Market Report

Market Alerts

Strawberries – The recent cold, wet weather in southern California has significantly affected supplies and quality. Demand is exceeding supply, and shortages are likely. Quality issues from water damage include softness, bruising and short shelf life. 
Lettuce – Quality and pricing continues to improve on head lettuces, now that the California to Yuma, AZ transition is largely finished. 
Green Beans – Snipped green bean supply is struggling due to poor growing region weather. Quality is poor, pricing is higher, and demand is exceeding supply. 
Potatoes – Supplies will be limited on all sizes of Idaho potatoes throughout the winter, with slightly higher pricing than normal and fair to good quality. 80 CT and smaller sizes are the best value.
Tomatoes – Good quality is reported, but pricing is higher than normal, as supply is limited. 

A Peek at Peak Seasons

Apples – Apple season is in full swing, including short-season varietals.
Sweet Potatoes – The fall crop is at its peak, with excellent quality and availability.
Cold-Weather Citrus – Cara Cara oranges are now available, along with Mandarins, Grapefruit and Navel oranges.  
Hard Squash – All cold-weather squashes are available—from Butternut and Spaghetti to Delicata and Carnival. Ask your sales rep for recommendations!
Brussels Sprouts – Just in time for holiday menus, quality on Brussels is much improved.
Pears – All fall varietals are now available. Bosc, Anjou and more—ask your sales rep for recommendations.

Weather Update

California: The strong storm systems of the past couple weeks are almost through. Conditions will gradually dry out and warm up over the week.
Yuma AZ: Warmer temperatures expected, although still below seasonal levels, with breezy conditions.
Mexico: Seasonal temperatures and mostly dry conditions.
Florida: Temperatures warming slightly, but still below normal, and dry conditions.

Ohio: Rain early in the week, with snow possible towards the end of the week.  

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Commodities at a Glance

Apples: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Asparagus: Quality is good, pricing is steady

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 steady

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

Berries (Strawberries): Quality is poor, pricing is higher, supply is very low

Broccoli: Quality is good, pricing is lower

Brussels Sprouts: Quality is good, pricing is higher

Carrots: Quality is great, pricing is steady

Cauliflower: Quality is fair, pricing is lower

Celery: Quality is good, pricing is steady

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

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

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

Cucumbers: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Eggplant: Quality is good, pricing is higher

Garlic: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Grapes (Green): Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

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

Green Onions: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Kale: Quality is good, pricing is steady

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

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

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

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

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

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

Onions: Quality is great, 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 higher

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