Asparagus – Remain very limited. Peruvian imports are down seasonally but Mexican fields that normally make up the shortages are not seeing the production they have in other years. Prices are high on the few available.
Avocados – With Mexican and American officials agreeing to resume imports to the US, supplies are catching back up with demand and prices are easing back to normal. Peruvian shippers are increasing their production at the same time, which is adding a lot of volume to the market and further helping out supply and pricing.
Bananas – Seasonal increases in production are helping this market to recover. Prices are down several dollars with the increase in supply.
Grapes – Though we had such a grape shortage at the beginning of 2022, waiting on ships to arrive to port and get unloaded, we’re seeing plenty of fruit now. It seemed that many ships finally landed at the same time and now there are plenty of grapes to go around. Black seedless grapes are a particularly good deal right now.
Melons – Imported cantaloupes and honeydews are a great buy right now, with super high quality and plentiful supplies keeping pricing low.
Onions – Supplies are improving as we look forward to the beginning of the new crop getting started in Mexico. Though shippers were afraid a month ago that they’d run out before the new season began, it looks like they’ll span the gap and continue shipping right on through the start of the Mexican season. Prices are slipping with the improved outlook.
Peppers – The cold weather in Florida a month ago prompted farmers to harvest all of the pepper to avoid losing it to freeze damage. When the freeze happened, the plants lost their blooms. We’re now seeing the effects of the overharvest with shortages in the market. Suddenly peppers have become very scarce and prices are reflecting the shortfall.
Potatoes – Idaho has seen a great year with very few quality problems due to storage and steady supplies all year long. Prices have remained steady, except for the exception of the record freight rates that trucking companies are demanding. With the increase in fuel prices we expect further increases in the near future.
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