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Our Latest Produce Market Report: August 5, 2022

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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!

Our Latest Produce Market Report: July 29, 2022

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Produce Market Report for July 29, 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. Be open to subbing sizes during this time. 


Problems and Issues:

Asparagus: Steady, challenges with larger sizes

Green Bell Peppers: Up significantly

Lemons: Up $2

Lettuce: Up $4

Oranges: Up significantly

Potatoes: Still up significantly!

Strawberries: Up $5
Caution:

Blueberries: Limited supply and higher prices, relief coming soon

Corn: Starting to steady

Red, Yellow, and Orange Peppers: Starting steady

Romaine & Romaine Hearts: Starting to steady
Steady Items:

Bananas, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Grapes, Limes, Melons, Onions, Peaches, Shallots, Squash, Tomatoes 
Prices coming down:

Avocados: Prices continue trending downward

Brussels Sprouts: Harvest numbers increasing and prices trending downward

Celery: Down $2

More Market News

The conditions in the east coast growing region continue to be a mixed market. Produce is coming from several different farms spanning across several states. Due to weather conditions and the ever-changing growing areas – it makes it challenging to firmly report prices and quality on eastern grown produce at this time. 

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. 

There are national struggles with corn, cabbages, and colored peppers as well. We are able to source some product but prices are extremely elevated. 

Romaine and Romaine Heart supplies are improving but due to weather there are still some concerns with quality. 

Overall, tomatoes are higher that usual but round tomatoes should be trending down soon. Roma’s are tight due to a gap in the growing season in the East. 

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

Our Latest Produce Market Report: July 22, 2022

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Produce Market Report for July 22, 2022


For the first time in nearly two decades there will be a gap in the Idaho Potato crop. 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. 

There are national struggles with corn as well. Successful Farming reports only 15% of corn is silking right now compared to the 5 year average of 25%. We are able to source some product but prices are extremely elevated. 

Problems and Issues:

Asparagus: Up $10! Challenging quality

Cauliflower: Up $4

Corn: Up $12!

Grapes: Up $5

Green Bell Peppers: Up significantly

Potatoes: Up again, significantly!

Red, Yellow, and Orange Peppers: Market remains tight and prices high

Romaine Hearts: Market remains tight

Strawberries: Up $2

Tomatoes: Up $5
Caution:

Blueberries: Limited supply and higher prices, relief coming soon

Romaine: Starting to steady
Steady Items:

Bananas, Broccoli, Celery, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Grapes, Lemons, Lettuce, Limes, Melons, Onions, Peaches, Shallots, Squash
Prices coming down:

Avocados: Prices continue trending downward

Brussels Sprouts: Harvest numbers increasing and prices trending downward

More Market News

The conditions in the east coast growing region continue to be a mixed market. Produce is coming from several different farms spanning across several states. Due to weather conditions and the ever-changing growing areas – it makes it challenging to firmly report prices and quality on eastern grown produce at this time. 

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. 

Weather conditions, labor shortages, and freight limitations are a few of the leading causes of tight supply and high prices. Romaine and Romaine Heart supply continues to be light and prices high. 

Overall, tomatoes are higher that usual but round tomatoes should be trending down soon. Roma’s are tight due to a gap in the growing season in the East. 

Let’s wrap up on some good new! Grapes and melons coming from the west coast are maturing – the harvest numbers and quality (sugar content) continue to improve. The avocado market also continues to gradually improve. 

Our Latest Produce Market Report: July 15, 2022

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Produce Market Report for July 15, 2022


Red and Yellow Bell Peppers are extremely limited right now due to a gap in the growing season. The High temps in southern California led to their growing season being cut short. The new region is up and running – hoping to see some relief on peppers in the upcoming weeks.

Blueberries are currently transitioning to more northern growing regions right now. Until this new crop is established the market will remain tight. The lack of harvest numbers will lead to tight supply and likely higher prices. Thankfully, relief is coming soon!

Problems and Issues:
Corn: Up $5
Grapes: Up $5
Potatoes: Up again, significantly!
Red, Yellow, and Orange Peppers: Market remains tight and prices high
Romaine Hearts: Market remains tight
Strawberries: Up $2
Caution:
Asparagus: Prices remain high but the market is steady
Blueberries: limited supply and higher prices
Romaine: Starting to steady
Steady Items:
Bananas, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Grapes, Lemons, Lettuce, Limes, Melons, Onions, Peaches, Squash, Tomatoes
Prices coming down:
Avocados: Prices continue trending downward
Brussels Sprouts: Harvest numbers increasing and prices trending downward
Celery: Down $2

More Market News

Romaine Hearts continue to be elevated as harvest numbers are very light. Supply will likely become increasingly tighter and prices continue to rise.


Several items are in the midst of a growing transition this time of year – trying to outrun the heat and head north! Blueberries are currently in limited supply. The new growing region should be harvesting soon. Eggplant and cabbage are also tight for these reasons as well. Corn, zucchini, and squash continue to be a mixed market – several growing areas in play right now.


Although the considerable amount of items in transition right now is frustrating, the good news is – more produce is domestically grown and being grown closer to home!

Our Latest Produce Market Report: July 1, 2022

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Produce Market Report for July 1, 2022


Red and Yellow Bell Peppers are extremely limited right now due to a gap in the growing season. High temps in Southern California has caused them to cut their season short – the new region is not up and running yet.


A gap in the season for
potatoes has led to shortages. We are currently able to source, but being open to substitutions is encouraged during this time.

Problems and Issues:
Asparagus: Up $5, the larger sizes are in short supply, but the overall quality has improved.
Cauliflower: Up $6
Colored Peppers: Up $5-6
Potatoes: Gap in growing season
Romaine/Romaine Hearts: Market tight, prices steadily increasing
Caution:
Avocado: Shortages continue, market is easing some
Blueberries: limited supply and higher pricesBrussels Sprouts: Easing off, harvest numbers up
Corn: Up $5
Cucumbers: Up $5
Steady Items:
Bananas, Broccoli, Celery, Eggplant, Grapes, Green Bell Peppers, Lemons, Limes, Melons, Onions, Peaches, Potatoes, Shallots, Squash, Strawberries
Prices coming down:
Tomatoes: Down Slightly

More Market News

The cold and wet weather in the Pacific Northwest this spring has set the 2022 potato crop back a good 10 days to 2 weeks. As a result, the remainder of the 2021 crop is moving out slowly and is limited. Purchasers are working hard to make sure we have potatoes – we encourage you to be flexible with substitutions on sizes.


We are in a tough spot with colored peppers. Southern California has halted harvest due to high temperatures. There will be a 1-2 week gap before the new growing region takes off.


Romaine Hearts continue to be elevated as harvest numbers are very light. Supply will likely become increasingly tighter and prices continue to rise.


Several items are transitioning to new growing areas this time of year. Squashes, cucumbers, greens etc. are moving out of Georgia to more northern areas. This is leading to a mixed market but overall great produce. We all love when the fruits and veggies are grown a little closer to home!

Quality Market Alert – Asparagus

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Jumbo asparagus will be very limited with sizing smaller than normal. Large asparagus is also going to be a bit smaller than normal. Domestic asparagus is done and Peru is transitioning growing regions. Probably no consistent relief for another 3-4 weeks. 

Domestic asparagus was winding down, but the heat wave that went through most of the country last week ended it abruptly.

Winter is starting in Peru and they just began their transition to their northern fields (closer to the equator). It will be another 3-4 weeks before they are up and running at 100%.

We will get some relief with some central Mexican product, but they have sizing issues too – as a tropical depression hurt their more mature crops about a month ago.

Our Latest Produce Market Report: June 24, 2022

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Produce Market Report for June 24, 2022


Jumbo asparagus will be very limited with sizing smaller than normal.  Large asparagus sizing is also going to be a bit smaller than normal.  Domestic asparagus is done and Peru is transitioning growing regions.  Probably no consistent relief for this for another 3-4 weeks.  

Reminder: The gap in the growing season for fingerling potatoes continues till at least mid July. Romaine Hearts continue to be difficult as the harvest numbers are low and prices are increasing.

Asparagus:  Up $2

Avocados:  Up Significantly

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Up $5

Cauliflower: Up $6

Celery: Down $2

Corn: Up $2

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Down $3

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Up $2-3

Limes: Steady

Melons: Steady

Onions: Steady

Peppers: Green Steady – Colored Peppers up $5-6

Potatoes: Up $3-4

Shallots:  Steady

Squash: Up $3

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes:  Steady to down slightly

More Market News

Unfortunately, no changes in the avocado market – supply continues to be tight and prices remain high. There are not any signs of this changing any time soon.

Reminder: the gap in the growing season for fingerling potatoes continues till at least late summer. Potatoes are typically harvested during the late summer/early fall. This harvest is intended to supply the remainder of the year – there is not a second round of harvest. The 2021 harvest has been depleted which has resulted in the gap in availability.

Romaine Hearts continue to be elevated as harvest numbers are very light. Supply will likely become increasingly tighter. The same for Iceberg lettuce.

We are in a tough spot with colored peppers. California has halted to harvest due to weather. There will be a 1-2 week gap before the new growing region takes off. Green peppers are looking steady.

Italian Parsley harvest numbers are steadily improving – hopefully the cost will improving soon too!

Strawberries are looking great – expectational taste and color at great prices.

Our Latest Produce Market Report: June 17, 2022

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Produce Market Report for June 17, 2022


The ongoing issues with Avocados continue. Due to a plant temporarily shutting down the supply is less than in past weeks. The market will be tight and prices elevated. Blueberry harvest numbers are down – supply is tight. Green peppers are down significantly!

Asparagus:  Up $3

Avocados:  Up Significantly

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Steady

Cauliflower: Steady

Celery: Down $4

Corn: Steady

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Down $3

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Steady

Limes: Steady

Melons: (Cantaloupe) Down $3

Onions: Steady

Peppers: Green Down Significantly

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots:  Steady

Squash: Steady

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes:  Steady

More Market News

The avocado market has been in disarray for some time now, but due to recent events we are anticipating it to worsen this week. An avocado processing plant was temporarily shut down leading to less availability and a significant price increase.

As things are warming up, the growing regions for several items are in transition. Melons continue to mature in their new region which will increase the harvest numbers – and the taste will continue to improve! Grapes have settled into their new region – prices and flavors are great. Yellow squash and zucchini are moving north. Yellow squash harvest numbers are down and prices are up. The zucchini market remains steady.

Grapefruit are limited to a couple varieties this time of year. You may notice they are not the vibrant, deep pink that we all love but, don’t worry, the flavor is still fantastic!

Our Latest Produce Market Report: June 10, 2022

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Produce Market Report for June 10, 2022


Market Alert: Romaine, Romaine Hearts and Brussels Sprouts
Romaine and Romaine Hearts harvest numbers are down causing supply to be tight. The same continues with Brussels Sprouts.

Asparagus:  Steady. Good value!

Avocados:  Remains strong

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Unchanged

Cauliflower: Steady

Celery: Down $2

Corn: Down $5.  Great quality!

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Down $4

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Steady

Limes: Down $2-3

Melons: Down $2

Onions: Down $2

Peppers: Green Down $5  

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots:  Steady

Squash: Steady

Strawberries: Down $2

Tomatoes:  Steady

More Market News

Grapes are coming down in price. As the new crop strengthens the quality and flavor continues to improve.
There will be a gap in the growing season for Fingerling potatoes. This will lead to shortages and higher prices for the next month or so.
Asparagus quality and price are looking great!
Brussel Sprouts are still high in price as the market is very tight.
Estimated 2 month gap in availability for sunchokes.
The orange market is steady, but prices are still up.
Cauliflower prices are a currently down, but still bouncing. Broccoli is steady.
Yellow squash and zucchini market remains steady but higher than average prices.
The lime market is down and steadying!
Avocado supply remains low and prices remain high.

Our Latest Produce Market Report: June 3, 2022

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Produce Market Report for June 3, 2022


Market Alert! Grapes and Fingerling Potatoes

Grapes growing region has transitioned causing pricing to temporarily, yet significantly, rise. New crop should be plentiful soon causing prices to level out.The gap in the growing season for fingerling potatoes continues, leading to shortages and higher prices.


Apples: Steady

Asparagus:  Down again.  Very nice quality!

Avocados: Remain strong

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Steady

Cauliflower: Down significantly

Celery: Down $5

Corn: Down $5

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Up $8.  NEW CROP

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce- Stabilizing

Limes: Down and steady

Melons: Coming down some.  

Onions: Steady

Peppers: Green steady.  Colored up $5

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots:  Stable

Squash: Steady, good value.

Strawberries- Steady

Tomatoes: Down $4

More Market News:

Grapes have transitioned to a different growing region causing supply to be down and prices to be up. Supply and prices should steady in the near future.
There will be a gap in the growing season for Fingerling potatoes. This will lead to shortages and higher prices for the next month or so.
Southern Peaches are available and looking great!
Brussel Sprouts are still high in price as the market is very tight.
Estimated 2 month gap in availability for sunchokes.
Romaine, Iceberg and leaf lettuce have steadied. Celery has steadied and is down some.
Smaller oranges are still pricey, larger ones remain the greater value.
Cauliflower prices are a currently down, but still bouncing. Broccoli is steady.
Tomato market is improving as the growing region transitions.
Yellow squash and zucchini market is bouncing but steady overall.
The lime market is finally coming down and steadying!
Avocado supply remains low and prices remain high.