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Produce Market Report

Our Latest Produce Market Report: December 3, 2021

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Produce Market Report for December 3, 2021

Mushrooms: Extreme market for all mushrooms, esp. cremini and oyster. Expect shortages through the end of the year.

  • Apples: Up $2
  • Asparagus: Steady
  • Avocados: Steady
  • Bananas: Up $3
  • Broccoli: Up $8
  • Cauliflower: Steady
  • Celery: Steady
  • Corn: Remains tight and higher price
  • Cucumbers: Steady
  • Grapes: Up $5
  • Lemons: Steady
  • Lettuce: Coming down significantly
  • Limes: Up $1
  • Melons: Coming down some
  • Onions: Steady
  • Peppers: Red peppers remain stronger
  • Potatoes: Larger sizes up $2
  • Shallots: Very high
  • Squash: Steady
  • Strawberries: Remain active. Short supplies, marginal quality
  • Tomatoes: Stabilizing

Mushroom Market Information

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All mushroom vendors for What Chefs Want have experienced severe cuts in supply. We will see increased short orders and unpredictability in this commodity.


For domestic mushrooms:

Expect that supply will be available some days but not others. We will be subbing different sizes and different sized slices. Even with subs, there are times when mushrooms still will be short.

For exotic mushrooms: 

These may appear as out of stock more often than before.  Supply is affected because of shortages of necessary materials coming in from Asia.

If you buy crimini mushrooms and are willing to take white mushrooms as a substitute, please let us know.
These shorts and allocations come from lack of labor and lack of critical supply for Pennsylvania mushroom growers.

This situation may become worse and is not expected to subside until January or February 2022.

Our Latest Produce Market Report: November 19, 2021

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Produce Market Report for November 19, 2021

Mushrooms: Extreme market for all mushrooms, esp. cremini and oyster. Expect shortages through the end of the year.

  • Apples: Steady
  • Asparagus: Steady
  • Avocados: Steady
  • Bananas: Up $3
  • Broccoli: Up $8
  • Cauliflower: Steady
  • Celery: Up $10
  • Corn: Remains tight and higher price
  • Cucumbers: Steady
  • Grapes: Steady
  • Lemons: Steady
  • Lettuce: All lettuce products are way up in price!
  • Limes: Up $3
  • Melons: Cantaloupes up $4, honeydews steady
  • Onions: Steady
  • Peppers: Red peppers remain stronger
  • Potatoes: Stabilizing
  • Shallots: Very high
  • Squash: Steady
  • Strawberries: Remain active. Short supplies, marginal quality
  • Tomatoes: Remain higher

Our Latest Produce Market Report: November 12, 2021

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Produce Market Report for November 12, 2021

Mushrooms: Extreme market for all mushrooms, esp. cremini and oyster. Expect shortages through the end of the year.

  • Apples: Steady
  • Asparagus: Steady
  • Avocados: Steady
  • Bananas: Up $3
  • Broccoli: Remains higher
  • Cauliflower: Steady
  • Celery: Up $10
  • Corn: Remains tight and higher price
  • Cucumbers: Steady
  • Grapes: Steady
  • Lemons: Steady
  • Lettuce: All lettuce products are way up in price!
  • Limes: Up $3
  • Melons: Cantaloupes up $4, honeydews down
  • Onions: Steady
  • Peppers: Red peppers remain stronger
  • Potatoes: Stabilizing
  • Shallots: Very high
  • Squash: Steady
  • Strawberries: Up $8
  • Tomatoes: Remain higher

Our Latest Produce Market Report: November 5, 2021

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Produce Market Report for November 5, 2021

Mushrooms: Extreme market for all mushrooms, esp. cremini and oyster. Expect shortages through the end of the year.

  • Apples: Steady
  • Asparagus: Coming down again next week
  • Avocados: Steady
  • Bananas: Up $3
  • Broccoli: Remains very high
  • Cauliflower: Remains higher
  • Celery: Up slightly
  • Corn: Remains tight and higher price
  • Cucumbers: Steady
  • Grapes: Steady
  • Lemons: Down $3
  • Lettuce: All lettuce products are way up in price!
  • Limes: Steady
  • Melons: Cantaloupes up $4, honeydews down
  • Onions: Steady
  • Peppers: Red peppers remain stronger
  • Potatoes: Stabilizing
  • Shallots: Very high
  • Squash: Steady
  • Strawberries: Up $1-2
  • Tomatoes: Remain higher

Iceberg and Romaine Alert!

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Iceberg and Romaine Lettuce Alert!

Extreme rain in the growing areas has caused delays in harvesting iceberg and romaine lettuces. Farmers are unable to harvest when it is raining and the heavy rains led to very muddy fields. You can see in the pic below how the equipment has left deep ruts in the fields due to the muddy conditions.

lettuce fields 2.jpg

We will be extremely tight on all processed lettuce products. 
This includes:
Chopped and shredded romaine
Chopped and shredded iceberg
Tossed salad mix

We will also be tight on whole heads of both iceberg and romaine. If you have the ability to substitute spring mix or spinach for these products, we strongly advise you to do so as your orders will be allocated or shorted as we will not have product to sell. 

We expect this situation to continue for up to 3 weeks. Our orders will continue to be cut, allocated, or delayed meaning your orders will be cut or allocated as well.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and continued business. 

What Chefs Want team

Our Latest Produce Market Report: October 29, 2021

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Produce Market Report for October 29, 2021

Peeled Garlic Alert! Supply issues domestically and import issues are causing an extreme market for peeled garlic. Expect to see high prices (around $150/case) in the week ahead. Shorts and prorates are likely.

Mushrooms: Extreme market for all mushrooms, esp. cremini and oyster. Expect shortages through the end of the year.

  • Apples: Steady
  • Asparagus: Coming down again next week
  • Avocados: Steady
  • Bananas: Steady
  • Broccoli: Remains very high, shorts and lower quality continues
  • Cauliflower: Remains higher
  • Celery: Up slightly
  • Corn: Remains tight and higher price
  • Cucumbers: Steady
  • Grapes: Steady
  • Lemons: Steady
  • Lettuce: All lettuce products are way up in price!
  • Limes: Steady
  • Melons: Cantaloupes steady, honeydew down
  • Onions: Steady
  • Peppers: Red peppers remain stronger
  • Potatoes: Stabilizing
  • Shallots: Very high
  • Squash: Steady
  • Strawberries: Steady
  • Tomatoes: Remain higher

Our Latest Produce Market Report: October 22, 2021

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Produce Market Report for October 22, 2021

Peeled Garlic Alert! Supply issues domestically and import issues are causing an extreme market for peeled garlic. Expect to see high prices (around $150/case) in the week ahead. Shorts and prorates are likely.

Mushrooms: Extreme market for all mushrooms, esp. cremini and oyster. Expect shortages through the end of the year.

  • Apples: Steady
  • Asparagus: Coming down
  • Avocados: Steady
  • Bananas: Steady
  • Broccoli: Remains very high, shorts and lower quality continues
  • Cauliflower: Up $6
  • Celery: Steady
  • Corn: Remains tight and higher price
  • Cucumbers: Steady
  • Grapes: Steady
  • Lemons: Steady
  • Lettuce: All lettuce products are way up in price!
  • Limes: Steady
  • Melons: Honeydew remain higher
  • Onions: Steady. We are NOT affected by the current onion recall.
  • Peppers: Red peppers remain stronger
  • Potatoes: Stabilizing
  • Shallots: Very high
  • Squash: Steady
  • Strawberries: Steady
  • Tomatoes: Remain higher

Mushroom Alert!

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We are beginning to see shortages in mushrooms. Our suppliers are currently cutting our orders by 10 – 100%.

The top reasons for the shortages from our vendors are:

  • Continued labor shortages, particularly for harvesting
  • Production reduced to match labor on hand
  • Shortage of raw materials to grow mushrooms
  • Weather changes

Unfortunately, our vendors do not expect this situation to improve before January, 2022.

Currently the hardest hit mushrooms are crimini and oyster, but all mushrooms are affected by the shortages and the shortages will continue.

There have been cuts on sliced mushrooms as well as different sizes of white mushrooms.

Your mushroom orders may be subbed, shorted, or allocated. If you have the option of subbing a different type of mushroom that may be in stock, please do so. Our WOW Center can help you determine which mushrooms are in stock. Text them at 502-587-9012.

We are doing all we can to procure as many mushrooms and varieties as we can. We appreciate your patience and continued business.

What Chefs Want Team

Our Latest Produce Market Report: October 15, 2021

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Produce Market Report for October 15, 2021

  • Apples: Steady
  • Asparagus: Remains very high
  • Avocados: Steady
  • Bananas: Steady
  • Broccoli: Remains high
  • Cauliflower: Up $6
  • Celery: Steady
  • Corn: Up $10
  • Cucumbers: Steady
  • Grapes: Steady
  • Lemons: Steady
  • Lettuce: All lettuce products are way up in price
  • Limes: Steady
  • Melons: Honeydew remain higher
  • Onions: Steady
  • Peppers: Red and yellow up $6
  • Potatoes: Larger sizes remain higher
  • Shallots: Very high
  • Squash: Steady
  • Strawberries: Steady
  • Tomatoes: Up $15!!