Salinas, CA, area growers report the heat and humidity in July and early August is causing quality problems for iceberg, romaine and leaf lettuce.
Despite the heat wave in California, strawberry production continues to chug along with higher volume than last year.
A combination of continued strong demand, smaller crop and weather will likely increase California navel orange prices.
Tomato volumes are tight and may remain until mid-January from both Mexico and Florida. That has caused prices to remain significantly higher than normal.
California crops are winding down in Central growing areas and preparing for the desert season, but an FDA food safety investigation looms over the industry.
Andy Hamilton succeeds Tim York, who has been instrumental in growing the company over the last three decades.
The August heat wave amidst the wildfires has a lasting effect on California vegetables, leading to volatile markets.
To help move the produce industry away from plastic and increase recyclability, Markon Cooperative’s new cardboard, fully recyclable strawberry clamshell is now available to foodservice operators.
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.