Early shipments from Baja California and California were light because of bad weather, Auerbach said. Garlic from those growing regions also was smaller than usual.
Later California product is high quality but also is lacking in size, Auerbach said.
Rain-affected product harvested in July had worked its way through the system, and the California garlic shipping through the remainder of the season should be high-quality and of normal size, Christopher said.
The brisk movement of Chinese garlic in the second half of summer should bode well for California markets, too, Provost said.
“The bottom of the market won’t be as low as it could have been,” he said. “I expect the California prices to hold their ground.”
Maurice A. Auerbach should begin importing garlic from Argentina in late fall, with light volumes expected in December and heavier volumes in January and February, Auerbach said.