Produce Market Report for April 22, 2022

Market Alert! Limes!

Limes continue to be in an extremely volatile market. The border issues discussed on last week’s market report continue to persist and limes are very hard hit. The market is very limited, especially on larger lime sizes. Shippers have been us smaller limes in place of larger. 200 ct. and 150 ct. are still available, but limited. 110 ct. are non-existent as of now. The quality is marginal at best and prices are elevated.

Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Up $2, still a good value

Avocados: Up significantly, border issues

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Up $4

Cauliflower: Steady

Celery: Steady

Corn: Down again

Cucumbers: Up $3

Grapes: Up $4

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Up slightly

Limes: Remain crazy high with supply issues

Melons: Up $6

Onions: Remain strong but easing a bit

Peppers: Green up $6

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Stabilizing, good value

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes: Up $2

More Market News:

Let’s talk about the produce transition. The Transition happens twice yearly, in late-Spring & late-Fall. As the seasons change & arable fields move geographically, our loading areas move as well, between the 2 major hubs of Yuma & Salinas. When this happens, entire operations pull up roots & relocate: field equipment (tractors, combines, harvesters), processing equipment (choppers, washers, chillers), plant machinery (forklifts, conveyors), vehicles, offices, staffs, and families. Here’s a great video showing the transition of this massive operation.

Many may have heard about the massive fire last week at Taylor Farms’ Salinas facility. Fortunately, they had not yet transitioned into the building. As they were preparing to transition from Yuma to Salinas, a welding incident at the Salinas plant sparked the fire, destroying much of the facility.
As a result, Taylor is now forced to split operations. Their processing equipment is still in place and operational in Yuma. But the product is coming to harvest in fields 10 hours away in Salinas. They are forced to harvest in Salinas, and transfer the product to Yuma for processing. This also forces our trucks to split pickups between Yuma & Salinas, 10 hours apart. 
The ripple effect from this disruption has been huge, during an already difficult transition. Delays have spread across other loading docks in the areas, and an already-thin supply of trucks has been stressed further. We’ve seen unprecedented delays at loading docks, both Taylor’s and others.
Smaller sizes of oranges are still tough to find. Larger oranges (56 ct.) are in better supply than smaller sizes.
The Florida grapefruit season is over. We are now seeing imported grapefruit.
Melons including cantaloupe and honeydew are rising in price as supplies are tighter.
Green peppers are very high in price as supplies are tight.
Yellow squash is coming down. We are seeing relief from the past weeks of shortages.
Limes are still very high and we have not seen any relief yet. Quality is marginal. We don’t expect relief until the 1st or 2nd week of May.
Avocados continue to rise in price with the current border delays in place in Texas.