Produce Market Report for July 1, 2022

Red and Yellow Bell Peppers are extremely limited right now due to a gap in the growing season. High temps in Southern California has caused them to cut their season short – the new region is not up and running yet.

A gap in the season for
potatoes has led to shortages. We are currently able to source, but being open to substitutions is encouraged during this time.

Problems and Issues:
Asparagus: Up $5, the larger sizes are in short supply, but the overall quality has improved.
Cauliflower: Up $6
Colored Peppers: Up $5-6
Potatoes: Gap in growing season
Romaine/Romaine Hearts: Market tight, prices steadily increasing
Avocado: Shortages continue, market is easing some
Blueberries: limited supply and higher pricesBrussels Sprouts: Easing off, harvest numbers up
Corn: Up $5
Cucumbers: Up $5
Steady Items:
Bananas, Broccoli, Celery, Eggplant, Grapes, Green Bell Peppers, Lemons, Limes, Melons, Onions, Peaches, Potatoes, Shallots, Squash, Strawberries
Prices coming down:
Tomatoes: Down Slightly

More Market News

The cold and wet weather in the Pacific Northwest this spring has set the 2022 potato crop back a good 10 days to 2 weeks. As a result, the remainder of the 2021 crop is moving out slowly and is limited. Purchasers are working hard to make sure we have potatoes – we encourage you to be flexible with substitutions on sizes.

We are in a tough spot with colored peppers. Southern California has halted harvest due to high temperatures. There will be a 1-2 week gap before the new growing region takes off.

Romaine Hearts continue to be elevated as harvest numbers are very light. Supply will likely become increasingly tighter and prices continue to rise.

Several items are transitioning to new growing areas this time of year. Squashes, cucumbers, greens etc. are moving out of Georgia to more northern areas. This is leading to a mixed market but overall great produce. We all love when the fruits and veggies are grown a little closer to home!