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Market Report for the week of March 4, 2019

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  • Select Cucumbers are steady. European Cucumbers are coming from multiple regions with excellent quality. Prices will ease down in the next week.
  • Strawberry prices will start to come up as Florida berries have finished with their flush of product. Quality has been nice. Blueberry supplies are beginning to tighten a little as import supplies are dwindling. Raspberries and Blackberries remain in good supply with nice quality.
  • Green and Yellow Squash fields are transitioning  so we may see a slight decline in quality and supply availability.
  • Asparagus prices should start to come down this week after a slight bump from recent colder weather in the growing regions. Production is expected to get better with the weather improving.
  • ALERT! Iceberg Lettuce and Leaf Lettuces from the desert region have been affected by recent frosts. Expect lighter supplies across the board due to quality and harvesting delays.Romaine Lettuce had had fringe burn, wind burn and epidermal peeling.
  • Red, Yellow and Orange Bell Peppers have a slight price increase this week. Green Peppers are also a little higher due to increased demand and light supplies. Quality has been outstanding however.
  • Broccoli Crowns remain light from the desert. Warmer weather this week and next will accelerate production which will cause a change in the market.
  • ALERT! Cauliflower production from the desert has also been affected by the frosts. Expect higher prices for early March. With warmer weather on the way, production and quality will drastically improve.
  • Snow Pea prices will come up a bit this week, but still are looking favorable. There are good volumes of Snap Peas available; prices are promotable.
  • Roma Tomato, Grape Tomato and Beefsteak Slicing Tomatoes will continue to have good availability with lower pricing. Quality has been excellent.
  • Last year’s Lime production is winding down, and new crop limes haven’t begun to harvest yet. With less fruit crossing the border, prices have taken a dramatic jump. Sizing will be peaking on the smaller end. Lemon pricing remains steady with good quality. Smaller sized fruit will be more limited for the next couple months.
  • The Onion storage supplies are running low, and new crop onions have limited availability. We are seeing higher pricing. White Onions and Red Onions are in a little bit of a gap right now while Yellow and Sweet Onions have better supplies available.
  • Seedless Grapes are finally beginning to arrive bolstering available supplies. Red Seedless will have better pricing as we move into the month. Green Seedless are still short, but that is expected to improve in the second and third weeks of March. Pricing will be higher until then.
  • ALERT! Celery continues to be challenged by weather related quality issues like pitting and blight.
  • Artichokes are still available with outstanding quality, but volumes will begin to slack off.
  • Honeydew and Cantaloupe Melon prices are coming down to more reasonable levels.
  • Prices are inching up on Hass Avocados. Fruit is peaking on 48 counts whereas 60 counts are priced higher.
  • We are seeing good supplies on Red Delicious, Gala Apples and Fuji Apples. Tighter supplies on Granny Smith Apples and Golden Delicious.
  • Supplies will be tighter on Bananas for the next couple weeks. Difficult growing conditions are affecting production taking the fruit longer to ripen.
  • Brussels Sprouts supplies are better this week with good demand. Growers are reporting fair quality; pricing will be steady.
  • Demand is currently very strong for Carrots. With one of the growing regions finishing up production, supplies will be lighter driving up prices. New crop will begin to harvest later this month.
  • Florida spring crop of Sweet Corn should be starting within the next week or so. Supplies, pricing and quality will improve.
  • Green Bean volumes are expected to remain steady for the next few weeks, barring any weather issues. Quality has been good.
  • Kale supplies have improved this week with pricing beginning to come down to average levels for this time of year. Quality is good with nice, full bunches.
  • Green Onion supplies are lighter than normal due to weather affecting production. Prices will see a slight increase.
  • Pears are in good supply. Anjou Pears, Bosc Pears and Red Pears will be available foe the next couple months.
  • Pineapple supplies are down slightly this week with less arrivals. This natural dip is expected to increase the market prices as we get closer to Easter. Sizing has been consistent with 6/7 count cases.
  • With Spring just around the corner, check out what’s coming along in the Cavalier Homegrown List.