Interest in cucumbers increased this year, even though the percentages in Fresh Trends 2013 show a slight dip in the likelihood of purchase compared to last year (down two percentage points). Cucumbers made a notable jump in the list of top 20 vegetables this year, climbing from No. 11 in Fresh Trends 2012 to No. 7 this year.
Cucumbers — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 31
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (117-183-185 (field grown 92-148-134, greenhouse 25-35-51)) — Movement expected about the same. Trading Persian fairly slow, others slow. Prices 36s generally unchanged, others lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium $8.95- $10.95, fair quality mostly $6.95-8.95, ordinary quality mostly $3-5; small mostly $4.95-7; large mostly $6.95-7.95. Cartons 36s mostly $5.95- $6.-bushel and 40-45-pound plastic containers pickles 200-300s and 300-400s mostly $8.95-10.95, 150-200s mostly $6.95-8.95. Greenhouse cartons film-wrapped long seedless medium 12s $5-7; 22-pound cartons persian small and small-medium mostly $6-7. Quality variable.
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (74-99-77) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading early moderate, late slow. Prices lower. Waxed 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates medium $14.35-16.85 fair quality mostly $6.35-7.85; cartons 24s mostly $5.35-6.85. Quality generally good.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Shipments (12-29-48 (includes organic 0-0-0)) Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin the season. Trading pickles slow, waxed fairly slow. Prices pickles 200-300s slightly lower, 150-200s generally unchanged, waxed fair quality lower, other waxed much lower. Includes palletizing and Cooling. 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates pickles 150-200s mostly $16-16.35, 200-300s mostly $18.35-20.35. Prices 1 1/9-bushel cartons waxed medium mostly $10.35-12.35, fair quality mostly $6-6.35. Carton 24s mostly $4-5. Quality generally good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (37-38*-39) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading fairly slow. Prices 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $10.95-12.95, fair quality mostly $8.95, ordinary quality $4.95-5.95; large $8.95-9.95. Quality generally good. *revised
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH OTAY MESA, CALIFORNIA — Crossings greenhouse (70-44*-38) — Movement expected to decrease sharply. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Quality generally good. Light and sporadic crossings expected to continue through December. *revised. LAST REPORT.