Market Report

Market Alerts

Asparagus - Supplies continue to struggle coming out of both Peru and Mexico. Supplies should start getting better next week with Caborca ramping up.
Artichoke - Limited supply, as well as fair quality and higher pricing. 
Strawberries
- The market is very firm with shippers holding customers to averages and not taking on new business. This trend will last through the end of the month. Cooler temperatures in all three growing regions is resulting in lower yields across the board.
Carrots - The carrot market demand is very strong, especially on snack packs with supplies being are very tight. Markets remain stable and supplies are steady on cellos, and jumbos. We have light supplies out of Georgia as well if you have any interest.
Celery - This market continues to be in a demand exceeds supply situation. This will continue for the entire week. Fusarium has stunted the growth and production of this commodity with most shippers, both in Yuma and southern California. Pith is being reported and most sizing is on the small side. Escalated pricing on value added celery is escalated and this will continue for a few weeks minimum. Organic has limited supply and higher pricing also. Quality remains good. 
Citrus (Limes) - The lime market is active and firming up on prices due to rain in the growing regions. Need orders in advance for better coverage.
Green Onions
- Supplies out of Mexico are tighter as the cold weather is hampering growth. Watch for this market to stay strong.
Lettuce (Iceberg) - The market is up with most shippers but only slightly. Common defects being reported include freeze damage to outer leaves, and misshapen heads. Overall weights are 39-44 pounds. Production in Southern California is minimal as most lettuce is being produced in the Yuma region as well as Mexico. Expect steady supplies overall. 
Lettuce (Organic Romaine Hearts) - Good quality but higher pricing and limited supply. 
Melon (Cantaloupe) -
 Industry remains in a demand exceeds situation. Guatemala and Costa Rica will experience some precipitation going into the weekend. Open market and availability continue to be challenging. Quality has improved but still seeing occasional surface mold. Supplies will be short through the month of February.
Melon (Honeydew)
- Demand is good and markets remain higher. Availability remains challenging especially larger sized fruit. Strong retail demand keeping this market active.
Tomatoes - Roma tomato quality has improved and pricing is steady, although supply is still limited. The round market remains limited with higher pricing and fair quality. Grape and cherry tomato price remains high with limited supply and fair quality. Specialty tomatoes are good quality with steady supply and steady pricing. 

A Peek at Peak Seasons

Apples (Regular & Organic) 

Arugula

Avocado

Blackberries 

Blueberries

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Cucumbers (English) 

Kiwi

Onions

Pineapples

Potatoes 

Potatoes (Colored) 

Spinach (Teen)

 

Weather Update

California – Warming trend starts tomorrow going into next week. Santa Ana winds across southern California may reach up to 35mph.
Mexico – Slightly below normal temps through Sunday but morning lows with warm this weekend reducing the risk of frost.
Florida – System coming through Central to Southern Florida bringing scattered light to moderate showers. This will be followed with a cold frontal passage Friday evening with more showers.
Arizona – Unseasonably hot towards the end of the week with record highs due to a strong pressure ridge setting in. Look for temps to reach the mid 80s Thursday/Friday.
Ohio – Cold and cloudy with snow showers possible. 

Commodities at a Glance

Apples: Quality is good, pricing is steady

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

Avocado: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Bell Peppers: Quality is good, pricing is higher

Berries (Blackberries) : Quality is great, pricing is steady, supply is plentiful

Berries (Blueberries): Quality is great, pricing is steady

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

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

Broccoli: Quality is great, pricing is lower, supply is plentiful

Brussels Sprouts: Quality is good, pricing is steady

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

Cauliflower: Quality is good, pricing is lower, supply is limited

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

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

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

Citrus (Oranges): Quality is good, 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 higher

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

Green Onions: Quality is good, pricing is higher, supply is limited

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

Lettuce Iceberg: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Lettuce Leaf: Quality is good, pricing is steady (fair quality on value added)

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

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

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

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

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

Pears: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Pineapples: Quality is great, pricing is steady

Potatoes: Quality is great, pricing is steady

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

Squash: Quality is good, pricing is higher on summer

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