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Carrot Shortage Continues

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A message from Grimmway Farms

Dear Valued Customer,

I would like to give you an update with regard to the organic fresh carrot category (cellos, tables) for fall 2017.

This summer, Kern County experienced 68 days above 100 degree temperatures- over double the yearly average of 33 days.  Unseasonably warm summer days produced its share of challenges, but thankfully we were able to finish the season on time without the need to pro-rate orders.  As we transition to fall, however, we find ourselves facing another challenging time. Planting during a season of extreme heat has made it difficult to obtain normal stand counts, and above-average soil temperatures have essentially shut down carrot growth.

While we have been sampling product for weeks leading into the fall season, our organic fresh carrot crop has not progressed to meet our standards.  Currently, weather is optimal and we expect to gain tonnage and size, however we do not believe that we will have normal tonnage for at least 3-4 weeks.

Pro-rates will begin on October 16 for organic cell and table carrots and will continue until further notice- we expect this period to last four weeks.  Organic baby carrots will not be pro-rated at this time, however we do not have additional pounds available.

We planted on time with the correct acreage projected, however the weather has not cooperated with our carrots this summer. We truly appreciate the partnership we have shared with you over the years and will continue to closely monitor this situation to keep you informed.  Please feel free to contact your Earl’s sales representative for more information.

Thank you for your understanding.


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