The Arizona/California desert growing region is experiencing widespread lettuce ice today following a cold front that moved into the area over the weekend. Temperatures have dipped into the low-to mid-30°s and the forecast is calling for only slight warming through Wednesday, February 14. Harvesting and loading delays can be expected for most desert row crop items through mid-week.
Markon inspectors are actively monitoring supplies of commodity and value-added lettuce and tender leaf items that have already experienced multiple freeze and rain events over the past month. Quality and shelf-life challenges will be prolonged with this week’s freezing temperatures.
Ordering for quick turns is recommended and as always, cold chain management is critical for maximizing shelf-life.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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