While we were washing away our last few memories of COVID restrictions at IFPA, Hurricane Norma made landfall on the Southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, as a Category 1 storm and then again in Sinaloa as a tropical storm. Rain from the tropical system will impact growers in North and Central Mexico.
Blueberries are El Nino’s most haunting victim yet. A relatively new commodity for Peruvian growers that some believed was too big of a risk to try in the first place.
While the back-to-school season is usually marked by rejoicing parents and low summer produce prices, extreme weather is forcing some unlikely commodities to pull average prices to a ten-year high.
Braga Fresh, home of Josie’s Organics, gained its first retail pre-order to support the company’s commitment to harvest and take to market crops grown using regenerative practices; a major step in trialing a low-soil tillage concept designed to increase the carbon content in soil.
Produce markets repeat history with a week defined by declining prices. This week marks the beginning of the summer doldrums—a six-week period in which produce prices wilt along with the rest of us in the summer heat.
Broccoli markets are rising as supplies decrease in the primary growing regions of Salinas and Santa Maria, California.
Broccoli and cauliflower markets will be a struggle the next week or two for various reasons, including a normal transition and abnormal weather.
March inflation reports are inspiring cautious optimism.
Up for the third week, overall produce prices are still technically following typical week #14 trends. Although, the storms that drenched California and filled the Sierras with snow will likely unfold as higher-than-normal produce prices over the next few months.
Breaking news: For the first time in what feels like years, California has a critical shortage of umbrellas. As if mother nature was tempted to show how fickle she is, California has had one of the wettest winters on record. Last week was the 10th atmospheric river to hit the West Coast this winter season, and more are coming.