In General – Most markets continue to go lower as there just isn’t enough demand to move the amount of volume that farmers are harvesting right now. Hopefully things will improve as Governors continue to reopen events and lessen restrictions on our economy.
Avocados – Avocado demand has exceeded supply over the past week on most sizes. Shippers are managing to meet the demand but struggling to do so. Mexico received cold temperatures during the previous days, but the weather is forecast to be warm for the next several days. California is experiencing yet another wind event in some areas over the weekend which may have caused additional windfall fruit. Overall supplies are very light and pricing took a significant jump last week.
Cabbage – Chilly weather slowed growth in the fields, but things are warmer in Florida this week and bringing harvests on.
Corn – Remains extremely tight and Florida is struggling to find any significant harvests. Expect prices to stay strong until the spring harvests begin.
Cucumbers – This is about the only produce items showing some strength right now. Wintertime shipments come from Central America through Florida and are usually a bit more limited. Mexican growers are getting ready to start their season and supplies should improve at that time.
Limes – Currently, the crop is peaking on 150/175/200s but supplies are short across the board. Rainy weather that damages the fruit and limits picking efforts has met with high demand. We expect supplies to remain limited and pricing to remain strong for the next few weeks.
Onions – New crop harvests will begin in Mexico over the coming weeks and quality should improve over the storage supplies that everyone has been using throughout the winter months.
Pepper – Markets are in a glut as it seems everyone is harvesting peppers right now but there’s no demand to move the product. Quality is excellent, supplies are strong and pricing is about as low as you’ll see it.
Tomatoes – Mexican and Florida fields are really bringing on the volume and all varieties are lower this week and reaching minimum pricing levels. Romas, vineripened tomatoes and heirlooms are all lower.
Q: Why did the man fall into the well?
A: Because he couldn’t see that well.