Asparagus – Always sees a spike going into Easter weekend, but supplies are very strong right now from Mexico and Peru. Quality has been gorgeous and pricing has stayed very good with the high volumes being harvested. Without the weather taking a turn for the worse, we expect this to continue for another month or so.
Avocadoes – Shipments from Mexico have been slow to cross for the past week due to a holiday in Mexico. Additionally, California experienced heavy rains that will result in light harvests during the start of the week. Shippers are starting off the week with light inventories and
many are sold out on certain sizes. Pricing has been climbing for the past two weeks with no relief in sight.
Cabbage – Sluggish post-holiday demand has pricing much lower this week.
Corn – We are seeing the impact of February’s hard freeze where 700 acres were lost. Supplies will remain extremely tight and prices higher for the next few weeks.
Eggs – Going into Easter, the egg market always cranks up, and this year is no exception. We’re seeing higher prices each week.
Limes – Remain extremely tight and prices are at their highest this year.
Onions – New crop harvests are beginning in Mexico and shippers in the northwest still have good supplies in their storage buildings. We are seeing a smooth transition between crops this year without any price spikes.
Peppers – After a couple of months of rock bottom prices, the green pepper market started showing some strength with short supplies driving prices up. Colored pepper has gone the other way and farmers have more than they can sell so the bargains are on red, yellow and orange right now.
Squash – Now is a great time to feature all squashes on your menu. Hard squashes are at great prices as shippers are trying to push supplies before warmer weather and yellow and zucchini squashes are in strong production from Mexico and Florida farms.
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 at great prices.
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