MN & WI – Grocers and produce stores across the dual states are baffled, as their usual assortment of produce don’t normally spike during this time of the year. But sales records indicate that cucumber sales are the highest of the year during the mid-September through mid-November sales months. Some experts weigh in and say that colder weather has more people buying up produce that don’t always make it through the first couple frosts of the Fall season. Cucumbers, long and slender, are crisp and delectable treats used for salads and other meals. So what prompts more people to buy them between these particular dates?
It could also point to a particular prime harvest time, where consumers only want to buy cucumbers during seasonal recipes. But as far as anyone can tell, there are no recipes that call for cucumbers that such demand is almost doubled in a two month span. “Oh you know, us girls just love our cucumbers during the Fall. When our guys are all out hunting, we have to feed the family. But these cucumbers, they remind us of our youth, if you know what I mean”, mentions Jennifer Y. of Brooklyn Center, MN.
Even farmers are noticing this trend, ramping up production to meet these demands of the later season. “Yes, we know what people want. So we grow them how they like them. We leave the cucumbers on the vine for just a little longer so they get bigger. This time of the year, everyone wants them bigger for some reason. Tastes more sour now, too old. No good for eating”, Pang X. says. Pang is a local organic farmer that specializes in large produce production, she regularly wins the State Fair prize for largest cucumbers grown. “My zucchinis are also very big, but cucumbers taste sweeter and more firmer, if you know what I mean.”
Yes Pang, we definitely know what you mean. *wink wink* ■