Apples – The apple market remains firm this week as demand remains good. Most of the varieties have now started to harvest on the new crop apples out of Washington, and the rest will start up in the next couple of weeks.
Broccoli – The industry has been hit with substantial drops in yields in these past few weeks. Recent heat and humidity are the primary reasons, along with disease pressure associated with the weather causing issues. However, east coast farms are starting their seasons and this will bring the market down quickly.
Cantaloupes – Production is winding down in California as we transition to Arizona. With shorter days and cooler weather, expect to see a green cast to cantaloupe and sugar content will be slightly lower.
Corn – Northern farms are finishing for the season as cooler weather moves in. Georgia has started but volume is very limited, and prices are high. Expect to see this continue for the next couple of weeks.
Cucumbers and Squash – Are still coming in locally and supplies are strong and quality has been gorgeous. Georgia is cranking up their season too, so pricing is very good on the heavy supplies.
Dry Goods – I’m sure everyone has seen this themselves, but the entire industry seems to be running out of products. Shortages, discontinued items, and out of stocks are a daily deal. Many of these items are made overseas and the shipping companies are having a difficult time getting them to our shores and aren’t sure when things will improve. Bare with us as we all work through this difficult time and we’ll try our best to find substitutes as we’re able.
Lettuce – Iceberg and leaf lettuces continue to be in short supply this week. Higher demand combined with lower yields are the primary factors. The weather forecast calls for slightly warmer temperatures into the weekend so hopefully yields will increase.
Tomatoes – This market changed almost overnight. Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama all finished their seasons at the same time, creating an extreme shortage. Georgia and South Carolina are hoping to start in another couple of weeks but we’ll see very limited supplies and high pricing until they do.
Q: What is E.T. short for?
A: Because he has little legs.