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.
Asparagus – Prices are on the rise but should improve soon. Mexico will be finishing production in their coastal growing areas and transitioning to Central Mexico. California is beginning and Washington is expected to start the end of the month. Peruvian growers will begin this week with small volume and then slowly start to increase.
Cucumbers – Are rising in price as Florida gets their season started. Supplies remain extremely tight.
Corn – Better volumes from Florida are beginning to help prices. Quality and pricing are improving rapidly as more farms begin harvesting with the warmer weather.
Eggs – Egg prices continue to drop each week now that we are past Easter. This trend should continue until the summer heat begins stressing the chickens, lowering their egg production.
Limes – Remain extremely tight and prices are at their highest for the year.
Onions – New crop harvests are going well in Mexico and shippers in the northwest still have strong 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 and Mexican shippers are growing more squash than they can sell right now. Prices are about as low as they get as farmers are struggling to sell their product. It’s a great time to feature squash and zucchini.
Tomatoes – Are at peak season right now in Florida and pricing is very low. Quality has been gorgeous on all varieties, including heirlooms.
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A: Light blue.