Heavy rains in California’s growing areas are creating havoc for farmers and shortened supplies on many items, especially leafy greens. This past week rain totals have ranged from over 1” to 1.6” throughout the Yuma valley. This has slowed harvest significantly due to the wet and muddy conditions. When it’s that muddy they can’t get tractors into the fields and they become a slick, mucky mess. They’ll have to wait for drier weather to allow harvests to begin. Expect short supplies for many items for the upcoming couple of weeks.
Squash continues to be short and both Mexican and Florida growing regions are struggling with scuffing and scarring. High winds blow sand, grit and leaves against the squash causing scarring. There’s a lot of ugly squash out there right now. We continue to see beautiful zucchini and pricing is much lower on that.
California strawberry are tight and could be further impacted by forecasts of rain this week. Many of the shippers in Mexico have finished for the season and Florida is finishing in the next couple of weeks. Supplies are extremely limited and shippers are prorating orders.
Asparagus volume has been coming on heavy the last several weeks. We’re heading into the peak production period right now for Mexico. Weather has been ideal, and the forward-looking forecast shows highs in the 80s, which is great for production.
Blueberries remain limited because of the end of Chile’s season and both Mexico and California’s low production. The blueberry market will continue to be in a demand-exceeds-supply situation for the foreseeable future.
Tomato markets are finally sliding downward with slightly better volume and lower demand at the higher pricing causing the correction. Romas in particular have been very strong, but are definitely lower this week.
Mexican limes seasonally slow down in the spring each year and we’re expecting to see rising prices over the next month. Now is a good time to stock up against the coming market.
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