An incoming low pressure system will have several California growing regions expecting light showers and gusty winds starting late Friday evening, September 29 and continuing into the morning of Saturday, September 30. Rainfall totals range from less than .10” in Huron/San Joaquin Valley to as much as .25” inch in the Salinas Valley. Santa Maria and Oxnard may see .10” to .25” as well.
Suppliers are packing orders ahead today in anticipation of the rain. Many will cancel harvest tomorrow and plan to return on Monday, October 2. Markon inspectors will be monitoring commodity and value-added lettuce and baby leaf items closely in the days ahead for any rain-related quality or shelf-life concerns. As we reach the tail end of the Salinas season and weather becomes more volatile, a decline in overall quality and shelf-life can be expected.
Maintaining the cold chain throughout distribution is critical for maximizing quality and shelf-life of perishable produce items.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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