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Market Report for the week of March 18, 2019

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We are on the verge of so many varieties of produce coming into season. Now is the time to start planning your late spring and summer menus.

  • Florida Sweet Corn has started to harvest and we are expecting peak volumes in early April to mid-May. These will be non-GMO super sweet varieties, including bi-color.
  • Spring crop of Florida Watermelons are expected to peak in early April through June. These are typically very juicy with great color.
  • Blackberry and Raspberry production will begin to increase as we head into April. Strawberries however are in extremely short supply from multiple growing regions from now until the end of the month. Volumes will begin to increase, but will have a slow ramp up to peak. Pricing will be higher. Blueberries from Chile have had some quality issues. A transition to another growing region should see an improvement in quality and volumes going forward.
  • Citrus is still in season. Look for Heirloom Navel Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Blood Oranges and Navel Oranges, Tangelos, SUMO Mandarin Oranges and Grapefruit.
  • For stone fruit, Cherries and Apricots are expected to start up around the third week of April, while Peaches and Nectarines won’t start until May.
  • Red Seedless Grapes will have lower pricing until the end of the month with good quality. New crop Seedless Grapes could start as early as the second week of April. Look for great varieties like Cotton Candy Grapes.
  • Broccoli Crowns remain tight across the board, but especially from the desert growing region. Warmer weather will help with quality issues, but look for prices to be elevated.
  • Supplies on larger sized round Mangos are extremely tight. Ataulfo (Honey) Mangos right now have very good quality.
  • The Hass Avocado supply is very limited. Prices are ticking upward. As the weather gets better, we should be seeing a more consistent supply. Quality has okay with fruit peaking at 48s.
  • All Iceberg and Leaf Lettuces from the desert are still rebounding from quality issues. Leaf Lettuce availability and quality is improving slowly, and Iceberg Lettuce quality has improved dramatically. Romaine Lettuce is tight this week.
  • Red, Yellow and Orange Bell Pepper pricing is on the higher side from all growing regions. Supplies are light. Green Pepper demand is higher with lighter volumes, but quality has been outstanding.
  • Zucchini and Yellow Squash prices are decent for this time of year. Quality has been nice.
  • Honeydew Melons enjoyed a flush of product this week so look for prices to come down before returning to normal levels next week. Supplies are down on smaller sized Cantaloupe Melons this week. Demand has been good driving prices up a little. Fruit has had nice quality with good sugar levels.
  • Super Select Cucumbers are very tight. New crop has just started harvesting so it will take some time to refill the pipeline and for pricing to come down. European Cucumbers are steady.
  • The Celery market is still experiencing some quality issues. Prices will remain higher until at least the end of the month. Earlier bad weather and constant rains caused gaps in plantings which will impact future supplies.
  • Cauliflower is quickly moving downward in prices. Quality has been good.
  • Asparagus prices will be steady this week. Quality continues to be excellent with steady supplies.
  • White Onions are extremely limited with high prices. We could see a gap in availability until new crop begins harvesting later this Spring. Sweet Onions, Yellow Onions and Red Onions are more reasonably priced.
  • ALERT! Lime supplies are extremely light, Expect this market to climb. We could be seeing some quality issues with poor coloring and reduced shelf life.
  • Roma and Round Tomato prices are rising this week. Shorter supplies are due to bad weather in the growing regions. Grape Tomato pricing are also rising this week due to higher demand. Quality has been good. Hothouse Tomato pricing are also higher this week.
  • The Cavalier Homegrown List is the go-to place for what available locally and seasonally!