Good weather permitting, shoppers will see lower prices in May on juicy stone fruits -- peaches, apricots and cherries.
"You'll see peaches and apricots anywhere from $3 to $4 a pound, says James Parker, facility team leader for the global produce buying office of Whole Foods Market. Toward the end of May, they could be close to $2 a pound or less, he says.
Cherries, which started out at $8 to $12 a pound, should be about half that by month's end, he says.
This month, shoppers will see lower prices on heavy summer melons, such as cantaloupe and honeydew, he says. As farmers start harvesting crops grown closer to home (Texas, Florida and Mexico), lower transportation costs will mean lower prices on that fruit.
"If you're used to paying $4 each, you can expect that to go down to $3 or even lower, depending on how close you are to the source," Parker says. If you buy by the pound, "you will see the price drop to below $1" a pound, he says.