Potato farmers are well into their harvest and quality has been beautiful on this year’s crop. They’re expecting a very good year.
The new apple crop is now in the last stages of harvest. The crop is coming in smaller than projected and is now projected to be in the 110-million bushel area versus projections in early August of 135 million. This crop will be around 25 million bushels short of the crop from last season. They had an early freeze during harvest that will cause a lot of losses but we won’t know the extent of the damage for another few weeks.
Strawberries are staying extremely limited. Colder weather this week will limit California harvests and markets will be strong.
Florida has increased their tomato harvests and Mexican growers are finally coming into good volumes of fruit. Supplies and quality will continue to improve over the coming weeks and prices are trending downward.
Squash, beans and cucumbers are all in a glut right now with sluggish demand meeting with heavy volumes from the fields. Quality remains very good.
Mexican Avocados are reaching their peak and shippers are lowering prices to move product. Now is a great time to feature them with prices very attractive.
We still have plenty of winter squash varieties for your fall menus. Also pie pumpkins for your baking needs! The cooler weather has been great for greens like kale, collards, turnip and mustard greens. Quality has improved with the warmer weather passing. Leaves are much darker green than we see during summer.
Lettuce farmers in California are still struggling to fill orders. Romaine, Green Leaf and Iceberg are staying in very short supply with good quality very difficult to come by. Pricing remains higher on the very limited supplies.
Q: What is the best time on a clock?
A: 6:30 hands down!