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Market Report for the Week of April 29, 2019

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  • Artichokes are absolutely beautiful! Quality will continue through the early summer. These will be great items to include on menus with lemons and garlic – especially grilled!
  • Peaches will start to harvest around the first full week of May from Georgia and South Carolina. Fruit will initially be small. Growers are expecting a good yield this year.
  • California Cherries will also begin harvesting the first part of May with volumes increasing as the month progresses. We could be seeing early California ApricotsNectarines and White Peaches by early to mid-May. Growers are expecting good crops. Red Plums will be available by mid-May and Black Plums by the end of May.
  • Strawberries are in abundant supply to start off May. Quality has been outstanding. Stem Berries will be available to pre-order for Mother’s Day.
  • Raspberries and Blackberries will be in steady supply this week. Pricing will remain steady for May. Blackberries are in peak season for supply and flavor. Blueberries are in flush this week with plenty of volumes available. We are making the seasonal transition to full pint containers.
  • ALERT! Celery will remain extremely tight and priced higher this week. More growers are beginning to harvest, but pricing isn’t yet reflecting that.
  • Green Bean pricing is rising fast with a gap in production as growing regions transition. Quality has been good on what is being harvested though.
  • Zucchini and Yellow Squash pricing is also on the rise just as new crop is beginning to harvest. Quality is nice.
  • Quality has been quite nice on Green PeppersRed and Yellow Bell Peppers are promotable this week, whereas Orange Bell Peppers have fewer supplies available.
  • Cluster Tomatoes are looking very nice this week with plenty of supplies available. Quality is excellent. Grape Tomato pricing is up slightly this week with nice, strong quality. Roma Tomato prices are steady. Quality has been quite nice. Slicing Tomatoes are in a flush this week out of Florida with big, red fruit.
  • California Mandarin Orange season is beginning to wind down. Certain varieties will be available until June before the switch is made to import fruit.
  • Vidalia Onions are now available! This sweet variety is a well-known variety great for all kinds of applications.
  • Snap Peas remain extremely limited this week with higher pricing.
  • European Cucumbers continue to be promotable this week. Prices will rise a bit as the flush slows. Field grown Cucumbers are steady, but pricing may increase slightly as a transition occurs from Florida to Georgia.
  • All Green Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuce from Salinas has been beautiful We are seeing excellent quality on all the new crop lettuces. Romaine Lettuce and RomaineHearts will be steady in supply this week with solid quality.  Iceberg supplies are better this week with multiple growers currently harvesting. Better quality has been reported.
  • ALERT! Broccoli Bunch and Broccoli Crown supplies are becoming tight which will raise prices during the month of May.  Cauliflower will be in much shorter supply this week. Expect prices to be higher.
  • Seedless Watermelon prices are coming down this week. Quality has been great.
  • If you haven’t added the Local Asparagus to your menus yet, ask your account manager about it. Available by the pound, 24lb case and 30lb case – it’s here for just a limited time.
  • Sweet Corn is plentiful this week with excellent quality.
  • We are starting to see lots of Hass Avocados in the pipeline and at the border. Demand is lower so pricing has begun to drop. Look for this to continue until after Cinco de Mayo.
  • Supplies are extremely short this week on Brussels Sprouts. Growers have reported lower than expected yields.
  • Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melon supplies are lighter. Domestic grown fruit is still a few weeks away. Growers are predicting excellent quality.
  • We are seeing overall good quality on the Seedless Grapes. Prices on the Red Seedless will start to come down, whereas pricing on the Green Seedless is expected to rise due to fewer available supplies on the green.
  • Don’t forget to check our the Cavalier Homegrown List for what’s available locally and seasonally!