Mon, July 31st, 2023

Dear Ole Tyme Produce Customers:

STRAWBERRIES: We are seeing a steady decline in berry production out of all growing regions. We are in a demand exceeds supply situation. Here are a few of the reasons we are seeing this scarcity of supply.

  • Cooler than average early spring temperatures had severely reduced bee activity and the pollination process.
  • Fewer flowers pollinated equates to lower yields at a later date.
  • Daytime temperatures were very low through May and into July holding plants back.
  • When plants finally came on in early July many growers were having to throw down a good amount of sub-par fruit with high color and moisture damage due to a persistent thick marine layer.
  • The natural plant cycles are gradually coming to an end further reducing yields.
  • Daylight hours are reducing as we move into Fall.
  • We should see some relief as the Fall crop should begin to produce lightly in the second week of August and gradually build higher yields as September approaches.
  • Markets are elevated in the $18.00 to $21.00 dollar range with very limited availability.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to your Sales Representative or our Customer Service team.

Thank you,

Ole Tyme Produce

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President/CEO, LifeWiseSTL

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