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Market Report for the week of March 11, 2019

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  • We are seeing good supplies of Red Delicious, Gala, and Fuji Apples. Demand has been solid with steady pricing. More limited have been Granny Smith and Golden DeliciousApples – especially on smaller sized fruit.
  • The market has gone down slightly on Asparagus. We are seeing plenty of available supplies with good quality. Production has returned closer to average for this time of year.
  • Markets are continuing to stay steady with smaller sized Hass Avocados. Supply should stay steady.
  • According to growers, the issues that we have been seeing on Bananas are coming to an end. We are expecting good grade, quality and normal supplies.
  • Blackberry supplies have been tight. Quality is good with steady pricing. Expect to see similar conditions throughout the month. Blueberry supplies are improving with steady pricing. Raspberry quality is improving. Supplies are steady with increased volumes expected late this month. Pricing has been steady to higher. Strawberries from CA are in an extreme situation from too much rain. Pricing will be steady to higher with supplies remaining tight. Florida berry pricing is also elevated with the increased demand and smaller sized fruit. Quality has been good.
  • Broccoli supplies are lighter this week. Prices will remain escalated with weather being the main factor for the next few weeks. Growers have reported some quality concerns with yellowing.  Cauliflower supplies continue to be extremely short as demand exceeds supply. The market continues to rise as suppliers are battling lower yields. Expect to see escalated prices for the next few weeks. Quality is fair.
  • Supplies of Brussels Sprouts will be light due to cooler weather in the growing region. Growers are reporting fair quality. Prices should remain steady.
  • Cantaloupe production is picking up momentum. Pricing has been higher with an increase in demand. Brix levels have been in the 10-14% range with good color. Honeydew Melons have also picked up in production with good volumes available. Quality has been very good with brix levels in the 11-13% range and nice clean exteriors.
  • Current demand on Carrots has been very strong outpacing supplies. A price increase is likely this month as several factors from packer pre-cooling charges to labor increases will affect the overall cost to grow and harvest.
  • Celery supplies continue to tight this week with weather as the main factor for the escalated markets. Quality is being reported as fair. Supplies will be short for the next few weeks.
  • There is a steady supply of Corn from multiple growing regions with good quality.
  • Cucumber Selects have light supplies this week. New crop is still 2-3 weeks away from beginning of harvest. Quality is good. European Cucumber supplies are beginning to improve with multiple growing regions harvesting. Quality remains excellent.
  • Demand has perked up on Eggplant as we have entered into the Lent season. Supplies have been on the lighter side, but should pick up within the next 3 weeks when new crop arrives. Quality has been average.
  • We are seeing better volumes of Seedless Grapes. Chilean volumes have begun to increase with overall quality good to fair. Red Seedless have better supplies than GreenSeedless right now.
  • The Green Bean market is steady this week with moderate supply and demand. Quality has been good.
  • IcebergGreen LeafRed Leaf and Romaine supplies remain tight this week. Weather is causing some quality issues with epidermal peeling and blistering. Demand has increased across the board. A transition is growing regions is expected in the next week – some weather related challenges could affect product quality.
  • The Kale market continues to come down this week as more supplies are available. Quality is good to fair with nice, full bunches.
  • Growers and processors are having challenges with Arugula and Spring Mix currently due to weather and insect challenges. A growing region transition will take place soon and improvements on quality are expected.
  • Lemon pricing and supplies are steady with reported good quality. 165s will be lighter on supply with fruit peaking on larger sizes. The Lime supply is extremely tight due to less fruit crossing the borders currently. With higher demand and higher FOB(Freight on board) prices have significantly increased. Quality is average.
  • Mangoes are in light supply and in high demand. Some varieties we are seeing include Ataulfo, Tommy Atkins.
  • Onions are steady to slightly higher priced this week. White Onions have a more limited supply with Jumbo Yellow and Red Onions having the best supplies available. GreenOnions are improving due to better weather. Recent cooler weather is partly responsible for minor leaf damage.
  • Navel Oranges have good supplies available with the majority of fruit in the smaller sizes. Quality and flavor have been good. Brix levels have been in the 11-12% range.
  • Pears are in good supply. We should have good volumes of Bosc Pears through April, Red Pears through June and d’Anjou through July/early August.
  • Prices have increased this week on Bell Peppers. Supplies are tight, especially on Red, Yellow and Orange. New crop has nice color and firm flesh. Look for improved volumes over the next several weeks as Spring supplies increase.
  • Dryer conditions in the growing region have resulted in slightly less volumes on Pineapples than expected for this time of year. The situation is expected to improve in the next couple of weeks in time for Easter.
  • Potato pricing is up as storage crop dwindles and seasonal demand has been strong. New crop isn’t expected for a couple months. Red, White and Gold Potatoes from Florida are in peak season.
  • Spring crop of Yellow Squash and Zucchini are showing improved quality. Volumes are adequate to meet demand this week.
  • Round Tomatoes and Roma Tomato pricing is elevated due to lower winter crop volumes. We will not see and increase in volume until spring crop is ready to harvest in the coming weeks. Quality has been good to fair. Grape Tomato and Cherry Tomato market is steady with good to fair quality. Hothouse Beefsteak Tomato pricing will also increase due to the lower volumes of field grown fruit.
  • As Spring approaches, the Cavalier Homegrown List grows. Check it out!