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Warm Weather Crop Transition

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In our last blog we talked about summer crops moving south to Mexico, but there still remains some California crop production in Buellton in Santa Barbara County, Coachella and the Imperial Valley.  Coachella is located just north of the Salton Sea and south of Palm Springs.  The Imperial Valley extends from the southern area of Coachella, past the Salton Sea and all the way down the border of Mexico.

It is important to know that there will be some overlap with California and Mexico crops.  If you are trying to buy California as long as possible, make sure to ask from where your produce is coming.  Check the stickers on your produce or ask your local produce person. All organic PLU numbers start with 9 and stickers and stem tags must state country of origin.

Here is a quick update on some warm weather crops you can still find in California from Earl’s.

Even though zucchini production in California is winding down, our grower Tutti Frutti will still have hoop house production in Buellton, CA continuing strong for 3-4 weeks. Zucchini out of Mexico will follow in late November.  Tutti Frutti will also continue hoop house heirloom tomato production into early December which means more delicious tomatoes through the holidays!

Red and green bell peppers, eggplants and green beans have mostly moved to Coachella and the Imperial Valley, for a short fall season of usually 4 weeks before moving to Mexico.  By late November or early December almost all warm weather crops will be coming from Mexican field production, greenhouse and shade houses.  Greenhouses will protect the crops from the cold and rain and keep the heat in.  Shade houses are used to protect the crops from being burnt by the sun.  Increasingly warm weather crops in Mexico are grown in closed structures to protect against virus infections from insects.

On the bunched greens front there is year round product from San Miguel out of Oxnard, in Southern California.  Cal Organic and Lakeside will move their bunched green production to Coachella and the Imperial Valley in late November.  If you love your packaged salad mixes you can look for them to be coming from the California deserts and Yuma, Arizona at the end of November.

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