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Spring Transition

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We are still in the middle of a rough spring transition. Mexico crops are soon to finish and California does not have the supply to meet the demand on warm summer veg (Zucchini, Colored Bells, Tomatoes and Eggplant) due to frequent storms leading to disruptions in planting and harvesting cycles.  The growing areas move north from Mexico and the California desert to the Salinas Valley for cooler weather summer veg (Lettuce, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Celery) and to Fresno for warmer crops (Peppers, Corn, Tomatoes, Beans and Eggplant).  

As growers are still transitioning organic buyers can expect fluctuating supplies on many commodities including broccoli, cauliflower, baby bok choy and of course celery.

Organic Celery Market on Fire… with no relief in sight

Excerpts from Organic Produce Network article April 4, 2019

A celery juicing craze touted by some health advocates and celebrities has been cited as a potential reason for the celery shortage but it is most likely due to the frequent storms (mentioned above). The industry does not expect the supply of organic celery to even come close to the demand for several months. It takes crops from 40 to 90 days to grow when planted in the cold winter months.  As the temperature warms up, those growth cycles are shorter but they are still long enough that it is close to impossible to make it up when you lose a week or longer of planting time.  Speaking of the entire organic vegetable production organic growers are saying we are going to see big fluctuations between now and July.    

The roller coaster rides are going to be caused by these gaps in plantings, followed by a bunching up of supplies as growers had to double plant in between storms to fill their fields.  There are literally no organic vegetable crops that will not have an inconsistent supply during the next month or two. 

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