The demand on Coachella Valley Dates is growing, bu unfortunately, so is the struggle to find workers to harvest them
“When we first built our packing house we started packing 45,000 pounds and now we are forecast 1.5 million,” said Aziz Farms President, Mark Tadros. That’s because demand is up.
“Every year we sell everything we grow and we have people calling afterwards looking for dates,” said Regulus Date Ranch Owner, Saralyn Delk. Saralyn has been in the business for the last ten years.“It was mainly men doing it so I figured it couldn’t be too hard,” said Delk. She contributes the rise in demand to people becoming more health conscious. “We’ve obviously proven that white sugar is not good for your body. They’re realizing the benefits of dates and starting to eat a lot more and using them in cooking too,” said Delk.
“In a lot of the farms, what I am seeing, is that there will be fruit left on the trees because the weather has been slightly cooler. At our own ranch I think we could see a loss of about ten-percent of our crop,” said Tadros.