Bernardi attributed the stronger prices this year to fewer than usual tomatoes from Florida during April and May.
He expects that scenario to continue through May, but prices should start to drop in June as more product becomes available from various growing regions, he said.
Weather in the San Quentin region, where San Diego-based Pinos Produce grows its Baja California tomatoes, has been “very crummy,” sales manager Danny Uribe said.
“Normally, we start vine-ripes around Cinco de Mayo,” he said. “The weather has been awful here. It’s been chilly, damp and rainy off and on all winter.”
Pinos started its roma program in April and planned to kick off its vine-ripe deal around Memorial Day, continuing through November.
Uribe said he does not expect the cold weather in San Quintin to affect the quality of the crop.