Apples – The market remains firm this week as demand remains strong. All varieties have now finished harvesting and are now in short-term or long-term storage. The overall crop is down this year with total crop estimated to be around 118 million cases this season. This will make the second crop in a row that is smaller than normal and looks to be at least 3 million cases shorter than the crop last season. The crop was smaller because of extreme heat and weather conditions that we experienced during the summer months with high temps and lower rainfalls. The quality has been good so far, but we will need to see how the fruit holds up in storage as we begin to open storage rooms in 2022. Pricing overall is running higher due to the shorter crop and overall inflation in the growing chain, including labor, picking, packing, and transporting of apples.
Corn –The market remains very high and the volume is exceptionally limited. Expect to see this continue for the next couple of weeks as Florida will not have good supplies until well into December.
Cucumbers – Seasonally, domestic cucumbers are ending and Mexico and Central America become the sources for better quality cukes each winter. Growers are moving their production there currently.
Eggs – We always see pricing increases around the holidays and this year is no different. Expect holiday baking to drive pricing upwards until the first of the year.
Greens – Our local farmers are producing plenty of kale, collards and other greens now with the cooler weather bringing on better quality than you can get during the summer months.
Lettuce – Iceberg and leaf lettuces are in good supply as most growers have completed the transition to Yuma and the Imperial Valley. The weather forecast calls for below-average temperatures with the potential to slow growth rates down a bit. Overall quality is excellent with no major issues reported. Pricing is easing downwards with the increased supplies.
Mushrooms – The mushroom industry as a whole has felt a shortage for a while now. There are lots of factors that have caused this, but mainly labor, products, and material shortages. We feel that we have not seen the worst of it yet. Expect to see some items dropped from production until our economy gets back to preCovid days.
Squash – Availability from Mexico continues to remain strong and quality outstanding. Florida continues to see a higher availability of green squash over yellow. Weather permitting, we should continue to see steady supplies.
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