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Market Report for the week of February 18, 2019

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  • New Crop Asparagus is now in peak season. Despite some cooler weather in the growing region, product quality has been excellent and pricing remains steady. Look for increased volumes as the month progresses.
  • Now is time for Cluster Tomatoes, Beefsteak Tomatoes, Grape Tomatoes and Roma Tomatoes. Quality, sizing and pricing have been excellent across the board with product coming from multiple growing regions.
  • Import Blueberries are abundant. Pricing will be very affordable for late February and early March. Raspberries are in steady supply with reasonable pricing. Blackberries have lower yields which has impacted availability and raised pricing slightly.
  • There is finally enough supply of Strawberries available for current demand. Pricing will become more affordable. Driscoll brand berry pricing will also start to come down with less demand now that there is more fruit available from other growing regions.
  • It’s been another challenging week for Seedless Green Grapes. Demand is strong, but with less available product pricing is higher. This may be the case until the end of the month.
  • New crop Onions will be available in the second half of February starting with Sweet Onions, the White Onions and finally Red Onions.
  • The Russet Potato market has been steady with good quality. Red Potatoes from Florida are coming online just in time for the end of the Washington state product.
  • Several cold nights followed by rain in the desert growing region have put the brakes on Broccoli production. Bunched Broccoli is extremely limited. Like broccoli, Cauliflower production in the desert growing region has also been affected by the cold weather. Supplies are light. This is expected to improve until late February.
  • Celery growers are being challenged by rain and cold weather also. There are widespread issues with pitting and blight.
  • Snow Peas and Snap Peas are a wonderful treat this time of year with excellent pricing and quality.
  • New Crop Watermelon are now available with excellent color.
  • In peak season are Globe Artichokes. Quality has been outstanding!
  • Select Cucumbers are steady. European Cucumbers are also steady with excellent quality.
  • Desert grown Iceberg Lettuce and Leaf Lettuce has been affected by recent frosts. Expect lighter supplies due to quality and harvesting delays. Supplies from Florida are more limited due to rain.
  • Romaine Lettuce continues to have fringe burn, wind burn and epidermal peeling.
  • Rain continues to interrupt citrus supplies. We’ve seen a lack of some fruit, especially Minneola Tangelos, Mandarins, and larger sized Navel Oranges.
  • Green and Yellow Squash will see a transition in growing regions. We may see a slight decline in quality as fields finish up before moving to new crop.
  • Sweet Potatoes are seeing a strong demand in the market. Lower yields and pack outs are causing the pricing to rise this week. Expect the pricing to continue a slow rise over the next couple weeks.
  • Hass Avocados are steady, although modest prices increases may be on the way. Growers in Mexico continue to strive for higher prices.
  • Expect to see an increase in Lime pricing as we head into March as lighter volumes are crossing the border.
  • Red, Orange and Yellow Peppers have higher pricing this week. Green Peppers are steady with outstanding quality.
  • Have a look at the Cavalier Homegrown List for what is currently available locally. Always some great items!