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Weather woes across the nation, Mexico help to boost onion prices

Grant Kitamura, general manager and part owner of Baker & Murakami Produce Co., Ontario, stands in an onion warehouse last week. Locally, prices for onions are on the rise. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – Friday morning the huge Baker & Murakami Produce Co. warehouse was hopping.

Fork lifts darted from one stack of golden jumbo onions to another and then raced toward three loading bays. The bays led straight into empty semi-truck trailers backed up flush to the warehouse and the fork lifts slowed and then moved down the long, cave-like trailers to load onions.

Grant Kitamura, general manager and part owner of Baker & Murakami Produce Co., surveyed the work and noted that onion prices recently jumped.

Bad weather in other areas of the U.S. and Mexico created a vigorous market for Malheur . . .