Vegetables might cost 30% more by Thanksgiving, due to winter storms

California tomato growers still have trouble getting their fields dry

Much of America’s ‘salad bowl’ is still underwater after a series of atmospheric river-fueled storms hit California over the winter. And even now, with the snowmelt, tomato farmers can’t seem to get their fields dry.

Round after round of flooding rain from atmospheric river storms pounded California farms this winter. Now, in the dry season, warm weather is melting the record snowpack flooding farms again. Satellite images show a lake drained for agricultural land reappearing in the Central Valley.

At the height of the growing season, California produces an average of 2 billion tomatoes a week, according to the California Tomato Growers’ Association. Every week, farmers usually fill 40,000 trucks, each carrying about 300,000 tomatoes or 50,000 pounds.


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