Tropical Storm Hilary pushes prices up on asparagus

From Fresh Plaza | 1 September 2023

Overview of asparagus supplies in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on August 31, 2023. 

Supplies of asparagus out of Mexico look to be good right now. “We currently have a steady supply of asparagus for the next several weeks and the quality is excellent,” said Jesse Lopez, commodity account manager for Ocean Mist Farms.

This is even with the recent Tropical Storm Hilary which earlier this month brought both heavy rainfall and winds to the Pacific Coast of Mexico, the Baja California Peninsula and the Southwestern United States. “Thankfully we weren’t affected by the recent rains and storm so the production has been uninterrupted,” says Lopez. “We did get some rain but not nothing that was of any damage to the crops or operations.”

High market price

That said, the recent storms did affect some other‘s crops which has pushed the market price high for the moment–the more limited supply hit a marketplace with high demand.

Ocean Mist Farms’ asparagus growing region is in Baja, Mexico. Its program is virtually year-round with short dips in August and January. The company packs an 11/ct bunch (1 lb) and when supplies allow, typically in the summer months, it also offers a 28lb (28 bunch) box.

asparagus prices by pack

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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