Fire provides the drama, but the erratic weather the past month in the Salinas, CA, region takes the blame for market problems now. Prices for many leaf items are rising rapidly as growers report lighter yields and disease problems.
The fires near Salinas, CA, growing regions in August continue to cause problems for growers, even after many have been contained.
As one would expect, summer fruit season is in peak mode, and consumer demand is keeping many markets higher than previous seasons, even with strong volumes.
Pandemic-induced consumer demand for citrus continues to produce strength to the orange and lemon markets.
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.
Some bad weather in California has limited supplies on some vegetables, such as lettuce varieties, and that’s causing prices to rise. Other annual staples, such as potatoes and onions, are nearing crop transitions from storage to fresh supplies.
Now that we’re in June, it’s time to anticipate stone fruit season, although it’s still a little early for heavy supplies. But other fruits are going strong and offer some high quality for promotable prices.
Domestic supplies of many crops will continue to ramp up now that we’re on the cusp of June.
Many fruits and vegetables are starting to see stronger demand with some restaurants opening back up and Memorial Day holiday demand.