Leafy Greens Market Condition Update

We have begun preparation for the transition from Salinas to Yuma for leafy greens. Following is an update of the status of crops in both areas, as well as information about when the transition will occur.

We will begin transitioning iceberg lettuce to Yuma November 2, 2015. Remaining acres in the Salinas growing region are not sufficient to meet demand. In addition, ongoing heat-related quality issues, including large seeder and internal burn, have further reduced yields.

Immature Romaine Plants
Immature Romaine Plants

The first blocks of iceberg in Yuma are showing cores, with some Christmas tree core being seen in the fields. 30-count size is more prevalent.

Romaine is projected to transition to Yuma November 6, 2015. There is limited acreage of romaine remaining in the Salinas Valley. High temperatures during the growing season have caused significant quality issues, including fringe and internal burn, and seeder.

Romaine will be harvested early out of Yuma to prevent loss to cores and burn. Product in the field is not cupping yet, as it is only 56 days from wet date. We are already seeing some issues with cores. Product is currently 10-12 inches tall with at least 7 more days to harvest.

High temperatures continue to have an impact on all leafy greens. Daytime temperatures in Salinas this week were up to 82°F, and daytime temperatures in Yuma were over 90°F. As a result, we do not expect to see significant yield relief until the first weeks of December.

Yuma Romaine
Yuma Romaine

We will continue to monitor the situation in both Salinas and Yuma, and will notify you if any significant changes to quality or availability are expected. Please know we value your business and trust that we will be diligent in our efforts to secure, produce and supply you with a quality product.

Please contact your Freshway Foods sales representative with further questions.




Ready for Spring!

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 somethingmap for dan 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.