SALINAS, Calif. — Salinas Valley growers have taken some long-awaited comfort and profits since Yuma, Ariz., vegetable production ended in late March. Back home, they were greeted by rising prices on lettuce, cauliflower and broccoli.
As vegetables started the spring transition out of desert growing regions, a modest bump in broccoli and cauliflower prices was expected. But overlapping production areas will keep volumes high on most items through March and into early April.
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Market Scope - Lettuce, romaine — F.o.b.s as of April 21
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (281-379-364) —
SALINAS-WATSONVILLE, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 318 units shipped the week of April 14. Trading early moderate, late fairly slow. Prices 24s much lower, hearts lower. Cartons 24s mostly $10.35-11.65; hearts in 12 3-count packages mostly $12.45-13.85, film-lined 48s mostly $13.45-14.85. Quality variable.
SANTA MARIA, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 31 units shipped the week of April 14. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Cartons 24s $10.25-11.50; hearts in 12 3-count packages mostly $13-15. Quality generally good.
OXNARD DISTRICT, CALIF. — Movement expected to decrease below the 10 units shipped the week of April 14. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Cartons 24s $8.75-9.75. Quality generally good.