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This Week’s Highlights – February 27, 2017

  • Berries – Blueberries: supply from South America seems lighter, no major quality concerns. Blackberries & Raspberries: Quality is mostly good, availability is down due to seasonal lolls.
  • Asparagus – Good quality and compact tips with consistent sizing.
  • Melons – Cantaloupe quality remains very good. Honeydew supplies are steady with smaller sizes very tight.
  • Cucumbers – Overall quality is starting to decline as we see more scarring, misshapen and soft tips on arrivals.
  • Tomatoes – Round: Supply is still prevalent in the East and growing in the West. Quality is very good. Roma: Supply is steady with normal markets, quality is very good.  REMINDER: Do Not store tomatoes in the refrigerator – they lose their flavor and turn mealy.

This Week’s Highlights – February 13, 2017

  • Tomatoes/Roma and Round – Round: supply is still prevalent in the East and growing in the West. Quality is very good. Roma: supply is steady with nominal markets; quality is very good. Mexican supply is growing.
  • Lettuce – Overall, markets are active with supplies decreasing and prices increasing.
  • Asparagus – Demand exceeds supply.
  • Broccoli/Cauliflower – The market is active from lighter supplies and good demand.
  • Strawberries – The market is short due to continuing rains and strong demand for Valentine’s Day.
  • Organic Spinach & Arugula – Extremely short supplies on both due to heavy mildew in fields.
  • Blueberries – Supply is steady from South America, no major quality concerns.

This Week’s Highlights – February 6, 2017

  • Broccoli/Cauliflower – The market is active due to lighter supplies.
  • Lettuce – Markets are active with increasing demand and lighter supplies.
  • Snow Peas – Weather has affected availability; demand is good.
  • Strawberries – Market short due to continuing rains in CA; very strong demand due to Valentine’s Day pull.
  • Organic Spring Mix & Arugula – The market is short due to heavy mildew in fields.
  • Peppers – Green pepper supplies remain abundant from FL with very good quality and color.

This Week’s Highlights – January 30th, 2017

  • Lettuce – Iceberg: markets are rapidly moving up – quality is fair. Leaf & Romaine: quality is fair.
  • Squash – Markets are active as demand still exceeds supply. Cooler weather may slow production slightly, but should be back to normal later this week.
  • Melons – Cantaloupe: west coast 9’s and Jumbo 9’s are plentiful and quality is good with sugars around 15; small sizing (15’s) are almost nonexistent.
  • Onions – Record breaking snow and freezing rain in the Pacific Northwest has destroyed multiple storage and packing facilities and limited transportation, affecting availability and driving prices up.
  • Eggplant – Eggplant is plentiful, volume is good and quality is fair.