Asparagus – Good supply and quality is good and steady. Zucchini and Yellow Squash – Prices are dropping this week. Quality is a challenge for Yellow Squash and is mixed between fair and good for Zucchini. Iceberg Lettuce – ESCALATED – Demand is up and supply is down, the market is very active. Quality is fair. Romaine – Supply is right on budget and demand has lightened up. Green Peppers – EXTREME – Rapid increase in price, quality is a mix between fair and good. Tomatoes – Roma – The market remains mixed due to declining harvest numbers, relief isn’t expected until late March. Quality looks good, barring any more weather related issues.
Peppers (Green, Red & Yellow) – The market is skyrocketing this week due to cold weather in Mexico. Mini Sweet Peppers has better supply and good volume for the next several weeks. Onions (White) – Supply is very limited. It is likely we will see this market remain volatile for the next 6-8 weeks until summer onions really ramp up in May. Celery – EXTREME – We will continue to have very low volume this week. Volumes are still below average. Asparagus – Quality is good, and supply has increased. Pears – The Anjou, Bosc, and red pears are available with good supply through about June 1st. Pears are a great value at this time.
Blood Oranges – Excellent quality and plenty availability. Bananas – Supply is tighter than usual for the next couple of weeks. Iceberg Lettuce – ESCALATED…supply is lower than anticipated due to cold weather. The market is very active. Romaine – Supply is below normal. Acorn, Butternut & Spaghetti Squash – Good quality and good supply. Asparagus – Volume is steadily increasing and prices are good.
Mini Peppers – Better supplies, good volume for next several weeks. Roma Tomatoes – Quality continues to be in the good range. Reminder: DO NOT store tomatoes in the refrigerator…refrigeration causes tomatoes to lose flavor and cause a mealy texture. Romaine Hearts – Demand and supplies are good. Strawberries – Prices are high and supplies are low due to current weather. Raspberries – Supplies are steady and volume is projected to increase through February. Brussels Sprouts – Prices are rising and may continue to rise into next week. Carrots – Supply is short and prices are high.
Bok Choy – Supply and quality is good. Green Beans – Steady production in both Florida and Mexico. Strawberries – Anticipate a reduction in volume for the next few weeks due to current weather conditions. Zucchini and Yellow Squash – Market is improving, the main contact grower is back in business. Cantaloupe and Honeydew – Both are on the WATCHLIST. Sizing continues to trend toward the smaller sized fruit. Guatemala is still seeing effects of virus even in new growing areas. Expect a decrease in production in the next few weeks; during this period, flexibility of sizing may be imperative. Broccoli and Cauliflower – Supply is starting to increase. Pricing is escalated.