Georgia Shipments to Increase

Georgia spring fruits and vegetables are generally a week or more early giving  truckers some loading opportunities a little sooner than normal.  Greens ranging from kale to mustard, collard, etc. are in a steady mode for harvest, packing and shipping.  In the weeks ahead veggies ranging from  beans to cucumbers, squash, eggplant, peppers, etc. will be coming on from central and southern areas of Georgia.

Light shipments of sweet Vidalia onions are underway, with good volume about another week away.

Something not widely known about Georgia is its blueberry shipments have significantly increased over the past eight years or so.  In 2004 it had 20 million pounds of blues and this year it should ship about 50 million pounds, despite half of the crop being wiped out by a February freeze.   In recent years Georgia has ranked anywhere from second to fourth in blueberry shipments, and this is expected to continue increasing.

Georgia peach shipments should be starting around May 10th from the Ft. Valley area.  Volume is expected to be normal for the early and middle part of the season, although the late season peaches could yield lighter shipments if projections hold.  Georgia typically ships peaches into August.

In South Carolina peach shipments should get underway around the third week of May.

Various greens from Georgia – grossing about $2600 to Philadelphia.