Colder areas of the Arizona/California desert growing region are experiencing light-to moderate lettuce ice this morning.
The California lettuce supply disruption may in the long run cause as many problems for California leafy greens as the viruses that have devastated the crop.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and holiday demand is fueling record-high prices across produce commodities. This week, average prices are at a ten-year high for week #45.
High prices persist for leaf, iceberg and romaine lettuce markets in early November, but volume is ramping up in desert growing regions.
I’ve come across this fascinating and well-written piece on leafy greens from Epicurious. Although it’s a couple of years old, it’s extremely useful.
It’s not often that a head of iceberg lettuce becomes a worldwide sensation.
Markon Cooperative released a Live from the Fields video October 19, showing the damage and significant yield loss in Salinas Valley lettuce crops caused by soil disease and plant virus issues.
September’s inflation report is out, and it isn’t exactly soothing. Grocery prices remain a whopping 13 percent over the previous year, down slightly from 13.5 percent from August’s report. Economists are concerned that price increases show little to no signs of slowing down.
Markon Cooperative's Markon First Crop (MFC) Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine packs are extremely limited; Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted as needed.
The continued poor weather in California growing areas is limiting supplies of iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as green leaf varieties. As expected, prices are on a sharp rise.