The fires near Salinas, CA, growing regions in August continue to cause problems for growers, even after many have been contained.
Church Brothers Farms is expanding its value-added offerings to the retail segment with the introduction of five new items under the Green Giant Fresh brand: Sweet baby broccoli, Sweet baby cauliflower, Spaghetti squash, Butternut squash and Sweet potato.
Retail cauliflower sales have slowed compared to early in the pandemic, though sales continue to post double-digit year-over-year growth.
Weather problems continue to affect California vegetables, and increasing foodservice demand is causing some prices to rise.
The heat in the Salinas, CA, area is affecting crops there, lowering volumes and causing prices to rise.
Many fruits and vegetables are starting to see stronger demand with some restaurants opening back up and Memorial Day holiday demand.
Cauliflower prices are low, and volume and quality are strong. It looks to be another case of a crop planted before any pandemic knowledge, and now there are more supplies than demand.
Potatoes and onions are diverse crops grown in many areas of the country, and even with stronger retail demand, growers and marketers of neither could have anticipated the economic uncertainty that’s come with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Broccoli and cauliflower are two more vegetables that have seen consumer demand drop since the mid-March retail surge as cities around the United States issues shelter-in-place orders.
If it seems like cauliflower is still everywhere, you're not imagining things.