The supply of hard squash is down from last year. “The production across all vegetables is down out of Western Mexico and little hard squash remains in storage in the U.S.,” says Lesley Sykes of The Sykes Co.
Sykes (left) at a squash field in Sonora.
She notes that Western Mexico is dealing with supply issues of squash due to the lingering effects of the tropical storms in October, continuing water shortages and abnormally cold temperatures. “This is particularly relevant for most of the vegetables coming out of the Culiacan growing area,” adds Sykes.
Looking ahead at production
Currently the production is out of Hermosillo, Sonora with the main varieties including butternut and spaghetti squash with some kabocha and acorn as well. “More growing regions will be supplying the market over the next few weeks, starting with Guaymas and Obregon and then moving further south,” says Sykes, noting that acorn squash will lead, followed by other varieties.
Currently, the production is out of Hermosillo, Sonora with the main varieties including butternut (above) and spaghetti squash with some kabocha and acorn as well.
With those production delays and significant shortages, it has led to a wild market with certain vegetables in the $30 range. “We keep thinking that things will normalize but it seems to be one issue after another leading to unusually lower activity in Nogales which impacts us all,” says Sykes.