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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! 

Our Latest Produce Market Report: August 12, 2022

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Produce Market Report for August 12, 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! Extreme market!

Cucumber: Up $2

Green Bell Peppers: Up significantly

Limes: Up $10 (for big boxes)

Potatoes: Remain very high & quality is challenging

Romaine Hearts: Up $3 

Strawberries: Up significantly, some quality issues

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, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Grapes, Green Bell Peppers, Lemons, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Peaches, Romaine, Shallots, Squash, Tomatoes 

Prices coming down:

Avocados: Continuing downward trend

Brussels Sprouts: Harvest numbers up, steadying 

Corn: Down $4

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. 

Strawberry prices are extremely elevated and quality is a concern. Harvest numbers are low due to various conditions – soil disease, weather, labor shortages. Orders are being shorted and supply is weak. 

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. 

Romaine Heart supplies are improving but due to weather and soil conditions there are still some concerns with quality. Cilantro and Parsley numbers are down as well – supplies are limited and prices are elevated. 

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

Our local (East of the Mississippi) produce is a varied but steady market. Squash, zucchini, eggplant, greens, cabbage are all steady. 

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 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!