California Farmer's Market Challenges and June Cold Storage Report
**California’s farmers markets are facing challenges, even as produce shoppers return with the easing of pandemic restrictions.
Foot traffic remains light at many urban markets as the flow of office workers remains down due to employees still working from home.
Some farmers markets remain closed and others are climbing back toward near-normal traffic levels.
**The June Cold Storage report was released by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Total red meat supplies were down 4.3% from last month and down 7.5% from last year.
Total frozen poultry in cold storage was up 2.1% from last month but down 15.0% from a year ago. Total frozen lamb is down 52% from last year.
Total beef in cold storage was 398.7 million pounds, down 4.3% from last month and down 7.1% from last year.
**USDA Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh is in Rome this week leading the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Food Systems Pre-Summit.
Leading up to New York’s UN Food Systems Summit in September, Bronaugh and U.S. officials are working with other countries and food systems stakeholders to build coalitions and consensus around shared objectives including food security and nutrition, climate change, and equity and inclusion.
Bronaugh says it’s an opportunity to collectively refocus the world’s attention on ending hunger and building more sustainable and resilient food systems.