Early market indications worrisome for asparagus growers

The head of the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board says she’s very concerned to see consumers cut back on vegetable purchases to counter higher food costs.

Jamie Clover Adams tell Brownfield, “Sales at retail are higher, but that’s because prices are higher.”  “Volume is down 3.5 percent year over year, March to March,” she says.

Clover Adams says Peruvian import dumping during the American harvest has been even more troublesome in the current environment with many growers now facing several years of limited returns.

“They had a pretty significant impact on us this last year, largely because of inflation,” she explains.  “Consumers pulled back last year, there are indications that they continue to pull back on purchases.”

Clover Adams says current imports of asparagus remain comparable to last year which could mean for another difficult year for U.S. growers.

Michigan’s harvest is expected to start the first week of May.

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