Market Report

Market Alerts

Transition – The springtime movement of major growing regions, from Yuma AZ northward to Central California, is underway. “Transition”, as this is called, is a time of year when certain crops are more susceptible to supply disruptions, higher pricing and quality issues.
Strawberries – Poor growing conditions (cold and rain) in California continue to affect quality throughout the market. Pricing is fairly stable, but quality remains poor to fair. Short shelf life, white shoulders and decay are reported. Blackberries, Blueberries and Raspberries are all better quality options.
Lettuce – Quality of Iceberg, Romaine and Leaf Lettuce remains a concern, with puffiness, ribbing and short shelf life all common issues. Pricing is higher than normal. 
Celery – Pricing remains very high on both bulk and pre-cut Celery, also due to light supplies from the cold, wet conditions in Yuma. Quality is fair to good. Pricing on organic product is exceptionally high.
Cauliflower – Supplies of Heads and Florets are slightly improved, but pricing is higher than normal, with fair to good quality reported.
Bell Peppers – Green and Red Bells continue to be in a supply gap in both Florida and Mexico. Pricing remains higher than normal, with fair quality. 
Onions – Red and Yellow Onions are in a temporary supply gap for the next few weeks. The Pacific Northwest storage crop is finishing early, and the Texas harvest has yet to ramp up. Pricing is higher in certain markets, with fair to good quality.

A Peek at Peak Seasons

Kale – The final harvest out of Yuma is yielding great quality at good prices. Quality is excellent
with vibrant color and full bunches.
Swiss Chard – Great quality on Green, Red and Rainbow Chard out of California and Mexico.
Chili Peppers – Anaheim, Serrano and Pasilla Peppers are all very good quality.
Berries – Blackberries and Blueberries are very good quality and pricing.
Specialty Potatoes – Quality is great on all Colored, Fingerling and Yukon Potatoes.
Grapefruit – Texas and Florida are at peak harvest on Ruby Reds.

Weather Update

California: Colder temperatures with moderate wind and rain.
Yuma, AZ: Gusty winds and cooler temperatures.
Mexico: Seasonal temperatures and mostly dry conditions.
Florida: Rain and strong winds throughout much of the state early in the week.

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Commodities at a Glance

Apples: Quality is good, 125 CT and smaller sizes will be less available through summer

Asparagus: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Avocado: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Bell Peppers: Quality is fair, pricing is very high, particularly on Red and Yellow

Berries (Blackberries) : Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (Blueberries): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (Raspberries): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (Strawberries): Quality is poor to fair, pricing is higher

Broccoli: Quality is good, pricing is slightly higher

Brussels Sprouts: Quality is poor to fair, pricing is higher

Carrots: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Cauliflower: Quality is fair, pricing is high, orders may be shorted

Celery: Quality is fair to good, pricing is higher

Citrus (Lemons): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Citrus (Limes): Quality is good, pricing is higher

Citrus (Oranges): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Cucumbers: Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Eggplant: Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Garlic: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Grapes (Green): Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Grapes (Red): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Green Onions: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Kale: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Lettuce Iceberg: Quality is fair, pricing is slightly higher

Lettuce Leaf: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Lettuce Leaf (Tender): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Melon (Cantaloupe): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Melon (Honeydew): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Melon (Watermelon): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Onions: Quality is fair to good, pricing is higher

Pears: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Pineapples: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Potatoes: Quality is good, pricing is higher on larger sizes

Potatoes (Colored): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Squash: Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Tomatoes: Quality is good, pricing is slightly higher