California’s dry winter cut into citrus production and created uncertainties for the state’s melon deal as summer approached, but table grapes appear poised for an encore to last year’s record crop.
Cantaloupes, honeydews and specialty melons join watermelons to fill out the overall melon category, and they’re as versatile as ever in their retail offerings.
Fresh-cut melons remain a top produce industry trend.
For Texas cantaloupes, the locally grown aspect is an important component to sales.
Melons Marketing business updates
IMPERIAL AND PALO VERDE VALLEYS, CALIF., AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (CA 0-2-5) — Movement in Imperial Valley expected to increase slightly. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Available melons include juan canary, orange-flesh, sharyln and hami. Quality generally good. Harvest expected to begin in western Arizona the week of May 20, followed by central Arizona the week of May 27. Palo Verde Valley shippers expect to begin in early June.