U.S. grown Lettuce Farms are planting about 5% to 15% less to prevent food waste after lost sales in 2020.
YUMA, AZ. Farmers across Southwestern Arizona are hard at work harvesting much of the country’s lettuce supply during their busiest time of the year.
Yuma County has the ideal growing conditions, with cool nights and warm days. From November to April, they supply about 90% of the United States and Canada’s supply of romaine and iceberg lettuce.
John Boelts of Desert Premium Farms says the season was just wrapping up when the pandemic hit the U.S. last year when restaurants and schools closed, their sales took a big hit.
Boelts said “There’s no such thing as fast food, it takes us months of preparation, planning to grow these crops.”
Last year, Boelts said their farm suffered a couple hundred thousand dollars in losses from products that weren’t harvested. Because of that, farms around Yuma are planting about 5% to 15% less to prevent food waste.
I’m sure there are many hundreds of small and large farmers and fruit producers suffering due to lost sales when local and state bureaucrats forced the closure of schools, restaurants ans mom and pop cafe’s.