Produce Market Report for October 7, 2022

Market Alert: Tomatoes & Lettuces

The issues in California persist. The high temperatures in addition to the soil disease is leading to an extreme market on all lettuces – romaine and romaine are among the worst impacted by this. 

Hurricane Ian impacted the start of the fall growing season in the southern region. Tomatoes have been hit the hardest – supplies are tight and prices are elevated. See below for more information.

Problems and Issues:

Broccoli: Up $8

Corn: Up slightly 

Green Bell Peppers: Up $3

Green Onions: Prices up, supplies tight

Lettuce: Market remains extreme 

Potatoes: Larger sizes remain high

Red Bell Peppers: Remain high

Romaine: Remains extreme

Romaine Hearts: Extreme

Squash: Up $4

Strawberries: Up $8

Tomatoes: Up $11


Herbs (Cilantro & Parsley): Elevated

Oranges: Prices up, supplies getting tight

Steady Items:

Apples, Avocados, Bananas, Cucumbers, Celery, Grapes, Lemons, Melons, Onions, Shallots

Prices coming down:

Asparagus : Steady, good value!

Cauliflower: Down $4

Limes: Down $3-4

More Market News

Hurricane Ian has undoubtably impacted fall produce that had already taken off in FL, GA, and the southern growing regions. In addition to the area hit hardest by the hurricane, there was also an increase in rain in surrounding areas. We are seeing the tomato market hit the hardest. We are anticipating a gap in the growing season that could last several weeks. Right supplies are tight and prices are elevated. 

The heatwave California experienced, in addition to the existing soil disease, is leading to very low lettuce harvest numbers on several varieties of lettuce. 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 anticipate this issue to persist until the growing region transitions later this year.

Green onion supplies are getting increasingly tight and prices are extremely elevated. The high heat during the planting and growing season resulted in more field loss. Additionally, there are fewer growers planting during the summer months. As of right now, we are not able to predict when this market will improve. 

Idaho is starting to catch up, but larger potato prices are still elevated. Prices and supplies are looking good on the smaller sizes. The market will continue improve each week. 

The asparagus market has leveled out. Supplies and prices are looking good on all sizes. 

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. 

Peak season for grapes coming from the west coast. Harvest numbers are great, prices are good, quality is a good as it gets! Pears are in good supply and very tasty as well. 

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