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Sixty days to salad

TAGS: Crops Harvest
Romaine lettuce nears the end of its growing season in southern Arizona. Taken on Nov. 4, this crop should be harvested within a week, where it will be packed, shipped and on dinner plates or salad bowls shortly thereafter.
It takes roughly sixty days to grow salad ingredients in the desert

U.S. consumers sitting down to a salad in the winter months can thank farmers who, around Labor Day, prepared the ground and planted the seed necessary to grow it. In this case, we chronicled the progression of romaine lettuce grown near Yuma, Ariz. over a two-month period. Harvest crews should be entering the field in the next week or two to harvest lettuce that will be packed and shipped within a couple days of harvest.

Sun, soil and the Colorado River all combine this time of year to grow America's winter vegetable crops, which currently are carpeting the desert Southwest in a sea of green.

These lettuce fields are owned by John Boelts of Desert Premium Farms.

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