The month of November kicks off Arizona’s leafy greens harvest season, a time of year when growers throughout the state begin reaping the rewards of the region’s warm and sunny climate. In recognition of the bountiful harvest generated by Arizona’s abundant lettuce industry, Gov. Doug Ducey has proclaimed November as “Arizona Leafy Greens Month.”
During the months of November through April, Arizona’s lettuce industry grows, harvests and ships 15 varieties of leafy greens to destinations throughout the United States and Canada. The production equates to an estimated 130 million servings of leafy greens each day for consumers. Arizona’s annual lettuce harvest isn’t just good for consumers; it also contributes to a healthy economy, employing nearly 27,000 and generating an estimated $2 billion in financial impacts to the state’s economy each year.
“As growers, we are excited to launch our season and are proud to ensure that our produce is grown with the highest food safety standards,” said C.R. Waters, chairman of the Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety Committee. “Being the country’s top producer of this important food source is a huge responsibility that Arizona’s leafy greens industry takes seriously.”