Vegetables and Melons Outlook - October 2011
Retail prices for fresh-market vegetables averaged 6 percent above a year earlier during the summer quarter (July-September) of 2011. With few exceptions, average retail prices were higher for most all major vegetables. Given increased area and average weather this fall, fresh-market vegetable supplies should equal or exceed year-earlier levels. As a result, grower prices are expected to average below last fall’s relatively low levels. With improved supplies and more opportunities for advertised specials, retail prices for fall fresh vegetables are expected to remain near those of a year earlier.