LETTUCE AND LEAFY GREENS
California growers are currently experiencing an abnormal shortage of Leafy Greens and Lettuces. In a normal year, produce crops "transition" twice per year- from the Northern Salinas Valley to the Southern "Desert" region of Southern California and Arizona. Crops typically transition from North to South the week of Thanksgiving, and from South to North the week of Easter. This year, the Southern fields started maturing early and the transition began about three weeks earlier than normal. Successive planting and great weather in the Southern Region gave us favorable markets (lower than normal pricing) throughout the early Winter, but then the rains fell. The atmospheric “river”, as it was named, created planting gaps that are causing the desert to finish quickly and short of the Easter week goal. The "river" also delayed Northern crops from being planted. Growers in the Salinas Valley do not anticipate full harvest to begin until late April and even early May.