Cal-Organic Farms Prepares for Transition and Shares Exclusive Crop Insights
BAKERSFIELD, CA - Whether or not we are ready for the seasons to change, Mother Nature has her own plans, and with them comes the need for companies located in California’s Central Valley to transition their crops to the desert in the southwest. Cal-Organic Farms is one such operation that is preparing to move its bunching greens and lettuce crops from the San Joaquin Valley to the Coachella Valley in the coming weeks. With quality and supply looking ideal, the company expects a successful season with new opportunities to expand production.
“We expect to have our complete line of Cal-Organic vegetables transitioned to the desert in the coming weeks,” explained Bob Borda, Vice President of Sales. “Our crops are harvesting about a week ahead of schedule in both the San Joaquin Valley and Coachella desert which makes for a seamless transition from one region to the next.”
Because the Salinas Valley faced high heat and an extreme fire season in California this year, Bob shares with me that the supply of organic lettuces was tighter than normal. Harvesting in San Joaquin Valley, Coachella Valley, and on their acreage in the Southeast, Cal-Organic is seeing ideal quality and supply for its fall leafy greens and lettuce crops.
“In California, mild late-October weather has led to strong supplies and premium quality across our full line of Cal-Organic vegetables,” continued Bob. “In the Southeast, temperate weather has led to good supplies of bunching greens, herbs, and leaf lettuces.”
Along with the company’s upcoming transition, Cal-Organic will be working to extend its seasons as it looks to continue expanding its organic acreage in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast.
“This is our second year of growing organic crops in the Southeast and we’re looking to broaden this regional portfolio to include a comprehensive lineup of our Cal-Organic vegetables,” said Bob. “Diversifying our growing regions has allowed us to widen availability windows for seasonal commodities and recognize efficiencies that will help us meet increasing demand. It also reduces food miles for our customers and helps us deliver fresh produce to stores faster.”
As fall draws to a close and winter takes its place, AndNowUKnow will continue to bring you the latest updates from across the fresh produce industry.