That has more to do with the end of regional deals and roadside stands than with moms putting grapes in their school-bound kids’ lunchboxes, Pandol said.
“The emphasis has been on developing the late season from Labor Day to Thanksgiving,” he said.
“We’ll start July 1, probably finish picking about mid-November and ship through Christmas,” Giotta said.
Last year was the first time California surpassed 100 million boxes, said Kathleen Nave, commission president.
“We were expecting to do that for the last three years but just didn’t get it all in the box,” she said. “The crop is expected to grow for three or four more years based on planting density and other factors.”