Produce Market Report for August 5, 2022

The potato market continues to be extremely tight. The heat and drought during the 2021 growing season led to farmers finishing up several weeks early. Additionally, cool and wet temps during the beginning of planting the 2022 crop has led to delays with harvesting the 2022-23 crop. Prices are elevated and quality is a concern.

Supplies continue to be tight on the larger sizes of asparagus due to various weather conditions in growing regions. Quality is low and prices are high. Be open to subbing sizes during this time. 

Problems and Issues:


Asparagus: Up significantly!

Green Bell Peppers: Up significantly

Lemons: Up $4

Oranges: Up significantly

Potatoes: Still up significantly!

Strawberries: Up $5

Caution:

Strawberries: Limited supply and higher prices, relief coming soon

Romaine & Romaine Hearts: Starting to steady

Steady Items:

Bananas, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Grapes, Lettuce, Limes, Melons, Onions, Peaches, Peppers, Shallots, Squash, Tomatoes

Prices coming down:

Avocados: Prices continue trending downward

Brussels Sprouts: Harvest numbers increasing and prices trending downward

Corn: Better volume, prices trending down

More Market News

As mentioned above; Idaho potatoes, as well as other potato varieties, are one of the biggest produce concerns at this time due to the gap in growing seasons. This is impacting all sizes and grades. While demand exceeds supply and quality is a concern – we will all need to be flexible and open to alternatives. 

We are heading into a gap in the domestic orange growing season. Supplies are getting tight and prices are trending upward. It is difficult to source lemons in volume right now and prices are up. 

Strawberries will be challenging for a couple of weeks – quality is lower than we’d like and prices are higher. Watermelon prices are elevated and supplies tight due to heavy rains in the current growing regions. 

Romaine and Romaine Heart supplies are improving but due to weather and soil conditions there are still some concerns with quality. Cilantro numbers are down as well – supplies are limited and prices are elevated. 

Corn numbers are starting to improve and prices are trending downward. 

Production and quality continues to improve for all of our local (east of the Mississippi) fruits and veggies – eggplantsquashzucchini, cucumbers, peaches. Same goes for grapes and melons coming out of California. Great harvest numbers and quality!