New Jersey Produce Shipments
New Jersey peach shipments are now moving in good volume. There are nearly 5,000 acres of red and white peach tree orchards in New Jersey.
The Garden state also is shipping cucumbers, squash, peppers and beans, among other veggies. Jersey planted 6,300 acres of sweet corn last year and similar acreage and volume is expected this year.
As Peruvian asparagus growers move into their peak season, exporters are already ahead of the projected volumes for 2015. Peru produces asparagus throughout the year thanks to a favorable climate. Production areas are situated both in north and south of Peru, allowing exports to the United States after domestic shipments have finished. Peru exported nearly 220 million pounds of fresh asparagus in 2014, which represented an increase of 6.84 percent over export volume in 2013. The U.S. was the chief destination for fresh Peruvian asparagus, accounting for 60 percent of total volume. “Grass” arrivals are primarily at ports on both U.S. coasts.
Mexican Lemon Shipments
Beginning in mid-August, imports of Mexican lemons will start with product crossing the border at McAllen, Tx, which is during the seasonal gap between the California coastal and desert growing regions. Shipments through McAllen also offers a substantial savings on transportation for shipments to the Midwest and East Coast, compared to California. Product will be available through mid-October, leading into the start of California desert shipments.
Mexican fruits, vegetables crossing into the Lower Rio Grande Valley – grossing about $4500 to New York City.