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February 20th, 2023 Supply Update: Lettuce – Iceberg and leaf lettuce supplies are readily available this week with good overall quality.

Lettuce, Iceburg

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.

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. Asparagus is critically short right now, with not enough to supply orders.

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 shipping issues are causing supplies to remain limited.

Grapes – Seem to be getting more available as we reach the peak of the season. Quality has been exceptional so far this year.

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.

Strawberries – With Valentine’s Day past us, strawberry markets are expected to trend downward with lesser demand freeing up a lot of berries for the market.

Squash & 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.

Watermelons – Are in very low volumes right now, but guess what? It’s wintertime and they’re supposed to be. We still have plenty to supply your needs, but we’ll all see better quality when the weather warms up.

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