“Instead of finishing in the middle of December, they hung on to the end of December and there wasn’t any break in the transition from one to the other.”
Cullen said the spring transition usually works well when imported product begins winding down in early April.
Wm. P. Hearne Produce Co. LLC, Wimauma, began spring plantings in late February for the company’s March/April central Florida production.
“The cucumber deal was good last fall,” president Jeff Williams said.
“The deal has been decent. We had good quality and ideal weather conditions with cool nights. The transition to offshore went well as cucumbers were tight. There was a little while when there were no imports, so prices spiked to $30 for a short time.”
In mid- to late March, Utopia Packing LLC, a division of Utopia Farms, Myakka City, plans to begin its Immokalee cucumbers and expects to start central Florida production by May.
“I think the quality is exceptional,” Brian Turner, owner, said in late February. “We will definitely have marketable volume from mid-March to the first of June.”