Thinking about sourcing produce from farmers in your immediate area? Your time may have come. If weird weather patterns persist, nearby growers might be the only ones able to supply many of the items your restaurant needs at a price you can afford. The problem: Lingering drought means there may not be enough irrigation water to go around this year for the California growers who supply the bulk of the fresh produce for restaurants. Factor in high beef prices and it’s looking like ...

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