Southeastern Produce Shipments are Rolling Along

Southeastern Produce Shipments are Rolling Along

DSCN5304Florida spring produce shipments continue to roll along, while Georgia is starting to show signs of life.

Over a 1,000 truck loads of mature green, plum and roma tomatoes are being shipped weekly from central and southern portions of Florida.   Over 700 trucks loads of sweet corn also are be loaded each week, while good volume also is found with potatoes, bell peppers, cabbage and cucumbers. Dozens of other spring veggies also are being shipped in smaller quantities.

April has seen a big increase in volumes of Florida blueberry shipments.  In late March there was virtually no movement, but volume exploded the week of April 6th as shipments took off.  However, peak volumes in Florida should start tapering off this week.   Total Florida blueberry shipments could be 5 to 7 million pounds above last season.

Florida vegetable shipments – grossing about $3200 to New York City, $2700 to Chicago.

Georgia Produce Shipments

Georgia now is shipping blueberries in light, but increasing volume.  Other Georgia produce shipments are mostly light with items ranging from carrots to greens (collards, kale, mustard, turnips, etc.) . There is light, but increasing volume with squash. Cabbage remains light, but should be in good volume by the week of May 4th.

Vidalia onion shipments are increasing, hitting good volume by early May.  Peaches from the Fort Valley area should start the third week of May.