Romaine, Iceberg, Green Leaf, Broccoli, Oranges, Strawberries
Due to recent heat, impatiens virus, and insect pressure, all Shippers continue to battle lower yields in many of their fields. This trend will continue throughout the Salinas Valley until we transition (3-4 weeks) to Yuma. Iceberg, Romaine, Romaine Hearts, Green Leaf (fillets), Artisan Romaine and Artisan Lettuce, Roma Crunch, Sweet/Lettuce Gems continues to struggle with lower supplies and higher demand.
Most suppliers are reaching into fields early and this in turn will lead to lighter/smaller heads and a foreseeable gap in supplies. On a good note, Huron started this week and we will have another region from which to pull iceberg. We rely on the west coast lettuce crop in California to last us through November with a seasonal transition to Huron in the south and then the big shift to Arizona for the winter. In a perfect world these regional crops overlap in production and ensure a steady supply of affordable product. With California yields dramatically falling due to fires and disease we will likely experience a gap with very limited supplies before the crops in Arizona are ready. Prices are already extremely elevated and will remain so throughout October and into November.
Strawberries should see relief in the coming weeks as we anticipate a cooler weather pattern will help yields and quality.
Oranges on the west coast are problematic due to heat. Quality and sizing is suffering and prices continue to rise. We are transitioning from Valencia to Navels (starting this week) and Florida is improving as well.
Green Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers, Corn
Rains from Hurricane Sally that came through the southeast growing regions and the after effects of the weather in the north earlier in the year has severely tightened supplies and caused a major shortage. Many growers and shippers are prorating orders to ensure a steady albeit lower supply of beans for the coming weeks. The recent rains wiped out product coming from Tennessee while new fields in Georgia have not started producing volume. We are hopeful things will settle down by the end of the month.