The previous month's adversely unstable weather conditions in the Yuma growing region, is still causing quality and supply problems. The unusual weather has created industry wide supply shortages on multiple items including: broccoli, cauliflower, cilantro, and romaine hearts.
In Salinas, the extremely wet and cold weather has impacted the planting season, January/February. Growers are attempting to bring product forward as much as possible to mitigate the potential supply gap, but this has been extremely challenging with temperatures ranging from the mid 50's to the low 60's. This is compounded by January and February being the wettest months on record.
In the next 5 weeks, we will be seeing shortages on both conventional and organic product, including: spring mix, baby spinach, wild arugula, baby kale, strawberries, retail salads, all leaf lettuce (red, green, romaine) and romaine hearts.
Please plan ahead for this situation. This will have an impact on price.
More rain in the forecast for Tuesday 3/2, Wednesday 3/22, and Thursday 3/23 in the Salinas Valley.