Temperatures in the Arizona/California desert growing region dipped into the mid-30°s to low 40°s this morning, causing light-to moderate lettuce ice to develop.
High prices persist for leaf, iceberg and romaine lettuce markets in early November, but volume is ramping up in desert growing regions.
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.
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.
Field packed in a 2-count bag, the Petite Romaine heads come in a convenient stand up, gusseted pouch with an easy to carry handle.
The CDC has still not confirmed the source of the outbreak. As of September 1, there are 97 illnesses, 43 hospitalizations and zero deaths. The states involved are Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
In response to a few fairly dramatic price increases, this week’s overall produce index is slowing its dramatic fall.
Dublin, OH-based fast food restaurant Wendy's says it is pulling romaine lettuce from sandwiches in a specific region amid an E. coli outbreak of undetermined source.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has released this season’s temporary import requirements for Salinas Valley lettuce. The requirements are the same as for the 2021 season, although the time frame has changed.