Happy New Year!
Avocados – Continue to ease upward as shortages occur due to the harvest gap between Christmas and New Year’s when the pickers go home for a week to celebrate the holidays with their families. We should see strong demand through the weekend of February 13th to meet the nation’s guacamole needs, then they should settle back down again.
Citrus – We have all kinds of Florida citrus right now. Navel oranges, grapefruit, and juice oranges. Also gorgeous a new Satsuma that they’re growing in Georgia now that is easy to peel and delicious.
Corn – Florida finally starting harvesting better volume of corn, and sluggish post-holiday demand has the market way down. Prices are half what they were going into Christmas week.
Cucumbers –Mexico and Central America have become the go-to sources for better quality cukes each winter. Supplies and quality are better.
Dry Goods – Worldwide supply shortages have driven virtually all dry good prices much higher. Limited quantities and weekly out-of-stocks are the rule right now. We’re continuing to do our best to source what you need for your disposable supplies but it’s been a challenge for us and our vendors.
Eggs – Slower post Christmas sales are easing pricing downwards. The next big egg-holiday will be Easter, so we should see the markets continue to slide.
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 – Farmers in Florida and Mexico are harvesting more squash and zucchini than they can sell, keeping prices at rock bottom. Light post-holiday demand is helping to keep prices low and we expect to not see any strength in the market for a while unless we get some severe winter weather.
Q: What is the easiest way to keep your resolution to read more in the New Year?
A: Turn the subtitles on on your TV.