In modern times California has been the top, undisputed volume king when it comes to the nearly 1.2 million truck load equivalents of fresh fruits and vegetables that is shipped primarily by truck every year in the U.S. A review of USDA statistics for 2017 shows this has not changed.
Here are the Top 10 states when it comes to annual fresh produce shipments: California, Washington, Idaho, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin, Colorado, Texas, North Carolina and New York.
1. California. While the “left” coast continues more towards socialism and sometimes the politicians are doing out right looney stuff, somehow California agriculture continues, although over the past two decades more agriculture production has moved to Mexico because of lower labor and production costs. Still, no state comes close to California in terms of sheer volume.
Here are some stats that prove it.
*395,575 truck load equvialents
*4.1 million acres of fresh produce and tree nuts.
*$24 billion value.
*2600 produce shippers, wholesalers and businesses.
2. Washington. Led by shipments of apples, potatoes and onions, Washington state is a distant second to California, but easily outdistances other states.
*229,565 truck loads.
*$4 billion value.
*308 produce shippers, wholesalers and businesses.
3. Idaho. Famous Idaho potatoes are the undisputed king here.
*121,763 truck loads.
*117 shippers, wholesalers and businesses.
4. Florida. The Sunshine state is known for it tomatoes, mixed vegetables, citrus and strawberries. Considering it is virtually dead in summertime for produce shipments, its ranking is impressive.
*118,040 truck loads.
*900 shippers, wholesalers and businesses.
5. Arizona. Winter shipments provide a big portion of various lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetables, including potatoes and lemons.
*75,575 truck loads.
*352 shippers, wholesalers and businesses.
6. Wisconsin. The Badger State is led by potato shipments primarily from the central part of the state. This area also is the leading shipper of cranberries in the fall. There’s also some cabbage shipments from Southeastern Wisconsin.
*40,720 truck loads.
*129 shippers, wholesalers and businesses.
7. Colorado. Barely trailing Wisconsin is Colorado, with its San Luis Valley potato loadings, plus mixed vegetables in the Northeastern part of the state.
*40,530 truck loads.
*122 shippers, wholesalers and businesses.
8. Texas. The Lone Star state has citrus and mixed vegetable shipments from the Lower Rio Grande Valley. West Texas also has a sizeable production of potatoes from the Hereford area.
*37,395 truck loads.
758 shippers, wholesalers and businesses.
9. North Carolina. The Tar Heel state easily leads the nation in sweet potato shipments. It also has much smaller volume with mixed vegetables and apples, much of it being in the Western part of the state.
*34,305 truck loads.
114 shippers, wholesalers and businesses.
10. New York. The Empire state grows produce in virtually all geographical areas. Apples are biggest in the Hudson Valley, but also are grown in several other areas across the state. There are mixed vegetables, potatoes and onions in various areas.
*24,943 truck loads.
*797 shippers, wholesalers and businesses.