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Market Report for Week of October 7th

By on Oct 8, 2019 in MARKET REPORT | 0 comments

  • ALERT! Our Specialty Cut Cheese Room will be under construction Tuesday and Wednesday October 8 & 9. We are remodeling so we can better serve you! We apologize for any inconvenience. Cheese orders will resume on Thursday October 11.
  • 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 currently in stock: Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, and Crimson Crisp.
  • Asparagus supplies are getting back to normal as more import supplies are coming in. The market is expected to be steady going into next week. Quality is also improving.
  • Avocado markets appear to be leveling out. A tropical storm that skirted the west coast of Mexico has caused it to rain in the growing areas, but it should only stop picks for a couple of days .
  • Blackberry supplies are tighter due to rain in the growing region. Expect supplies to remain tight as Tropical Storm Narda impacts crops with even more wind and precipitation. The Blueberry market is steady. Domestic production is decreasing, but imports are picking up. Raspberries like blackberries, have been impacted by all the rain in the growing region. Expect tight supplies for another week or so.
  • Broccoli supplies have improved this week, bit are still light. Pin-Rot is still affecting quality not allowing the market to get back to normal. Growers are expecting the market to improve in the coming weeks.
  • Good supplies continue for Brussels Sprouts. Quality is reported as good with multiple growers. The market is expected to remain steady for the next few weeks.
  • Steady supplies on Cauliflower this week. Quality is being reported as good with multiple growers. The market is expected to remain steady for the next few weeks.
  • Cantaloupe supplies started to steady over the weekend, finally catching up to very good demand the past few weeks. Much cooler temps began hitting the California growing area over the weekend which should prevent the fruit from accelerating as it did last week when temps hit the low 90s. Current sizing has been leaning heavier towards larger fruit. Recent quality has shown a nice shell color with solid internal quality in the 11-13% brix range mostly. Honeydew production remains fairly strong in the region with mostly mid to small sizes being available due to the cooler weather. Melons have been mostly clean externally with consistent brix levels in the 10-12% range.
  • With cooler temperatures California Carrots are improving quality. Supply is steady.
  • Excellent supplies on Celery this week. Very good quality reported by multiple growers. Expect the market to remain steady for the next few weeks.
  • Corn Production is still coming out of the South, but supplies remain tight. The northeast has good supplies on Bi-color and Yellow CornWhite Corn out California has seen a slight increase in production. Prices still remain strong.
  • Cucumber supplies out of the West are steady with good quality while availability out of the East is a bit more tight and good to fair quality. Supplies from Southern growing regions are also expected to tighten due to a tropical storm in the area.
  • Good Eggplant supplies out of the Mid-West and East. Production out of the Southeast and California are light. Expect volume out of the South to be impacted by rain. Demand is low so pricing is still expected to remain steady. Good quality out of the West and East.
  • Some Red Seedless Grapes varieties are finishing up this week while other varieties should be starting in the next two weeks. The market is steady and should remain so for at least two weeks. Green Seedless Grapes have good availability right now and into the near future.
  • The Green Bean market continues to be steady to lower this week. Good supplies in the east and the west. Good quality is being reported.
  • Chervil, Lavender, Lemon Thyme, and Tarragon are limited this week due to quality issues or transitioning. All other herbs are expected to remain steady with good quality.
  • Iceberg Lettuce is on the radar this week with lighter supplies available. Quality is being reported as just fair. Some growers are seeing signs of seeders. Lettuce is showing some fringe burn on the outer leaves. We are hoping for quality to improve when new crop starts up next week. Also on the radar this week, Romaine Lettuce supplies continue to be light this week. Quality is being reported as just fair. Growers are still being challenged with seeder and outer leaf fringe burn. Markets are expected to be tight for the next few weeks. Romaine Heart supplies are light this week, which might cause the market to escalate. Green Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuce have good supplies this week. Quality is being reported as fair. Seeing some fringe burn on the outer leaves due to warmer weather in the Valley. The markets are expected to be steady going into next week.
  • Good supplies continue on Kale this week with good quality reported by multiple growers. Expect the market to remain steady for the next few weeks.
  • Limes are on the radar. The market remains strong but is starting to ease due to more supplies this week, but supplies remain limited on larger fruit. The tropical storm that hit the growing region has caused harvesting to slow down. This will cause the market to tighten up going into next week. The Lemon market remains steady on smaller fruit and stronger on large fruit. Domestic large fruit continues to be limited but should gradually increase by the middle of this month. Quality is fair to good.
  • The Onion market continues to be steady this week. The NW regions continue with consistent supplies with good quality. Some growing regions had some rain this week that interrupted the harvest and slowed down production. Super Colossal and Colossal Yellow onions are light. Red Onions are also limited. Quality has been good. Expect markets to hold steady through this month. Similar to last week, we are seeing good supplies on Green Onion Scallions coming from the South this week. Markets are expected to remain steady going into next week. Good quality is also being reported at this time.
  • The Orange market remains steady to high this week. Small fruit remains limited and is expected to continue until CA navels start up in a few weeks. Larger fruit remains very promotable. Quality is fair to good.
  • Green and Red Bell Peppers are steady. Yellow Peppers continue to be tight. Supplies are available in many areas out of the East. Quality has become hit and miss with some decay and coloring but there are some new fields that started this week. Other areas are maintaining quality for the most part. The Western market is tighter. New Crop is scheduled to start sometime next week.
  • Similar to last week, Pineapple availability continues to be good with good quality. Sizing will be trending large for the next few weeks. Expect the market to remain steady going into next week.
  • Potatoes are on the radar while the market continues to level out this week. Supplies have improved but rain and cold temps have that interrupted the harvest and slowed down production. Large size 40ct & 50ct are tight. Expect markets to be steady going into next week.
  • Good supplies of Green and Yellow Squash out of the East and West. Expect prices to move up a bit as crops out of the East transition from the normal Summer to Fall production. Some Southern grower’s fruit has had scuffing on both colors a little bit of decay in the Zucchini, so it’s not great so far. Hopefully it will improve as they move past the heat and into later plantings. Other areas’ quality has been exceptional but there’s not a ton of volume there.
  • ALERT! Heat last week in California has impacted Strawberry production. Volume and quality out of Northern California continues to decrease. Volume out of other CA growing areas is picking up. The weather is forecasted to improve over the next week. This will increase supplies and put some pressure on costing.
  • Growers are reporting tighter Tomato supplies out of the East due to rains associated with tropical storms. Good supplies are being reported out of the West as the heat related production increased. This will tighten up the market in a week or so as fruit is coming on faster than expected.