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Market Report for Week of September 9th

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  • ALERT! Fuji Apples are extremely short and the new crop isn’t expected to start harvesting until 9/16. Washington State is going strong on new crop with Gala Apples, and in a light way on HoneycrispGolden Delicious will started packing on 9/2. Local Gala Apples are in stock in the warehouse and ready to ship!
  • ALERT! Asparagus volumes are improving. Prices are still extremely high, and volume remains short. While some growing areas are finishing up for the season, other fields have improved production this past week with better weather. This trend should continue, and markets should improve in the next couple of weeks.
  • ass Avocado markets are steady on most sizes. Supply is good out of Mexico and should stay that way over the next few weeks. Other growing regions will clean up over the next week or so. When that happens orders will revert to Mexico & there could be some strength in markets, as demand increases.
  • Blackberry production has increased slightly. Yields are good out West with better numbers crossing into the U.S. Blueberries -The Pacific NW is winding down. Some growers continue to produce although they’re well past peak season. Growers in the Great Lakes region will continue to produce their later varieties well into October. Offshore imports are beginning to arrive & will increase in the following weeks. Expect the market to vary from growing region to growing region according to quality & crop age. New crop are commanding a premium due to the superior quality. Raspberry availability is steady with the market holding. Expect supplies to increase as the new crop picks up in the upcoming weeks. The Strawberry market continues to increase due to limited supplies out of California. The yields have gradually dropped, while the new crop is slowly ramping up & volumes are not enough to counter the lower numbers coming out of Northern CA. Expect the market to remain strong for the next few weeks. Quality is average out of most shipping areas, but the newer fruit is nice with larger sizing.
  • ALERT! Broccoli supplies are extremely limited this week due to lower yields and very high demand, this has caused a gap with supplies. Expect markets to stay escalated for a few weeks. Good quality has been reported at this time.
  • ALERT! Better supplies this week on Brussel Sprouts. Markets are still escalated, we are hoping the better supplies will help improve the markets. Quality is also improving with growers facing quality issues the last couple of weeks.
  • Cauliflower supplies continue to be steady for this week. Markets are also expected to stay steady going into next week. Good quality has been reported at this time.
  • Cantaloupe production has dropped off significantly. Slightly cooler weather & strong demand from the holiday last week has left scarce supplies this week. Simultaneous delays in planting has caused a slight skip for the current week as new fields are scheduled to be broken by early next week with most growers. As we enter the Fall period you can anticipate less overall weekly volume hitting the market which should keep pricing mostly stabilized in the higher single digits. Sizing of what is being harvested is heavily slanted to the larger fruit. Honeydew production remains consistent. Sizing remains good with more limited availability on the smaller fruit. We do not anticipate much of a change on the honeydew production for the next 7-10 days.
  • ALERT! Jumbo Carrots are limited. If the carrots do not size up this could cause gaps in supply for an extended amount of time.
  • Very good supplies on Celery for this week. Markets are also expected to be steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported with multiple growers.
  • Corn markets are going up out East due to lighter supplies out of the mid-West. Northern growers are ramping up. We are seeing active markets in the west as well. Northern California is harvesting right now. Quality has been fair to good.
  • Cucumber supplies are good this week. Volumes have started picking up as growers move into new crops. There’s a lot of larger fruit available & quality has been good. Expect to see steady volume for at least the next week. Eastern cucumbers are available in several states, & quality is good from most areas. Fall crop will start harvesting this week. This should provide a pretty good increase in volume as some of the other areas see production start to decline.
  • Eggplant is readily available with multiple growing areas producing. Prices are forecasted to remain steady. Quality has been good on both sides of the country, but there are occasional issues on older crops.
  • The Green Bean market is steady to slightly higher this week. Domestic green beans are lighter this week due to suppliers experiencing harvest gaps. Quality ranges from fair to good depending on growing region.
  • Chervil remains limited this week. The heat wave of the past several weeks is what caused the shortage, but cooler weather is entering the growing region for this very sensitive herb. All other herbs are steady with good quality.
  • Better supplies on Iceberg Lettuce this week. Demand is still high so we expect the markets to remain active going into next week. Good quality is being reported at this time.
  • ALERT! Romaine Hearts – The market continues to be active on romaine hearts and demand continues to strengthen. Processors are pulling more volume with schools starting up. Good quality is being reported, but some reports of fringe, wind burn, & light twist. Whole Head Romaine Lettuce supplies have improved slightly this week. Demand is still high, we are expecting the markets to be steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported at this time. Green Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuce have good supplies continuing this week. Markets are expected to remain steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported at this time.
  • Good supplies on green Kale for this week. Expect markets to be steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported with multiple growers.
  • ALERT!! Limes– Supplies continue to be extremely tight and the market continues to rise each week. This is all due to the drought conditions in the growing regions. The industry is getting light pack-outs and minimal crossings. The outlook moving forward depends on the weather in Mexico. Without any rain we won’t see improvement for the next 4-6 weeks. The weather patterns are not expected to change soon, & we expect a very active market through the end of the year. Markets are expected to rise moving forward until supplies improve. Lemon supplies are steady with good quality. Good supplies with the majority being imports. Larger fruit seem to have better volumes than small. No quality issues have been reported.
  • The Onion markets are beginning to stabilize. Quality is good, along with good demand. The NW regions have good supplies of White, Red and yellow Onions, and all have excellent quality. Super Colossal & Colossal Yellow are tight, but improving as we move into Sept. Overall, the crop appears to be normal with some regions down in yields a bit more than others. We believe there will be strong supply and quality throughout the season, but not a surplus of supply at any point.
  • Steady supplies of Green Onion Scallions continue this week. Markets are expected to stay steady going into next week. Good quality is also being reported at this time.
  • The Orange market is steady to high. Domestic small fruit continues to remain tight & the markets continue to rise weekly as school demand increases. Imported Navel Oranges are steady with good quality. Expect domestic supply to remain tight through September. Quality out of California is good.
  • Red & Yellow Bell Pepper market is steady to lower this week due to yields increasing out of CA. However, supplies continue to be limited & pricing remains elevated this week in both regions. Overall quality is reported to be good. Green Bell Pepper prices continue to drop for a second week. Supplies continue to improve in all growing regions.
  • The Pineapple market remains steady and demand continues to be strong as schools are back in session. Supplies remain low but have improved. Expect supplies to improve in another week or so. Quality is good.
  • ALERT! The Potato markets are slowly dropping, but the crop is small and yields are down with larger sized potatoes being tight. Quality should be good but it’s going to be an interesting year. Expect the market to remain high and tight for the next few weeks.
  • ALERT! SWEET POTATO market remains tight. New crop is starting harvest which will begin to fill the pipeline, but most of it is uncured. NC has harvested about 15-20% as they waited for the hurricane to pass. Some rain would be good but too much will have an impact. Expect supplies to improve in the next 2- 4 weeks.
  • There’s lots of Zucchini and Yellow Squash available in the East particularly on yellow. Quality has been good but expect to see some impact after Hurricane Dorian. To the West we are seeing steady volume as they move into their last fields. Availability is expected to continue through the month of September. Some other growing areas are forecasted to harvest limited numbers for the next few weeks.
  • Although there are multiple areas in production, Tomato volumes are light to moderate in the East this week. There’s fruit in North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, & Michigan. Production is down for farms that harvested plantings early due to heat bringing them on ahead of schedule. Availability is expected to strengthen when Eastern supplies comes back online with fall plantings during the 1st week of September. Most California growers with mature greens have been working partial weeks & have reduced volumes due to heat. Vine ripe tomatoes continue to slowly cross the border.
  • Watermelon demand has dropped dramatically following Labor Day, but that is in line with the past years. It looks like volume actually bumped up above the average for the first time in a little while, though it’s not a massive amount. Prices continued downward but showing more of a holding pattern than any sort of large drop. The Seedless Watermelon supplies remain tight which is causing the market to firm up. Expect seedless supplies to remain on the lighter side through the remainder of the season.