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Cabbage volumes picking up in Florida
Weather conditions over the last few weeks have seen cabbage crops begin to build volume again. A month ago, cold conditions meant that growth had slowed and farmers were seeing low supply. However, now with sunny and warm conditions returning, growers are optimistic about the coming weeks.
"Cabbage is currently grown domestically in Florida and Texas," said Jonah Critcher of Critcher Brothers Produce. "Several weeks ago, we experienced cold weather which caused the cabbage to stop growing. After that, there was significant rainfall which caused further delays. Things are back to normal however, with the return of sunny and warm conditions and we expect to see supplies build again in the next week. Overall volumes are about the same as they were a year ago."
Critcher added that they intend to finish the Florida season by April. "If the weather stays as it is, we expect to see the next few weeks result in good volume which will help to meet expected higher demand over the next few weeks," Critcher said. "Typically, the cabbage season in Florida goes through to April. Sometimes it can reach the end of April. However, that is generally too long and we aim to finish by the middle of the month."
Demand expected to increase
Critcher Brothers Produce grow two varieties of cabbage on their farms, the Bronco and Bravo, both of which are green cabbage varieties. With the St. Patrick's Day holiday coming up in March, the company, along with other growers, are expecting demand for cabbage to increase.
"We expect a lot heavier pull for cabbage in the next two weeks with St. Patrick's Day around the corner," Critcher explained. "The market has improved over the last few months and supply is also now heavier than it has been. This means that movement is going to improve and we are optimistic about the short term."
"The St. Patrick's Day holiday also attracts higher demand for other produce such as potatoes," he continued. "A lot of the retailers are expected to begin their holiday promotions for cabbage very soon, along with potatoes."
For more information:
Critcher Brothers Produce
Tel: +1 (828) 264-2669
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