On-the-Ground Update

Cold Wave in the California Desert Affected Lettuce Fields During W4

Vegetables
Fresh Lettuce
United States
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Market & Price Trends
Antonio Valtierra
Published Jan 27, 2023
Unpredictable weather patterns continue to affect California and Arizona winter vegetable fields where temperatures have dropped to the low of -1°C (30°F). On January 24th, the desert region had ice forming in the fields, thus affecting harvesting and causing damage to the plants.
During W4, the price for lettuce romaine at Los Angeles, CA wholesale terminal stood as follows:
Cartons film lined AZ/CA 24s (24 romaine lettuces in a carton) - USD 16-18, and a few cartons sold for USD 20.00
12 3-count packages (36 romaine hearts in a carton) AZ/CA Hearts - USD 19-22, and a few cartons sold for USD 30
CA Central Coast California Hearts - USD 19-22, and a few cartons sold for USD 30
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