US: Red potatoes enjoying hot summer

Image result for red potatoesAs the summer solstice hit on June 21, California’s weather heated up with record temperatures noted in many different communities. At the same time, the market for red potatoes also heated up and a strong market is expected throughout July. Gary Askenaizer, who handles bulk potato sales for Progressive Produce Corp. in Los Angeles, told The Produce News on June 29 that supplies of red potatoes were short as the Kern County, CA, deal winds down before deals in Stockton, CA, and eastern Washington get under way. He said the colored potato market appeared to be fairly strong. He also noted that the russet potato market might see some strengthening as well, as the fresh crop from the Northwest looks like it is at least a couple of weeks behind typical timing. “The new crop out of Washington doesn’t look like it is going to get going until the end of July. That’s later than usual.” More