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January 13, 2020 Supply Update: Tomatoes remain extremely tight with wet weather in Mexico causing big time shortages.

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Tomatoes remain extremely tight with wet weather in Mexico causing big time shortages. Florida is harvesting light supplies right now and there’s just not enough to go around and fill demand. Romas in particular have been extremely tight.

The same weather conditions effecting tomatoes are causing squash farmers to struggle also. Supplies have been very limited and prices are up as a result. Mexico has basically been out of squash for their whole season, leaving Florida to try to meet market demand on its own. Hard squash like butternut are still widely available.

Bell pepper supplies are extremely short at the moment. Past rains in November caused bloom drop in Mexican crops.On the other end, both Florida and Mexico have been getting cooler than normal weather which is slowing down production. Short-term outlook remains on the shorter side; with new fields starting in Mexico over the upcoming
couple of weeks.

Egg markets continue to fall off with the heavy holiday demand past us. Every year they go up right before Thanksgiving and every year they go back down right after Christmas. Just like clockwork and this year is playing out textbook.

Supplies of California lettuces have been limited over the last week and are expected to remain tight over the next few weeks. The colder weather has slowed growth and the heavy rains in December had a negative impact on yield in the growing areas. There have been multiple days with lettuce ice over the last few weeks that has caused quality issues that they’re trying to work through. Quality reports are reflecting the impact of the freeze damage.

Cabbage is still being harvested locally and the quality has been fantastic. Pricing is about as low as it gets right now because of the heavy harvests going on.

We’re harvesting beautiful Chard, Tuscan Kale, and baby lettuces out of our organic greenhouse. Give it a try and support sustainable, local, organic agriculture! Onion supplies have stayed strong since harvest, and pricing remains flat. Quality has been really nice.

As we approach the Super Bowl, avocado markets will strengthen for the biggest pull of the year. An awful lot of guacamole is made every year for Super Sunday and it definitely affects the market.

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