Regular cucumber, squash and eggplant deals predicted

11/11/2013 02:11:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

In late October, the USDA reported these prices from south Georgia: half-bushel cartons of small zucchini for $6.35-8.85 and medium for $4.35-6.85; small yellow straightneck squash for $6.35-8.85 and medium for $5.35-6.85; and small yellow crookneck squash for $10.35-12.85 and medium for $6.35-8.85.

From Florida, the USDA reported half-bushel cartons of small zucchini going for $6.35-7.35 and medium for $4.35-5.35; and small yellow straightneck going for $5.35-6.35 and medium for $4-4.35.

“Demand is very strong, and volume has been very good in Georgia,” J&J’s Rayfield said. “We’ve had good prices.”

Though Georgia plans to harvest through Thanksgiving, Rayfield said the transition to Florida should work well.

Southern Corporate Packers Inc., planned to start harvest in early November.

“Quality looks perfect,” Brian Arrigo, president, said in late October. “We’ve had great growing conditions. Though we’ve had a lot of rain, overall, we’re real happy with the deal.”

Eggplant

Buyers can expect adequate eggplant supplies for the Thanksgiving and Christmas pull, L&M’s Lytch said.

“We’re shaping up to have consistent supply,” he said in late October. “In Georgia and Florida, when (the plants) were young, they went through most of the rains. Considering they experienced all of that, they look real good.”

L&M started harvesting in north Florida in late October, begin south Florida harvesting in mid-November and finish Georgia production in mid-November.

In late October, the USDA reported 1 1/9-bushel cartons from south Georgia selling for $10.35-10.85 for mediums with $6.35-8.85 for large.

“In Florida, they’re looking well,” Cullen said. “We are expecting good supplies, and barring any weather issues we should see good quality.”


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