hundreds of thousands of acres go unplanted and laying off thousands of workers.

Restaurant owners 22News spoke with said the price for produce hasn’t been affected by the drought in California quite yet on the east coast, but if it does you could be seeing the price of food on your table going up in the near future.

Brett Lord, co-owner of the Stables Restaurant in Hadley said, “More or less we’re going to have to absorb all the extra costs of a case of lettuce and tomatoes and everything so..”

“It will get you pricewise sooner or later. I think they’ve been able to deal with it and prices have been fairly stable but all you need is more drought and it’s going to hit us sooner or later,” Gary Golec, owner of Sirio’s Market in Northampton said.

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