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Market Report for Week of October 14th

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  • The Apple market is steady this week. New crop Washington Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Golden Delicious Apples are available. New crop Washington Fuji stocks are limited. Quality is excellent. Local Apples we have available are Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Stayman, Granny Smith and Crimson Crisp.
  •  Import Asparagus supplies have steady volume which should continue to improve as we move along in October, but overall volumes are down which is keeping pricing higher. Quality is good.
  • Hass Avocado markets are currently split, depending on size. 48’s and larger are steady to stronger, while 60’s and smaller are steady to weaker. Smaller fruit is more plentiful but as larger fruit gets used up, it will put additional pressure on the 60’s. The majority of avocados are coming from Mexico, with little fruit coming from other import locations.
  • MARKET ALERT! Blackberries are very tight right now with prices increasing as expected. Production was impacted by the recent tropical storm, while other growing regions are seeing their normal reduction in production. Unless demands drop, look for prices to stay higher for at least the next few weeks. Blueberries are being harvested from many areas right now. Domestic production is declining in the North West. Prices are increasing slightly with supplies expected to remain tight. The Raspberry market is trying to firm up due to the tighter market on Strawberries and Blackberries. Most of the production is out of the South. Growers are expecting better supplies over the next few weeks.
  • ALERT! Quality and sizing challenges have been reported on Strawberry crops. This is due to the heat from a few weeks ago. On a positive note, growers are reporting that quality and sizing are improving each day going forward. Expect volumes to increase as production ramps up.
  • ALERT! Broccoli supplies will be limited for the next few weeks. Fair quality at the time of harvest has resulted in low yields. Growers are still trying to work through hollow core and pin rot. Growers will be holding distributors to weekly averages. Prices are escalated this week.
  • ALERT! Cauliflower supplies are very limited this week. Weather has affected this market with unusual weather & big swings in temps. Some fields were started early due to warm weather, others are slow to start with rain & cold temps. Expect pricing to be escalated this week.
  • The Brussels Sprout market remains steady this week with good supplies. Good quality is being reported by multiple growers. The market is expected to remain steady going into next week.
  • Cantaloupe is on the radar with decreased production over the past week. Some growers have either concluded their season or will be finishing by this week. Cooler temps continue to affect the maturation of the melons. Daily projection numbers are leaving inventories very thin. Cooler weather would typically be producing smaller sizes but with the current variety being used the melons are predominantly larger. Small fruit, especially 12s, could find themselves in a limited position.
  • Honeydew is also on the radar. Supplies have quickly moved to an almost demand exceeds supply situation. Less overall product was planted this summer. Sizing should fall primarily on the smaller side with large fruit being short. Other production areas have started in a small way, but have been dealing with rains (even hail) in the last two weeks. We are awaiting reports on how fields are responding as production increases. There is concern of damage which would seriously impact the late October & November production.
  • With cooler temperatures, CA Carrots have improved quality. Supply is steady.
  • Steady supplies continue with Celery this week. Growers continue to report excellent to good quality. Some growers reporting heavier volume on larger product. Expect market to be steady going into next week.
  • The Corn market out West is steady; production in the North East is declining; and production is increasing from the South with Florida’s production starting in a week or two.
  • Cucumbers are facing quality and pricing challenges from last week’s tropical storm. Supplies out of the East are steady and quality has improved over the last week or two.
  • Good supplies on Eggplant this week. Some growing areas are facing storm related quality and availability challenges, while CA is coming along with better supplies. Quality is good. Supplies out of the East are stable with good quality.
  • Seedless Grapes should remain steady & continue through October at these levels. Movement has been steady for the last 2-3 weeks. Quality & condition have been good. Markets will start to go up as individual growers will be in control depending on how long they can hold their fruit.
  • Green Bean supplies have tightened up in the East. New crop has been affected by heat with yields on early plantings down as much as 50%. With no additional weather issues, they should be back into more normal volumes in 2-3 weeks. Beans continue to be very snug in the West with light supplies Look for the CA desert to begin in the next week or so and other farms to come onboard by November 1st.
  • Chervil continues to be limited this week due to quality issues. All other herbs are expected to remain steady with good quality.
  • ALERT! Very light supplies this week on Iceberg Lettuce. Weather has affected this market as well, due to the unusual weather. Supplies are expected to be light for the next two weeks. We are hoping with the start of the new growing region supplies will improve. Prices are escalated this week. Alert includes all salad blends.
  • ALERT! Very light supplies on the Romaine market as well. Weather is the main cause. Warm weather caused some quality issues that affected supplies. Prices are escalated this week. Alert includes romaine hearts, chopped romaine and salad blends.
  • Supplies are a bit lower on the Green Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuce this week. Quality is being reported as fair. Still reports of some fringe/ wind burn on the outer leaves. The markets are expected to be steady to higher going into next week.
  • The Kale market remains steady this week. Good supplies continue, along with good quality which has been reported by multiple growers. Expect the market to remain steady going into next week.
  • The Arugula market is expected to stay strong for another week. Growers are reporting that the high temperatures and rain from a few weeks ago has impacted production and quality.
  • The Lime market continues to be on the radar this week. Pricing on larger fruit is starting to come down, while smaller fruit is still high. The situation is improving, although there are talks of concern the market could bounce back next month since fruit was over picked last month. Weather remains clear. Lemons are pretty steady from last week as well with most choice fruit being in the upper end for larger fruit, and on the lower end for smaller fruit.
  • The Onion market remains steady. Quality, supply and demand are strong and steady on Red Onions, Yellow Onions and White Onions coming from out West. The Green Onion market remains steady this week. Seeing good demand along with good supplies. Quality is good. Expect the markets to remain steady going into next week.
  • Oranges remain steady and promotable. Smaller size fruit remains tight and quality is fair. California Navel Oranges are expected to start by the end of this month.
  • The Green Bell Pepper market is steady out of the East and is trying to work up somewhat in the West. Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers are more reasonably priced compared to the last month or so, but are showing some strength recently. Like last week, the Chili Pepper market remains steady. Steady supplies out of the East, with good quality.
  • The Pineapple market is steady this week. Good availability continues with good quality. Sizing will be trending large for the next few weeks. Expect the market to remain steady going into next week.
  • ALERT! Temps have officially tanked. Most of the Potato growing regions have hit as low as 1 degree recently. The frost is causing significant damage to the remaining crop yet to be harvested. Harvesting was already interrupted before the temps dropped due to recent rain in the area. There was still quite a good number of spuds in the ground when the freeze hit which could definitely mean quite a bit of acreage lost. Yields were already of concern at the beginning of harvest, so this only worsens the situation. The true situation will not be known until growers get back into the fields & are able to fully evaluate.
  • ALERT! Snow Pea and Sugar Snap Pea volumes are extremely limited due to weather issues in the growing regions. Market is steadily rising -expect escalated pricing.
  • Just like cucumbers, Yellow and Green Summer Squash are facing storm related quality and supply challenges -all due to the recent tropical storm. Supplies out of the East have been getting tighter due to cooler weather in the region. Supplies should improve when we begin to see some product out of Plant City as early as late next week.
  • The Tomato market has tightened up due to heat and seasonal production ending in many growing areas. In other growing regions supplies will be available for a few more weeks where more growers will break into fall acreage later this month. The Eastern market is experiencing the same tight supplies as the West. Florida is expected to start production in November.