Asparagus – Markets adjusted downward after the Thanksgiving holiday as expected due to lower demand as everyone had still inventory available. Right now, we are just starting to feel the increase in demand and prices are following in preparation for Christmas and New Year’s. Prices are starting out lower and volumes are expected to remain stable out of Peru and historically at this point we start having some volume crossing from Mexico with the early start of the Caborca season.
Broccoli – Markets are extremely volatile with California being the driver due to lack of supplies. Mexico is harvesting steady volume but with the holiday demand and West production issues, the markets are unsteady. Georgia is producing excellent quality but heavy rains from the tropical storm followed by cool temperatures means light supplies following the Thanksgiving holiday. Our local growers are winding down for the year but we still have some in stock.
Lettuces – Iceberg, romaine and green leaf markets have eased off a bit, but we’re really seeing shortages in Baby lettuces like Arugula and Spring or Heritage blends. Supplies are drastically short with orders being heavily prorated. Please bear with us until supplies increase.
Oranges – We’re well into California navel orange season and quality has been beautiful. Florida orange growers are just beginning their season, but it’s expected to be very short lived with Hurricane Ian ripping the little bit of citrus that was growing off of the trees. We’ll feature them as long as they’re available.
Potatoes – Prices didn’t take much of a break after Thanksgiving and they’re already starting to climb again for the Christmas Holiday demand. Larger sized potatoes are at a premium as the harvest ran much smaller this year.
Strawberries – Product availability is even more limited this week due to cold weather in the California growing areas. Mexico production is just starting, but there should be better volume by the end of November. Right before Christmas, Florida usually begins their season and will take a lot of pressure off of California growers.
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.
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