Thursday, June 30, 2011

Welcome to July - Bring on the Celebrations!!!!

Tomorrow is the start of July, and it’s hard to believe we are halfway through 2011 already!!! This weekend will be filled with National celebrations as Friday marks Canada Day, and Monday is the Fourth of July in the United States. The weekend is sure to be filled with plenty of barbeques and fireworks; so, let’s take a look at the movement of some of the July BBQ favorites that the produce industry brings to the table:

- Corn: The great BBQ staple!!! There is strong demand for corn at this time of year across the Nation, and quality is predicted to be very good. However, the weather has affected some productions; Florida’s spring weather has potentially delayed movement; South Georgia continues to ship corn, although movement out of this area has decreased slightly; California is seeing a seasonal increase in movement with trading out of this area noted as active; Eastern Virginia harvest has just begun, and growers expect the crop to be in good condition.

- Cherries: Now is the season for everyone’s favorite stone fruit! Although it has been noted that the crop is running 2 weeks behind, movement is steadily increasing out of the Yakima and Wenatchee Districts in Washington, with the predominant variety being Chelan cherries; movement out of the Stockton, Lodi, and Lynden Districts in California is decreasing, and only light shipments will continue through the end of this week.

- Watermelon: A front-runner for eating contests this weekend! Excellent supplies will be coming out of Georgia, where hot and dry growing conditions are producing high-sugar watermelons; Texas, Alabama, and South Carolina are also all shipping with trading being mostly active out of all these areas; in Florida, the season is winding down with fourth of July shipments being one of their last.

- Blueberries: Blueberries are always a favorite in the summertime, and their role in the red, white, and blue themed displays for US July 4th ensure strong demand. Blueberry supplies are in ample supply from New Jersey right now; Michigan production is running a bit behind; Growers in Georgia, North Carolina and Mississippi will be moving supplies, but not to the volume that New Jersey has; out of the West Coast, California expects to be winding down their production, and the Northwest region is running a week behind due to cool growing weather this spring.

We hope everyone enjoys their start of July Celebrations!! Happy Canada Day and Fourth of July to Everyone!! Have fun, enjoy your fruits and vegetables, and be safe!!

Did you know??

Canada is turning 144 on Friday!! And, The United States is celebrating 235 years of independence this Monday! And not to forget about Mexico, they will be celebrating 201 years on Sept 15th!!!!! We think we all look great for our age(s)!!!

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