The cantaloupe season in the Midwest region is currently in full swing. Despite challenging weather conditions during the growing season, the harvest began on time. Volume is down though as the effects of the cool conditions the region experienced during spring take hold. Overall, growers are feeling generally positive with how the season has commenced.
"Our cantaloupe season here in Indiana started in mid July and we will hopefully go through to the end of September," said Johnny Walker of Melon Acres. "The harvest began within our normal timeframe, but the rain and cooler weather we had during the growing season has resulted in volume being down in the region."
Walker added that Melon Acres grows the Accolade, Aphrodite and Aristotle cantaloupe varieties. "One of the reasons we grow the different varieties is because each customer prefers a certain size, and with these we can cover everything they need."
Demand is soft
The summer season has failed to bring with it the usually stronger demand for cantaloupes. Suppliers are reporting softer interest, but the market seems to continue to hold up well. "The market has been fairly decent and close to the average," Walker noted. "Demand however, is quite lackluster and we are not seeing a great level of interest in cantaloupe this summer as we typically do."
"Our cantaloupes are packed in a bulk configuration in attractive 2 ft. graphic bins," he continued. "Each bin functions as its own display and contains 70-130 of our #1 cantaloupes. Number 2 cantaloupes are also available upon request. We ship to New York and all the way to Wyoming."