Market Report

Market Alerts

Artichoke  – Expect higher pricing with limited availability due to higher temperatures in some growing regions. Quality remains decent. 
Berries (Strawberries) - Markets are extremely tight due to the adverse weather we had several weeks ago . Look for the market to continue to be elevated and light through the end of the week.
Broccoli - The recent heat waves have caused lower yields due to bad quality. Watch this market continue to be tight.
Cilantro - Fair quality is prevalent due to extreme weather conditions, resulting in high pricing and limited supply. 
Citrus (Lemons, Organic) - You'll see fair quality and higher pricing on Organic Lemons. 
Citrus (Oranges) – Valencia supplies on 88/113/138’s are getting tighter each week. Better supplies on 72’s and larger. Markets are active on both grades and quality is fair. Please put orders in advance for better coverage.
Citrus (Limes) - Markets on 200’s are slightly coming off. 175’s and larger are still holding firm with light supplies. Quality is fair. Please place orders with lead time.
Cucumbers (English) - Higher markets with fair quality. Supplies are limited while they transition growing regions. 
Lettuce (Iceberg) - Demand exceeds supplies on this commodity. Common defects include light weights, discoloration, and ribby. Sclerotinia is an issue that multiple suppliers are dealing with. This disease is breaking down the plants and shorter shelf life is the result. Expect light supplies for two weeks minimum.
Lettuce (Leaf) - Romaine as well as hearts continue to be very light in availability. Green and red leaf has tightened up as well. Growers continue to deal with soil disease that has cut down yields and caused for shortages in product. Light supplies will continue for two weeks minimum. Demand will continue to exceed supplies.
Melon (Cantaloupe) - Cantaloupe market remains active. Demand is strong and supplies are limited out of the San Joaquin Valley. Current size structure peaking on 9’s. Arizona is set to start production mid-October and Mexico will ramp up around the same time period. Overall quality has been great with good sugars. Production out of the desert (Arizona) is set to start the first week of October. Import fruit out of Mexico is forecasted to start the second week of October.
Melon (Honeydew) -
Melons continue to be in high demand and supplies out of the San Joaquin Valley
have tightened up. Size structure is peaking on 5’s. The melon market will remain active for the balance of the month. There will be some relief and overlap as we transition into the desert growing region (Nogales/Yuma/Maricopa) mid-October. Imports from Mexico are expected to hit the US the first week of October in a light way.
Pears (Organic) - Higher pricing and limited supply due to fair quality on Organic product. This is due to transitioning growing regions. 
Tomatoes - Round and grape tomatoes have triggered escalators. Supplies are winding down and will continue to decline in October. Eastern regions are recovering from hurricane systems that have reduced yields. Western regions are ahead of schedule following weeks of triple digit weather. New crops in Mexico are starting to supplement the Fall season. Florida crops set for October are on track but supplies will be light. The market is up across the board. Quality is fair to good overall varying by region. Expect active markets through mid-October.

 

A Peek at Peak Seasons

Asparagus

Avocado

Brussels Sprouts

Celery

Eggplant

Grapes 

Onions

Potatoes

Potatoes (Colored

 

Weather Update

California – A strong high pressure system builds out west with dramatic warming over the weekend into early next week. Another round of record high temperatures are forecast into Tuesday. These growing conditions will only exacerbate the already rampant mold, mildew, disease, and insect pressure affecting most crops as the season winds down. Yields and overall quality will once again be impacted as another heat wave arrives.
Mexico – Seasonal temperatures with scattered showers and thunderstorms continue across Central Mexico into next week.
Florida – Scattered showers look to continue into early next week followed by cooler temperatures and dry conditions next week.
Ohio – Seasonal temperatures with some clouds and cold nights. 

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Commodities at a Glance

Apples: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Asparagus: Quality is good, pricing is steady, supply is plentiful

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 steady

Berries (Strawberries): Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

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

Brussels Sprouts: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Carrots: Quality is great, pricing is higher

Cauliflower: Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Celery: Quality is great, pricing is steady, supply is plentiful

Citrus (Lemons): Quality is good, pricing is steady. Higher pricing on organic with fair quality.

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

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

Cucumbers: Quality is good, pricing is higher

Eggplant: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Garlic: Quality is good, pricing is steady

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 fair, pricing is steady

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

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

Lettuce Leaf (Tender): Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Melon (Cantaloupe): Quality is great, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Melon (Honeydew): Quality is great, pricing is higher, supply is limited

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

Onions: Quality is great, pricing is steady, supply is plentiful

Pears: Quality is good, pricing is steady. Fair quality & high pricing on organic.

Pineapples: Quality is good, pricing is steady, supply is limited

Potatoes: Quality is good, pricing is steady

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

Squash: Quality is good, pricing is higher on summer

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

Tomatoes: Quality is fair to good, pricing is higher