Winter Crop Transition
It is that time of year when many California growers transition their wet veg operation, think lettuces, leafy greens, broccoli and cauliflower, from the cooler areas of the Central Coast and Salinas Valley down to the warmer regions in the California desert, Imperial Valley and Yuma, Arizona. The desert regions include Coachella, Thermal and Mecca 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 to the border of Mexico. Warm veg is now mostly coming out of Baja California and northern Mexico, think zucchini, green beans, hot peppers, colored bells, cucumbers and tomatoes.
As we approach the winter solstice on December 21st it is getting colder and days are becoming shorter. Less hours of sun slows down the growth of everything which means there are less hours in the day to harvest which can lead to light volumes. Combined with the fact that during winter the entire United States is pulling vegetables from the same area which also limits the quantities available and can lead to higher prices.
Covilli Organics Warm Veg Mexican Crop Update:
We have good supply of Covilli green beans, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatillos, zucchini and a variety of hot peppers – Jalapeno, Serrano, Anaheim, Cherry Bomb, Padron and Poblano. Heirloom tomatoes are arriving in limited quantities but we expect volume to increase next week. Brussel Sprouts are developing beautifully on the stalk and we are on track for our first shipment around the end of December or early January.
Stay tuned for produce updates throughout the winter months.