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Market Report for Week of August 26th

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  • ALERT! The Asparagus market is steady from last week – high & tight especially on the larger product which is highly affecting all sizes. This is industry wide & expected to last another few weeks. Freight has also dramatically increased which has had an impact on costs as well. Southern volumes are low, driving demand to other import markets. Inclement weather has reduced supplies. Quality is fair.
  • The Avocado markets are fairly steady with some strength in smaller fruit. The demand has been steady and we are seeing a shift from the 60’s to 48’s. We are expecting this trend to continue as we head into Labor day. California is finished picking for the most part and shippers are cleaning up what they have left.
  • Blackberries are in better supplies this week. As the new crop out of the West Coast is helping to fill the demand. Import fruit is beginning to pick up in numbers as we approach September. Expect the market to remain steady through this week.
  • Blueberries continue to be available from multiple growing regions. The market remains steady and quality has been good. Southern growers should begin production in a few weeks.
  • Raspberries are in better supply this week as we see West Coast numbers slightly up accompanied by the additional fruit coming out of the South. Expect the market to remain steady with slightly lower overtones as we move into the weekend.
  • Strawberries remain in relatively light supplies as there is a decline in plant production. This decline is normal for this time of year due to the plant varieties nearing the end of their seasonal cycles. Production should slowly increase over the next few weeks.
  • Expect the market to remain firm with slightly higher undertones as we wait for the additional growing areas to pick up in production.
  • Good supplies on Broccoli and Cauliflower this week. Markets are expected to stay steady for the next week. Good quality has been reported at this time.
  • ALERT! Supplies continue to be very limited this week on Brussels Sprouts. Harvest yields are coming in lower than expected. Markets are expected to be higher going into next week. Some growers are reporting some quality issues.
  • Increased harvests and lower demand have caused the Cantaloupe market to settle over the past week on the larger sizes. Volume is peaking currently on 9s with a decent percentage of 12ct being harvested daily. Quality is at optimum levels with a beautiful shell color. Internal quality has been running very consistent with mostly 12-15% brix levels with some even scoring higher.
  • Honeydew production remains very steady with a nice sizing trend toward the larger sizes. Production should remain fairly steady as we finish out the month of August. Quality of the honeydews has been very clean with a consistent brix level range of 11-14%.
  • ALERT! Jumbo Carrots are limited. Growers are experiencing challenges with sizing which lead to an extended stressed market for the next week or two.
  • Celery supplies continue to be good going into this week. Markets are expected to be steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported by multiple growers.
  • Corn markets are going up due to lighter supplies out of the East. Northern regions are seeing less production than normal. Expect supplies to increase after Labor day.
  • Cucumber supplies are coming from many different regions. Rain over the past week has slowed harvest & some shippers are scrambling to cover orders. Pricing has been steady & may increase by the weekend. West coast cucumbers are currently being harvested out of CA. Demand is currently exceeding supplies.
  • Eggplant is trickling in with most growing regions having low volumes. Quality has been good.
  • With product available from multiple growing regions there are plenty of Green Beans in the East. All areas have good quality, with only an occasional issue with damage from mechanical harvesters.
  • ALERT! 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. All other herbs are steady with good quality. There are some herbs are experiencing heat related quality issues like Dill, Basil, Oregano, & Marjoram.
  • ALERT! Romaine Heart markets remain escalated and demand continues to rise this week. Supplies
  • are trending lower than normal and some reports of quality issues; fringe, wind burn, & light twist. Whole Head Romaine lettuce supplies are lighter this week. Processors are pulling more volume with schools starting up. Expect markets to be stronger going into next week. Good quality has been reported at this time. Green Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuce have good steady supplies available for this week. Markets are
  • expected to remain steady going into next week. Good quality has been reported at this time. Supplies are lighter this week on Iceberg Lettuce. Processors are pulling more volume with school orders ramping up. Expect markets to be stronger going into next week. Good quality is being reported at this time.
  • Kale supplies are good this week on green kale. Markets should be steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported with multiple growers.
  • Curly Parsley, Spinach, & Arugula volumes look to be in good shape going into next week. Quality has been reported as good.
  • ALERT! The Lime market is spiking & USDA has stopped quoting large sizes due to the availability. Most of the growing regions are in a drought along the eastern states of the Gulf of Mexico & some growers are in transition. The forecast shows no immediate relief for this region. Even when rainfall returns to the region, we do not expect the situation to be resolved immediately. Expect higher pricing until the new crop begins late August to early Sept.
  • Pricing on the Choice Lemon market is steady. We are seeing good demand across the board. Quality is good.
  • The Onion market is steady as we transition back to Western supplies. The concern this season is going to be on sizing on Jumbo Yellow Onions. Red Onions and White Onions are steady. Good supplies on Green Onion Scallions with steady markets for the next week. Good quality is being reported at this time.
  • Valencia Oranges are rolling with good supplies on larger sized fruit and more limited on the smaller fruit. Demand has been average. Quality is good.
  • Pear season is about to kick off! Harvest has begun on sweet and juicy Bartlett Pears. You can expect to see the first batch of these delicious beauties in September.
  • ALERT! Red & Yellow Peppers have limited supplies this week. Market price on reds is steady to high and steady on yellow. Overall quality is reported as good. Green Bell pricing continues to go down this week. Good supplies across the northern tier of the country. Rain in the mid-west & NE have slowed harvest this week. Moderate supplies being harvested from Western and Southern growing areas.
  • Pineapple is still on the radar. Supplies will continue to be tight this week & through the end of August. Sizing trend is moving slowly towards larger sizes. Quality is pretty good and expected to remain good thru the end of the year.
  • ALERT! The Potato market is steady and still climbing which is to be expected this time of the year. Most shippers are done with storage crop & are moving into new crop. Big sizes are EXTREMELY limited. Things are not looking good for sizing in regards to crop this season due to weather related issues such as frosts when the spuds were growing. Expect the market to remain high & tight for the next couple of weeks until suppliers get through some harvest and are able to fill storages.
  • ALERT! Expect relief in the next couple of weeks on Sweet Potatoes in a small way and then should be steady rolling in a month or so as more harvest is completed.
  • There’s lots of Zucchini and Yellow Squash available in the East. Quality can be varied. Western growers are experiencing a slight increase in volume as they move into their last fields. Quality is nice on zucchini but is less than perfect on yellows.
  • Although there are multiple areas in production of Round Tomatoes, volumes are light to moderate in the East this week. Overall quality is good. Out West, most CA growers with mature greens have reduced volumes due to heat. Roma Tomato volumes in CA & most Eastern areas have been affected by heat. There are some new CA crops coming online and we should see an improvement soon. Grape Tomatoes continue to be light this week out West and East. Expect to see relief in early September when new crops come online.
  • Watermelon volume continues to be shorter than in the past years, but also shorter than this past week as we wind down heading into September. Over the past month volume is down around 10%. Seedless watermelon prices finally showed some improvement after weeks of holding steady or showing increase. Expect the seedless supply to remain limited and active for the rest of the domestic season. No quality issues have been reported.