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November 21st, 2022 Supply Update: Apples – The apple market remains tight this week as the new crop is coming in well below the normal crop size.

Apples - Harvest is complete and we have a bumper crop of apples to sell this season.

Apples – The apple market remains tight this week as the new crop is coming in well below the normal crop size. We are projected to have around 106 million cases this year compared to an average crop of around 125 to 130 million cases. This will make the third crop in a row that is considered below average.

Avocados – Remain in a glut situation, with sluggish demand and strong supplies. Prices are about as low as it gets and it remains a great time to feature them on your menus. Avocado Toast anyone?

Beans – Snap bean harvests have been very low, creating a vacuum for Haricot Vert, washed/ trimmed beans and snap beans in general. Supplies will stay increasingly tight as we go into Thanksgiving weekend but we should see lower pricing after.

Broccoli and Cauliflower – Have become increasingly tight in California. Limited harvests and poor weather have created a shortage that is driving prices higher. Local broccoli has begun and we’ll ship that as long as it lasts.

Cucumbers and Squashes – Cooler weather in Georgia is finishing up their season, but Mexican and Florida farmers are cranking up their harvests and supplies are strong. Pricing is easing downwards.

Lettuces – We’ve reached unprecedented markets that have everyone scratching their heads and trying to get enough for their customers. Supplies of iceberg, romaine and leaf lettuce remain EXTREMELY LIMITED with all orders heavily prorated from farmers to the market. Prices are staying at unprecedented levels if you can find the product you need. We’re looking forward to the seasonal transition to Arizona fields that should begin harvesting in another week or two. Farmers are saying though, that overall numbers will be down this year due to limited water availability.

Potatoes – Pricing has climbed going into Thanksgiving but should ease downward somewhat next week with much lighter demand. Overall, acreage was down considerably in Idaho year over year and most reports are of lower yields and smaller sizing. This will mean higher pricing throughout the year, and a premium for large russets.

Tomatoes – Markets continue to increase as we get closer to the time when Florida typically takes over with their harvests. There simply won’t be enough tomatoes coming from Florida to supply demand and prices are destined to get higher.

Q: Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
A: The outside.

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