“We ended up packing a lot of 30-size, which we would not normally do,” Berghoefer said. “We see good quality and steady supplies for the rest of the summer.”
In San Juan Bautista, Earthbound Farm, which grows and ships organics, reports a brighter volume outlook for romaine than iceberg.
“We’re expecting very good supplies of romaine and the quality forecast is excellent,” Samantha Cabaluna, director of communications at Earthbound Farm, said in early July. “Organic iceberg supplies look constrained and below budgeted volumes.”
Art Barrientos, vice president of harvesting for Castroville-based Ocean Mist Farms, said California growers were coping with internal burn symptoms in romaine and romaine hearts in June. It’s a common quality issue traceable to the region’s characteristic morning fog and afternoon sunshine pattern.
“Not to say that won’t flare up again, but it’s cleared up,” Barrientos said.