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Spring Transition

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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 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).

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 80’s 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.

Grower Update:

Braga will transition back up to the Central Coast on Romaine and Red and Green Leaf Lettuce, Cilantro and Green Cabbage the week of March 15th.  By the end of March they will have finished transferring their operations.

Cal-Organic will start transitioning the week of March 15th and be out of the desert by the week of March 22nd.

Lakeside will continue to harvest in both growing regions for a few weeks at the end of the month.

Access-Organic  Treat label will wrap up at the end of March out of the desert. They do not have a local program.

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