This is an excellent time of year for pineapple grown in Costa Rica. The weather is ideal as this is the dry season in all of our growing areas. The quality is excellent and our yields are at a very high level and this will be a very good time to promote a beautiful tropical fruit during the Spring months leading into the Easter holiday time period. Sizing will be trending towards bigger fruit concentrated mainly in 5’s and 6’s and we are seeing the gold pineapple at our farms with a high exterior shell color and brix levels averaging 14 to 15.
Prime season for watermelon is just about to start. We will begin harvesting at our farms in Tamaulipas, Mexico the beginning of April and we’ll be shipping product from there through the start of the domestic program in May. This fruit will be loading from our warehouse in McAllen, Texas and we will be offering a full range of sizes and pack styles. The quality looks very good and we are anticipating a strong crop with very good yields. As we move forward in May, we will begin our domestic crop in Florida the first of the month and maintain harvesting through the first week of June. Please contact us directly to discuss supply opportunities and the strategic Memorial Day promotional period.
Our imported Mexican sweet onion program has been very successful this year. The overall Mexican market has seen record highs due to a limited supply imported into the US. The Mexican crop is winding down as we prepare to harvest our sweet onions fields in Georgia. The overall acreage planted in Georgia this year is down from last year so expect the higher markets to continue into the domestic sweet onion season. We are looking forward to a very successful Vidalia onion season as harvest will start on April 22nd.
The domestic sweet potato crop on the East Coast has been greatly affected by the adverse weather conditions from this past Fall. Yields have been lower than normal and demand is exceeding the available supply from the main growing areas in North Carolina and Georgia. Although supplies are tight, we are managing our storage product strategically so that we will have sweet potatoes available through the Spring and Summer prior to the new crop starting this Fall.