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May 25, 2020 Supply Update: It’s good to have our friends and customers back in business!

Green Pepper

It’s good to have our friends and customers back in business! We missed you and know that it has been a difficult time for many of you. We’re here for you and want to help with your reopening. We’re stocking PPE like surgical masks and gloves and cleaning supplies like bleach. If there’s anything you need to make your reopening successful, please let us know how to help.

Many local farmers are getting started right in time for Phase 2. They’re starting to harvest blueberries and squash and we should begin seeing cucumbers and broccoli very soon. We’re excited for the spring crop and all of the new products coming to market.

Heavy rains on the east coast shut down many commodities last week and curtailed harvests in Florida and Georgia. Fields were too wet for farmers to get in to harvest so they were just out for a few days. We should see improved supplies once they dry out.

Green pepper has been extremely limited for the past couple of weeks but is improving with Georgia’s season getting started. One side effect of green pepper pricing being high is that it drives red pepper way up as farmers will just pick it green and get top dollar now instead of waiting for it to turn red and then pick it. Sooo. Red pepper pricing is strong right now too but should ease with more volume in the coming weeks.

After a couple of months of glut markets for cantaloupes that couldn’t move because of the lack of foodservice demand, the imported season is winding down and supplies are tightening up suddenly. Prices are up on the limited numbers, but California is starting their season, adding volume to the market. Eastern Athena variety cantaloupes are right around the corner too, so supplies should be much better soon.

We have seen a gigantic spike in orange demand. The largest driver of this is recent government contracts to purchase oranges and send them to food banks. Also, with everyone trying to increase their Vitamin C, oranges are super popular now. As a result, demand has been strong for oranges and we have seen prices shoot up on all sizes.

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