(Nov. 7) Importers of fall and winter vegetables from west Mexico report excellent quality and expect strong demand for promotable quantities of all commodities this holiday season.

In the first week of November, Farmer’s Best International LLC, Nogales, Ariz., was bringing in zucchini and yellow squash from the Hermosillo area in northern Mexico and cucumbers and eggplant from the state of Sinaloa, said Jerry Wagner, director of sales and marketing.

Green peppers and beans were expected to follow the week of Nov. 12, and red peppers the week after that.

Zucchini volumes were peaking in early November, cucumbers were expected to peak about Nov. 19 and peppers in early December, Wagner said.

All vegetables were right on schedule — if not three or four days early — and showing the effects of near-ideal growing conditions, he said.

Ciruli Bros. LLC, Nogales, Ariz., imported squash in early November and planned to begin shipments of eggplant the week of Nov. 12, with early green bell peppers shortly thereafter and colored bell peppers about Dec. 3, said Chris Ciruli, partner.

The Sykes Co., Rio Rico, Ariz., was shipping cucumbers from Hermosillo in early November, with acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash expected to follow the week of Nov. 19, said Bill Sykes, president.

The Hermosillo region, unlike other regions of Mexico, has been blessed with good weather this fall, Sykes said.

“There’s been a lot of rain in eastern Mexico, but we haven’t had that problem,” he said. “Everything has been optimal.”

Markets were looking good in early November, Wagner said.

“Things are pretty active, and we haven’t even started to pull for Thanksgiving yet,” he said. “We should see promotable volumes on everything.”