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Winter Weather Challenges

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Cold, rainy, and snowy weather, the Holiday week, labor issues in the field, at the shed and at the logistics level, and Covid has kept a lot of equipment off the road. Trucking out of the Pacific Northwest continues to be very tight and road closures continue in California on Hwy 5 and Hwy 80. Cold and rainy weather has also slowed down production on many crops and prevented growers from getting their pickers and equipment into the field.  All of these challenges have tightened up inventory as we head into the New Year.

Blewett Pass Summit, Wenatchee Mountains Washington State

A few tight items this week will include Fuji and Gala Apples, D’Anjou Pears, Gold Bunched Beets, Bunched Broccoli, Bunched Carrots, Cauliflower, Red Butter, Bunched Spinach, Daikon, Iceberg Lettuce, Flat Parsley, Specialty Mushrooms, Sweet Onions and Red Radishes. We will see relief this week on these items along with Raspberries returning from Coastal West Produce(Santa Maria). California strawberries are gapping, and we have moved into Fresh Kampo (Mexico) with larger fruit and good color. Ralph’s out of Mt. Vernon is digging out of the snow and will start harvesting again in the next week. Asparagus, Artichokes and Forbidden Blueberries are gapping today and will return this week.


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