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.
In the wake of an 18-state salmonella outbreak, U.S. officials issued an import alert on cucumbers from a Mexican grower whose produce is distributed by Tricar Sales Inc., Rio Rico, Ariz.
A northern California company known for its Dutch-style glasshouses and stargazer lilies has diversified into vegetables to make better use of facilities and provide nearly year-round employment for its 500 workers.
A greenhouse grower in Ontario plans to be energy independent by May with hopes of ultimately selling power back to the utility company as it switches to biomass gasification and solar power.
A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of EuroFresh Farms — including 318 acres of greenhouses and all real and intellectual propery — to NatureSweet Ltd. for more than $51 million.
Canadian greenhouse grower JemD Farms is building its first greenhouse operation in the U.S.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (187-162-120, field-grown 166-139-99, greenhouse 21-23-21) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early very slow, late moderate. Prices higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium $8.95-10.95, fair quality $6.95-8.95, ordinary quality mostly $5.95-6.95; large mostly $6.95. Quality and condition variable.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (103-111-105) — Movement expected to remain about the same early, decrease late. Trading active. Prices pickles unchanged, waxed much higher. Includes palletizing and cooling. Prices pickles 1 1/9-bushel cartons 150-200s $14.90-16.90, 200-300s $16.90-18.90. Waxed 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $14.35-14.95, medium fair quality mostly $8.35. Carton 24s mostly $5-5.50. Quality generally good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH OTAY MESA, CALIF. — Crossings (31-45-58) — Movement expected to increase. Trading moderate. Prices lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium $10.95-12.95, fair quality mostly $7.95-8.95. Cartons 36s mostly $6.95. Quality generally good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (34-32-28) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading early moderate, late slow. Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. Light and sporadic crossings expected to continue through the week of May 27. Quality and condition variable. LAST REPORT.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (7-14-21) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading active at lower prices. Prices lower. Includes palletizing and cooling. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $16.35-18.35, medium fair quality mostly $10.35-12.35. Quality generally good.
COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (2-8-11) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices organic generally unchanged, others lower. Cartons wrapped 18s (supplies heavy) mostly $12.95, 24s mostly $14.95, organic 18s and 24s $32.95. Quality generally good.
SOUTH GEORGIA — No shipments reported. Some shippers expected to start harvesting the week of May 13, depending on weather conditions. No f.o.b. issued as of May 13. FIRST REPORT.