Asparagus – Market continues to be high and volumes low due to cold temperatures still affecting the crops in Peru. Mexico is almost completely done for the season (projected to end in September). Quality overall is good.
Corn – Better volumes from Michigan, NJ and NY farms are seeing increased production and lower pricing on some really gorgeous corn.
Cucumbers – We’re getting some beautiful cucumbers out of the western part of our state right now, and cooler more northern states are in peak production for the season, keeping markets lower. We expect to see increases toward the end of the month as heat becomes a factor for them.
Eggs – Consumer demand for shell eggs has declined but remains positive, putting pressure on the market downward. Shell eggs remain an attractive and competitively-priced protein perfectly suited to hot weather meals. Demand has been above average all summer and, as supplies are becoming more available and reliable, grocer confidence is growing and they are increasing their promotional activity for shell eggs features. Demand also remains good from egg products manufacturers who are finding offerings more available and production is slowly returning closer to last year’s more normal production levels.
Greens – Good volume and quality available on collard and kale. Turnip and mustard remain extremely limited due to the hot/dry conditions the whole country is experiencing.
Peppers – With Michigan starting its season and getting into some good volume this week, we expect markets to finally drop. As many local seasons get into play with production all the from the East Coast to the West Coast, we finally foresee good supplies throughout the entire month of August.
Potatoes – Idaho potato shippers are simply out of potatoes. Whatever people have in their coolers and in the pipeline is all there will be until the new harvest begins in a few weeks. Prices are higher for whatever is available.
Tomatoes – Summertime means local tomatoes and this year is no exception. Every farmer is harvesting and everybody with a tomato vine in their backyard is picking their own tomatoes right now. Feature this versatile fruit right now!
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