As we enter spring (officially March 20th) two things are certain regarding California vegetable shipmens. Number one, a seasonal shift is coming relatively soon from the desert areas of California and Arizona to the Central San Joaquin Valley and the Salinas Valley. Number two, there is going to be a gap in in some California produce shipments as the transition take place.
However, the question remains, just when is this shipping gap going to occur given the roller coast weather?
Cold crops are grown in Central California and the Salinas Valley and shipped the year round, and celery is a 12-month mainstay from Oxnard to Oceano. However, items such as lettuce, broccoli and caulifower and some others shift growing areas during the year. Cold weather in Salinas and the central valley knocked out some plants in their early stages and delayed plantings for about a week. About 90 to 100 days later, one would expect to see a gap, It will happen, but when? The guess in within the next couple of weeks.
California Avocado Shipments
Avocado shipments in 2013 crop came in around 500 million pounds, which is larger than normal volume. This year, volume should be around 300 million pounds, which is closer to average.
In 2014, shipments should start ramping up anytime and showing sizable volume increase by late-April, before making a significant bump in volume entering the summer months.