During the winter months many growers move their operations from the Salinas and San Joaquin Valleys down to Yuma, Arizona and the California desert, think Coachella Valley just south of Palm Springs down through the Imperial Valley to El Centro at the border of Mexico. As the weather warms up in March the growers will transition back up north. We will see some overlap during the transition as growers finish up in Yuma and the desert and simultaneously start production in the Salinas and San Joaquin Valleys.
During the transition we can expect to see times when supply is low or gapping as growers move to the new area. Inclement weather, hotter days, and the end of the season in the desert can result in produce showing more defects and issues than usual. Temperatures in the desert are now reaching into the mid to upper 80 degrees and historically are in the 100s by June. We can expect a more stable supply and volume of wet veg, especially leafy greens, as the transition back to the cooler areas of the Salinas and San Joaquin Valleys is completed.
Braga, Cal-Organic and Lakeside are done shipping out of the desert and are in the middle of transferring their operations back to the Central Coast.
Heger will continue for another 6 weeks or so out of the desert as they move into warm veg items. They do not have a second location so we will see a gap on this particular grower until they start up again in the fall.