More typical Florida fall tomato season predicted - The Packer

More typical Florida fall tomato season predicted

11/09/2010 10:15:26 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Madonia and DiMare called early fall demand sluggish and quoted $9.95 for 5x6s, 6x6s and 6x7s.

The USDA on Nov. 5 quoted $8.95-9.95 for 25-pound cartons of loose mature greens 85% U.S. No. One or better for those sizes from central Florida.

That’s significantly lower than last season in mid-November when the USDA reported $25.95 for 5x6s, $23.95 for 6x6s and $21.95 for 6x7s from central Florida.

For USDA reported the same prices for mature greens from Quincy.

For cherry tomatoes from central Florida, the USDA in early November reported $9.95-10.95 for flats of 12 1-pint containers with lids, lower than last year in early November when those flats sold for $15.95-16.95.

On central Florida grape tomatoes, flats of 12 1-pint containers with lids marketed for $5.95-6.95; 20-pound cartons of loose grapes sold for $10.95-11.95, down from last year’s $15.95-16.95 for the clamshells and $29.95-30.95 for the bulk cartons.

Romas from central Florida in early November sold for $10.95-11.95 for 25-pound cartons for large, $9.95-10.95 for medium and smalls selling for $7.95-8.95.

Last fall, extra large sold for $19.95, large, $18.95-19.95 and mediums, $16.95.

While central Florida usually finishes harvesting in late December, Immokalee and south Florida typically start harvesting in late November with volume hitting in December.

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