Posadas, Benedict C. Mississippi MarketMaker Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 15, Dec. 8, 2015.
U.S. Garlic Consumption
According to Penn State Extension, “garlic consumption has quadrupled in the United States since 1980 and now stands at about 2 pounds per capita. Around 24,000 to 26,000 acres of garlic are planted annually in the United States, with total production of around 400 million pounds. U.S. production is concentrated in California, with smaller acreages in Oregon, Nevada, Washington, and New York. About one-half of U.S. garlic production is sold in the fresh market; the other half is dehydrated. At the wholesale level, garlic is normally traded as 5-, 22-, and 30-pound boxes; 3-pound ropes and braids; and cases of 48 2-bulb boxes.”
The Fruit and Vegetable Market News published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that at the Atlanta Terminal Wholesale Market on Dec. 4, 2015, the “garlic market was about steady." 30-pound cartons of California White jumbo were selling at 54.00-56.50. Different wholesale prices were reported at the other terminal markets in other major cities.
Farmers Growing Garlic Who Are Registered in Marketmaker
Households or businesses looking for local garlic farms, please use the following steps:
1. Using your PC, laptop, iPad or smart phone, go to http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com.
2. Click “Search” and type “garlic”.
3. Select Farmer/Rancher under Basic Filters, then click Search.
4. Remember to specify your current location.
There are 24 farmers registered in Mississippi MarketMaker growing garlic, as shown in the MarketMaker map. When the search was expanded to all the member states, the total number of farmers growing garlic reached 976.
Please encourage your local farmers to register at Mississippi MarketMaker to reach more buyers and more efficiently form profitable business alliances.
MarketMaker Training Workshops for Farmers, Fishermen, Fishfarmers, Charter Boat Captains, Food Processors, Food Wholesalers, Food Retailers, Land and Sea Grant Extension Faculty and Staff, State Regulators and School Teachers and Youth
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