March 16, 2017
In our news to you all last month, we spoke about the potential gaps in production resulting from the heavy rains throughout the CA winter. Not only did that rain damage product in the fields and prevent harvesting, it also significantly delayed planting.
So as we begin to see patios open, and 80 degree days here in NM, we are looking at quality issues and major gaps in the availability of many of the products we all depend on. Those major shortages have hit a variety of root vegetables, leafy greens, other row crops, cauliflower, broccoli and especially broccolini.
While these record rainfalls were ending the drought, farmers were forced to watch their crops flood and were unable to prepare additional land. Many of the largest areas of the CA growing region are still working on field recovery, and do not expect heavy production to return until mid April. These wet conditions in California, coupled with unseasonable warm temperatures in the Arizona growing region causing those fields to dry up and end production several weeks early, have left our industry in very real trouble.
While these markets, mentioned above have already reacted with significant increases in pricing, they will continue to rise as supplies are not expected to ease until we are into the month of April. We do have some availability of these items; we want to encourage you to think about alternatives in the event of shortages. We can recommend, kale, cabbage, green beans, asparagus, brussel sprouts, bell peppers and squashes. Spring vegetables are starting to trickle in, slowly, but those plantings and harvesting dates will be affected as well.
As conditions improve, and supplies increase, we will certainly keep you informed. Please feel free to contact us with any questions and know that we are doing the best we can with the situation that faces us all.
As always we appreciate your loyalty and trust in JTB.