Market Report for the week of January 28, 2019
- Grape Tomatoes are a great item right now with excellent quality, pricing and availability. Roma Tomatoes and 2-Layer Slicing Tomatoes are looking better this week with increased availability and peak season quality.
- Broccoli production from the desert is gaining momentum. Broccoli Crown are in much better shape this week. Decent quality and pricing are expected for the next few weeks.
- Blueberries are looking great with plenty of availability and excellent quality. Strawberries are in steady supply this week with pricing beginning to slide. Ask your account manager about pre-ordering Stem Berries for Valentine’s Day. Blackberries will be insteady supply this week. Quality has been excellent with good flavor. Raspberries will continue to be in lighter supply with higher pricing.
- Celery growers are being challenged by rain and colder weather from California. Some quality issues like pitting and blight may be present. The desert growing region has better quality, but lighter supplies available. Pricing will be higher.
- Cello wrapped Iceberg Lettuce is improving in quality and availability. Green Leaf, Red Leaf and Romaine Lettuce are steady from the desert growing regions.
- A switch in growing regions for Mandarin Oranges could see an improvement in quality as different varieties are now available.
- Grape supplies are still short with a transition in growing regions. We are seeing less volume than expected for this time of year. Prices will remain high.
- Supplies are good on Cantaloupes. Pricing is coming down too. Honeydew Melons on the other hand have limited supplies available for late January. We are not expecting to see improvements until the end of February.
- Cold weather has damaged winter plantings of Cucumber Selects which is keeping pricing on the higher side. European Cucumbers are also on the rise to compensate for the lower supplies of Cucumber Selects. Mini Seedless Cucumbers are extremely tight with some possible gaps in supply until the beginning of February.
- Asparagus pricing is beginning to ease down. Peak season volumes are behind due to cooler nights which is delaying the crop. Things should improve over the next couple weeks as supplies increase.
- Artichoke supplies from California are better this week with larger sized fruit available. Prices will remain elevated as we head into February.
- We are now seeing better supplies on Red, Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers, with outstanding quality being reported.
- The onion market is still seeing stronger demand and as a result, increased pricing. White Onions in particular are seeing the increase.
- White Potatoes remain in good supply with very nice quality. Russet Potatoes are seeing minimal changes this week with steady pricing. Yukon Potatoes are also looking very nice with steady pricing.
- Cauliflower production is starting to pick up steam. Expect better supplies this week and better supplies the first week of February.
- Red Grapefruit is in peak season with excellent sweetness, flavor and juiciness. Other Citrus to look out for: Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Tangelos, Heirloom Navel Oranges, Pummelos and Meyer Lemons.
- Due to recent rains and cold weather in the desert areas, it is taking harvest crews much longer than normal to harvest Green Onion Scallions. Excess wash and pack times are increasing prices.
The Cavalier Homegrown List is a great resource for all things available locally and seasonally. Check it out!