Will there be a Lettuce shortage?

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.

9 responses to “Will there be a Lettuce shortage?

  1. Makes me glad I left some of mine grow to bolt and have seed. I have volunteers already in the raised bed and will plant spinach as well. Never rely on the market if you can grow some yourself.

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    • Everyone wants ‘perfect’ produce without insect damage, and that’s why farmers use tons of insecticide spraying crops every growing season.
      Happy Gardening


  2. One thing this pandemic has done is to make people aware that our basic necessities don’t magically drop out of the sky and into our laps. Maybe it’s a good thing for us to find a little more awareness and appreciation.

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  3. Wow, that was a huge bump in the road, but it’s not the new normal. We still need to eat! That being said, I save lettuce seed every year and plant it the next. I always have plenty for all summer and into fall. This year, using a cold frame, I harvested lettuce on January first. It’s probably still there, but I haven’t gotten out there since then. We can grow our own!


    • Good for you.

      Few under the age of 65 or 70 remember when ‘out of season’ fresh vegetables and fruit was expensive, hard to find in grocery stores and often unavailable at any price.

      Out of season vegetables and fruit more often than not came out of grandma’s or mama’s canning jar.

      Happy Gardening


  4. What will they grow instead?

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    • Often farmers will be financially better off not to plant any crops than to invest thousands or 10’s of thousands in equipment, seed, fertilizer, fuel, water, labor and produce crops with no buyers.


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