Crop Update- Weather

Crop Update- Weather

Mon, May 20th, 2024

Dear Ole Tyme Customers:

Anthracnose, Sclerotinia, mold and mildew continue to impact romaine and iceberg production with lighter yields as growers work through affected acreage. Production continues to show smaller head sizes with less solidity/density contributing to lighter carton weights. The inconsistent temperatures and moisture have also contributed to increased spotting, oxidation (pinking) and rib blight. Processed items will likely see an increase in bruising, discoloration and breakdown showing up in the bag affecting quality and shelf life. Growers reaching for supplies are entering these stands early to meet current demand, leaving less available acreage as harvests roll on. This may lead to some short-term supply shortages especially in iceberg, romaine, broccoli and cauliflower moving forward.

Spinach, spring mix and the tender baby leaf items can be susceptible to mildew issues (due to the dense plantings in these crops) in the moist weather pattern. Bacterial spotting is currently being reported in cilantro and parsley stands, drastically lessening yields for the near term. Mix items such as cabbage, Bok Choy and Napa are also vulnerable to supply shortages as cool temperatures slow growth rates in these stands. Long range forecasts continue to show a cooler than normal pattern with a dense marine layer/fog through May.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Sales Representative.


Ole Tyme Produce

“The produce purchased from Ole Tyme Produce is always fresh and expertly packaged. We—and our recipients—appreciate the high quality and variety of produce.”

Kristen Wild

Chief Executive Officer, Operation Food Search

“From the driver to the CEO they bend over backwards to meet your needs. One of the best vendors of any type we have. Highly recommend them.”

Scott Walker

President/CEO, LifeWiseSTL

“In these days of large corporations, it's nice to partner with a local family business. Their name says it all, Ole Tyme Produce, reminding you that their family grown business provides the kind of service you reminisce about from the past with quality grown and delivered products. Over 25 years we have come to count on their outstanding customer service, quality products, and their hospitality driven staff which has helped us grow our successful business. We appreciate their partnership, and we look forward to working together for many years to come.”

Gordon M

Owner/Operator, The Original Pancake House

Our Certifications