Outlook excellent for winter leafy greens

11/11/2011 11:56:00 AM
Don Schrack

Picking of Imperial’s iceberg lettuce and romaine crops is scheduled to begin shortly after Thanksgiving Day, Smith said.

Baloian Farms is harvesting its late fall crops of romaine, red leaf, green leaf and butter lettuce at the company’s Fresno headquarters, said Jeremy Lane, sales manager.

“We should have a nice smooth transition from Fresno to the desert,” he said.

Baloian’s winter desert crops are near Thermal on the eastern rim of the Coachella Valley.

“We’ll start our desert lettuce varieties and spinach in mid- to-late November,” Lane said. “That sandy soil makes for very clean crops, especially spinach.”

The focus for Baloian’s spinach is 24-count packs, clipped and rooted, he said.

The desert harvest will continue until mid-March, when Baloian transitions back to the Fresno area, Lane said.

Assuming Mother Nature continues her friendly treatment of desert grower-shippers, supplies of California desert lettuce varieties and spinach should be plentiful.


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