Spring officially begins this Friday. Hooray! We are ready for birds singing in the trees, flowers blooming, and most importantly, no more snow! There is something about Spring that just makes you want to break out into your happy dance.
Spring has another meaning at Freshway: the transition from Yuma to the Salinas Valley. Lettuce, romaine, and other leafy greens, as well as broccoli and cauliflower, are grown in Yuma, Arizona from November to March, and in the Salinas Valley, California from April to October.
During the transition period, the product in the field is susceptible to quality issues caused by temperatures that are too hot or too cold, damage from ice or rain, and other influences.
The good news is that transition, like Spring, is right around the corner. The transition to the Salinas Valley will start as early as March 23 for some commodities, and will be complete by April 6 for all commodities.