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Market Report for Week of September 23rd

By on Sep 24, 2019 in MARKET REPORT | 0 comments

 

  • 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. Locally we have Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Crimson Crisp and of course Local Apple Cider!
  • The Asparagus market has settled down as volumes are increasing but remains slightly limited. All sizes from Standard to Jumbo have decent pricing. Expect supplies to continue to improve. Quality is fair to good.
  • Mexican Hass Avocado markets are currently inverted, with 40’s and 48’s experiencing less demand while smaller sized fruit are steady with good demand. The new crop is starting this week, and supplies are expected to be good over the next few weeks.
  • Blackberries are the only berry that wasn’t impacted in this recent heatwave last week. Good supplies are coming in good numbers out of the Central Coast and Southern growing regions. Expect the market pricing to slightly decrease as volumes increases. Blueberries out of the Pacific NW are finishing up, while Northern growers will run through mid-October. Once the north is done, all the fruit will be imports. Expect the markets to remain steady this week. Raspberries continue to be exceedingly tight especially as we move into the weekend. Southern growers are not producing significant numbers and the west coast has been stunted by the extreme heat this past weekend. The heat not only affected the plants, but it also affected harvesting crew schedules. Expect light supplies to continue into next week with the possibility of higher pricing towards the end of this week.
  • Broccoli Crown and Florets supplies remain extremely limited this week. Valley growers are having to deal with Pin Rot on the crowns. Yields and weights will be down. Quality has been reported as fair to poor. The market is expected to be higher with escalated pricing for the next 2-3weeks.
  • Brussel Sprout supplies are back to normal this week. The market will be steady; growers are reporting good quality.
  • Good supplies on Cauliflower this week. Markets should be steady going into next week. Growers are reporting fair to good quality at this time.
  • Cantaloupe Production remains very limited overall. As we move into the Fall season less acreage has been planted as some CA growers will be concluding their seasons over the next 10-14 days. Much cooler weather (highs in the upper 70s), & even some rain yesterday, curtailed harvests leaving availability short since late last week. Sizing had been mostly larger fruit but with the cooler weather we anticipate a slight slowdown which should spread out the sizing availability. Other growing regions production will start in a small way the first week of October. Honeydew Melons have been mostly steady with good supply and a nice spread of sizing between 5/6s. The market on the dews should hold consistent over the next 7-10 days.
  • The western Carrot market is steady this week. Jumbo Carrots remain tight with a few shippers reporting light volumes. Out to the East, supplies are good with good quality.
  • Very good supplies on Celery for this week. Markets are also expected to be steady going into next week. Good quality has been reported by multiple growers.
  • Corn prices are up again this week. For the most part, white corn has the best availability and while yellow corn is available, it is more challenging due to product only coming out of one growing area.
  • Eastern Cucumber markets have plenty of product available. Fall crops are just getting started with volumes picking up over the next week or so. Although there have been a few spotty concerns with shrivel & sunken areas, quality has been good in all Eastern areas. Western markets are steady this week with better import supplies available. Some growers will be wrapping up over the next 3-4 weeks, but the rest will go through December. Good quality is being reported overall.
  • ALERT: English Cucumber markets continue to be higher. Expect supplies to remain tight through late October as production GAPS are expected some Northern growing regions are beginning to wind down for the season. Import product should start light production in late October. Expect higher pricing the rest of the month.
  • Good supplies on Eggplant this week. CA continues with good volume as weather cools down a bit. The fall transition looks be smooth out West. Out to the East, plenty of farms have more than enough product to meet demand. Quality is good from most areas.
  • Red Seedless Grape market remains steady. The Green Seedless Grape market is beginning to firm up on prices. Expect the market to continue to rise in October.
  • The Green Bean market remains constant this week into next week with good supplies and steady pricing. Quality is fair to good depending on growing region.
  • Thyme, Tarragon, & Lavender remain limited this week due to the heat in the growing regions. Pricing has increased. Chervil is better this week, but remains limited. All other herbs have steady supply with good quality.
  • Steady supplies continue with green Kale this week going into next week. Good quality has been reported by multiple growers.
  • Good supplies on Iceberg Lettuce for this week, with good demand. The Valley is getting some warm weather that will cause some quality issues which will be apparent on the wrapper leaves. Fair quality is being reported at this time. Romaine Lettuce has good supplies this week with good demand. The warm weather that will cause some seeder challenges for harvesting. There is more significant core with mature romaine. Processors are having to harvest younger fields to help prevent excess core going into salad bags. Quality is being reported as fair. Green Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuce have very good supplies this week. Quality is being reported as fair with some reports of some fringe burn on the outer leaves due to warmer weather. Markets are expected to be steady this week.
  • ALERT! The Lime market is slowly improving on the smaller sizes. Large fruit is limited or priced very high. Quality is can be an issue. Demand is strong and sources don’t see any relief in the immediate future.
  • The Lemon market pricing remains steady on smaller fruit and higher pricing on large fruit. Domestic supplies continue to be tight on larger fruit but should gradually increase over the next few weeks. Good supplies out of both the East and West coast with the majority being imports.
  • The Onion market remains steady from last week with Yellow Onions, Red Onions and Whites Onions seeing good demand. The NW regions continue with good supply & good quality. Some growing regions had some rain this week that interrupted the harvest and slowed down production. Expect markets to hold steady for the rest of this month.
  • Good supplies of Green Onions coming from Southern growing regions this week. Markets are expected to be steady to higher going into next week. Fair to good quality is being reported at this time.
  • The Orange market remains steady from last week. Smaller sized fruit remain in high demand while larger fruit is has better availability. Quality is fair to good. Expect small fruit to remain tight until California Navel Orange start.
  • Bartlett Pears are available with sizes peaking on 100/110/120ct. Anjou’s are also available with good supplies. New Crop Anjou Pears won’t begin harvesting until later this month. Quality is excellent.
  • The Green Bell Pepper market is steady this week with good supplies out of the Mid-West & NE. Quality is good. Red Bell Peppers have good supplies from multiple growing areas and supplies are expected to increase as we move forward this month. The market continues to decrease this week with better supplies becoming available. The Yellow Bell Pepper market has decreased this week due to better supplies. Good quality is being reported.
  • The Pineapple market remains steady this week. Supplies continue to improve out of both coasts on all sizes. Quality has also improved. Expect the market to remain steady the rest of the week.
  • Alert! The Potato market is improving but are still at premium pricing. Most spuds have gone down this week but remain higher than averages for this time frame. Sizing and yields remain a concern for the new crop as well. Availability good on the 60/70/80 size range. 40ct & 50ct remain tight. Expect supplies to improve once the new crop start the first or second week of October.
  • ALERT! The Sweet Potato market remains tight. Sweets have started rolling in on both coasts in a small way, but we won’t see huge relief for another couple of weeks.
  • Both Yellow Squash & Zucchini continue to be available in good supply throughout the country. Although there are some scattered issues with scarring/ scuffing on yellow, quality is nice from almost all areas.
  • ALERT! Strawberries continue to be a challenge this week. California experienced extreme heat over the last weekend. The excess heat impacted production & reduced yields. The light rain last week had a negative impact on production as well. This combination of heat & precipitation affected both quality & harvest projections. Expect to see softer fruit with bruising as well as moisture related issues such as mildew & premature breakdown in some of the berries. Expect the market to remain strong through next week.
  • Grape Tomato and Cherry Tomato markets continue to weaken with light demand and supplies steady. The Round Slicing Tomato market also remains unchanged with good supplies and steady demand. Roma Tomato markets are the same as last week with light to moderate supplies and good demand.