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Market Report for the week of November 19, 2018

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  • After weeks of not picking Hass Avocados, prices have skyrocketed. There has been a breakthrough in negotiations and the grower strike has ended, but it will take time for the supply chain to refill. It may take until early December before we see prices come back down.
  • ALERT! Strawberry supplies are extremely tight. Pricing has jumped significantly and will continue to climb this week. We are in a transitional period as growing regions are finishing in some areas, and haven’t begun harvesting in others.
  • ALERT! Green Beans are very limited. These too are in a transitional growing phase. We are waiting on Florida to begin harvesting to improve volumes. Other areas are expected to begin harvesting around the first week of December. Prices will remain high until then.
  • ALERT! Tomato prices have skyrocketed due to availability, weather and holiday demands. Expect prices to stay on the higher side until after Thanksgiving. Florida production is kicking up on Roma Tomatoes and Grape Tomatoes. We have been seeing excellent quality. Round Tomatoes from Florida should be coming available soon.
  • Blackberries have good supplies available. Quality and sizing have been nice.  Blueberries are looking good with reasonable pricing.  Raspberries are beginning to tighten up this week. Growers are not getting the yields they expected. Look for pricing to climb slightly over the next couple of weeks.
  • Asparagus markets will be steady. Pricing has fluctuated a bit, but will even out over the week. Quality has been good. Heading into December volumes will begin to decrease with higher prices forecasted. We do also have White Asparagus available, and ask your Account Manager about Purple Asparagus.
  • CA Navel Oranges season is starting to ramp up nicely. Prices are coming down on the 88s. We are seeing good color and flavor. New crop Clementines are finally coming into season. As we head further into the season, fruit sizing will improve. Satsuma Mandarin Oranges are in season now through Christmas.
  • Several cool nights earlier this week have slowed Zucchini and Yellow Squash growth. Expect supplies to diminish with higher pricing ahead of Thanksgiving.
  • Brussels Sprouts production is keeping up with peak demand. Quality remains outstanding.
  • For the remainder of the year, expect Pineapple prices to creep upwards as supplies become lighter. Because of rains and cooler temps the fruit is taking longer to mature.
  • As Leaf Lettuce and Iceberg Lettuce transitions to other growing regions, supplies will be tight. Romaine and Romaine Hearts are particularly light.
  • All Hard Squash are in peak season. In stock we have Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Delicata Squash, and Kabocha Squash. Also available are Chayote Squash. Ask your Account Manager about pre-ordering Calabaza, Honeynut, Turban, Red Kuri or Sweet Dumpling Squash.
  • Broccoli Crowns are seeing high demand for Thanksgiving, likely in response to limited Green Bean availability. Volumes are way down on broccoli, and pricing is up. Cauliflower supplies are limited with several growing areas finishing up production. Demand has also been high for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Lemon pricing is finally coming down. Fruit size and tartness are good. Limes are in good supply with a steady market.
  • New crop Chestnuts are now in stock for the Holidays. Call your Account Manager to pre-order.
  • Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons will be in a transition as some growing regions are finishing up while others haven’t started harvesting yet. Supplies will be on the lighter side, with pricing firming up.
  • We have many varieties of Local Apples in stock. We have Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Stayman, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonagold, and Pink Lady. Call the Sales office for availability.
  • Corn supplies have improved this week with Florida beginning to harvest. Prices are coming down. Quality has been good.
  • Cucumbers are looking good on Field grown varieties. Despite some cooler temperatures, we have been seeing consistent supply and good quality.
  • Bell Peppers are extremely short throughout the country this week. Growers are shipping what they can before frost hits, while other areas are seeing the quality damages from the late summer Hurricanes. Southern growers won’t begin to harvest until the end of the month. Prices will be higher.
  • For more local products, check out the Cavalier Homegrown List.