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.
With increased production of its colored bell peppers and squash this winter and plans to build a greenhouse for beefsteak tomatoes in 2014, Wholesum Family Farms is responding to continued demand for its organic products.
After establishing a customer base for its table grapes, mini and seedless watermelons, greenhouse peppers, euro cucumbers and other items, Divine Flavor LLC has decided it’s time for a home of its own.
Although heavy autumn rains slowed the start of winter vegetable and fruit production for some west Mexico growers, most importers expected any gaps to be negligible and a distant memory by December.
Windset Farms has completed a 64-acre expansion of its greenhouses in Santa Maria, Calif., doubling its size.
JemD Farms has a new heirloom tomato collection that offers several favorites from yesteryear that the Kingsville, Ontario, greenhouse vegetable grower-shipper is marketing as a “gastronomic delight for tomato aficionados.”More Packer Stories for Cucumbers
Market Scope - Cucumbers — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 25
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (175-190-263, field-grown 134-133-189, greenhouse 41-57-74) — Movement expected to increase. Trading pickles moderate, others slow. Prices pickles generally unchanged, others lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $12.95, fair quality mostly $10.95, ordinary quality mostly $3.95-6; large mostly $8.95. Cartons 24s mostly $4.95-5.95, 36s mostly $6.95. 1 1/9-bushel crates pickles 200-300s and 300-400s $12.95-14.95, 150-200s mostly $18.104.22.168. Greenhouse cartons film-wrapped long seedless 12s mostly $5.95-7; 22-pound cartons persian small and small-medium mostly $9-9.95. Quality and condition variable.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Shipments (84-64-54) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading waxed active, others moderate. Prices waxed higher, others generally unchanged. Includes palletizing and cooling. 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates pickles 150-200s mostly $18.90-19.90, 200-300s mostly $20.90-21.90. Waxed 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $18-18.35, medium fair quality mostly $9.35-10.35; cartons 24s mostly $6.35-7.35. Quality generally good.