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Market Report for Week of August 19th

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  • ALERT! Jumbo and XL Asparagus are very tight which is affecting the amount of large asparagus available. Some growing areas have finished production while other areas are still being affected by cold weather. Volume is just getting tighter, & demand is increasing. Freight has also dramatically increased which has had an impact on costs as well. We expect the supply issues and increased freight costs to last for up to three weeks.
  • Mexican Hass Avocado markets have become stronger over the last week. Rain & low demand for the last week or so has allowed the current inventories to get cleaned up. Mexico will be limited over the next 4-6 weeks until the new crop starts in September at some point. Other growing regions will be winding down over the next few weeks or have basically finished, with most growers done until next year.
  • Blueberries continue to be steady in supply as the market edges upward. This is due to some areas transitioning from their first crop plantings into their secondary varieties. Look for the market to remain steady with slightly higher undertones moving into next week. Blackberries remain snug. Look for the market to remain firm with some light shortages as we move into next week. Raspberries are in short but steady supplies. Quality has varied as much of the fruit is being transferred considerable distances to consolidate with the other mixed berry shipments. The recent warmer weather has brought some of the smaller Strawberries on to full red color a little faster than most growers would like to see. Expect to see a drop-in berry sizing as the smaller fruit gains color faster than it gains size. The market remains firm with the downhill side of peak summer production & schools begin to drive additional demand. Some growing areas are also experiencing later stage fruit issues with newer fields beginning to break late next week for some shippers.
  • Broccoli supplies are normal for this week. The markets are expected to be steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported by multiple growers.Cauliflower supplies are also normal for this time of year, but the yields coming from the fields are a lot lower than expected. We are expecting for the market to be up next week. Good quality is being reported.
  • Brussels Sprout supplies continue to be very light this week. Harvest yields are coming in lower than expected. Markets are expected to be higher going into next week. No quality issues have been reported.
  • Heat has hit the Cantaloupe growing region which has accelerated some fields a little earlier than anticipated. A delay in spring planting earlier this year now means growers with abundant harvests and plentiful fruit to hit the market with favorable pricing. We will be seeing lots of larger sized fruit. The quality & pack continue to produce optimal levels both externally & internally. Brix levels are mostly in the 12-15% range with some attaining higher levels. Honeydew production has seen a shift with sizing mostly in the mid-ranges. Strong demand on smaller fruit has the larger fruit fetching a premium price in the market. We expect daily harvests to remain consistent over the next 7-10 days. Aside from occasional wind scarring on some of the honeydews externally the overall fruit has been very good. Honeydews have been cutting with a range of 11-14% brix levels dependent upon sizing.
  • Carrot supplies are steady. Jumbo carrots seems to be short. This has pushed prices up a bit but some growing areas are starting to harvest so that may change. Quality is good right now and we don’t expect to see any changes in the near future on that.
  • Good Celery supplies available for this week. Markets are expected to be steady going into next week. Good quality has been reported by multiple growers.
  • Corn is on the radar. Expect supplies to be tight as demands pick up closer to the Labor Day holiday. After Labor Day supplies will increase. Volume is limited. Northern regions are seeing a slightly later than normal start to production.
  • Cucumbers are also on the radar. The cucumber market has tightened up this week, expect higher pricing from all growing regions. Supplies are tight out west, and the east is dealing with rainstorms in several growing areas. Quality is fair at best. Expect higher markets this week.
  • We are seeing moderate Eggplant supplies available. Quality is good, but sizing is down a notch and mostly choice grade supplies. Supplies should pick up next week as more growing regions have started to pick up production over the past week. Demand is low and pricing is staying steady.
  • Some Red Seedless Grape varieties will be finishing up in the next two weeks, while other varieties will begin to harvest. Movement has been good, and prices will be stable through August. With Green Seedless Grapes a varietal transition is also taking place.
  • The Green Bean market is mixed this week. Limited supplies in the East and strong market. Quality is just fair. To the West, moderate supplies and demand. Quality in the West is good.
  • ALERT on Cilantro: Cilantro supplies remain limited this week, due to very low yields at the time of harvest. The market is very active on the West Coast. Chervilsupplies will remain limited through August. All other herbs are steady with good quality.
  • Iceberg supplies are light for this week. Expect markets to be stronger going into next week. Good quality is being reported at this time.
  • ALERT: ROMAINE HEARTS – Demand continues to rise this week. Supplies are trending lower than normal. However, there are still quality issues; fringe, wind burn, & light twist. Markets continue to stay escalated this week. Whole Head Romaine lettuce supplies are light this week. Expect markets to be stronger going into next week. Good quality is also being reported. Green Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuce have steady supplies available for this week. Expect markets to be higher going into next week. Good quality has been reported at this time.
  • Good Kale supplies available this week. Markets should be steady going into next week. Good quality has been reported by multiple growers.
  • Curly Parsley, Spinach, and Arugula have reacted to the recent warm weather and supplies look to be in good shape going into next week. Supplies continue to be plentiful as the weather in the valley continues to spur growth and produce better yields.
  • The Lemon market is steady. Bigger fruit remains more competitive than smaller fruit. We are seeing good demand across the board. Limes remain steady with the recent increase, however large fruit remains at a premium compared to smaller fruit as to be expected. Quality is challenging; as weather starts to affect the crop, expect prices to remain steady higher for a couple of weeks.
  • The Onion market continues to come down and remain steady as more regions begin harvesting new crop. We are seeing good demand on Red Onions, White Onions and Yellow Jumbo Onions. Supplies should be back completely in the northwest in coming weeks. Green Onion Scallion supplies are good for this week. Markets are expected be steady going into next week. Good quality is also being reported at this time.
  • Valencia Oranges are still rolling steady and very promotable. Demand is average and no issues on quality have been reported. Supplies on smaller fruit is a bit tight, due to schools starting back up.
  • Pear season is about to kick off! Harvest has begun for sweet and juicy Bartlett. You can expect to see the first batch of these new crop delicious beauties in September.
  • ALERT: Red & Yellow Peppers– The market on red bell peppers remains high & yellow peppers markets are steady. Light supplies of red & yellow bells being harvested in the California growing areas. Mostly choice grade currently being packed from these districts. Expect higher pricing this week. Green Bell pricing is down this week. Supplies have improved in all growing areas. Quality is fair due to having a mixture of new and old crop.
  • Pineapples are still on the radar as supplies are expected to remain low at least until the end of August. Sizing trend is moving slowly towards larger sizes which will help with 5 and 6ct availability. Quality is pretty good and expected to remain good thru the end of the year.
  • The Potato market is high & steady. We are at the end of the storage crop here and quality is of high concern. Harvest is beginning for some while others are gapping from week to week. Look for this market to remain high and tight until September. It is being reported that US growers will produce 428.5 million cwt of potatoes in 2019 which is 7.4 million cwt less than the current estimate for the 2018 crop, a 1.7% decline.
  • The summer squash market is steady to down this week. Yellow Squash is steady while Zucchini supplies are fair. Both regions have a steady supply. Quality is good, but shelf life is below normal due to the summer heat.
  • Tomato markets have risen in all growing regions. Round Tomatoes have had light to moderate production in most Eastern areas this week. Small fruit is on the short side & quality can vary from good to fair. Out West they are shipping less this week as farms work through plantings affected by June’s heat wave. Southern shippers continue with steady volumes. Expect supplies to remain somewhat snug for the next couple of weeks. Roma Tomatoes are up for the week in both the East & West. Quality has been a struggle on both coasts due to the recent high temps & rainstorms.
  • Limited Watermelon volumes available from multiple growing regions. We continue to see volume drying up a little earlier than normal. While the downturn is always inevitable it does look like it’s coming a touch early this year creating a bit of a widening gap over the last week or two. We aren’t quite at the cliff edge that comes immediately after Labor Day, but if the trend continues that shelf might also be a week or so early