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.
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.