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February 22, 2018 - View a Markon Live from the Fields video about the current cold snap in the Arizona/California desert growing region. Lettuce ice formed on desert crops for the third consecutive morning today. Although the ice was not as severe as the previous two days, harvesting delays of 2-3 hours were incurred. Ice-related defects are already developing in lettuce crops, which will cause a decrease in yields and case weights over the next two weeks or more. Quality and supply will be affected for at least the next 3-4 weeks.

 

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MARKET UPDATE FOR JULY 9th, 2018

MARKETS TO WATCH: AT A GLANCE


Jumbo Carrots: Due to continued heavy rains in the Mexican growing area, jumbo carrots have spiked with little availability due to impassable fields.


Brussels Sprouts: Extremely limited supplies has caused the market to increase significantly.


Celery: Limited supplies has caused this market to be short and very active.

Strawberries: Supplies have become limited and markets are higher.

Red Peppers West: Red pepper markets are stronger, with prices increasing sharply.

California Lemons: Demand exceeds supplies on 140s/165s/200s.

Limes: We expect supplies to start slowing down by middle of July and we will see challenges with availability and quality through August.

Onions: The red onion market continues to be active due to lighter suppliers and small sizing. Transportation is also very limited.


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** UPDATE ** ONTARIO STONE FRUIT:
Expected start dates: Cherries– This week / Yellow Plums–July 21 / Apricots–July 28 / Peaches– July 28 / Nectarines–Aug 3 / Blue Plums–Aug 19 / Blue Grapes–Aug 15: All dates are approximate. –Vineland Growers Co-Operative, Jordan Station

** COMING SOON ** - Corn, yellow watermelon, green peppers, field tomatoes, golden plums and blueberries.

GREEN/WAX BEANS - The Ontario bean season has started. Supplies are light but should get better as we move through the week. –Boots Farms, Scotland


BROCCOLI BUNCHED/CROWNS- Broccoli season is getting started. Quality is reported as very good. –Visscher Farms, Exeter ASPARAGUS- Local asparagus is finished. This week will be the last full week of supply. Quality remains very good. –Ducca Farms, Norfolk County.

ENGLISH PEAS- Fresh Ontario peas continue. Quality is outstanding. We have both in the pod and shelled. –Boots Farms, Scotland / Millcreek Farms, Picton

GREENS- Collard greens and bunch spinach continue, along now with red and green swiss chard and dandelion greens. Supplies are plentiful and quality is very good.

GREEN/YELLOW ZUCCHINI- Supplies of green zucchini have improved. Yellow is still coming up short. Quality on both are excellent.

STRAWBERRIES- Ontario strawberries continue. Supplies are very good. – Strawberry Thyme, Simcoe

BUNCH RADISH – Ontario bunch radish continue. Supplies are good and quality is outstanding.

CHINEESE VEGETABLES- Ontario bok choy and shanghi bok choy are in good supply. Quality is outstanding.

MUSHROOMS- Cremini and portobello mushrooms are in very short supply. Growers are all battling production issues. They expect low production for the next 7-10 days.

HOTHOUSE TOMATO- Ontario red vine and tray hothouse tomatoes continue with good supply. Pricing is active as tomatoes as a category are active. As well, gourmet medley, yellow grape and Campari. All are of excellent quality. – Various growers - Leamington

EGGPLANT– Ontario hothouse grown eggplant is now available, with good supplies and outstanding quality. There is also graffiti eggplant now available. – St. David’s Hydroponics

RHUBARB- We have transitioned from greenhouse rhubarb to field grown. Supplies are good.

HOTHOUSE PEPPERS- Red, yellow and orange hothouse bell peppers are again getting tight as production numbers are going down. Quality remains excellent. Pricing has once again rebounded higher. Supplies should start to improve over couple weeks. -St. David’s Hydroponics POTATO– Ontario potatoes continue with lighter supplies as the storage season winds down. Yukon golds are finished and yellow flesh are very tight. – Gwillimdale Farms / Downey Farms

ONION- Carrots are finished. Ontario cooking onions are all that is left. – Carron Farms / Gwillimdale Farms – Holland Marsh

CABBAGE– Old crop cabbage is done. We should start to see some early new cabbage over the next 10-12 days. – BMW Farms, Stayner ENGLISH CUCUMBERS – The cucumber market is higher as grower’s replant for the fall crop. Supplies are lighter, barely keeping up with demand. Quality remains very good.

APPLES – The Ontario apple season is almost finished. McIntosh and Empire are getting in shorter supply as packers have only small fruit available. Royal Gala, Red Delicious and Gold Delicious are finished. – Great Northern Orchards / Norfolk Fruit Growers, Simcoe HOTHOUSE LETTUCE- Hydroponic boston supplies have improved. Quality is very good. – Lake Erie Farms, LaSalette



VEGETABLES

 

ICEBERG- Excellent weather conditions for growing, coupled with a lack of demand has created a surplus of product in the marketplace. This market is softer. Shippers are looking for business. The weights have been running at 42-46 pounds. Overall the quality is above average in both northern and southern California. With no rain or cool weather in the forecast, expect production to continue to exceed demand. Southern California has moderate production numbers and Salinas is much stronger. Quebec is also in full production with very good quality.

ROMAINE / LEAF- This market is also flat as we head into the first full week of July. There were a few shippers expecting the market to get more active at the beginning of last week but this never came to be. Suppliers continue to offer sharp pricing on romaine, green and red leaf throughout the week. There has been some fringe burn reported upon arrivals, but weights and size have been good. As mentioned last week, the loss of school business and regional programs have spread supply around the country. Expect steady supplies for the entire week. Quebec continues with romaine and quality is very nice.

SPRING MIX/BABY SPINACH/BABY KALE- Supplies continue to be steady with most shippers. Growing regions have had excellent weather conditions and this has created a surplus of product in the marketplace. Growers are expecting plenty of product with good quality for the entire week. Bruising and decay continues to be reported in a very minimal fashion. Demand is moderate at best.


ROCKET ARUGULA / WATERCRESS– Supplies out of Tennessee have improved. The shortages are behind us. Quality remains very good. Bunched watercress quality and availability is good.

BROCCOLI- The imported broccoli market has strengthened and looks to be higher; especially on crowns. Quality is generally good but weather- related issues in Mexico have affected supplies. This, along with a generally lighter volume in the Santa Maria and Salinas growing regions, has created the uptick in the market. Local supplies around the country should ease the shortage but we will see a slightly stronger market for the short term. The approaching weather system moving towards Mexico may further impact supplies but it is too soon to project that with any certainty. Ontario broccoli and crowns are in excellent supply.

ASPARAGUS– Asparagus production from Central Mexico seems to be bouncing back after a few weeks of cool rainy weather. As the region dries out, we are seeing an increase in volume. Peru also has decent volume and quality from both regions is good. Expect normal volumes for the next several weeks as we get into the summer months. Promotions may be needed to help sell asparagus as it is not normally thought of as a summer vegetable.


CAULIFLOWER– The cauliflower market is about steady with no change on the horizon. We see normal supplies here with average demand. The local deals around the country have started and are helping to flatten demand for California product. Quality is generally reported as excellent. Quebec has started with light supplies and excellent quality. Ontario is about 2 weeks out.

BEANS– The green bean market has eased as local programs have popped up around the country. Supply and quality is very good. Wax (yellow) beans are available in a more limited way and priced higher than green. Snipped: Growers are now harvesting in Ohio/Michigan. Orders are being filled 100% and quality is outstanding.

CELERY- Light supplies will be the story with this commodity for this week. This market is active. Small sizing is the tightest in availability, but large sizing has firmed up considerably, compared to past weeks Supplies in southern California are moderate at best, and production in Salinas is light. Growers have hit a gap for a seven to 10 days. Oxnard will finish production by July 15th as scheduled. Quebec celery is expected to start with celery in about a week.

GREEN ONIONS– There continues to be a steady flow of supplies from Mexico with sizing still trending to the smaller sizing. This has kept the market competitive. Jumbos are basically nonexistent Quality has been improving overall and the presence of thrip damage is minimal. The weather is helping fight off thrip presence. Due to the heat, harvesting at night has kept the quality issues in check. Quebec continues with excellent quality and supply.

EGGPLANT- East: Georgia is still the primary supply of eggplant. Supplies have tightened with some growers finishing for the season but demand is low and the market has been slow to react. South Carolina is shipping some product and North Carolina will start this week but neither state as a whole are big producers of eggplant. New Jersey will be the next big region starting in two weeks followed by Michigan and Ontario the first week of August. West: Eggplant is now also available from the Arvin/Bakersfield district, where supplies are expected to increase in the coming weeks. Demand remains good, pricing is steady.


ONIONS– The yellow Spanish onion market is unchanged on all sizes out of both shipping points; California and New Mexico. Red and white onions have good demand with a firm market. Quality out of both areas are being reported as nice. Look for the sizing out of New Mexico to shift to jumbo’s and smaller which will tighten the colossal and super colossal markets. California will have enough to fill the void. Freight is tight out of both areas.


ZUCCHINI– East Coast: There is zucchini in every back yard it seems but demand is very steady. Georgia is still shipping light supplies but will finish this week. There are supplies coming from the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, Michigan, Ontario, Quebec and all of New England. Demand has been very steady and prices have been good for promotion. Quality has been good in most regions. The Georgia product is showing wear from the weather and with a heat wave moving across the US we could quality issues in other areas. Supplies could tighten next week after the heat subsides as plants slow down. West Coast: Good supplies are available from Santa Maria, California. Quality is mostly fair. Production in Santa Maria is expected to remain consistent through the summer season. The market is steady, some growers in Santa Maria have stopped harvesting older fields and that may create a small gap in supply.

CORN- Georgia is done for the season. Indiana has good volume and quality product. Local should start in about 7-10 days.

CILANTRO- Cilantro continues to be plentiful with very good quality everywhere. This market is steady and shows no signs of changing in the coming week. Quebec has excellent quality and abundant supplies.


BRUSSELS SPROUTS- The current market on brussels sprouts is demand exceeds supplies. Mexico is finishing and the Oxnard region is not able to cover the additional volume needed to meet demand. Salinas is still several weeks away from stepping in with supplies. In addition to this quality has suffered which further exacerbates an already difficult situation. We are seeing insect damage, black spotting and decay. This market will maintain its current strength until we have a better supply of good quality sprouts.

EAST COAST PEPPERS- Jalapeño: The market remains strong. Jalapeños being harvested in Georgia and North Carolina with Ontario about 14 days out. Production remains strong and quality is very good. Green/Red: There are good pepper supplies up and down the east coast. With Georgia still in production and North Carolina in full swing and New Jersey just getting started, there are supplies in multiple locations. Demand has been good the week prior to the 4th of July holiday, but is starting to slow after the holiday. Georgia is winding down and should finish this week, North Carolina will be over their peak next week and Michigan is 2 weeks from starting, so supplies could tighten up next week.


CUCUMBERS– East: Cucumber supply is very good with product coming from the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Ontario and New Jersey among other small shipping points. So far quality has been good with most locations in newer fields, there is a heat wave moving across the northern tier of northeast that could have an adverse effect on the quality of product. West: The San Diego, Baja California, crop will continue production through the summer. The quality from San Diego has been mostly good. High volume is expected out of Baja; however, supplies are currently lower and demand has increased. Pricing is currently higher on the west coast.


BUNCHED KALE- The kale market is steady with no signs of changing in the coming week. Supplies are good with steady demand. Quality is generally good with good color, full bunches and only an occasional yellow leaf being reported.

WEST COAST PEPPERS– Serrano: Light supplies are now available from Baja, California. Market remains strong, quality is reported as good. Poblano: Light supplies are now available from Baja, California. Market remains strong, quality is reported as good. Green/Red: Most green pepper supplies are now coming out of the Arvin/Bakersfield area. Volume continues to increase as mostly larger fruit is being packed. The market remains firm, with some deals on choice grade peppers available. Shipping areas will include Fresno, Gilroy, and Oxnard, as well as Bakersfield. Red peppers are available to load out of San Diego, with hot house peppers being grown in Baja California. There will also be supplies available from Bakersfield this week, as we move into the summer growing areas. The market remains strong,

YUKON GOLD POTATOES- There continues to be quite a bit of activity here. Yellows are incredibly hard to come by and are fetching very high prices whether from storage or the new crop in California. If appearance/eating quality are important we suggest you pursue new crop and pay the price. Pricing on new crop will be higher.

CARTON BAKING POTATOES– Canadian: PEI is down to the last few big shippers, supply is short and remaining quality is good. Fresh market prices are strong and increasing slightly. Oversize (40,50 and 6ct) is in demand exceeds due to the crop size. All remaining supplies are being rationed. Processors are still looking for anything they can get their hands on. This has been the tightest seasons in years for supply on the fresh market. Planting is coming to a close for most, about 95% complete. The spring has been cool, there has been sufficient rain but growers are looking for warmer temperatures to liven up the soil and seed pieces. Planting was completed on time for the most part. North Carolina is set to begin fresh harvest next week. They have had some wet whether but are hoping for the best. U.S.A: Russet potato markets are unchanged from last week on both cartons and retail packs. Quality is good. Supplies out of Washington, Wisconsin and Colorado are winding down quickly. Reports of new crop russet out of Washington are being reported to start the week of July 23rd. Weather has been ideal in all growing area’s which has the 2018/2019 on schedule. Still a little too far out to tell what the size profile is going to be for this crop. Transportation is limited out of all growing areas.


 

FRUIT

SEEDLESS WATERMELON- Supplies of seedless watermelon are very good. There will be very good volume the next two week out Tifton, Georgia and South Carolina. South Carolina and Missouri have started up. Indiana is ten days away. Texas is starting up out of central Texas. Arizona and California are going with good supplies as well. July is a great month to promote watermelons. Ontario will start in late July / early August.


GOLD PINEAPPLES– Strong rains continue in the northern regions of Costa Rica with better conditions this week than last. Ocean carriers are having limited reefer container availability in Costa Rica due to vessel rotation issues and this is impacting the inbound volume. Quality is reported as good, with slightly higher shell color and solid 15+ brix reported at the farms. USDA reports show high volume of inbounds with last week reported at 1020 loads. Fruit availability at the farms is steady, but slowly dropping as expected. We have a steady market with fairly light demand.

CHERRIES- Cherries are still available in the northwest out of both Washington and Oregon, with most shippers peaking on larger sizes. STRAWBERRIES- Strawberries will continue to be limited this week. Available fruit for loading this past weekend was very light. The weather in all growing regions has dramatically warmed up this past weekend. Santa Maria was expected to reach temps in the 90’s, which will certainly have an effect on the remaining fruit and will halt harvest. In Salinas and Watsonville, the temps will be in the high 70’s. Shippers are expecting supplies to remain limited this week and we may see some issues with quality (soft fruit and dark color), depending on how hot it gets over the weekend. Market prices have been higher and firm. We expect this to be the case for the next 2-3 weeks.

BLUEBERRIES– On the west coast, Oregon and Washington production is increasing and shippers expect to have excellent availability this week. Quality is very good. We expect to see prices drop in an effort to move volume. On the east coast, there are several areas in production. Michigan, Ontario, North Carolina and New Jersey are all harvesting blueberries. North Carolina will be winding down over the next 2 weeks, New Jersey is expecting a shorter season this year and Michigan should have consistent supplies. Quality in all areas is good and market prices have been steady.

RASPBERRIES / BLACKBERRIES– Raspberries: There is not much change on raspberries. Supplies are steady this week. As expected, availability will gradually improve as we move forward. Salinas and Watsonville areas are expected to reach first peak by mid-July. Demand and market prices have been fairly steady. Quality is being reported as strong in all areas. Blackberries: Blackberry supplies have been steady this week. We are still not seeing the availability we would like, but production is slowly improving. On the west coast, California production is increasing. We expect Salinas and Watsonville areas to continue to increase production and reach the first peak by middle to late July. Market prices have been steady. Quality is good with big size berries. On the east coast, Georgia and North Carolina continue to have fruit. Quality is strong and markets are lower. We expect Oregon to start with production next week.

MANGO- Mangos are currently imported from the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Sinaloa. The Kent variety is representing most of the volume and sizing is well distributed among all sizes. In addition, Tommy Atkins variety mangos are harvested with sizing peaking on 10s and 12s. The quality of the fruit is good with a fair amount of blush. The Ataulfo or honey mangos out of Nayarit and Southern Sinaloa have finished and supplies are very limited. Quality has been marginal on this variety. The supply has increased overall for red mango varieties, with good availability on all sizes. Now through July are expected to be good weeks for promotions.

PAPAYA- Papayas are beginning to increase in volume due to hotter weather in the growing region. Volume is expected to produce sizing evenly distributed between 8s, 9s, and 12s. Expect this trend to continue this month. Markets are stable and movement is increasing.


LIMES- Smaller size limes are becoming more limited. We are seeing a shift in production where larger fruit will be higher in volume. We expect to have good supplies of sizes 150 - 175ct this coming week. Quality overall has been fair. We are seeing lighter color and smooth skin. Market prices have remained fairly steady with occasional spot buy opportunities on larger fruit. Looking out over the next 4-6 weeks, shippers are expecting limited supplies as we transition between crops.

AVOCADOS- Industry arrivals totaled 55 million pounds for last week. This uptick in volume from the week prior was due to increased Peruvian arrivals and a strong push in Mexico’s old crop harvest. Loca is expected to begin harvest next week, with an expectation for lower dry matter in these first arrivals. Mexico- Arrival volumes from last week closed at 34 million pounds, comprised entirely of Mexico’s old crop. The industry expects to start its first week of mixed crops by next week, with a very small percentage of Loca coming through the pipeline. Low dry matter levels, rainy weather and continuous increase in price present a high risk for new crop harvest. California- Demand continues to outweigh supply as the season begins its initial industry-wide decline in weekly volume. This week, harvest levels are estimated at 10.5 million pounds, down from last week’s 12.6-million-pound level. The overall industry number for the year has been adjusted down to 300 million pounds from its original number of approximately 400 million pounds. Peru- Marketable Peruvian volumes continue to hit the market, with 8.5 million pounds arriving last week. Arrivals are expected to increase weekly, with an expected 8.8 million pounds arriving this week. Forecast for the US is anticipated to reach 160 million pounds, with heavier allocations for the months of August and September. Market Outlook- Total industry volume is expected to decline week over week and will cause for a tight market as we move through July and August.


LEMONS– California: The Ventura/Oxnard is now the growing area to get through the summer and early fall and is 80% completed on harvest and peaking on larger sizes choice and standard grade. Demand is strong for all sizes and grades, especially on the medium and smaller sizes of 140s/162s/200s. We are now seeing the demand exceed the supplies for all sizes. Offshore: The Chilean lemon season is starting to pick up and the growers in Chile are starting to send more containers of lemons every week. With the limited amount of volume in California, the demand is great. The fruit is looking good with minimal quality issues this season so far and hopefully it is a sign of good thing to come. The size structure on the first containers was 115, 140, 165, 95. The lemons are looking good with few grade defects, tinge of green, slight spotting and scar and in great firm condition. Mexican: Mexico lemon growers will begin to do light harvesting next week and will put fruit in gas chambers to check on quality condition and see how fruit will gas out. The crop took a big hit in January and February with cold temperatures. The crop was about 70% damaged and not only was the crop damaged, but the trees took a big hit and were also damaged. Size wise, the fruit will probably be on the smaller side with 165, 140, 200, 115.


GRAPES– This week is a transition week for the entire grape industry. There are still Mexican grapes, mostly red, available to load in Nogales but will be finishing up this week. Coachella has good volume on both red and green grapes and have some different varieties available including Scarlett Royal red grapes and Ivory and Timpson green grapes. Blacks and globes are also available in Coachella but volume is limited keeping market fairly high on those two options. This is the first full week with fruit available from the Central California Valley, mostly in the Arvin area. A little further north in and around Delano will be starting over the next 5-7 days. Volume on flames will be good while green grapes will remain slow to start as the high temperatures are slowing the sugar levels. Green: Green grapes will be starting out of the Arvin area this week. A few growers have reported that they may be picking a few days early, but so far nobody has pulled the trigger. We still have Mexican greens available at very low prices, and product out of Coachella is still available. Most growers have started transferring product up to areas such as Arvin, Delano, Dinuba, and Parlier so they can load with the new crop reds. Quality in all areas is being reported as good. Red: Red grapes are available in multiple locations at the moment. The first reds will be picked this week in the Arvin area. Quality and sizing are being reported as excellent. We still have cheaper Mexican fruit, as well as minimal numbers of domestic reds out of Coachella. Both Mexican and Coachella grapes have excellent flavor but due to very hot temperatures, the color profile is very hit or miss.

STONE FRUIT- Stone fruit quality, size, and quantity continue to be excellent. Plums are continuing to be harvested on a consistent basis and prices are beginning to fall slowly. Peaches and nectarines are starting to see much better size overall. Most growers/shippers are peaking at 48/50ct sizes on 2 layers on both items.


SOUTH AFRICAN NAVEL ORANGES- The offshore navel season is also starting to pick up and growers are starting to get better brix test levels, making the fruit more available for harvest. The variety that most growers will begin shipping is Fukumoto and like the California navels, this variety always has fruit to the smaller side at 88, 72, 113, 56, 48. Big sizes will be very limited until they change to Washington or late lanes which are always bigger in sizes.


VALENCIA ORANGES- California:
The California Valencia season is coming along really well. Packers are packing only 2 to 3 days a week to spread this light crop out into October. The crop is really starting to re-green with all the hot weather they have been getting in the central valley. Most of the business has shifted to larger sizes and movement has really picked up. Now that schools are done, small fruit is getting harder to sell and the inventory is high on these sizes. The quality of the crop is holding up well in both condition and eating. Most of fruit is taking about 24 to 48 hours of gas to color up and the condition is still holding up well after gassing the rooms. The size structure is 88, 72, 113, 138, 56. The fruit is eating well and brix are 13.5 to 15.0. The crop is about 45% harvested, but shippers are starting to slow down harvest.


GRAPEFRUIT- The California grapefruit season is about 65% harvested and fruit is moving fast. Most of the Central Valley grapefruit should finish around the end of July which is perfect timing as South Africa has started landing on the east coast. The eating quality has been excellent. The color has been great with good blush inside and out and the condition is holding up really well. The size structure of the grapefruit is 48, 40, 36, 56, 32 with brix at 12.5 to 14.0. The demand for grapefruit is really high right now domestically and export.


CANTELOUPES / HONEYDEWS– Cantaloupes (9’s/12’s): Weather has been ideal and had brought on fruit sooner than planned. Cantaloupe harvest in the San Joaquin Valley has started and the fruit is looking good with brix levels ranging from 12-14. Plenty of larger fruit available 6 count jumbo, regular 6s, jumbo 9s, regular 9s and 12s. Smaller 15/18ct fruit is limited. Honeydews (4’s/6’s): Weather has been ideal for the San Joaquin Valley growing region and has brought on the fruit a lot sooner than planned. Quality has been good as the brix levels are 12-14. All sizes are available 4 count 5count 6 count 7 count and 8 count. Shippers reported a good 4th of July holiday pull but there is plenty of fruit going into this week.
PEARS– Washington: Washington D’anjous pears and offshore supplies of ‘Chile Packham and Bosc pears are all winding down just in them for the California Bartlett & Crimson Red pears season to begin. Quality is still being reported and good. Markets are steady at high levels.


California: California Bartlett pears will be harvested around July 16 and then need a few days to cool down and ship. The crop is down about 10% compared to last year. Supplies on Red Pears will be down due to a blight issue in California.


TOMATOES– Markets have eased greatly as California comes online. We should see better volumes and a continued weak market. East Coast: There is very little change in the price of tomatoes on the east coast compared to last week. As South Carolina finishes picking their crops, product is growing more difficult to find. Many local programs are continuing to produce better volumes this week, which is helping to supply the eastern US. These areas are Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Georgia just to name a few. The better value tomato will be California grown as we get into July, however, eastern buyers have to account for freight cost before sourcing outside of the eastern region. Roma tomatoes also remain steady with the best value and heavier supply coming from Mexico and California. Grape and cherry tomatoes are a bit tighter as a result of growers in South Carolina finishing up. Prices may strengthen going into next week while a small production gap is realized until mid month when Virginia will begin shipping for the season. West Coast: Supply from Mexico remains steady while California begins bringing heavy volumes of round tomatoes to the marketplace. This is moving prices down again the week to the lowest prices of the year so far. On Mexico’s mainland, Sinaloa is finishing up for their season while Baja starts slowly helping to keep the market steady at the mandated minimums again this week. Roma tomatoes are steady with excellent quality reports from all regions. Supplies of grape tomatoes continue to increase out of Baja in tandem with new harvests in the eastern U.S. helping to maintain minimal markets. Cherry tomatoes are steady out of Baja as mainland Mexico finishes up where quality has been only fair at best. Quotes this week are the first indication of the lower markets to follow in the weeks ahead as the summer season gets underway.

APPLES- Washington: Washington storage Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Pink Lady’s, Gala’s and Fuji’s will be slowly winding down over the next two months. Packouts are heavy to WAXF #1’s and premiums. Sizing overall are peaking on 88/100/113/125. Red Delicious has gone from an enormous crop to a “demand exceeds supply” situation. This has been brought on by a smaller storage crop from the last few years and high export demand that started about a month and a half ago. Domestic demand has lightened slightly due to school being out for summer. Look for supplies of reds to get very limited as we get into late August. Just in time for schools to start back up. Golden Delicious have good supplies and demand. Pricing will be steady at higher levels. Granny Smiths are in a “supply exceeds demand” situation keeping this market low. This is a drastic change from last year’s record high pricing. Galas and Fujis are in good shape with moderate demand and steady market. Quality has been very good with very few reports of issue.

NEW ITEMS NOW IN SEASON:
ASIAN PEARS / POMEGRANITE (Peru) / ONTARIO RHUBARB / FORLELLE PEARS / ENGLISH PEAS / APRICOTS / PEACHES / NECTARINES / CHERRIES / SANTA CLAUS MELONS / CANARY MELONS / QUEBEC ROMAINE / PLUMS / GALIA MELONS

WILD FORAGED PRODUCTS:
BLACK TRUMPETS- From Europe. Just starting.
SUMMER TRUFFLES- From Spain/ Italy.
WINTER TRUFFLES- From Australia. Whole and pieces now available.
BLUEFOOT- From France. Limited quantities available. PORCINI- From Oregon. Harvest continues. 3 grades available. MORELS- From BC. Production going strong. Grey Morels now. CHANTERELLE- From Bulgaria.
POM POM- From BC.
SEA ASPARAGUS- From BC. Beautiful and green.
SPRUCE TIPS- Done.
WHITE ASPARAGUS- Done.

ITEMS NO LONGER AVALIABLE OR VERY SHORT:
FLAT BEANS / CURRANTS / VALES SOVEREIGN POTATO / CHAMPAGNE GRAPES / QUINCE / PRUNE PLUMS / RED BELGIUM ENDIVE / GREEN OLIVES / FUYU (flat) and HAYCHIYA (pointed) PERSIMMONS / CASTLEFRANCO / PRICKLY PEARS / SEVILLE ORANGES / CARA CARA ORANGES / BLOOD ORANGE / FLORIDA JUICE ORANGE / FIDDLEHEADS / FAVA BEANS / RAMPS




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