Last spring in mid- and late February, shippers quoted prices exceeding $45 for the small volumes that were shipping from Homestead.
In late February 2009, the USDA reported $28.85-30.85 from south Florida.
Bryan Biederman, assistant sales manager for Pioneer Growers Co-op, said the December freezes made bean supplies inconsistent throughout the winter, particularly from Homestead.
“The quality has been compromised by the weather,” he said in late February. “They had very cold weather and then some heavy rains. Needless to say, it has been a rough growing season from Homestead to Belle Glade.”
Quality, however, should improve daily, he said.
Emilio Mirzakhani, general manager of Homestead Pole Bean Cooperative Inc., said Homestead green beans resumed regular shipping volume in mid-February. He said volume should remain steady through the end of March.
“Beans have been high priced and not very fancy quality,” he said in mid-February. “Now, we are getting to the very good beans. They have good color and very good quality.”