Florida’s fall tomatoes bring higher prices

11/07/2011 04:13:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

For cherry tomatoes from central Florida, the USDA in early November reported $12.95-13.95 for flats of 12 1-pint baskets, higher than last year in mid- November when those flats sold for $6.95-7.95.

On central Florida grape tomatoes, flats of 12 1-pint containers with lids marketed for $8.95-10.95; 20-pound cartons of loose grapes sold for $17.95-19.95, higher than last year’s $7.95-8.95 for the clamshells and $14.95-15.95 for the bulk cartons.

Because of insufficient volume, the USDA in early November wasn’t reporting prices of central Florida roma tomatoes. The agency said buyers should expect the first F.O.B. report by mid-November.

Mexican roma tomatoes crossing at Otay Mesa, Calif., sold for $8.95-10.95 for 25-pound cartons for extra large, $8.95-9.95 for large and $7.95-8.95 for medium.

Last fall, romas from central Florida in early November sold for $13.95 for 25-pound cartons for extra large, $12.95 for large, $11.95 for medium and smalls selling for $9.95.

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