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December 29th, 2023 Supply Update: Happy New Year! Apples – They are now in the last days of harvest on this new crop of apples.


Apples – They are now in the last days of harvest on this new crop of apples. The weather forecast looks good for the next week, so they should be able to finish harvesting the rest of the apples in the next week or so. This crop is projected to come in around 130 million cases which will make it the best crop in the last several years. This will result in much better pricing this season from now all the way into early summer.

Asparagus – Really climbed over the past couple of weeks as tight supplies and heavy holiday demand cranked up the markets. We’re hoping to see an easing over the coming weeks. Broccoli – We’re still getting local broccoli, though the chilly weather this weekend could wrap up harvests. They’ve had a great season so far.

Cabbage – Our local farmers are still harvesting good volumes of beautiful cabbage. Northern areas are finished for the season, but Georgia will begin soon, bringing stronger volume to the market and easing pricing.

Grapes – We expect California growers to ship their last grapes this week. We’ll be moving to import grapes once we’ve wrapped those up. Quality for the new crop grapes should be an improvement, though pricing will be higher at
the start of the season.

Melons – We’re getting honeydews, cantaloupe and watermelons now from Mexico and central America. Pricing is very favorable because of good supply and lighter demand during the cooler season.

Peppers, Squash, Cucumbers – Strong winds and heavy rains in South Florida curtailed harvesting and drove prices higher.

Mexican fields are struggling to fill the gap and sellers are fetching a premium for whatever is available. We are expecting to see better markets in a couple of weeks.

Potatoes – Markets remain flat, with shippers’ warehouses full of potatoes to sell. We saw a slight jump before Christmas, but that’s over now. We expect sales to slow down and farmers to lower prices to keep them moving.

My New Year’s resolution is to read more in 2024. So I’m turning the subtitles on on my TV

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