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February 13th, 2023 Supply Update: Strawberries – Light supplies going into Valentine’s Day is keeping pricing strong.

Chocolate covered strawberries - Light berry supplies going into Valentine’s Day is keeping pricing strong.

Strawberries – Light supplies going into Valentine’s Day is keeping pricing strong. Quality is very good though, thankfully. We have a limited amount of Long Stem berries for this weekend if you want to dip some big berries in chocolate!

Asparagus – Peru is finished for the season, forcing everyone to less reliable Mexican fields for the next couple of months. Peruvian harvests should resume in April and markets should ease at that point.

Broccoli & Cauliflower – Broccoli is in good supply and prices are very favorable due to Georgia and Mexican farms harvesting strong volumes. Cauliflower is going the other way with shorter supplies driving pricing upwards.

Honeydew & Cantaloupes – Harvests are only happening in Central America right now and supplies remain limited.

Grapes – Peruvian political demonstrations are slowing or stopping grape shipments from there at a time when they should be at top production. Shortages as a result of the disruptions are keeping markets higher than we’d normally see them right now.

Lettuce – Iceberg and leaf lettuce supplies are readily available this week with good overall quality. Markets are steadily going down as the supplies are there to fill demand now.

Potatoes – Demand has eased off on potatoes as many consumers count carbs and calories to bring in the new year. January and February are typically slow months for potato consumption. Though we’re seeing sluggish demand currently, shortages will continue all year. Though demand is slow, Idaho potato sheds are unable to transfer potatoes when it gets as cold as it was last week, so we may see some short term gaps until things warm up.

Squash and Zucchini – Harvests are strong on zucchini, but the more delicate yellow squash is in much shorter supply. Prices reflect the discrepancy in supplies. Hard squashes are still delicious and a perfect fit for this chilly weather.

Q: Why did the cantaloupe jump in the river?
A: Because he wanted to be a water melon.

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