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Extreme Heat Wave Hits California

Farming and weather go hand in hand. This is something not always on the shopper’s mind but it’s always on the farmers mind. California is experiencing an extreme heat wave with temperatures into the 110’s.The heat affects our food production, putting not only the plants and fruit at risk but the people harvesting our food.

Case in point, one of our tomato growers located near Sacramento has been affected by temperatures reaching as high as 115 degrees.  The workers are being sent home before noon because it is too hot to be in the field picking.  This situation can also put too much stress on the plants interrupting its production cycle, slowing down the ripening process with the fruit not maturing properly. Once picked the field heat must be removed in order to maintain the quality of the fruit. Tomatoes are cooled to approximately 60 degrees and the cooling process can take longer when the days are hotter than normal.

This reminds us to be mindful of the fluctuations in weather when shopping for produce throughout the season and to recognize the hard work and effort and hard work of our farmers.

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