The Trade Buzz

Your source for Farm Fresh Berry Info

STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Santa Maria

Quality: Both conventional and organic quality is good with some bruised fruit due to warm weather. 

Volume: Production is steady.  

Pack Counts: Conventional Spring Crop: 22-25; Organic Spring Crop: 24-30 depending on ranch 

Watsonville/Salinas

Quality: Conventional and organic fruit quality is good with some overripe and soft fruit due to warm weather.  

Volume: Peak production volumes are expected to continue through the rest of June.

Pack Counts: Conventional: 14-18, 20-22 depending on ranch; Organic: 20-26  

BLUEBERRIES

blueberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good. 

Volume: Production is decreasing. 

Central Valley, CA

Quality: Both conventional and organic quality is good with firm fruit. Growers are evaluating potential damage from high temperatures.  

Volume: Volumes are beginning to decrease from peak production.

Georgia

Harvest Status: The season has ended due to heavy rain damage to rabbiteye crops.  

RASPBERRIES

raspberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with occasional broken fruit.

Volume: Production is steady.

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is excellent.

Volume: Production is increasing rapidly.

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good. 

Volume: Production is winding down.  

Georgia

Harvest Status: Volumes are increasing.

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is great.

Volume: Volume is increasing each week.

strawberry

STRAWBERRIES

Santa Maria

Quality: Both conventional and organic quality is good with some bruised fruit due to warm weather. 

Volume: Production is steady.  

Pack Counts: Conventional Spring Crop: 22-25; Organic Spring Crop: 24-30 depending on ranch 

Watsonville/Salinas

Quality: Conventional and organic fruit quality is good with some overripe and soft fruit due to warm weather.  

Volume: Peak production volumes are expected to continue through the rest of June.

Pack Counts: Conventional: 14-18, 20-22 depending on ranch; Organic: 20-26  

blueberry

BLUEBERRIES

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good. 

Volume: Production is decreasing.   

 

Central Valley, CA

Quality: Both conventional and organic quality is good with firm fruit. Growers are evaluating potential damage from high temperatures.  

Volume: Volumes are beginning to decrease from peak production.

Georgia

Harvest Status: The season has ended due to heavy rain damage to rabbiteye crops.  

raspberry

RASPBERRIES

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with occasional broken fruit.  

Volume: Production is steady.  

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is excellent. 

Volume: Production is increasing rapidly. 

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blackberry

BLACKBERRIES

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good. 

Volume: Production is winding down.  

Georgia

Harvest Status:  Volumes are increasing.

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is great.  

Volume: Volume is increasing each week.

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3 simple steps for storing and serving berries:

  1. Store berries in the refrigerator in their original packaging.
  2. Right before serving, rinse berries under cool tap water.
  3. Enjoy!

Tip: Remove strawberries from the refrigerator an hour before eating for the most flavorful berry.

For more tips and tricks on strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, visit our website and Berry Buzz Blog!

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A berry sweet message from a Meijer shopper: 

“I just wanted to tell you how much I love California Giant strawberries. I recently purchased a couple cartons of them, and they were by far the best I’ve ever had!! Keep up the good work!”

Chef invitational

Entries are now open for the 2022 California Giant Chef Invitational!

Retail, foodservice, corporate, and restaurant chefs are invited to demonstrate their skills and compete in the 4th Annual California Giant Chef Invitational for the title of California Giant Berry Farms Top Chef!

Chefs are asked to submit a delicious main dish that creatively features fresh berries as a star ingredient. A panel of judges will narrow down the submissions received to a group of Semifinalist Chefs (round 1). The winners of this will advance into the Top Chef Finalists (round 2) showdown on California’s Central Coast!

To learn more and enter, visit the California Giant Chef Invitational website.