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Bell Peppers - stronger harvest in Florida

Produce Supply Update February 23rd, 2024: California Weather – Multiple storms on the west coast have caused flooding and disruption in harvesting. We expect to see over the coming weeks delays and shortages in product availability. Asparagus – Markets are much lower with Mexican farmers entering their season. Supplies are strong now and quality has been very nice. Cauliflower – Rain in California growing areas is causing major quality issues for cauliflower. We’re hearing about and seeing a lot of brown discoloration on the curds. Corn -Florida and Mexico both have winter crops going. Volume is extremely limited and price is very high. No change on either of these things for the foreseeable future. Melons – Honeydew and cantaloupes are widely available at all ports. Most of the production is currently arriving from Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Demand is sluggish and importers are looking to make deals. Quality and sugar have been good. Mixed Vegetables – Cold, wet weather in Florida and Mexico have shut down production on peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Supplies are extremely tight on many commodities right now and pricing is surging as buyers struggle to find product. Lettuce – With most product coming from Arizona currently, the heavy rains in California have not had a negative impact on Iceberg, Romaine, and Green Leaf. Supplies are good and quality has been very nice. Peppers – Pepper markets continue to be on fire! Florida is harvesting but yields have been a disappointment. We are seeing a high percentage of poor quality peppers being left in the fields. Mexico is bouncing back from last week’s shortage, but we are still in a deficit from previous years. Tomatoes – Have been EXTREMELY limited for the past couple of weeks, but we’re seeing some softening of the market, especially on romas. Many will choose romas instead of round tomatoes if they can, so we hope the round tomato market soon will follow the romas. I have never trusted trees. They always seem kind of shady.

California Weather – Multiple storms on the west coast have caused flooding and disruption in harvesting. We expect to see over the coming weeks delays and shortages in product availability. Asparagus – Markets are much lower with Mexican farmers entering [...]

February 22, 2024 Produce Supply Update
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Cabbage

February 16th, 2024 Produce Supply Update: California Weather – Multiple storms on the west coast have caused flooding and disruption in harvesting. We expect to see over the coming weeks delays and shortages in product availability Cabbage – Texas and Florida fields are starting to get some better volume right in time for St. Patrick’s Day pull. We expect pricing to stay pretty steady until after the holiday. Melons – Honeydew and cantaloupes are widely available at all ports. Most of the production is currently arriving from Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Demand is sluggish and importers are looking to make deals. Quality and sugar have been good. Mixed Vegetables – Cold, wet weather in Florida and Mexico have shut down production on peppers, cucumbers, and squash. Supplies are extremely tight on many commodities right now and pricing is surging as buyers struggle to find product. Lettuce – With most product coming from Arizona currently, the heavy rains in California have not had a negative impact on Iceberg, Romaine, and Green Leaf. Supplies are good and quality has been very nice. Peppers – Pepper markets continue to be on fire! Florida is harvesting but yields have been a disappointment. We are seeing a high percentage of poor quality peppers being left in the fields. Mexico is bouncing back from last week’s shortage, but we are still in a deficit from previous years. Potatoes – There are still plenty of potatoes in storage as Idaho is still trying to move a bumper crop. There are plenty of good deals baking potatoes out of Idaho as well as reds and golds out of other areas. We are 2-3 weeks from Florida starting with fresh-crop reds and golds. Erratic weather (rain, sporadic cold) over the past couple of months has disrupted the planting schedule and will impact the crop. Strawberries – Light supplies due to limited harvesting caused by recent rain in Florida, California and Mexico. Product planned for the Valentine’s Day pull was impacted by the rains last week. There will be a slowing down of demand after the Valentine’s Day holiday. Tomatoes – Have been EXTREMELY limited for the past couple of weeks, but we’re seeing some softening of the market, especially on romas. Many will choose romas instead of round tomatoes if they can, so the round tomato market soon will follow the romas. A limbo competitor walked into a bar. He was disqualified.

California Weather – Multiple storms on the west coast have caused flooding and disruption in harvesting. We expect to see over the coming weeks delays and shortages in product availability. Cabbage – Texas and Florida fields are starting to get [...]

February 14, 2024 Produce Supply Update

February 9th, 2024 Produce Supply Update: California Weather – Multiple storms on the west coast have caused flooding and disruption in harvesting. We expect to see over the coming weeks delays and shortages in product availability Cucumbers – Supply continues to be a struggle. They’re not grown in any significant volume domestically during the wintertime. Honduran product is in high demand due to the shortage from Mexico. Mexico is still not producing the volume that they normally produce during this time due to their cold and wet weather. Melons – Honeydew and cantaloupes are widely available at all ports. Most of the production is currently arriving from Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Demand is sluggish and importers are looking to make deals. Quality and sugar have been good. Mixed Vegetables – Cold weather in Florida and Mexico have shut down production on peppers, cucumbers, and squash. Supplies are extremely tight on many commodities right now and pricing is surging as buyers struggle to find product. Potatoes – We are still seeing softness in the market as multiple regions still have lots of storage potatoes. Russets are abundant from multiple areas and can be promoted with confidence. We may start to see some upward pressure on reds, whites, and yellows as storage starts to dissipate and we move to fresh product from Florida over the next month or so. Strawberries – Light supplies due to limited harvesting caused by recent rains and the forecast for rain later this week and early next week. Orders for the Valentine’s Day pull may also be impacted by the rain forecast for next week. There will be increased demand due to the Valentine’s Day holiday. Tomatoes – Have been EXTREMELY limited for the past couple of weeks, but we’re seeing some softening of the market, especially on romas. Many will choose romas instead of round tomatoes if they can, so the round tomato market will follow the romas. Q: If it takes 6 men 3 hours to dig a hole, how long does it take 3 men to dig half of a hole? A: There’s no such thing as half a hole. It’s a whole either way.

California Weather – Multiple storms on the west coast have caused flooding and disruption in harvesting. We expect to see over the coming weeks delays and shortages in product availability Cucumbers – Supply continues to be a struggle. They’re not [...]

February 8, 2024 Produce Supply Update
Strawberries

February 2nd, 2024 Produce Supply Update: Happy Groundhog Day! Asparagus – Asparagus market continues to be tight in volume since Mexico is still preparing to start the season in about another week. Cold weather down there has slowed the harvest from getting started. Perú is winding down their season. Cucumbers – Supply continues to be a struggle. They’re not grown in any significant volume domestically during the wintertime. Honduran product is in high demand due to the shortage from Mexico. Mexico is still not producing the volume that they normally produce during this time due to their cold and wet weather. Grapes – Backups at our ports have slowed arrivals of grape ships, creating big shortages. Supplies remain extremely tight and pricing is staying strong. Several vessels are due this week, though, so we should begin to see some easing in the markets. Melons – Honeydews and cantaloupes remain plentiful, with imports hitting all entries to the country at once. Pricing is very favorable right now. Mixed Vegetables – Cold weather in Florida and Mexico have shut down production on peppers, cucumbers, and squash. Supplies are extremely tight on many commodities right now and pricing is surging as buyers struggle to find product. Potatoes – The new year begins with strong supplies of potatoes of all varieties. Idaho continues to deal with a bumper crop of russets and is looking for business. Reds and golds are in abundance in multiple growing regions. Traditionally, potato sales sag in January as not too many New Year’s resolutions involve eating more potatoes. Strawberries – Light supplies due to limited harvesting caused by recent rains and the forecast for rain later this week and early next week. Orders for the Valentine’s Day pull may also be impacted by the rain forecast for next week. There will be increased demand due to the Valentine’s Day holiday. Tomatoes – Have been EXTREMELY limited for the past couple of weeks, but the dam seems to be breaking. Supplies are still low, but demand has slowed to a point that the market is falling. I got beaten up by 6 dwarves last night. Not Happy

Happy Groundhog Day! Asparagus – Asparagus market continues to be tight in volume since Mexico is still preparing to start the season in about another week. Cold weather down there has slowed the harvest from getting started. Perú is winding [...]

February 2, 2024 Produce Supply Update
Strawberries

January 26th, 2024 Produce Supply Update: Apples – Harvest is complete and we have a bumper crop of apples to sell this season. The crop this year will be around 140-million cases which makes it one of the largest crops ever! The growing conditions were very good and, besides producing a large crop, it also created high color and high- quality apples this year. We expect to have good supplies and great opportunities to promote apples from now until the summer of 2024. Asparagus – Asparagus market continues to be tight in volume since Mexico is still preparing to start the season in about two weeks. Cold weather down there has slowed the harvest from getting started. Perú is projected to continue producing from both regions all of January and the transition to Mexico is expected to start by mid- January, depending on weather and availability. Grapes – This week, we continue to see tight inventory and high market prices on grapes. With limited arrivals so far on Chilean vessels, along with an expected gap due to storm-damaged ships, most suppliers have limited inventory to cover orders. Melons – Honeydews and cantaloupes remain plentiful, with imports hitting all entries to the country at once. Pricing is very favorable right now. Mixed Vegetables – Cold weather in Florida and Mexico have shut down production on peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and squash. Supplies are extremely tight on many commodities right now and pricing is surging as buyers struggle to find product. Potatoes – The new year begins with strong supplies of potatoes of all varieties. Idaho continues to deal with a bumper crop of russets and is looking for business. Reds and golds are in abundance in multiple growing regions. Traditionally, potato sales sag in January as not too many New Year’s resolutions involve eating more potatoes. Strawberries – California has very light supplies on strawberries due to previous rain and cold weather. Central Mexico also has very light supplies due to their cold. Florida has light production and California is seeing weather-related defects. We’re getting ready to roll into Valentine’s Day, the biggest strawberry holiday of the year. Expect pricing to stay strong. People sometimes say I’m condescending. (That means talking down to people.)

Apples – Harvest is complete and we have a bumper crop of apples to sell this season. The crop this year will be around 140-million cases which makes it one of the largest crops ever! The growing conditions were very [...]

January 25, 2024 Produce Supply Update
Local Asparagus

January 19th, 2024 Supply Update: Apples – Harvest is complete and we have a bumper crop of apples to sell this season. The crop this year will be around 140-million cases which makes it one of the largest crops ever! The growing conditions were very good and, besides producing a large crop, it also created high color and high- quality apples this year. We expect to have good supplies and great opportunities to promote apples from now until the summer of 2024. Asparagus – Asparagus market continues to be tight in volume since Mexico is still preparing to start the season in about two weeks. Cold weather down there has slowed the harvest from getting started. Perú is projected to continue producing from both regions all of January and the transition to Mexico is expected to start by mid- January, depending on weather and availability. Cabbage – Our local farmers have finished their season and we’re moving to Georgia to get product. With Florida right behind them, we should begin to see some lower pricing. Grapes – This week, we will continue to see tight inventory and high market prices on grapes. With limited arrivals so far on Chilean vessels, along with an expected gap due to storm-damaged ships, most suppliers have limited inventory to cover orders. Mixed Vegetables – Cold weather in Florida and Mexico have shut down production on peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and squash. Supplies are extremely tight on many commodities right now and pricing is surging as buyers struggle to find product. Potatoes – The new year begins with strong supplies of potatoes of all varieties. Idaho continues to deal with a bumper crop of russets and is looking for business. Reds and golds are in abundance in multiple growing regions. Traditionally, potato sales sag in January as not too many New Year’s resolutions involve eating more potatoes. Strawberries – California has very light supplies on strawberries due to previous rain and cold weather. Central Mexico also has very light supplies due to their cold. Florida has light production and California is seeing weather-related defects. We’re getting ready to roll into Valentine’s Day, the biggest strawberry holiday of the year. Expect pricing to stay strong. Today my wife caught me standing on the bathroom scale sucking in my stomach. “That’s not going to help” she said. I said “Sure it will. It’s the only way I can see the numbers.”

Apples – Harvest is complete and we have a bumper crop of apples to sell this season. The crop this year will be around 140-million cases which makes it one of the largest crops ever! The growing conditions were very [...]

January 19, 2024 Produce Supply Update
Apples - Harvest is complete and we have a bumper crop of apples to sell this season.

January 12th, 2024 Supply Update: Apples – Harvest is complete and we have a bumper crop of apples to sell this season.

Produce Supply Update January 12th, 2024  Apples – Harvest is complete and we have a bumper crop of apples to sell this season. The crop this year will be around 140-million cases which makes it one of the largest crops [...]

January 11, 2024 Produce Supply Update
cranberries

January 5, 2024 Supply Update: Happy New Year! Apples – Harvest is complete and we have a bumper crop of apples to sell this season.

Happy New Year! Apples – Harvest is complete and we have a bumper crop of apples to sell this season. The crop this year will be around 140-million cases which makes it one of the largest crops ever! The growing [...]

January 5, 2024 Produce Supply Update
cranberries

December 29th, 2023 Supply Update: Happy New Year! Apples – They are now in the last days of harvest on this new crop of apples.

Apples – They are now in the last days of harvest on this new crop of apples. The weather forecast looks good for the next week, so they should be able to finish harvesting the rest of the apples in [...]

December 28, 2023 Produce Supply Update
collard greens. Winter dark green

December 4th, 2023 Supply Update: Greens – Quality has gotten much better lately with the cooler weather, making them the nice dark green of wintertime.

Apples – They are now in the last days of harvest on this new crop of apples. The weather forecast looks good for the next week, so they should be able to finish harvesting the rest of the apples in [...]

December 1, 2023 Produce Supply Update