As we dive into December California is experiencing an extreme carrot shortage. Floods in the desert due to early rains at the end of September combined with unseasonably cool weather ultimately slowed carrot growth. Heavy holiday pulls in November led growers to start harvesting in fields where the carrots were growing smaller. Picking the smaller carrots resulted in lower yields and using up more acreage. Demand hasn’t let up and heavy pulls continuing after the holidays and smaller yields have caused prices to continue going up.
At this point carrot growers are allocating supply to their customers, like us. Because of this strict allocation, we have a pretty good idea of our carrot inventory for the next few weeks. Earl’s philosophy is that all of our customers will be allocated some of the supply. Your Earl’s Sales Associate will work with you to get through this difficult time. On a more positive note we anticipate that supply will start to get better towards the end of January but possibly sooner.