From the Fields: Santa Barbara County Coffee and Fruit Farmer

FRINJ Coffee has 70 affiliate coffee farms across four different Southern California counties. For those people that have mature crops, harvest for coffee cherries generally starts in late May or June. With the warmer La Niña conditions, we're paying attention to the warmer soil temperatures for the mature crops, and we could potentially harvest earlier like we did in 2016.

In Southern California, we got the southern end of the latest atmospheric river storm. It was really fascinating because here in Santa Barbara, we got 8.5 inches of rain, Ventura got 2 inches of rain and San Diego got 1.5-2 inches. There was a fair amount of hail, so a lot of crops got leaf damage and physical damage. The biggest talk in all four of these counties is the significant wind events.