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Market Report for Week of October 21st

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  • The Apple market is steady this week. New crop Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Golden Delicious Apples are available. New crop Washington Fuji stocks are limited. Quality is excellent. Local Apples in stock in the warehouse this week: Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Stayman, Granny Smith and Crimson Crisp. More Showalter’s Fresh Pressed Local Cider is arriving to the warehouse later this week.
  • Asparagus supplies are slowly improving this week. Import supplies are slowly picking up and should continue to improve as we move along in October. Quality is good.
  • Avocado markets are split depending on size. 48’s and larger are steady to tight, as the fruit gets bigger, 60’s and smaller are weaker. This size differential could last until December. Michoacán (Mexico) has gotten lots of precipitation and we probably will see in a couple of weeks some lenticel marks (raised pores) on the fruit. Lenticel do not affect the quality of the flesh, only its appearance.
  • MARKET ALERT! Blackberry markets are still elevated this week. Rain in the growing region during the last few weeks has resulted in reduced productions. Supplies are expected to be tight for the next 2 to 4 weeks. Blueberry supplies and prices are steady to lower on imported blueberries. Production is coming in from multiple sources. Raspberry supplies out of California are declining while production from other regions is increasing. This is keeping the market a bit tight at this time. Availably on Strawberries is looking better at this time. California growers are reporting the best quality strawberries with production ramping up too. Quality and supplies from other areas will continue to decline in the weeks to come. Import strawberries are now harvesting and volumes will pick up each week going forward. Production out of Florida is expected to start the last week in November. This all depends on weather.
  • MARKET ALERT! Broccoli supplies will continue to be limited for the next few weeks. We are experiencing only fair quality at the time of harvest. Growers are still trying to work through hollow core and Pin Rot. This has caused low yields at the time of harvest. Prices are escalated this week.
  • The Brussels Sprout market is a bit lower this week with good supplies and lower demand this week. Good quality is being reported by multiple growers. The market is expected to remain steady going into next week.
  • MARKET ALERT! Cauliflower supplies are extremely limited this week. Previous unusual weather was the main cause for this market. Waiting on some fields to hopefully mature enough for harvest. Expect this to last two or three weeks in Salinas before we transition. Quality has been reported as fair, growers are optimistic we will see some improvement in supplies next week.
  • MARKET ALERT! Cantaloupe production is quickly winding down for some growers in the Westside region of CA. There could be minimal harvests continuing through next week dependent upon weather. Cooler days & nights have drastically slowed the maturation of the fruit. Remaining fruit from this region is expected to focus primarily on mid to small sizes (12/15s) with very few larger sized melons. Other regions’ production is extremely slow to start & very limited. Sizing initially from these areas showed some larger sizes but has shifted recently to smaller fruit as well. New crop cantaloupes are scheduled to have arrivals begin the week of November 11th.
  • With cooler temperatures Carrots have improved quality. Supply is steady.
  • Steady Celery supplies continue this week with excellent to good quality reported. Some growers reporting heavier volume on larger sized product. Expect market to be steady going into next week.
  • Corn production is steadily increasing. This is putting pressure on pricing. Production out of the West is steady. Cost dropped a bit this week on Western product.
  • The Cucumber market is steady this week. Product is coming from multiple growing regions, while other regions will wrap up over the next week. Southern cucumber production has been extremely light due to cool weather and there will be less supply than usual to finish off the season. Quality remains strong.
  • Demand on Eggplant is fairly low right now. Production is coming from multiple growing regions. The market is expected to stay steady at this time.
  • Overall Seedless Grape market is steady. Red Seedless are plentiful. Green Seedless are still getting harvested with most growers ending harvest the first two weeks of November, market will continue to rise into November.
  • MARKET ALERT! Green Beans are currently transitioning regions in the East and the availability of supplies is lighter than anticipated. Quality is still acceptable, but supply is low. As the southeastern regions get heavy into harvesting, supply will pick back up and price should return to normal.
  • MARKET ALERT! Chervil & Thyme continues to be limited this week due to quality issues. All other herbs are expected to remain steady with good quality.
  • MARKET ALERT! Domestic Garlic yields are drastically down due to a percentage of plants that did not develop. Quality issues have been reported due to weather. Chinese Garlic is becoming very limited due to a US custom fees & higher tariffs, and lower yields in their crop. Quality is good. Expect higher markets.
  • MARKET ALERT! Honeydew production is very limited. Some domestic regions are finishing up for the season, while other regions had less acreage planted. These growers chose not to grow honeydews with poor market trends in the past. With fewer southern import melons coming to market, this could seriously impact the honeydew situation over the next 4-5 weeks until offshore melons begin.
  • Similar to last 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.
  •  MARKET ALERT! Iceberg and Romaine supplies are extremely limited this week. Weather has affected these markets as well. Supplies are expected to be light for the next two weeks. We are hoping with the start of the new region next week in CA, that supplies will improve. Prices are escalated this week. Alert includes Whole Head Romaine, Romaine Hearts, Chopped Romaine, Whole Head Iceberg Lettuce all salad blends.
  • Green Leaf and Red Leaf supplies are a bit lower 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.
  • Supplies on Arugula are a little tighter this week. Production will start transiting around the middle of November. There always some interruptions in production during transitions as growers move production equipment to the new production areas.
  • The Lime market is steady this week as supplies are improving, seeing good supplies on smaller fruit. Large fruit remains tight. Quality is being reported as fair to good. Lemons remain steady, same as last week. Good supplies with good quality. Larger lemons remain a bit tight. Expect the market to remain steady next week.
  • The Onion market remains steady this week. Harvest has slowed down due to the cold weather in Idaho/ Oregon. We are seeing good demand with good supplies and good quality on Red, White, and Yellow Onions. The Green Onion market remains steady this week. Seeing good supplies with good demand . Quality is good. Expect the markets to remain steady going into next week.
  • The Oranges market is steady to high this week. Smaller size fruit remains tight and demand strong. Quality is fair. Expect markets to remain active till California navels start by late October/ early November.
  • The market on Green Peppers is steady this week. Pricing for Red and Yellow Peppers are elevated. Production for Reds and Yellows is increasing but not enough to offset demands. Similar to last week, the Chili Pepper market remains steady. Quality is good.
  • The Pineapple market remain steady. 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.
  • MARKET ALERT! Potato markets are up. Product is SHORT. Shippers were packing from the fields but with the freeze they can’t do so, and the product in storage won’t be cured in most regions until early next week. Large sizes are the tightest as yields and size were already an issue before the freezing temps rolled in. Suppliers are still evaluating the total loss. Supply is very tight but hopefully will improve next week when they can get rolling again out of storage, however there will be a lot of catching up to do. Temps in the growing region will be back beneath freezing again next week.
  • Prices on Yellow and Green Squash is slightly elevated this week. Production is increasing but is still tight on the East Coast. Growers are reporting good quality on Southern product. Quality is good to fair at this time.
  • Supplies on Slicing Tomatoes will tighten up this week. The season is ending in multiple regions. Production out of the East is lower than expected. We’re getting reports that Roma Tomatoes out of the East are extremely tight too. Expect high markets going into next week.