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Market Report for the week of January 14, 2019

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source: medical news today

  • Blueberries will be in peak supply until late January. Quality has been very nice on the import fruit. Strawberries will be in decent supply this week. Certain growing areas are still experiencing lighter volumes than expected, so pricing has not dropped as much as we had hoped. It might be mid to late-January before pricing slides. Quality is nice. Blackberries and Raspberries will continue to be in tighter supply this week with higher pricing. Cooler weather in the growing region is having an impact on supplies. Quality is nice.
  • Clementine season is ending in California. The majority of the fruit is past it’s primes, and rain has made the end of the season a struggle. Other varieties will be available February through mid Spring. Look for these varieties as substitutes: Heirloom Navel Oranges, SUMO Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Blood Oranges, Grapefruit, and Tangelos.
  • Grape Tomatoes are looking good right now with plenty of product available from multiple growing regions. Quality has been excellent. Roma Tomato prices will be steady this week. Some cooler weather weather has slowed production from one region, while another is keeping pace leveling out the supply and pricing. Slicing Tomatoes will also be steady this week. Better volumes will be available as we head into the last half of the month.
  • Greenhouse Grown Cluster Tomatoes are on the rise again this week. Demand is outpacing supply. Quality has been nice. Greenhouse Beefsteak Tomatoes are steady in supply and price. Larger sized fruit are starting to become available. Pricing may begin to slide by the end of the month.
  • ALERT! Asparagus prices have increased this week due to a transition in growing regions. With fewer volumes available and demand still strong, supplies are lighter. New crop product should be available the first part of February.
  • Green Leaf, Red Leaf and Romaine Lettuce are steady out of the desert growing region, but some recent cold weather has slowed growth. Expect higher prices to continue through January. Some slight fringe burn and wind burn are common quality issues this time of year. A field freeze has affected Iceberg Lettuce quality and production. Prices will be higher.
  • Recent cold weather has slowed Broccoli production in the western and southern growing regions; quality is excellent. Some Broccoli Crowns will be available from Florida through early Spring. Cauliflower production also has slowed by the recent cold weather. Supplies are limited.
  • ALERT! Very cold weather has damaged Cucumber plantings. Growers are still assessing the damage, but this will affect long-term availability and pricing. European Cucumbers however have excellent quality. They are experiencing higher prices due to increased demand.
  • Artichoke supplies are on the light side with smaller sized product. There may be some slight discoloration due to frost. Markets will be elevated over the next few weeks.
  • Celery supplies are light, and we are seeing widespread quality issues light pitting and blight. We are hoping to see some better quality product from the desert growing regions in late January.
  • The winter Lime crop is beginning to decline in volume, pushing pricing up. With the occasional inclement weather limiting harvesting opportunities, there is less fruit available.
  • White Onions are in short supply and the market has shot up in all growing regions. We are expecting to see an increase on Red, White, and Yellow Onions over the next couple weeks before the new crop onions become available.
  • Light Honeydew Melon supplies and higher prices will be the case for the remainder of January due to a transition in growing regions. We should see some improvement in late January. Cantaloupe supplies have improved and pricied
  • Hass Avocado prices on the rise after several weeks on the lower side. There will be an increased demand now through Super Sunday.
  • Cold weather has slowed production in winter growing regions for Green Onion Scallions. Supplies are down and prices are up. We could be seeing some quality issues with discoloration on the tips.
  • Broccoli Rabe is a great item this time of year. Supplies are good, and we’re seeing very nice quality.
  • Brussels Sprouts are tighter in supply this week with higher pricing.
  • Green Beans are looking very nice with plenty of supplies available.
  • Pears are a great item for winter menus. D’Anjou, Red Anjou and Bosc Pears all have good supplies available.
  • Bell Pepper supplies are more tight with Florida production almost finished. New winter plantings are being harvested now, but previous cooler weather has impacted growth. Other growing regions have also been affected by recent cooler temps. Quality has been nice, but supplies are light.
  • Yellow Squash and Zucchini from Eastern growing regions is limited. Production and yields are down. Some quality issues are apparent. Southern growing region product is also very light due to cold weather that hit last week. Supplies will be more limited over the next couple weeks.
  • Check out the Cavalier Homegrown List for the locally products currently available.