Apples – The apple market remains tight again this week as demand remains strong. We expect this tight and higher priced market to remain this way for the next couple of months as inventories are less than last year at this same time. The tightest items are the Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, premium Honeycrisp and Granny Smith.
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 – Florida and Texas have both good supplies and pricing right now on green cabbage. Red cabbage is a little bit light on volume.
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 – Now that we’re past Easter weekend, we’re expecting egg prices to ease back downwards.
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 – Florida is starting to produce decent volume as the spring crop is starting to flourish. Good weather and a full moon are really helping with yields. Quality of both colors is starting to really come on strong.
Tomatoes – Mexican and Florida fields are really bringing on the volume and all varieties are lower this week and reaching minimum pricing levels. Romas and round tomatoes all remain at great prices.
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