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Market Report for the week of February 4, 2019

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  • Broccoli Crown quality has been excellent with great pricing. Expect good volumes and pricing to last for most of February.
  • Raspberries and Blackberries are in excellent supply right now and quality has been very nice. Volumes will be plentiful for February. Blueberries are in peak supply with excellent quality.
  • ALERT! Strawberries from multiple growing regions have been much lighter in supply due to cooler weather and rain. Look for pricing to remain steady, but on the higher side. Things should pick up closer to Valentine’s Day. Ask your account managers about pre-ordering Stem Berries.
  • Artichokes volumes are looking good right now. Some slight discoloration from frost could be apparent on the tips, but this “frost-kissed” appearance also lends a sweet and nutty flavor to the artichokes. Quality appearance will improve by mid-February.
  • ALERT! Celery is currently experiencing some quality issues with pitting and blight – a side effect from rains and cold weather in the growing region. Supplies coming from the desert region have fewer quality issues, but lighter supplies available.
  • GreenLeaf, Red Leaf and Romaine Lettuce from the desert will have better supplies available as we move into February. Romaine may have some fringe burn. Iceberg Lettuce quality has improved, but supplies are light.
  • Import Green and Red Seedless Grapes have higher prices right now with fewer volumes available and delays at the port. Fruit has nice, large globes. Supplies should improve in the first few weeks of February.
  • We are seeing better volumes in Cucumber SelectsEuropean Cucumber pricing is on the rise, but has excellent quality. Mini-Seedless Cucumbers are extremely tight with elevated pricing.
  • Roma Tomatoes from the Southern Growing Regions are very plentiful. Quality is excellent. Round Slicing Tomatoes have good volumes and good quality with larger sized fruit. Grape Tomatoes have very favorable pricing and good supplies.
  • Expect good supplies of Hass Avocados available through February. Quality has been excellent.
  • With more product being harvested, Asparagus prices are falling. Quality has been very nice.
  • Sugar Peas and Snap Peas have better volumes available. Market pricing is dropping with great quality available.
  • Cauliflower supplies are improving from the desert region, with better pricing.
  • Russet Potatoes remain steady on price with outstanding quality on recent arrivals.
  • Stem and Leaf Tango Variety Mandarin Oranges are in peak season. This fruit looks and tastes great. Ask your account managers how to pre-order these.
  • Honeydew Melon demand is currently exceeding available supplies – especially on larger sized fruit. Pricing will be higher.
  • Green Cabbage supplies are lighter this week due to colder weather and a higher demand. Quality will be fair.
  • Green Onion Scallion supplies are also very light this week. Rain has affected harvests with very muddy product. Pricing will be higher.
  • Kale demand is outpacing available supplies, compounded by some quality concerns which are causing concern and higher pricing.
  • The Cavalier Homegrown List is updated weekly with locally available products. Check it out!