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Our Latest Produce Market Report: October 14, 2022

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Produce Market Report for October 14, 2022

Market Alert: Lettuce & Tomatoes

The issues in California persist. The high temperatures in addition to the soil disease is leading to an extreme market on all lettuces – romaine, romaine hearts, iceberg, green leaf, red leaf

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 $4

Cauliflower: Remains higher

Celery: Up $3

Corn: Up slightly 

Green Onions: Prices up, supplies tight

Lettuce: Market remains EXTREME

Potatoes: Larger sizes remain high

Romaine: Remains EXTREME

Romaine Hearts: EXTREME

Squash: Up $4

Tomatoes: Up $10

Watermelons: Up $3

Caution:


Herbs (Cilantro & Parsley): Elevated

Oranges: Prices up, supplies getting tight

Steady Items:

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

Prices coming down:


Asparagus : Steady, good value!

Potatoes: Smaller sizes down 


Strawberries: Down $4

More Market News

The heatwave California experienced, in addition to the existing soil disease, is leading to very low lettuce harvest numbers – growers are harvesting about 30-40% their average quantity. This is affecting icebergromaineromaine heartsred leaf, 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 issue to persist until the growing region transitions later this year.

Hurricane Ian has impacted fall produce that had already taken off in FL, GA, and the southern growing regions. 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. 

No improvement in the green onion market – supplies are 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 this time of year. 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. 

If you are in need of some green  produce right now – brussels, cabbage, and kale are looking good! Also, 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!

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

Our Latest Produce Market Report: September 30, 2022

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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

Caution:


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! 

Our Latest Produce Market Report: September 30, 2022

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Produce Market Report for September 30, 2022

Market Alert: Cauliflower & Strawberries

Cauliflower has been greatly impacted by the extreme heat, high moisture, soil disease and labor issues in California. Strawberries are being impacted by this as well cooler temps in the northern growing regions. We anticipate these to be ongoing issues. See below for more information. 

Problems and Issues:



Asparagus (Jumbo): Remains high

Broccoli: Up $2

Cauliflower: Up $10

Corn: Up slightly 

Green Onions: Prices up, supplies tight

Lettuce: Extremely elevated, possible quality issues 

Potatoes: Larger sizes remain high

Red Bell Peppers: Remain high

Romaine: Remain high

Romaine Hearts: Remain high

Strawberries: Up $8

Caution:


Herbs (Cilantro & Parsley): Elevated

Oranges: Prices up, supplies getting tight

Steady Items:

Apples, Avocados, Bananas, Cucumbers, Celery, Eggplant, Grapes, Green Bell Peppers, Kale, Lemons, Melons, Onions, Shallots, Tomatoes

Prices coming down:


Asparagus (Standard & Large): Coming down

Limes: Down $5

Squash: Down $2

More Market News

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries remain challenging. The soil and weather conditions in California have greatly impacted the harvest numbers and quality. Prices have increased significantly this week.


Cauliflower harvest numbers are down significantly, nearly 50% compared to last week. As with other California crops, it is being greatly impacted by the soil disease. Growers will be looking to harvest while the crop is less mature so there is less risk of the crop being impacted by the soil disease. 


Green onion supplies are getting increasingly tight and prices are extremely elevated. The green onion supply typically gets tighter during the late summer but it is significantly worse this year. 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. 


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.


Idaho is starting to catch up, but potatoes are still limited and prices are still elevated. We are seeing the smaller sizes available, but supplies are still tight on the larger sizes as growers are letting the crop mature. The market will continue improve each week. 


Larger sizes of asparagus continue to be limited. 


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! 


Eastern veggie growing season is coming to a close and we are transitioning back down south. Over the next few weeks yellow squash, zucchini, and more should be coming out of Georgia. Right now Georgia is projected to have a strong growing season. 

Our Latest Produce Market Report: September 9, 2022

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Produce Market Report for September 9, 2022

Market Alert: Lettuces & Red Bell Peppers

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

Broccoli: Up $5

Corn: Up slightly

Lettuce: Extremely elevated, possible quality issues 

Potatoes: Remain very high

Red Bell Peppers: Prices elevated, supplies tight

Romaine: Remain high

Romaine Hearts: Remain high

Caution:

Green Onions: Prices trending upward

Herbs (Cilantro & Parsley): Elevated

Oranges: Prices up

Steady Items:

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

Prices coming down:

Avocados: Down $2

Cucumber: Down $2

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. We are seeing the smaller sizes available, but supplies are still tight on the larger sizes as growers are letting the crop mature. 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. 

Green onion supplies remain extremely tight and prices extremely elevated. Larger sizes of asparagus continue to be limited. 

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 stone fruitgrapes, and melons 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. 

Our Latest Produce Market Report: September 2, 2022

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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

Caution:

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. 

Our Latest Produce Market Report: August 26, 2022

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Produce Market Report for August 26, 2022

The issues from the previous report continue. 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 icebergromaine, romaine 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.

These conditions are also impacting the strawberry market. Harvest and availability are down. Quality concerns and elevated prices here too. 

Problems and Issues:


Asparagus: Remains very high

Broccoli: Up $5

Cucumber: Up $2

Lemons: Up $2

Lettuce: Extremely elevated, possible quality issues 

Limes: Up $4

Potatoes: Remain very high

Romaine: Extremely elevated

Romaine Hearts: Up $10

Squash: Up $2

Strawberries: Up significantly, some quality issues

Tomatoes: Up $5

Caution:

Apples (Gala & Golden Delicious): Prices increasing

Green Onions: Prices up 

Herbs (Cilantro & Parsley): Prices up 

Oranges: Prices up 

Red Bell Peppers: Prices remain high

Steady Items:

Avocados, Bananas, Brussel’s Sprouts, Cauliflower, Corn, Eggplant, Grapes, Green Bell Peppers, Kale, Melons, Onions, Peaches, Shallots

Prices coming down:

Celery: Down $3

More Market News

Idaho potatoes, as well as other potato varieties, have been one of the biggest produce concerns lately. All sizes and grades were impacted by the gap in the growing season. Thankfully, some growers are producing and the market is starting to steady. Supplies are still limited though and prices elevated. The market will continue improve in the upcoming weeks. 

The colored pepper market continues to be tight. Hoping for a better yield in September. 

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. 

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

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! 

Our Latest Produce Market Report: August 19, 2022

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Produce Market Report for August 19, 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 icebergromaine, romaine 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.

These conditions are also impacting the strawberry market. Harvest and availability are down. Quality concerns and elevated prices here too. 

Problems and Issues:


Asparagus: Remains very high

Cucumber: Up $2

Green Bell Peppers: Up significantly

Lettuce: Extremely elevated, possible quality issues 

Limes: Up again – $3

Potatoes: Remain very high

Romaine: Extremely elevated

Romaine Hearts: Up $10

Squash: Up $7 

Strawberries: Up significantly, some quality issues

Tomatoes: Up $5

Caution:

Apples (Gala & Golden Delicious): Prices increasing

Green Onions: Prices up 

Herbs (Cilantro & Parsley): Prices up 

Oranges: Prices up 

Red Bell Peppers: Prices remain high

Steady Items:

 Bananas, Broccoli, Brussel’s Sprouts, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Grapes, Green Bell Peppers, Kale, Lemons, Melons, Onions, Peaches, Shallots

Prices coming down:

Avocados: Continuing downward trend 

Corn: Down $2

More Market News

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. 

The tight colored pepper market continues and is projected to get worse before it gets better. Hoping for a better yield in September. 

We are heading into a gap in the domestic orange growing season. Supplies are getting tight and prices are trending upward. Limes are in shorter supply and prices are increasing.

Watermelon prices are elevated and supplies tight due to heavy rains in the current growing regions. 

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. 

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

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!