The 2015 Winter produce market is ramping up.

There’s a big reason why a lot of trucking companies are at full capacity…

Jalapeno peppers, tomatillos and Mexican gray squash are coming across the border in record numbers. Organic vegetables, grown in Mexico and shipped through Nogales to US consumers, are also reaching record volumes. Mexico remains established as the major source of vegetables to the US in the cold months of late winter, with great expectation to early spring.

On the northern side of the border of Mexico, in Yuma County, with its rich soil, plentiful water access, and more than 350 days of sunshine a year, Yuma’s produce is feeding thousands of households nationwide. After the notorious summer heat, the temperature drops just enough to create the country’s longest growing season. Yuma County is the winter lettuce capital of the world, supplying a whopping 90% of the nation’s leafy vegetables between November and March. Agriculture is Yuma County’s number one industry and accounts for over a third of Arizona’s total agricultural revenue. Approximately 45,000 workers harvest the fields and work in the nine salad plants that produce bagged salad mixes. During peak production months, each of those plants processes more than two million pounds of lettuce each day!

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