Avocados – Continue to stay at very affordable levels, with softer demand during the colder months. The Big Game is coming up and is a very high demand event, so we’re likely to see a spike to fill guacamole bowls for the big game.
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.
Cucumbers, Squash and Peppers – Last week’s cold weather reached way down south and slowed growth in many veggie fields. All of these items were affected and prices are easing up due to the shorter supplies.
Eggs – Since early this year, a deadly avian flu has been reducing poultry flocks — specifically turkeys and egg-laying hens. That’s one reason for the unrelenting increase in prices. But the situation has been exacerbated by elevated feed and energy costs for producers, in addition to high demand in the supermarket. Experts think that the peak has passed, but until these conditions improve, expect to continue to pay more for eggs. Avian flu has been a problem in the US for several months now, but in recent weeks wholesale prices have been hitting records. Prices have been escalating for nine consecutive weeks… setting new record highs on a daily basis. Though we should see some easing after the holidays, until conditions improve, eggs will remain higher than we’re used to seeing them.
Lettuces – Iceberg, Romaine, and Leaf Lettuce prices are on the downhill side of the peak they were at. Prices are falling with sluggish demand and slightly better supplies.
Potatoes – The potato market remains strong on russets, reds, golds, and whites. Shortages in storage and holiday demand are continuing to add upward pressure on pricing. Large-sized russets are especially limited in supply. Shippers are saying that prices will continue to rise through the year as supplies dwindle.
Tomatoes – Prices are falling off with post holiday demand and improved supplies coming from Florida and Mexico.
Q: Why did the woman laugh so hard on New Year’s Eve?
A: She saw her husband’s resolutions.