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September 5, 2017 - View a Markon Live from the Fields video about the development of sun burn on lettuce crops from California’s Salinas Valley. Markon inspectors are monitoring commodity and value-added supplies closely and working with suppliers to select the best available product. --John Galvez, Quality Assurance Director




MARKET UPDATE FOR October 10th, 2017


Apples: Large Granny Smiths are still limited from Washington.

Blackberries: California supplies remain very limited with fair quality.

Blueberries: Supplies are very limited and quality is fair.

Strawberries: Salinas and Watsonville quality is improving, but occasional soft fruit is still being reported.

Oranges: Demand far exceeds supplies as California Valencia production is done.

Regular Cucumbers: Some quality issues are showing with product in North Carolina.

Onions: Transportation is very limited.

Baking Potatoes: Transportation or lack of trucks is the main issue.

Zucchini: Supplies are getting tighter.



MELONS– Yellow watermelons are almost finished for the season get them before they are gone! – Thames River Melons, Innerkip

FIELD EGGPLANT- Eggplant supplies continue to be tight. Weather is the main culprit. Quality remains very good. – Nightingale Farms, La Salette

BELL PEPPERS- Ontario continues with production of both green and red peppers this week. Quality is very good. We expect supplies to remain good this week, but supplies are starting to wind down and will finish by the end of next week. – Sabatura Farms, Windham Center

FIELD TOMATO- Ontario field tomatoes are very tight, while romas have better supply. Quality is good with pricing that remains steady. – Thames River Melons, Innerkip

POTATO– Ontario potatoes continue and pricing remains steady. Sizing has improved. We have large white, red and large Yukon golds. – Gwillimdale Farms

CAULIFLOWER- Ontario cauliflower continues with variable volume. Supplies are still up and down. Quality is reported as outstanding. – BMW Farms, Stayner

PEARS– Ontario Bartlett pears continue with ample supplies and good quality.

GREEN/WAX BEANS - The Ontario green and wax bean season continues. Supplies are getting tighter due to poor weather. Pricing has increased and is expected to remain high until the end of the season. Quality remains very good. – Boots Farms, Scotland

GREEN/YELLOW ZUCCHINI- Ontario green and yellow zucchini are finished. Recent cool nights and rains has brought the season to an end. – Thames River Melons, Innerkip

GREENS- Endive, escarole, collards, dandelion, red and green swiss chard, green and red kale from Ontario continue with good supply.

CHINEESE GREENS- Nappa, bok choy, baby shanghi bok choy are all in good supplies.

BROCCOLI BUNCHED/CROWNS- Broccoli season continues with lighter production due to the cooler weather. Quality is very good, with good size and weight. Pricing is up, due to supply issues in California. – Visscher Farms, Hay Ontario

BUNCH RADISH – Ontario bunch radishes continue. Quality is outstanding with good supply.

HOTHOUSE EGGPLANT– Ontario hothouse grown eggplant continues. There is also graffiti eggplant available. The greenhouse season will run until mid-November – St. Davids Greenhouse, St Davids

HOTHOUSE PEPPERS- Red, yellow and orange hothouse bell peppers continue with light supply with very good quality. Pricing has steadied out to match demand.

HOTHOUSE TOMATO- Ontario 15lb hothouse tomato are in good supply with heavy demand. Ontario red vine tomatoes are also in good supply. Yellow vines are short. There are also heirloom, gourmet medley and Campari.

ONION/CARROT- Ontario cooking onions and red onions continue. Carrots continue and are in good supply with very good demand. Heirloom/multi-color carrots are also in good supply.

CABBAGE– Supplies of green, red and savoy are good as the season kicks into high gear with growers filling storage barns for the winter. Quality is very good. – BMW Farms, Stayner

ENGLISH CUCUMBERS – The cucumber market continues to be strong with very good quality and light supplies. Growers are mid-transition to the winter crop. Prices should ease over the next couple of weeks as more volume is produced.

APPLES – The Ontario apple season is kicking into gear with more varieties available, including McIntosh, Empire and Royal Gala. We will see Red and Gold Delicious this week.

HOTHOUSE LETTUCE- Hydroponic boston remains in very good supply.

HARD SQUASH- Spaghetti, pepper, butternut and buttercup are going with good volume.





ICEBERG- Salinas and Santa Maria are the primary shipping points for iceberg Lettuce off the west coast. Demand exceeds supplies on this commodity, and this will be ongoing throughout the week with all shippers. Value-added products have triggered up. Production gaps are both north and south. Cooler overnight low temperatures have slowed growth and as a result, there is less pressure for growers to move product. Most growers ahead of schedule. Recent weather and tight markets have caused a decline in case weights for 24 count iceberg lettuce packs. Quality is very good at this time, but weights are expected to remain below average for the rest of the Salinas, California growing season. Weights have been reported at 36-40 pounds. Slight tip burn, mechanical, puffiness, ribbing, and slight insects are the main defects with this commodity. The markets will be active all week. Huron will not begin production until the second to third week in October pending weather conditions. Quebec is quickly winding down and will be finished this week.

ROMAINE / LEAF- Salinas and Santa Maria are the primary shipping points for leaf lettuce off the west coast. Romaine is much more active than all the other leaf items. This market is up. Romaine is expected to get stronger throughout the week, and raw material for value-added items, like chop romaine, will be very tight in availability. A cold front brought in cooler temperatures last week and slowed growth in some fields. This cooler weather allowed growers to push fields forward in an effort to minimize any potential gaps during the upcoming transition to the southern growing regions. Green leaf is up with multiple suppliers but this item along with red leaf will be much more readily available this week compared to romaine. Defects on romaine include slight mechanical, pink ribbing and insect. Defects for green and red leaf are minimal, for now. Romaine hearts continue to be stronger in the marketplace. Huron is expected to begin production in 2-3 weeks. Quebec is winding down quickly and will be finished this week.

SPRING MIX / HERITAGE BLEND- The Salinas Valley has experienced unusually warm temperatures over the past several weeks. This extreme heat has challenged affected product at the field level now causing supply gaps in spring mix and heritage blend. We expect to see limited supplies for the next 1-2 weeks and possibly longer.

ROCKET ARUGULA / WATERCRESS – B&W continues with operations in Tennessee. Supplies have been variable. Quality has been questionable. Bunched watercress quality and availability has returned to normal.

IMPORTED BROCCOLI- Broccoli supplies are still limited but look to increase next week. The market is starting to trend lower as a result. But the market is still extremely high. Quality is still a problem with pin rot (holes in the individual beads), yellowing, and hollow core. Look for supplies to increase and the market to trend lower into next week.

CAULIFLOWER– Cauliflower supplies are also increasing at a slow pace. The market has passed its peak. Shippers are looking to move supplies as demand has halted. Quality is still showing the brown to black spotting and also yellow to cream color of the cauliflower.

ASPARAGUS– Supplies have improved out of both Mexico and Peru this week. Northern Baja (Ensenada) is starting to wind down due to seasonality, they should have production for another two weeks. Southern Baja has excellent growing weather which has increased production. Northern Peru (Trujillo) is finishing up their field transition, and volume should pick up next week. Southern Peru (ICA) is having warmer days, and cool nights which is helping production, and helping produce more of the bigger sizes. Overall markets are lower with more production from both regions. We will likely see a more stable market in the month of October compared to the past couple of months.

BEANS– Supplies continue to be tight, due to all the poor weather. Even with production still in many areas, volume is down everywhere. Pricing is active with fair quality. Wax (yellow) beans continue to be very tight due to fewer acres planted. Snipped: Quality only fair and supplies are very tight. Demand exceeds supplies.

CELERY- Demand is moderate, but supplies continue to exceed. Although supplies of large sizing, twenty-four counts in particular, is lighter in availability compared to past weeks, there is plenty of product to fill all orders. The market was expected to come out stronger to start the week, but demand never happened. Oxnard is expected to begin production at the end of October. Michigan, Quebec and Ontario weather is ideal, and good production continues out of this region. Production in Santa Maria and Salinas is steady. Slight bowing and seeder has been seen but minimally in northern as well as southern California. Overall quality in all the growing regions is good.

GREEN ONIONS– Supplies have increased on iced although supplies of iceless green onions have been a struggle. They continue to deal with the quality of the tops of green onions. This has made it difficult to pack iceless. You would think the same quality on the iced product, but we haven’t seen many arrival issues. Quality issues such as yellow to brown tops, as well as mechanical damage are the main reasons. The market has finally leveled out.

EGGPLANT- West: Eggplant production out of Fresno remains light. This will most likely be the case through the end of the harvest. Quality out of Fresno remains mostly good. Product in Nogales, from Mexico, is still light in volume. The volume is expected to increase slightly over the next 7-10 days. Production is heavy to smaller fruit in both growing areas (24 count and smaller). The western market remains steady with quality out of Nogales being excellent. East: Eggplant is rolling steadily along in the marketplace with good demand and quality. Eggplant has been the surprise of the summer, with steady demand and good pricing on an item that tends to lose interest in the summer. Michigan, New Jersey, Ontario, South Carolina and Georgia are all shipping good supplies of quality eggplant, although some of the northern regions will start to wind down over the next two weeks. There is a wide range of pricing between fancy and choice eggplant. With hurricane Irma, the southern regions are packing a higher percentage of choice product. Expect those pack outs to go back to normal as the season progresses.

SPINACH AND BABY KALE– Savoy style (cello) spinach supplies remain good. Baby spinach and flat spinach supplies have gotten very tight. Quality remains good. Baby kale supplies are also tight with good quality. This is expected to be the case until transition south in November.

ONIONS– The market is slightly weaker on jumbo yellows and smaller with colossal and super colossal getting a premium due to limited supplies. Red and white onion markets are steady with moderate supplies and demand. The Idaho growing areas received some rain over the past weekend. The weather has only helped to keep the markets up during harvest. The forecast is calling for clear weather for the next 7 to 10 days. Transportation is very limited with some rates up 30 to 40%. Quality is still being reported as good.

IMPORTED ZUCCHINI– East Coast: A zucchini turnaround is coming with rain and cooler temperatures coming to the mid-west and northeast, supplies are getting tighter. After three weeks of declining prices and buyers having many loading choices to pick from, supplies are going to get tighter. After hurricane Irma, yields in the Southeast have been down, but nobody noticed with all the other producing areas in good supply. With cooler weather in the mid-Atlantic and rain in Michigan and Ohio coming this past weekend, expect a quick turnaround in pricing and availability. West Coast: The summer zucchini crop in Santa Maria is almost finished. Supplies are down; quality is mostly fair in Santa Maria. This has impacted demand, and the focus on the west coast has shifted to Mexican product. Zucchini volume in Nogales, from Mexico, has increased significantly in the last few days. The market has adjusted down; demand remains steady in Nogales, as customers are looking for new crop product because of quality concerns with the California crop. Quality is mostly good on all zucchini.

IMPORTED CARROTS- Carrot demand continues to be steady. Adverse weather conditions earlier in September are not having an impact on quality or supplies. Markets remain steady.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS- Brussels sprout supplies are about one to two weeks away from increasing to normal levels. The market is still much higher than normal and is steady at those levels. Quality is much better as the worm damage has disappeared as suppliers have transitioned to newer acreage. The size profile will be much better in the coming weeks.

BUNCHED KALE- We continue to see ample supplies of kale. The market does vary from supplier to supplier and loading location. Quality has been excellent with dark green color, minimal yellowing, and dehydration.

CORN- Local deals are for the most part are done. We have transitioned back to Georgia.

WEST COAST PEPPERS– Hot Peppers: Chili pepper volume remains light out of west coast growing areas. Baja will be mostly done in the next few weeks, and Santa Maria is also struggling to produce any real volume. This will continue to be the case until we transition to Northern Mexico in late October or early November. Demand remains strong; with supplies down, the market is getting stronger. Jalapeño and Serrano peppers are the varieties most immediately being affected. Green/Red: Green pepper volume in Hollister, Gilroy, and Oxnard remains steady and consistent. Volume is expected to steadily decrease in the coming weeks, as we wind down in Coastal California. In late October, early November, peppers will transition to the Coachella Valley. Quality is mostly good, and demand is steady. Red pepper volume is steady, and will also wind down in the coming weeks in coastal California. The transition to the Coachella Valley may cause a spike on the market, as red peppers need more time to mature and get good color on the vine. There is a light supply of greenhouse red peppers just staring in Nogales, from Mexico. Volume from Mexico will increase in the coming weeks, with most fruit being packed in 11 lb. cases. Overall, quality is mostly good; demand remains fairly strong.

EAST COAST PEPPERS- Serrano: Quality remains good with good demand. There is mostly medium to large size. Supplies are fair as Ontario starts to wind down. Jalapeno: Ontario jalapeno are finished for the season. Poblano: Supplies are starting to decline as Ontario production winds down. Green/Red: Inexpensive green pepper is persistent on the east coast with good supplies coming from Michigan east to New Jersey and south to Georgia. Canadian pepper production from Ontario and Quebec is also putting a lot of pressure on the pepper market in the northeast. Quality in all regions is very good. The weather has been good throughout the east coast with some cooler temperatures in the northern growing regions. Recent rain in Michigan and moving east through the rest of the week bringing cooler weather with it. Look for the market to continue at reasonable levels through the weekend.

CUCUMBERS– East: There is wide-ranging quality on cucumbers in all regions. Quality issues range from pale color, scaring and soft ends, the good news is there are plenty of choices for buyers to choose from. Michigan, Ontario, Quebec, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina and Georgia among others are in good production of cucumbers. With cooler temperatures coming all across the mid-Atlantic and northeast, look for the transition to the south to start in earnest soon. West: Cucumber volume from Baja remains steady. Quality out of Baja remains mostly good. Volume has also slowly increased out of Nogales, from Mexico. The market has adjusted down and may continue to do so as volume increases from the Northern Sonora growing region. Quality out of Nogales is fair to good. Some fruit from the early crop is coming in light in color, with strong overall condition. Cucumbers will be a promotable commodity with overlapping seasons from Baja and Nogales producing heavily.

CARTON BAKING POTATOES– Canadian: Until this week, there has only been a few growers harvesting trying to capture an early market. We expect to see the majority of growers in the fields, harvesting this week (weather pending). The crop for PEI this season will be down from last year (and last year was short).  Our growers are below seasonal averages. It was a dry summer which is resulting in smaller yields and some scab. The east end of the Island was lucky enough to benefit from some timely rains, but even they were isolated. It also seems like the potato plants were so lacking in energy that the tubers are not bulking up as they traditionally do. It looks like storages will be filled once harvest is complete. Processing growers will struggle to fill contracts, which means overages that can become available for the open market will be extremely limited, if at all.  The processors do pull from New Brunswick as well, but New Brunswick is said to have a comparable crop.  Variable to average. The majority of North American potato crops seem to be variable or average.  This, with smaller yields, is setting the tone for a stronger priced season. We should start to see PEI product by the end of the month. U.S.A.: All growing areas are still in full harvest keeping the markets soft with good supplies of 40 through 80 count. Demand is good for retail, which has the growers putting their 90 count and smaller into the retail bags. This is keeping supply on the smaller sizes somewhat limited. Mother Nature dropped some light to moderate rain/snow across the Northwest over the past weekend. This has only slowed harvest slightly but worthy of keeping an eye on. An early freeze could change supplies and increase the market for the balance of the 2017/2018 storage season. Transportation is very limited.

IMPORTED CILANTRO- Cilantro supplies vary from shipper to shipper. There are better supplies out of Santa Maria and Oxnard. The Salinas Valley is struggling with supplies, and their market has firmed up. The better value is out of Oxnard and Santa Maria. Quality is still suspect with arrivals showing brown to black spotting, yellowing of the leaves, and the occasional slimy black decay.



SEEDLESS WATERMELON-  Supplies continue to be tight. South Carolina has very limited supplies. The Carolinas were hit with a significant amount of rain and the yields will be down there as well. West Texas and California will have limited supplies as well for another couple weeks. Mexico is just starting up in Edinburg, Texas and Nogales, Arizona with a little bit of volume. Volume should pick up in Nogales in 2 or 3 weeks.

GOLD PINEAPPLES– We continue to have strong rains with thunderstorms affecting the north regions of Costa Rica. Volume continues to be irregular due to delays in harvest as fruit struggles to reach proper condition. Quality is reported as good but with slightly lower brix, lower shell color and lighter internal due to a slower ripening of the fruit. Brix is still at 13+ but not the typical 14-15 we would have in regular weeks. There is also some minor basal spotting on larger fruit. Rains will be present and strong all the way until November which might present issues internally. The market is reported as lower with very light demand. 

STRAWBERRIES- Strawberry supplies will continue to be consistent this week. We have multiple growing regions in production. Salinas and Watsonville will continue to be in production through the end of November, but recently, quality has been marginal. We expect things to improve as the weather cools down. Market prices have been steady. Santa Maria production has been consistent and is expected to ramp up moving forward. Quality is stronger, and size is larger than the Salinas fruit. Market prices are a little higher there, but you will get a firmer berry. Oxnard has started with light volume but is increasing week over week. This is the highest market currently, but the best quality. The fruit is firm with good color and size.

BLUEBERRIES– Blueberry supplies will be limited all this week. The domestic season is done with very little fruit left in storage. Quality of this fruit is marginal, and most shippers are utilizing import fruit to fill orders. Argentina and Peru are in production, but arrivals were delayed early this week because of rain. Quality has been reported as strong with firm berries and good color. Market prices have been high and firm as supplies have been limited. We expect more arrivals later this week with fruit available in multiple locations on the east coast. Mexican production is just getting started with very light volume. Quality is solid. Market prices have been high and firm. Again, we expect this area to gradually increase production over the next two weeks.

RASPBERRIES / BLACKBERRIES – Raspberries: Raspberries will be in good supplies this week. We continue to see steady harvest in the Salinas, Watsonville and Santa Maria areas. Quality has been good, with occasional soft berries being reported. Market prices have been steady. Central Mexico started light harvest last week and will be gradually increasing as we move forward. The quality is being reported as strong. Most of this product is being shipped out of McAllen, TX and availability is still limited. We expect harvest to increase and product fill the pipeline over the next two weeks. Overall, we can expect good supplies with improved quality moving forward. Blackberries: Blackberry supplies remain very limited this week. Salinas, Watsonville and Santa Maria have all suffered the same loss due to hot weather that wiped out a large portion of the remaining crops. The fruit that is being harvested is very light in volume and quality is marginal. Unfortunately, options are very limited currently. Although shippers are doing their best to pack only the best of what is available, the quality issues are prevalent. Central Mexico has been harvesting light numbers over the last week. As we move forward over the next two weeks and production increases, we can expect to see quality and supplies improve quickly. We expect the Mexican fruit to fill the pipeline through all major distribution areas in the next 2-3 weeks.

AVOCADOS- Overall volume decreased to 37 million pounds last week, driven by slightly lower harvest volumes out of Mexico. As Chilean arrivals remain steady, Mexico’s harvest will drive a slight increase in volume this week. Mexico- Last week’s volume decreased slightly, coming in at 29 million pounds. Industry volume is expected to ramp up throughout October as the Normal crop begins to make up majority of the harvest; however, size curve continues to remain skewed toward smaller size fruit. Chile- Last week, Chilean arrivals came in at 8 million pounds once again. However, arrivals are anticipated to decrease to 6 million pounds this week. As Mexican production increases, we expect Chilean arrivals to lower and remain steady at 2.5 million pounds until mid-October. Although fruit is expected to remain in the market through Super Bowl, a majority of arrivals will be allocated to pre-committed programs by late October. Market Outlook- With Mexico serving as the main market supplier, overall volumes for the next month are expected to ramp up as we transition into the Normal crop. The market continues to remain skewed toward small sizes, with relief expected mid-October as harvest volumes increase.

MANGO- The Brazilian mango season is now in full swing with Tommy Atkins variety arriving in the northeast. The sizing profile is peaking on 9 and 10 count sizes. Quality reports are good with most of the defects that have been reported associated to hot water treatment, such as sunken shoulders or discoloration. Demand remains high on prime sizes like 10 and 12 count. There are still some Mexican Keitt mangos available, though most growers are reporting they have stopped harvesting for the season and the inventories of these Keitts has dropped significantly. 

GRAPES– Supply on all colors is catching up after the showers that came through the central California valley and briefly slowed production. Most of the fruit was covered preventing many of the quality concerns. With no rain and favorable temperatures in the extended forecast the outlook remains positive. Some of the earlier season varieties, including the Sweet Sunshine green grapes, Milano green grapes, and Summer Royal black grapes, are finished for the season. Scarlett Royals are the predominant red grape with Timco and Krissy varieties also available. Autumn Kings are the leading green variety with Pristine, Stella Bella, and Great Greens as additional options. Autumn Royal blacks are also available. Green: Green grapes continue to be very nice. We are past the weather-related issues we saw last week and are into some very nice fruit. Berry size is very good, and texture is firm. Markets have reacted a little stronger. Expect this to continue through October. Red: Red grapes are also past the weather issues seen in September. Slip skin can be seen in some grapes that were not covered during the rains last month. Most shippers are now past this problem. Fruit quality is still very good with good berry sizes and firm texture. The market continues to be steady and expects to remain so for most of October.

IMPORTED STONE FRUIT- Nectarines have finished for the season. You can find a few cartons here and there, but that is about it. Peaches should continue for the next 7-10 days. Plums will be available for most of October. Asian pears continue and are going strong. Pomegranates and persimmons are in now so look to these to replace the items with harvest ending.

KIWI- Kiwi has begun in light volumes in California. Expect more harvests to start next week and the following week increasing overall volume. Supplies are still very tight and it will take several weeks to fill the supply pipeline.

LIMES- Rains last weekend and Monday slowed down harvest and shipment. Harvest has begun again and will see supplies start to return by the end of the week. Quality still is an issue, seeing stylar and wind scarring in many lots coming in from the orchards.

The South Africa navel season has had its share of challenges because of weather. With all the rain that they have gotten they are dealing with splits. The rain has helped with size with peak 72,64,88,56 but also helped them to harvest sooner and get into a market with pipeline empty and benefit from high prices. The quality has been good in the market but growers were having to grade harder at the packing facilities. We are currently into the late season Midnight variety. Chile: Chilean navel oranges are done for the season.

CALIFORNIA NAVEL ORANGES- The California navel season is around the corner and shippers are looking to start harvesting in the middle of October and packing roughly 4 to 5 days after the harvest. The initial sizes should be 113, 88, 138 and 72 to start the season and with the cool nights and warm days as the color is coming on fast.

CALIFORNIA VALENCIA ORANGES- California Valencia crop is near to its seasonal end. Most shippers have already finished, and the few left packing are down to almost nothing, leaving a very limited supply available that in most part will be clean out by the end of this week. We will see a gap in California oranges.

LEMONS– California: The Oxnard/Ventura crop is nearing its seasonal end. Fruit out of this district is peaking on 165’s and smaller. The Desert crop has begun with limited volume that will slowly build through October. Fruit from this district is peaking on 140s/115s, heavier to the fancy grade. Imported fruit from Chile and Mexico is in good supply keeping markets very reasonable.

CANTELOUPES / HONEYDEWS– Cantaloupes (9’s/12’s/15’s): Cantaloupe production in California continues to be steady. As noted last week the desert regions will be starting in late October. Quality remains very good. We seem to be past most of the issues that were a result of the high heat in September. The market remains steady. Honeydews (4’s/6’s/ 8’s): Honeydews also seem to be past the quality issues from the high heat in September. Quality looks very nice, and supplies are good. The market is steady.

PEARS– Washington: Bartlett pears are steady on all sizes, and they continue to peak on small fruit. Most suppliers are peaking on 110/120s. Red Bartlett’s/Red Sensations are steady on all sizes and continue to peak on 45/50 half cartons. Larger Bosc and D’anjous are steadier due to lighter supplies while the smaller fruit is lower with better availability. The Bosc haven’t been small like the D’anjous. The quality for all has been good. California: Bartlett pears are steady on all sizes with 120s and larger available. There is some price-flex in the for volume in most sizes. California should continue shipping mountain fruit through this month. Red pears are steady and continue to peak on 45/50 half cartons, but supplies are light. Bosc pears are still peaking on 100/110s, and the market continues to fall slowly as Washington volume is coming on. The quality has been good for all.

TOMATOES– East Coast: Fall harvests are steadily underway with very light supplies from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Supplies are limited, and with the typical Quincy Florida volume now missing, due to Irma, we expect the market to receive considerable upward pressure over the next week to 10 days as regional programs mentioned above move past their peak and start to wind down. Northern Florida is not producing any significant volume with much of the crop diseased from white fly and heat related issues before the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Supply is forecasted to further reduce into November shifting much of the emphasis to imports from Mexico. For the next week to 10 days, not much change is expected, and markets look to remain steady. A recent flush of fruit has caused markets to slide with all sizes improving in price this week. There are also romas and grapes increasing through Texas crossings helping to keep eastern shippers competitive. Cherry tomatoes remain the tightest item with little to be had in the west allowing eastern growers to command a premium for what is available. This demand exceeds supply scenario is expected to remain the tone through mid-December. California West Coast: California, Baja, and mainland Mexico remain steady in the western market with prices softer than last week. Downward pressure from a sudden supply has the markets easier this week with the expectation of similar treading markets for next week. Round and roma quality remains only fair still suffering from the extreme heat all summer. Grape supply continues to increase week after week with more imports crossing Texas helping markets return to more reasonable levels. There are not many cherry tomatoes in production, so the price is a reflection of supply with most coming from Eastern operations.


APPLES- California: Granny Smith apples are cleaning up but there are still a few hanging around. Fuji’s are already finished. We expect Pink Ladies to start at the end of next week. The quality has been good. Washington: In Washington, there has been cool weather with temperatures ranging from 35 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit all the way to 75 degrees to help finish off red variety apples. A few Braebruns and Jonogolds are just starting to be packed. The only mainstream variety that has not been packed yet are Pink Lady’s. Red Delicious are steady on all sizes and grades with only light supplies available. The strong and active red delicious market remains because the new-crop supplies are light and most shippers have only packed a few shifts. Golden Delicious are steady to lower with much better availability on 100 size and smaller. The new-crop Goldens are clean and peaking on premium grade 100/113s while 88 size and larger remain short. Lower grade Goldens remain limited. Granny Smiths are steady to lower on the smaller fruit with better availability. Most packers still only have light supplies of 88’s and larger. Galas are steady to slightly lower on 100s and smaller as they continue to peak on 113/125/138s. Fuji supplies have improved as more shippers have started packing. Fujis are peaking on 88/100s. Honeycrisps are steady to slightly lower with more higher grade fruit ranging from 64s to 100s. The quality of all varieties has been good. Michigan: Michigan continues to pack Galas, Honeycrisps, McIntosh, Jonathans, Jonamacs, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Cortlands. There are also light supplies of Empires. Most varieties have excellent quality and better than normal color so markets are holding steady. Galas are steady due to strong demand, and the fruit is heavy to the smaller sizes with excellent color. McIntosh are steady and peaking on 88/100’s. Jonamacs are also heavy to smaller fruit, but supplies are limited. Honeycrisps are large and peaking in the 64-88 range with a few smaller sizes. Jonathans are smaller and have good red color this year but are also more limited. Golden Delicious are steady and peaking in the 88/100 range. Cortlands are steady and are peaking in the 88/100 range. Red Delicious are also steady and are peaking on 88/100s now with not much small fruit. The quality has been good for all. New York: Continue packing Cortlands, Galas, McIntosh, Honeycrisps, Macouns, Red Delicious, and have started a few Fujis, and Empires. Most varieties are large and peaking on 88/100s. There are a few small Galas, Macs, and Empires. The quality is good for all.


PINE (MATSUTAKE) from BC. Going strong.
CHANTERELLE from BC – Vancouver Island. Dry and clean. CHANTERELLE from BC - Haida Gwaii. Clean and consistent size.
CHANTERELLE from Europe. Dry and clean. Great aroma. BLUE CLUSTER CHANTERELLE from BC. Tight supply.
LOBSTER from BC. Tight supply. CHICKEN OF THE WOODS from BC. Season just starting. Limited quantity.
BEARSTOOTH from BC. Tight supply. CAULIFLOWER from BC. Top quality. Harvest is on! 
BLUEFOOT from France. Limited availability.
BURGUNDY TRUFFLES from Italy.  It is very dry in Italy, tight supply. Sm/Med sizes.
WHITE TRUFFLES from Italy. It is very dry in Italy, Tight supply. Sm/Med sizes.
FINGER LIMES from California… still available.



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