Vegetables 2011 Summary
Fresh market vegetable and melon production for the 24 selected crops estimated in 2011 totaled 435 million hundredweight, down 2 percent from last year. Harvested area covered 1.70 million acres, down 1 percent from 2010. Value of the 2011 crop is estimated at 11.1 billion dollars, up 1 percent from a year ago. The three largest crops, in terms of production, are onions, head lettuce, and watermelons, which combined to account for 37 percent of the total production. Tomatoes, head lettuce, and romaine lettuce claim the highest values, accounting for 29 percent of the total value when combined.
For the 24 selected vegetables and melons estimated in 2011, California continues to be the leading fresh market State, accounting for 44 percent of the harvested area, 50 percent of production, and 50 percent of the value.