Happy Thanksgiving! 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 crop is trending toward smaller sizes, creating premium pricing for the larger spuds.
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.
Squash from Florida is limited and quality is suspect. We are seeing a lot of scuffing and scarring from both Florida and Mexico. High winds from tropical storm Eta has done some serious damage to the squash plants in Florida. New fields from Mexico will provide much needed relief with quality but we are still 10 days away from their first harvests. Zucchini is in better shape with both quality and availability.
The major holiday for asparagus is here and there is good volume and great quality for Thanksgiving this year. Markets are expected to ease up again next week as they typically do after a heavy Thanksgiving pull and retailers get caught up.
We’ll have our first citrus from Florida this week! We’re bringing in fresh juicing oranges, navels and grapefruit. We’re excited to get this season started as it always gets us in the mood for Christmas!
Strawberries remain limited, and pricing remains elevated. Colder weather this week will limit California harvests and markets will be strong.
We were really worried that Tropical Storm Iota was headed to Costa Rica to wipe out their pineapple crop, but fortunately they were not heavily effected. Quality remains excellent and supplies are very strong. Prices are at very low levels due to the strong harvests.
Get ready for Thanksgiving! 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.
Q: Why did the farmer have to separate the chicken and the turkey?
A: Because he sensed fowl play.