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Market Report For May 13th, 2019

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  • Strawberries will be in excellent supply through mid-May from all growing regions. The overall quality and flavor is very good. Long-stem berries are still available.
  • Green Pepper pricing remains higher through the end of May as Florida is finishing up their growing season and Georgia has not started harvesting yet. Red, Yellow and Orange Bell Peppers are also becoming more expensive as the Green Peppers have less availability.
  • A transition is growing regions for Green Seedless Grapes is taking place. Supplies are a bit more limited until new crop supplies ramp up. Red Seedless are more plentiful with higher pricing however. Early supplies of Cotton Candy Grapes will be finishing up and we will see a slight gap in supplies when new crop will arrive in June.
  • Blueberries are in excellent supply until the end of the month. Some new crop is just starting to harvest and the fruit has been excellent.
  • ALERT! Celery will remain tight through the middle of the month. Supplies will gradually improve as we head to the end of May. Prices have begun to slide down in anticipation of the greater volumes to come.
  • California Peaches and Nectarines have begun to harvest with the larger sized fruit going into tray packs. Prices are beginning to come down. The first available CA Apricots will hit the market this week. Southern Peaches are due to arrive in the next week or so. Sizing will start out small with larger sized fruit expected in June.
  • Early Cherry volumes were not as plentiful as projected for May. Fruit was also much smaller than anticipated. With rain in the forecast for the early part of May growers are hoping for good harvests.
  • ALERT! Cauliflower continues to be on the tighter side, but it looks like supplies will begin to improve through the end of the month. Many growers are anticipating larger harvests so pricing will come down and pack sizes will be mostly 12ct.
  • Raspberries and Blackberries are in steady supply. Supplies are expected to drop off after the first part of the month, but pricing isn’t expected to increase too much. Quality and flavor have been good on both.
  • Green Bean markets look steady. Pricing is promotable with great quality. New crop will begin to harvest in mid-May.
  • Watermelon markets will pick up as we head closer to Memorial Day weekend. Growers will be transitioning fields. Quality will be good and is expected to get better.
  • Florida Super Sweet Corn remains in peak season. Quality has been good and supplies are expected to go until Memorial Day.
  • Cucumber Selects remain promotable with growers harvesting in strong numbers. European Cucumber pricing is picking up, but we are still seeing good volumes with excellent quality.
  • ALERT! Round Slicing Tomato and Roma Tomato market pricing will be on the rise. Negotiations between the US and Mexico are resulting in tariffs until a new suspension agreement can be reached.
  • East Coast Broccoli Crowns are in good supply and quality has been nice.
  • Zucchini pricing remains low with abundant supplies and excellent quality. Yellow Squash is still priced higher. Their delicate skin is more susceptible to weather related quality issues, so yields are only as good as, not better than zucchini.
  • Grape Tomato price markets will rise with the rest of the field grown tomatoes. Quality is good. Greenhouse grown Tomatoes are looking very attractive. We are seeing lots of Beefsteak and Tomatoes on the Vine.
  • Now is the time for Collards, Bunched Radishes, Kale, Arugula, Bunched Spinach, Mint, Basil, Asparagus, Bunched Beets and Dill. Coming soon we will see even more Bok Choy and Baby Bok Choy.
  • Cantaloupe supplies are coming into season and prices are beginning to lower.
  • Iceberg Lettuce is in good supply and pricing will be promotable. As the month comes to an end, supplies will dwindle and pricing will increase. Romaine Hearts are in excellent supply.
  • More Local Asparagus has arrived at the warehouse. Quality has been excellent. Northern domestic supplies are beginning to harvest which will increase overall market availability.
  • Avocado markets are steady, but growers in Mexico are trying to push them up. Harvests are being controlled by a couple of strong growers at the highest elevations. This control is increasing prices as they limiting the harvesting activities.
  • Brussels Sprouts are again extremely short this week. New crop harvest has been delayed. Growers are reporting 50-70% less volume than expected.
  • Navel Oranges are still in good supply with lower freight costs. We are seeing good demand and good pricing available ahead of some growers switching to the summer variety Valencia Orange.

Check out the Cavalier Homegrown List for what we currently have that is in season and harvested locally!