Prices are low for bell pepper, cucumber, and squash supplies from Florida and Mexico. Growing conditions have been ideal in both areas; demand remains weak due in part to cold temperatures throughout the Northeast.
• The main growing region of Immokalee is receiving light rain today; temperatures will continue to range from 80 degrees during the day to 50 degrees at night
o Some growers are curtailing harvests today to allow product time to dry; sunshine is in the forecast for the next 10 days
o Rain won’t affect prices; supplies remain ample
• Cucumber supplies and prices remain steady
o Most growers have finished harvesting the majority of domestic cucumber fields for the winter
o Offshore supplies from Yucatan, Mexico and the Dominican Republic are ample; all sizes are available
• Both domestic and offshore squash stocks are on the market
• Overall markets will start to rise over the next 7 to 10 days when demand returns to typical levels and retailers start to ship for the Easter holiday
• East coast production will start to transition from Florida to Georgia in May
• Green bell pepper prices remain low, especially for ungraded choice supplies
o Prices will rise over the next two weeks, especially for large, graded sizes
o Harvesting will transition to northern fields; small sizes will dominate supplies as plants in the southern state of Culiacan, Mexico stop producing
o Domestic production will start in the Coachella, California region in early April; colored bell production will start in mid-May
• Colored bell pepper and cucumber production will remain steady in Culiacan through May
• Squash will remain abundant in northern fields; expect some scarring, especially on yellow squash, due to recent rain and wind
Markon will update with new information as it becomes available.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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