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February 2nd, 2024 Produce Supply Update: Happy Groundhog Day! Asparagus – Asparagus market continues to be tight in volume since Mexico is still preparing to start the season in about another week. Cold weather down there has slowed the harvest from getting started. Perú is winding down their season. Cucumbers – Supply continues to be a struggle. They’re not grown in any significant volume domestically during the wintertime. Honduran product is in high demand due to the shortage from Mexico. Mexico is still not producing the volume that they normally produce during this time due to their cold and wet weather. Grapes – Backups at our ports have slowed arrivals of grape ships, creating big shortages. Supplies remain extremely tight and pricing is staying strong. Several vessels are due this week, though, so we should begin to see some easing in the markets. Melons – Honeydews and cantaloupes remain plentiful, with imports hitting all entries to the country at once. Pricing is very favorable right now. Mixed Vegetables – Cold weather in Florida and Mexico have shut down production on peppers, cucumbers, and squash. Supplies are extremely tight on many commodities right now and pricing is surging as buyers struggle to find product. Potatoes – The new year begins with strong supplies of potatoes of all varieties. Idaho continues to deal with a bumper crop of russets and is looking for business. Reds and golds are in abundance in multiple growing regions. Traditionally, potato sales sag in January as not too many New Year’s resolutions involve eating more potatoes. Strawberries – Light supplies due to limited harvesting caused by recent rains and the forecast for rain later this week and early next week. Orders for the Valentine’s Day pull may also be impacted by the rain forecast for next week. There will be increased demand due to the Valentine’s Day holiday. Tomatoes – Have been EXTREMELY limited for the past couple of weeks, but the dam seems to be breaking. Supplies are still low, but demand has slowed to a point that the market is falling. I got beaten up by 6 dwarves last night. Not Happy

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Happy Groundhog Day!


Asparagus –
Asparagus market continues to be tight in volume since Mexico is still preparing to start the season in about another week. Cold weather down there has
slowed the harvest from getting started. Perú is winding down their season.

Cucumbers – Supply continues to be a struggle. They’re not grown in any significant volume domestically during the wintertime. Honduran product is in high demand due to the shortage from Mexico. Mexico is still not producing the volume that they normally produce during this time due to their cold and wet weather.

Grapes – Backups at our ports have slowed arrivals of grape ships, creating big shortages. Supplies remain extremely tight and pricing is staying strong. Several vessels are due this week, though, so we should begin to see some easing in the markets.

Melons – Honeydews and cantaloupes remain plentiful, with imports hitting all entries to the country at once. Pricing is very favorable right now.

Mixed Vegetables – Cold weather in Florida and Mexico have shut down production on peppers, cucumbers, and squash. Supplies are extremely tight on many commodities right now and pricing is surging as buyers struggle to find product.

Potatoes – The new year begins with strong supplies of potatoes of all varieties. Idaho continues to deal with a bumper crop of russets and is looking for business. Reds and golds are in abundance in multiple growing regions. Traditionally, potato sales sag in January as not too many New Year’s resolutions involve eating more potatoes.

Strawberries – Light supplies due to limited harvesting caused by recent rains and the forecast for rain later this week and early next week. Orders for the Valentine’s Day pull may also be impacted by the rain forecast for next week. There will be increased demand due to the Valentine’s Day holiday.

Tomatoes – Have been EXTREMELY limited for the past couple of weeks, but the dam seems to be breaking. Supplies are still low, but demand has slowed to a point that the market is falling.

I got beaten up by 6 dwarves last night.
Not Happy