Interest in cucumbers increased this year, even though the percentages in Fresh Trends 2013 show a slight dip in the likelihood of purchase compared to last year (down two percentage points). Cucumbers made a notable jump in the list of top 20 vegetables this year, climbing from No. 11 in Fresh Trends 2012 to No. 7 this year.
Buyers should expect later starts for The Empire State’s sweet corn and cucumber deals, while green beans should begin harvesting on time but with lower volume.
Chuck Hollenkamp, a Wish Farms veteran of operations and sales, has retired but plans to remain seasonally involved with the company.
A new marketing and communications coordinator is on staff at the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association in Leamington.
Lipman is expanding its national footprint by acquiring The Produce Exchange, a West Coast distributor.
From June 13-14, R.E.A.C.H. International hosted the eighth annual greenhouse competition at the Leamington Fair in Leamington, Ontario. The competitions included the Hottest Tomato, the Perfect Pepper and the Coolest Cucumber categories.More Packer Stories for Cucumbers
Market Scope - Cucumbers — F.o.b.s as of July 21
MICHIGAN — Shipments (38-60-82) — Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading moderate. Prices lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium $14-16.85, fair quality $8-10.85, cartons 24s $5.50-6.85. Quality variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH OTAY MESA, CALIF. — Crossings (70-53*-73) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early fairly slow, late slow. Prices lower. Greenhouse 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium $16.95, fair quality $14.95, ordinary quality $10.95-12.95; large $14.95. Cartons 36s $8.95. Quality generally good. *revised
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (3-6-8) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates medium $18-20, fair quality $10-14.
WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW YORK — Shipments (0-0-0) — Initial harvesting underway. Current supplies are very light and in too few hands to establish a market. Reportable volume was expected the week of July 21.
EASTERN SHORE AND EASTERN VIRGINIA — Shipments light — Movement expected to decrease. Trading fairly active for light supplies. Prices generally unchanged. Waxed 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium $18-21, fair quality $10-11.
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