Produce Supply Update February 23rd, 2024: California Weather – Multiple storms on the west coast have caused flooding and disruption in harvesting. We expect to see over the coming weeks delays and shortages in product availability. Asparagus – Markets are much lower with Mexican farmers entering their season. Supplies are strong now and quality has been very nice. Cauliflower – Rain in California growing areas is causing major quality issues for cauliflower. We’re hearing about and seeing a lot of brown discoloration on the curds. Corn -Florida and Mexico both have winter crops going. Volume is extremely limited and price is very high. No change on either of these things for the foreseeable future. Melons – Honeydew and cantaloupes are widely available at all ports. Most of the production is currently arriving from Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Demand is sluggish and importers are looking to make deals. Quality and sugar have been good. Mixed Vegetables – Cold, wet weather in Florida and Mexico have shut down production on peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Supplies are extremely tight on many commodities right now and pricing is surging as buyers struggle to find product. Lettuce – With most product coming from Arizona currently, the heavy rains in California have not had a negative impact on Iceberg, Romaine, and Green Leaf. Supplies are good and quality has been very nice. Peppers – Pepper markets continue to be on fire! Florida is harvesting but yields have been a disappointment. We are seeing a high percentage of poor quality peppers being left in the fields. Mexico is bouncing back from last week’s shortage, but we are still in a deficit from previous years. Tomatoes – Have been EXTREMELY limited for the past couple of weeks, but we’re seeing some softening of the market, especially on romas. Many will choose romas instead of round tomatoes if they can, so we hope the round tomato market soon will follow the romas. I have never trusted trees. They always seem kind of shady.
California Weather – Multiple storms on the west coast have caused flooding and disruption in harvesting. We expect to see over the coming weeks delays and shortages in product availability. Asparagus – Markets are much lower with Mexican farmers entering [...]