Produce Market Report for September 2, 2022

Right now California is experiencing humidity and fog combined with high heat during the day. This paired with the concerning soil conditions is leading to very low lettuce harvest numbers. This is affecting icebergromaineromaine hearts, and green leaf. The spotty quality is making it hard to harvest and hard to pack. Prices are elevated and quality is a concern. We anticipate this will impact the processed (chopped/shredded) lettuces first, then the whole heads. 

We are seeing some of the lowest harvest numbers on red bell peppers in nearly a decade. There are fewer producers in action this year leading to a very limited yield. We are hoping to see more growers producing in the next few weeks, but no relief expected until then. 

Problems and Issues:

Asparagus: Remains very high

Cucumber: Up $2

Lettuce: Extremely elevated, possible quality issues 

Limes: Up again,  $4

Potatoes: Remain very high

Red Bell Peppers: Prices elevated, supplies tight

Romaine: Remain high

Romaine Hearts: Remain high


Green Onions: Prices trending upward

Herbs (Cilantro & Parsley): Elevated

Oranges: Prices up

Steady Items:

Apples, Bananas, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Eggplant, Grapes, Green Bell Peppers, Kale, Lemons, Melons, Onions, Shallots, Squash, Tomatoes

Prices coming down:

Avocados: Down $2

Strawberries: Down $4

More Market News

Idaho is starting to catch up, but potatoes remain in a concerning state. All sizes and grades were impacted by the gap in the growing season. Supplies are still limited though and prices elevated. The market will continue improve in the upcoming weeks. 

Strawberries remain challenging. The soil and weather conditions in California have greatly impacted the harvest numbers and quality. 

We are heading into a gap in the domestic orange growing season. Supplies are getting tight and prices are trending upward. Lemons continue to be a mixed market, not all sizes are in abundance. 

Cilantro and Parsley numbers are down as well – supplies are limited and prices are elevated. Cilantro continue to trend upward. Green Onions are elevated as well. 

Peak season for stone fruitgrapes, and melons coming from the west coast. Harvest numbers are great, prices are good, quality is a good as it gets! 

Squash season is upon us! Be on the look out for winter squash varieties like acorn, butternut, and spaghetti.