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Market Report For Week Of June 17th

By on Jun 17, 2019 in MARKET REPORT | 0 comments

  • ALERT! All lettuces will have tight supplies this week due to high temperatures in the CA growing region. Temps in the 100s affected all Green Leaf, Red Leaf, Romaine and Iceberg Lettuce. Expect higher pricing.
  • ALERT! Strawberries have become limited for mid-June also due to the extreme heat in the CA growing regions. Pricing will begin to move higher as fewer supplies are available. Blackberries will also have tighter supplies due to some heat in some of the growing regions. Other growing areas will come online in about a week so supplies are expected to improve. Raspberries are in good supply this week, but will decline by the end of the month. Look for pricing to increase as we head into July. Blueberries are again seeing better volumes as northern growers are beginning to harvest.
  • Watermelons continue to be promotable as we are seeing harvest from multiple growing regions. Quality continues to be excellent.
  • European Cucumber prices will be steady. Quality has been quite nice. Select Cucumber prices are on the rise due to a transition in harvesting fields.
  • Cauliflower supplies have been steady, but the heat this week will slow production. Pricing should remain steady. Broccoli will be in good supply with excellent quality. Current heat situation may affect supplies later this month.
  • Artichokes are promotable right now from many growers. Look for nice quality on the larger sized chokes.
  • Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons are coming into peak season with plenty of supplies available. Prices have remained steady. Quality has been very nice.
  • ALERT! Green Bean prices have risen significantly this week. Some growing regions have been experiencing unseasonably hot weather followed by flooding rains which has negatively impacted crops. Other growing regions have not started harvesting yet. Prices should be high this week, but will come back down supplies become more abundant. Despite the higher pricing, quality is nice.
  • Asparagus remains promotable. Multiple growing regions are experiencing a flush of product.
  • Sweet Corn is still a great item for June. Some Southern States are still harvesting, while the Northeast is just getting started.
  • Green Pepper prices rose to normal levels this week. Crops from the West Coast are experiencing heat related stress which is putting extra pressure on East coast supplies. Red Pepper prices are also rising due to the extremely hot temperatures in CA. Yellow Peppers are more limited quantities this week until new crop is ready in a few weeks. Pricing will be higher on the Yellow and Orange Bell Peppers. Yields have been weak.
  • Hothouse Beefsteak Tomato prices are in the rise. Quality has been nice but demand is strong causing a rising market. Field-grown Roma Tomatoes are also rising this week. Production is in a gap. Round Slicing Tomatoes are rising with a transition to more Northern fields. Some very hot temperatures and then heavy rains have affected harvests and pricing. Grape Tomato prices are steady this week. Quality and prices are promotable. Local VA grown tomatoes should be ready closer to 4th of July.
  • ALERT! Hass Avocado prices are skyrocketing as they normally do every year at this time. Volumes are sharply down from recent weeks. Demand is outpacing supplies causing a market increase. July should bring better volumes from Mexico and Peru.
  • Zucchini and Yellow Squash are still going strong with plentiful volumes available.
  • The Onion market has remained strong, but we could see an increase in pricing in the next few weeks depending on current supplies. Scallions have good quality with a steady market for the next few weeks.
  • Red, White and Gold Potatoes have outstanding quality, but with more limited supplies.
  • We should see Navel Oranges until the end of the month before we transition fully to the summer variety Valencia Oranges.
  • A small improvement in Brussels Sprouts this week. Growers are anticipating better supplies with quality being reported fair to good.
  • Celery continues to be limited this week. Quality is fair. Growers are predicting betters supplies next week.
  • New crop Dark Sweet Cherries from Washington State are now ready. Quality promises to be sweet. We also have Local Virginia Cherries in stock in the warehouse. See the Cavalier Homegrown List for a full list of what’s available from Local sources.