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Market Report for the week of March 25, 2019

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  • The Mexican Hass Avocado Market continues to increase. There are less orchards to harvest from, so this puts more pressure on the fruit that is available causing price increases, which is expected to continue through the end of the month. Smaller sized fruit are more limited.
  • Cavalier Produce does not have any of the recalled Avocados from Henry Avocado Company.
  • Blackberries and Raspberries will in excellent supply this upcoming week. Forecasts from the growers are showing that April will a good time to include these on your menus, as the fruit will be at peak and pricing will be attractive.
  • ALERT! Strawberry supplies are still rather tight for the rest of March. Florida berries are coming to an end, and California berry production is still ramping up for the season. With April right around the corner, supplies will improve and costs will decrease.
  • ALERT! Blueberries are much tighter in supply for the end of the month. 2 of the main growing areas for this time of year are finishing up for the season, while a third grower is just beginning to harvest and is still a couple weeks from peak production. Pricing will up until the end of the month.
  • Pricing is up on Cantaloupe Melons with good demand and lighter supplies available. Honeydew Melons have better availability and better pricing. Quality has been very nice.
  • Look for Stonefruit to start in early to mid-May. Peaches from Georgia had a little scare with cold night time temperatures, but growers won’t know the extent of damage, if any, to the blossoms and fruit. California Cherries are looking very promising with multiple regions in bloom and some areas with fruit already beginning to show through blossom fade. This indicates we should have good availability throughout the season.
  • Iceberg and Leaf Lettuces are steady this week. A transition in growing regions is expected to go smoothly as growers are already harvesting new crop. Romaine supplies have improved this week. Weather is still causing some quality issues with blistering and epidermal peeling.
  • Demand is currently exceeding supplies of Pineapple. Available volumes are expected to decline now until after Easter. Pricing will be higher this week.
  • ALERT! Green Pepper market pricing is higher than normal. We aren’t expecting this to ease until early April when more product is available. Red, Orange and Yellow Bell Pepperpricing is coming down with more volumes coming online the first week of April with the arrival of new crop.
  • Zucchini and Yellow Squash have steady volumes, but not a strong demand. Quality has been okay.
  • New crop Field Cucumbers have started harvesting and should good volumes for the beginning of April. European Cucumber supplies are steady. Some cloudy weather in the growing region has slowed production a little, but supplies should improve by the end of the week.
  • ALERT! Cauliflower supplies are light as we experience a transition in growing regions. New crop will be available in the next couple weeks.
  • Large Artichokes are readily available. Overall the quality is excellent, but you might see some slight frost damage to the tips.
  • ALERT! Celery is limited across the board with new crop not expected until May. Pricing will be higher.
  • Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) may be an excellent item to try for late March. We are seeing some outstanding quality. This is a nice Spring menu item.
  • Asparagus is another excellent spring menu item. We are seeing a current flush of product with excellent quality and lower pricing this week.
  • New crop Watermelons will be available the first week of April. Quality should be excellent from the first harvest.
  • Sweet Corn from Florida is just beginning with excellent quality. Volumes are expected to pick up over next couple weeks until mid to late May as the weather warms up.
  • Tray Pack Tomato pricing is up this week with an increased demand and less availability. Quality has been outstanding. Round Tomato markets are holding strong. Product is more limited, which has brought the uptick in pricing. Volumes should improve in the coming weeks bring pricing down to normal levels for this time of year. Roma Tomato pricing is beginning to drop this week with greater availability of product. Grape Tomato prices are holding for now, but should come down as more product is coming online. Quality has been very nice with good color and flavor.
  • Broccoli supplies remain tight this week with lighter field yields. The weather is expected to warm up which should help with volumes. With a transition is growing region, market is expected to go back to normal in the coming weeks.
  • Supplies of Brussels Sprouts are improving. Growers are reporting fair quality. Pricing will remain steady.
  • Red Seedless Grape market is steady and should remain so for the next several weeks. Green Seedless market will begin to rise as head into April with volumes decreasing naturally for this time of year.
  • Last week’s cooler weather has slowed Green Bean production. Volumes should rebound in the next week with warmer weather on the way. Quality has been good.
  • Red Onion and Yellow Onion pricing is high due to limited supplies. New crop is still several weeks out with limited supplies coming in from Texas and Mexico. Green Onion supplies are back to more normal levels. Quality has been fair.
  • The Cavalier Homegrown list is the place to check for all things local and seasonal.