Happy Memorial Day!
Asparagus – Market conditions are depressed. Volume exceeds demand. Every growing region (domestic and imports) is in full production currently. This will continue for the next couple of weeks but we’ll probably see some higher demand for Memorial day.
Berries – NC strawberries are finished for the season, but they had a great year. We’ll be moving back to California for the rest of the year. NC Blueberries are going strong now and many farmers are picking lots of product.
Broccoli – Is coming from our local growers now and quality has been exceptional. Prices are lower with the lower freight costs because they’re close by.
Cucumbers – Are more available now that Georgia has gotten into the game. Harvesting more volume has helped the market a lot.
Corn – Harvests are coming in strong and supplies are very good. Prices have slid on the post Memorial Day demand.
Grapes – Across the industry, we are seeing a shift from the end of the import grape season (Peru/Chile) and into our new- crop Mexican grape season. This is a much-needed shift in supply to support demand. The last several weeks, grapes were a challenge with both quality and supply from Chile. We expect to see a big push in volume out of Mexico this season; quality will be strong and volume will be heavy throughout June. This week, much of this transitional fruit will start out of Mexico on green seedless, while red seedless harvests are on target to start next week, along with black seedless.
Limes – Better harvests are putting pressure on the high markets and pricing is falling fast. Quality is improving with the better supplies.
Onions – Harvests continue across the country on fresh new crop onions. Quality has been beautiful and flavors have been mild on most varieties. One downside to new crop onions is their shelf life is shorter than storage onions, so work them closely. have started!
Squash – We received our first local squash of the season late last week and are looking forward to a strong growing summer. Squash is usually the first vegetable to come off locally and then we’re off to the races with a wide variety of products on the way.
Freight Rates – Continue to cause virtually all items to increase in price and often the cost of transportation is costing more than the product itself.
I saw an ad online for a TV that was stuck on full volume but only cost $1. I thought to myself “I can’t turn that down.”