Market Report

Market Alerts

Broccoli/Cauliflower – High temperatures in California’s growing regions have tightened up supplies and created minor quality issues such as bruising and yellowing. Pricing is higher than normal. Value added product is also affected.
Lettuce – The extremely warm weather has also affected lettuce quality. Iceberg and Romaine in particular are fair
at best, with insect damage, tip burn, browning and light case weights all reported. Pricing is higher than normal. Pre-cut product and Green Leaf are the best values.
Melons – The harvest of Cantaloupe has slowed out of Arizona’s desert growing region due to recent weather. Quality is fair, and pricing is slightly higher than normal. Honeydew is better quality.
Strawberries – Quality continues to be fair due to the recent heat in the Salinas Valley, with overripe fruit and bruising the major concerns.

A Peek at Peak Seasons

Hard Squash – Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti and other specialty hard squashes are now in season.
Fall Decor – Pie, Jack O'Lantern and specialty pumpkins are available now, as well as gourds and Indian corn.  
Pears – Quality and pricing are great on early season varieties.
Asparagus – Pencil and Standard sizes are excellent buys this week.
Ohio apples – Plenty of crisp and delicious varieties available. Ask your sales rep for recommendations. 
Colored Potatoes – All colors and Fingerling varietals are excellent quality out of the Northwest and Upper
Midwest.
Kiwi – Great quality and plentiful supply on California Kiwi. 

Weather Update

California: Very cool, dry, windy conditions expected across the Central, Southern and Desert regions.
Mexico: Seasonal temperatures and generally dry conditions.
Florida: Warm, rainy conditions in most growing regions.

Ohio: Cooler temperatures and clouds.

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Commodities at a Glance

Apples: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Asparagus: Quality is good, pricing is lower

Avocado: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Bell Peppers: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (Blackberries) : Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (Blueberries): Quality is good, pricing is higher

Berries (Raspberries): Quality is good, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Berries (Strawberries): Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Broccoli: Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Brussels Sprouts: Quality is fair to good, pricing is steady

Carrots: Quality is great, pricing is steady

Cauliflower: Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Celery: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Citrus (Lemons): Quality is good, pricing is higher

Citrus (Limes): Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Citrus (Oranges): Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Cucumbers: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Eggplant: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Garlic: Quality is fair, pricing is steady, supply is limited

Grapes (Green): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Grapes (Red): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Green Onions: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Kale: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Lettuce Iceberg: Quality is poor, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Lettuce Leaf: Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Lettuce Leaf (Tender): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Melon (Cantaloupe): Quality is fair, pricing is steady, supply is limited

Melon (Honeydew): Quality is good, pricing is higher

Melon (Watermelon): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Onions: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Pears: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Pineapples: Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Potatoes: Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Potatoes (Colored): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Squash: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Stone Fruit: Quality is good, pricing is steady, supply is ending

Tomatoes: Quality is good, pricing is higher