Bezanson notes that pricing on greenhouse red bell peppers isn’t healthy, yet orange and yellow bell peppers seem to be in good shape. Prices also seem to be currently holding steady and fluctuation-free. “And when we have our bell peppers, which is about once a week, the demand for them is good. They go right out and most of that demand is from the southeast,” he adds.
That said, Bezanson suspects the market will improve in the coming weeks. “I have a gut feeling that supply is going to start tightening up and I think we’ll start to see some pick up,” he says.
Meanwhile he echoes what many growers have been saying since Christmas: that demand for commodities has been light since the holiday season. “It’s been a very strange year. We always say that but this year, it’s one checkmark above,” he says. “I don’t know why that is—we’ve had bad weather in the past and different situations interfere, but this year I can’t put my finger on it.”
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