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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 December 11th, 2017


Apples: Washington is still short on large Granny Smith apples. Michigan volume is way down this year due to a freeze during their bloom in the spring. Most shippers expect to finish between mid-March and mid-April.

Avocado: Some of Mexico’s disputing municipalities did begin harvesting last Monday. The dispute is not fully resolved, and some further shut down by some still could occur. Current supplies are tight and looking light supplies into next week.

Green Peppers: Supplies are improving.

Red Peppers: Supply continues to be very limited.

Blackberries: Supplies are strong, but quality has been fair. Berries have been soft and bruise easily.

Raspberries: Supplies will decrease and market prices will increase over the next 3-4 weeks.

Blueberries: Supplies remain limited and market prices are firm

Strawberries: We expect the market on California fruit to decrease this week.

Cauliflower: Supplies are decreasing as we head into a small supply gap that looks to last two weeks. This is causing the market to trend higher.

Oranges: Demand exceeds supplies on 88’s / 113’s / 138’s choice grade fruit.

Lemons: Demand exceed supplies.

Pears: Washington remains short on small Bartlett, D’anjou, and Bosc pears. Bartlett numbers are down this year and we expect an early finish around mid-February to March 1.

East Coast Zucchini: Cooler temperatures could slow production
Tomatoes: There is a shortage of tomatoes across North America with expectation for relief when winter crops begin the end of December.



POINSETTIA – Supplies are very limited. If you still need, please contact your rep immediately. We will be done this week. Cedar Garland is finished, due to short supplies in the USA. – Please ask your sales rep for ordering details.

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

HOTHOUSE TOMATO- Ontario hothouse tomato, red vine, heirloom, gourmet medley and Campari are all finished and now coming in from Mexico.

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 cabbage are all good, with good quality. – BMW Farms, Stayner

ENGLISH CUCUMBERS – The cucumber market continues to be strong with good quality but light supplies. Prices will remain strong as imports now start to help supplies.

APPLES – The Ontario apple season is going strong with all varieties available, including McIntosh, Empire and Royal Gala, Red and Gold Delicious.

HOTHOUSE LETTUCE- Hydroponic boston remains in very good supply.

California Wild Fire Update

The wildfire that roared through the orchards of California's Ventura County destroyed much of the region's avocado crop not just with flames, but also with fierce Santa Ana winds and a thick blanket of ash. With the so-called Thomas Fire just, 10 percent contained by Friday afternoon, after blackening more than 132,000 acres across Ventura County and destroying some 400 homes and other structures, it is too soon to know the extent of the damage to the upcoming avocado harvest in February. But experts say even the mostly family-owned orchards spared by the epic conflagration may have suffered devastating losses to their crops from the hot, dry Santa Ana winds that blow out of the California desert, knocking avocadoes from the trees with gusts up to 80 miles per hour. The fruit cannot be sold for human consumption once it is on the ground due to food safety regulations. Avocados are the rare produce trees planted in hillside groves because of their shallow roots. The fruit, typically harvested in February or March, is full-sized and a heavy fruit by December, held by a long stem. Those factors make avocados, already growing away from their natural environment in Central and South America, more vulnerable to the whipping winds than the lemon orchards dotting the flatlands of Ventura. Lemons are also a lighter fruit with a shorter, sturdier stem. Ventura County is California's largest growing region for both lemons and avocados. The state produces about 90 percent of the nation's avocado crop and 80 percent of its lemons. Some avocado trees that do not appear to have been scorched could also reveal damage later, collapsing from internal heat damage. Fruit that did not burn or get blown off the branches may be sunburned by the loss of canopy. Both lemon and avocado crops are also likely to suffer further from the thick coating of ash left by the Thomas Fire, which interferes with the natural enemy insects that hunt the pests feeding on the fruit trees. Those enemy insects are known to growers as "bio-controls”. When you get all this ash, they can't do their jobs. That's going to cause a disruption to the bio controls that's going to go on for a year or more. So, the impact of the fires is not all immediate. Unlike grapes at wineries in California's Napa Valley wine-growing region hit by wildfires in October, however, avocados and lemons will not be affected by smoke from the fires due to their thick skins. Experts said at the time that the delicate grapes, if exposed to sustained heavy smoke, could be vulnerable to "smoke taint," which can alter their taste and aroma.
It is uncertain if consumers will see an impact on avocado prices, as Ventura County is only a small piece of the worldwide production chain dominated by Mexico and South America. Avocado prices have been higher in most markets during the second half of 2017, in part due to a poor harvest last year in both the United States and Mexico.


ICEBERG- Yuma, Arizona and the Imperial Valley, California are the primary shipping points for iceberg lettuce off the west coast. This market remains steady and heavy supplies will continue throughout this week with most shippers. Supplies continue to exceed demand. Yuma production is abundant. Aside from some mechanical and puffiness being reported, the overall quality is good. Weights on lettuce have been averaging 37-42 pounds. Santa Maria has moderate production. Quality has been reported good overall as well. Be prepared for production gaps at the end of December to early January in all growing regions due to growers getting ahead on harvesting and recent lettuce ice slowing growth.

ROMAINE / LEAF- Yuma, Arizona and the Imperial Valley, California is the primary shipping point for leaf lettuces off the west coast. The market is steady on romaine as well as all leaf items. Romaine hearts are plentiful. Supplies continue to exceed demand. Yuma production, as well as Santa Maria and Oxnard, are all growing areas that will have heavy availability throughout this week. Aside from some slight ribbing and insects, the quality overall is good. Again, as with iceberg, gaps in production are expected in late December to early January.

SPRING MIX/BABY SPINACH/BABY KALE- Supplies remain abundant for the spring mix, baby spinach, baby kale and the other components of tender leaves. The market and supplies remain steady with little fluctuation as we have transitioned to Yuma. Quality is really nice with healthy product upon arrival. Although we have seen minimal arrivals with bruising or that black crease in spinach and some tender leaf varieties.

ROCKET ARUGULA / WATERCRESS– B&W continues with operations out of Florida. Overall, supplies are good with good quality. Bunched watercress quality and availability is good.

BROCCOLI- We have plenty of supplies from all growing regions. Quality is exceptional with full crown size, green beads with minimal browning, little dehydration, and minimal yellowing.

CAULIFLOWER– The cauliflower market is reacting to a small supply gap that looks to last for the next two weeks. Suppliers have been ahead of harvesting schedules the past few weeks that have led to depressed markets. Now that is changing with markets reacting higher due to this supply gap. Quality is still very nice with good weights, white cast in color, and minimal bruising / brown spotting.

ASPARAGUS– Central Mexico (Ciudad Obregon) is still in good production this week with the weather cooperating. We will see production start to wind down in the next 2 weeks as the season there comes to a close. Southern Peru (ICA), and Northern Peru (Trujillo) still have decent production with good weather. We will also see some production wind down in Peru due to seasonality in the next 3 weeks. At the beginning of the week markets were still sluggish, but that should change at the end of this week into next week with less volume from all regions, and Christmas retail ad’s starting.

BEANS– The green bean market is steady with good quality and ample supplies. Both Mexico and Florida are in good production. Quality is very good, with steady demand. Snipped: Snipped green beans are now back to normal supplies with very good quality. Now is the time to return snipped beans to your menu.

CELERY- Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard, California are the primary shipping points for celery out of California. This market is steady, overall.
Supply continues to meet demand. Supplies are expected to remain moderate to good throughout this week. All sizing is available. The quality is reported as very nice with good color and texture. Expect demand to be average at best for the rest of the week.

GREEN ONIONS– There are ample supplies of both iced and iceless green onions coming from Mexico. Quality is exceptional with vibrant green tops as well as clean white tips. The market is aggressive on both iced and iceless packs from most suppliers.

EGGPLANT- West: Eggplant supply in Coachella, California remains light. Eggplant from Sinaloa, Mexico crossing at Nogales, is increasing volume. High heat in Mexico is affecting size, more small sized 24 ct and 32 ct are available, with fewer 18 count available. However, more growers are beginning to harvest and that should change. Quality on fancy grade is good in both districts, plenty of choice grade eggplant being produced in the growing areas. Market remains strong. East: Eggplant is in good supply with product coming from South Georgia, Central and South Florida. Georgia will finish this week and quality of product from there is not the best. Central Florida is shipping good supplies of good quality product but acreage is limited. The bigger shippers in Immokalee and on the east coast are getting started and supplies should pick up next week. Demand has been slow on eggplant since the week before the US Thanksgiving.

ONIONS– The market is essentially unchanged on all sizes and packs. Great quality is being shipped. Colossal and Super Colossal onions will be limited this storage season. All shipping points are reporting their size profiles are peaking on jumbo’s and smaller. Pricing will stay fairly steady at current levels through the holiday season. The New Year we should see pricing on onions firm up which will all be dependent on supplies out of Mexico which typically start crossing in late January to early February. Transportation has tightened back up with no light at the end of the tunnel.

ZUCCHINI– East Coast: With above average temperatures the southeast has experienced the past few weeks, zucchini production has been very high. Growers from central and south Florida have more product than they can handle at the moment, struggling to clean up. With much cooler temperatures forecast to start this week the situation could change very quickly. West Coast: There is good volume with good quality on green zucchini with all four sizes crossing through Nogales from Sinaloa, Mexico. There is lighter volume on yellow crossing through Nogales, also showing good quality and condition.

CORN- We are seeing better supply this week as production has increased. More regular volume should become available again, next week.

CILANTRO- Cilantro supplies look to be steady. Although the fires in Oxnard could prevent harvesting crews from working. This will cause pressure to the existing supplies in Santa Maria, Yuma, And Baja Mexico. This could cause a spike in the market temporarily but once harvesting schedules resume, the markets will head back to a normal level. The quality of cilantro has been really good, with minimal yellowing or spotting, full bunches, and little decay.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS- There has been an increase in the supply of brussels sprouts. The market is trending lower as a result. Quality is really nice with a full line of sizes, vibrant green color, and minimal mechanical damage of the individual sprout.

BUNCHED KALE- Kale supplies remain abundant as they are a major source for processors and their salad blends. This has kept the carton supplies steady and the market very competitive. Quality is really nice with dark green color, full bunches, and minimal yellowing.

EAST COAST PEPPERS- Green: Green pepper supplies are getting better with growers in southeast Florida gearing up after being delayed by hurricane Irma. Shippers in central and southwest Florida are into good supplies but the larger growers are on the east side of Florida are still a little behind. Quality should get better as we get in fields that were planted after the storm and plants which have not been stressed. Supplies from the west, both imports from Mexico and southern California, are putting downward pressure on eastern markets.

WEST COAST PEPPERS– Hot Peppers: Most chili varieties are available to load in Nogales, from Mexico. Supplies have increased with higher volume stabilizing markets. Serrano: There are still light supplies; market is very strong. Supply is increasing steadily. Jalapeno: The market has eased; supplies have increase as more growers are harvesting. Poblano: There is fair supply, high demand driving the market. Supplies will be increasing. Green/Red: Green peppers are starting to increase in availability out of Mexico and prices are slightly lower than last week. We should see more volume as the week progresses. However, high temperatures are affecting the sizing of the bell peppers. Peppers are maturing at a smaller size than normal. Volume is slightly down due to size (more peppers to fill the carton). Red pepper supplies remain very light. Coachella production has increased with some growers expecting higher volume in the coming days. Very light supplies on hothouse variety red, yellow and orange peppers are available from Mexico, in Nogales. Market should remain very strong until Coachella reaches peak volume.

CUCUMBERS– East: There are excellent supplies of cucumbers with Florida going strong and more volume coming from Honduras. Shippers from central Florida to south Florida are in good volume. With temperatures running above normal production has picked up. There is more volume coming in from Honduras even though most shippers will not start until later this month. The forecast to start this week has the temperatures dropping considerably in the south. It will slow production. West: Cucumbers are available to load in Nogales from Sonora, Mexico and also from Sinaloa, Mexico. The volume will continue to increase in Nogales as cucumbers are now being harvested in multiple regions. Quality ranges, but is mostly good. Demand is low. Cucumber production should remain consistent into the new year.

CARTON BAKING POTATOES– Canadian: Movements are steady, bringing volumes back up to be comparable to last season after a sluggish start. Export has picked up substantially mostly to the US, or Puerto Rico. There has been strong pull for the US Thanksgiving. Canadian retailers have also started regular movement and ad cycles. Retail prices are facing downward pressure but are hitting what growers believe to be the bottom for the year and are still quite strong. Due to small supplies of large, packers are able to support higher prices for this market as well. Processors are still going strong and there are talks that they are bringing in cheap contracted price potatoes from Alberta to PEI by rail. U.S.A: Potato markets are slowly creeping upward on all sizes and packs. This is mainly being driven by Idaho with all other states following with this upward trend. Retail ads for Christmas are being run as jumbo’s which means the shippers are putting 40-80 count in these bags which has helped tightening up the carton market. Quality is being reported as good. Transportation is very limited and is asking a hefty premium. This looks to be the trend into the New Year.



SEEDLESS WATERMELON- Supplies on seedless watermelons are very tight. Quality has been good with lower temperatures in Northern Mexico, but, we are seeing lower brix. Supplies are decreasing out of Northern Mexico and Southern Mexico will start in the middle of December. Seedless into Texas out of Mexico has been very limited. We continue to see mostly smaller fruit there as well. The east coast has limited supplies on seedless out of Florida.

GOLD PINEAPPLES– Weather in the northern region of Costa Rica where pineapples are grown is reported to have mostly cloudy skies with strong rainfall. Quality at the farms is noted as good with clean fruit, lighter shell color, 13+ brixs and lighter internal. Farms in the north did report minor basal spotting but only seen on 5ct fruit. Farms will continue to harvest early in order to avoid water spot as rains will be present and strong all the way until mid-December which might present issues to internal condition. The USDA is reporting a significant drop on crossings last week at 570 loads in from Costa Rica which is a pretty low number for this time of year. This is down from the new revised report for the week prior at 810. Supply to the USA does seem to be slowing down even more with availability offered now showing much less 7 and 8 count fruit, sizes also popular for European customers. The Europe end-of-year pull might still have an effect on the pineapple market, but definitely not as dramatic as previous years. Market is reported as slightly higher with moderate demand.

STRAWBERRIES- Strawberries are being harvested in three main locations currently and supplies have been consistent. California continues harvest in Santa Maria and Oxnard areas. Santa Maria has had the majority of the harvest, but supplies will start to taper off as Oxnard picks up production. Quality has been fair at best in California. We continue to see arrivals issues including soft fruit, wet berries, mold and decay. As the weather cools and we start new winter crop harvest in Oxnard, we expect to see improved quality. Oxnard’s winter crop volume will gradually increase moving forward (barring any major disruptions with the fires in the area). Market prices have been split between the two areas. Santa Maria has had more fruit and more aggressive prices. Florida is increasing production volume and the quality is being reported as good. Sizing is small, but the berries are firm. Demand has been gradually increasing in this area and market prices are still firm. We expect supplies to continue to improve and market prices to drop gradually as we move forward. Mexico harvest has been consistent, but supplies are still light. Most of this fruit is being sold and shipped out of McAllen, TX. Demand has been steady. Market prices have remained firm and quality is good. Look for better supplies as we continue into December.

BLUEBERRIES– Blueberry supplies have been light. We have multiple areas in production, but availability remains fairly limited. Peruvian harvest is down trending more and more each week, and the fruit size is small. We will see this area improve again late December for early January arrivals. Argentina is expected to have 2 more weeks of arrivals with most of that fruit landing in Miami. Then that season will come to an end. Chilean production is increasing slowly. We expect to see better supplies and more arrivals by boat come late December. Central Mexico continues to have consistent production which is helping fill the pipeline on the west coast. Demand has been strong. Quality is good. Markets have remained steady.

RASPBERRIES / BLACKBERRIES – Raspberries: Raspberry supplies continue to be limited. We expect overall production to dip in December as Salinas, Watsonville and Santa Maria harvest has ended. Central Mexico and light production in Oxnard will be the main sources of supply. We expect to see markets firm up and availability become increasingly limited over the next 3-4 weeks. Although we do not expect to see any immediate disruptions in order fulfillment, substitutions into organics may be necessary. Quality has been good, and demand has started to increase. Blackberries: No changes on blackberries this week. Supplies continue to be steady with good production coming from Central Mexico and limited volume from Oxnard. Market prices have been fairly steady with more aggressive prices in Texas. Quality has improved this week with firmer berries, but we may still see occasional red cell.

MANGO- Mango supplies are good with sizing peaking on small fruit. Ecuador is now in full swing with good supplies arriving to the US. The sizing is currently peaking on 10 and 12 count and the quality of the fruit is good. The larger sizes are still limited in volume but supply has also improved on those as well. Most of the mangos arriving from Ecuador are Tommy Atkins variety but we are also beginning to see the Kent variety as well. Now is the time to be promoting mangos.

PAPAYA- There have been lighter supplies the past 2 weeks as growing region experienced heavy rains and overcast, cloudy weather, causing fruit not to mature as rapidly. Better weather this week with volume projected to increase upwards. In mid-December, we expect to see 8-10 loads per week with volume sustainable. Markets are remaining high due to low production. Expect this trend to continue as well. Quality is excellent, with size profile mostly 9s & 12s currently.

CHERRIES- Chilean cherries are available in good supply. Prices have settled and supplies are plentiful.

IMPORTED STONE FRUIT- We are getting into the last two weeks of plums being available. By the end of next week plums should be finished.

POMEGRANATE/PERSIMMONS/ASIAN PEARS- Asian pears, pomegranates, and both FUYU (flat) and HACHIYA (pointed) persimmons are in full swing now.

LIMES- Not much change in limes this week. Supplies and demand have been steady. Shippers are expecting a push through the holidays. Quality is being reported as strong and sizes are consistent. Market prices have been fairly consistent, but we may see a slight increase as demand strengthens through December.

GRAPEFRUIT- The Texas grapefruit season is well underway with the harvesting of heavy volume and demand very high with great eating quality. Texas should have a big season. The size structure is 48, 40, 56, 36. The Texas grapefruit export is getting underway in the next 2 weeks as gas time is coming down.

AVOCADOS- Most of the municipalities in Mexico that shut down harvest last week did begin harvesting again on Monday, but it is still not settled fully. There is talk of only packing though Thursday and then not harvesting Friday through the weekend, other talk is that some municipalities may shut down at any-time. Negotiations are ongoing to resume a normal and steady rate of harvest. In the short term, supplies are low and supplies look to remain tight into next week. Markets are higher and very unstable. Mexico- Continued municipality slowdowns late in the week limited overall volume, with arrivals just under 32 million pounds. This week’s harvest has started strong; however, if the junta shutdown trend continues, shipments could be expected in the upper 30-million-pound range. Mexico’s volumes should steady as we enter the New Year. Chile- Chilean arrivals have continued to slow as Mexican volume increases. Last week 900 thousand pounds arrived into the U.S., and volumes are expected to dip to the 500 thousand pound range in the coming weeks before further tapering off in January. Market Outlook- We are continuing to see a shift in the size curve toward 16's and 14's, with smaller fruit gaining strength in the market due to reduced availability and a larger influx of #2 fruit. Total weekly volumes are expected to stabilize in the coming weeks and remain in the low 40-million-pound range through the end of the calendar year.

LEMONS– California: The lemon market is very active. Demand continues at a strong pace and is exceeding supplies. With this year’s Desert crop much lighter in volume, shippers’ production is starting to fall off. The Central Valley crop has just begun to harvest and pack limited volume, mostly fancy grade. Ventura crop will not start until February. Expected demand to exceeding supplies into January/February. Spain: Arrivals from Spain are consistent, with good quality and much better frequency. These arrivals are keeping the market supplied at much lower pricing than California.

GRAPES– We continue to see good volume available on both red and green grapes and the quality continues to be good on the storage fruit as well. There were some initial concerns that the extreme heat experienced during the growing season would significantly reduce the amount of storage fruit in December but those have been tempered as the fruit continues to show strength. There are still some black grapes available in pallet quantities. The first arrivals of fruit from Peru are landing on the east coast this week in light volume. Early reports out of Peru are overall positive. It seems that this will be more of a “normal” year than a “little earlier” year as we have seen in the past couple of years in terms of getting started on promotional volume. Early red varieties out of Peru are mostly Flames with a few Crimson and greens include Thompsons and Sugarones. Green: California green grapes continue on with not much change. Most shippers have completed harvests and have their grapes in storage for December. Quality is good with markets remaining steady. Shippers are telling us they should have supplies for most of December. Red: California red grapes also continue on with not much change. Most shippers have completed harvests and have their grapes in storage for December. Quality is good with markets remaining steady. Shippers are telling us they should have supplies for most of December.

CARA CARA ORANGES– Supplies have just started with supplies expected to increase as we move through the month. Cara Cara navel oranges from California are typically available from December through May. They may look like navel oranges on the outside, but the seedless interior has a rich pink hue due to the natural presence of lycopene. Cara Cara oranges have 20% more Vitamin C and nearly 30% more Vitamin A than regular navel oranges and are known for being extremely sweet with slightly lower acidity than regular navels.

NAVEL ORANGES- California: We are seeing a size shift to the larger sizes of 75s/56s in the navel crop, the percentage of 113s/138s is falling off quickly. Pack outs remain clean with good color resulting in grade ratio of 85% to 90% of Fancy fruit, leaving much less choice fruit than there is demand for of the choice grade. Choice market remains active and short. We are looking at peaking 72s/56/88s for the balance of the navel season. Small fruit will be in short supply all season long.

CANTELOUPES / HONEYDEWS– Cantaloupes (9’s/12’s/15’s): Cantaloupes will still be going for the next few weeks out of the Arizona desert. Quality is good and markets are lower to steady. Import melons are starting to hit most ports now with the most readily available sizes out of South Florida. Supplies out of other ports will start to pick up this week. Quality is good and markets are steady. Honeydews (4’s/6’s/ 8’s): Honeydews will also still be going for the next month out of the Arizona desert. Quality is good and markets are lower to steady. Import melons are starting to hit most ports now with the most readily available sizes out of South Florida. Supplies out of other ports will start to pick up this week. Quality is good and markets are steady.

PEARS– Washington: On December 1st storage reports came out. Anjous have 7.1 million this year as compared to 5.6 million at the same time last year same time. Bosc have 1.75 million this year as compared to 2.1 million last year. Bartletts have 1.1 million left this year as compared to 1.4 million last year. Bartlett pears are steady on all sizes and are peaking on US#1 80/90/100s. Supplies of small fruit and the fancy grade remain limited. D’anjous are peaking on US#1 80/90s and the market is steady on all sizes. Small fruit and all sizes of the fancy grade remain very short. Bosc are steady on all sizes and are still peaking on US#1 80/90s Bosc are also short on 110s and smaller as well as all sizes in the fancy grade. Red Bartletts/Red Sensations remain steady on all sizes and peaking on 45/50 half cartons. The quality for all has been good.

TOMATOES– The market continues to be very strong as it’s clear there is a shortage of tomatoes across the entire continent. East Coast: There is a significant shortage of tomatoes as transition begins with a gap forecasted the next few weeks through Christmas. Immokalee has been delayed 2-3 weeks as a result of delays experienced replanting from damage caused by hurricane Irma. The storm damaged seedlings that had been planted early in the growing cycle; replanting was delayed while fields dried out and storm damage was repaired. With Palmetto and Ruskin districts finished there is very little supply to source out of Florida. The cool wet weather forecast will not help the situation, as some growers are hoping to get into fields on Monday December 11th to try and do a first pick in Immokalee. Markets have shot up and climbing daily still. As customers look for alternatives, roma tomatoes have tripled in price from what was offered during November. As well, grape tomatoes are shooting upwards after the last couple weeks of reasonable pricing with no end in sight. Likewise, cherry tomatoes are following suit and the demand is now focused on Mexico where yields have been steady while battling cooler temperatures the past few weeks slowing production. At this time, extreme shortages across north America are forecasted through the Christmas holiday. Mexican West Coast: With Florida essentially done, and in a gap, rounds out of Mexico are firming up on price to meet demand, doubling in price from what was offered just a few days ago. Quality has been very good and looks to remain favorable for coming weeks with prices forecasted to ease after Christmas when Florida completes transition and demand eases. As roma availability slows to a halt in the east, prices have rocketed off the floor price nearly tripling in the last few days out of both Baja and Mexico. Quality and condition is mixed with older fruit mixed into the supply channel. Grape tomato production has improved from eastern Mexico and Baja however like all other categories driven by exceeding demand prices are being pushed upward. Cherry tomatoes are mirroring their Florida grown counterpart. Volume is building as winter crops get underway. More product will be available out of Nogales in the next 2 weeks but for now, remains oversold at this time.

APPLES- Washington: Overall movement out of Washington has been better than the last couple years this past month. Shipments are up. Red Delicious are steady on all sizes with good availability. They continue to peak on medium sized extra fancy fruit. Golden Delicious are steady with good availability and they are peaking on premium 100/113s. Lower grade Goldens remain limited. Granny Smith are steady on all sizes with mostly small fruit. 88 and larger Granny Smith remain limited. Galas are steady on all sizes and are peaking on 100/113s. Fuji’s are steady with good availability and they are peaking on the 88/100s. Honeycrisp are steady on all sizes with good availability but they are peaking on larger fruit. Jonagolds are steady and are heavier to 72/80s. Braeburns are steady and are now peaking on 80/88s. The quality of all has been good. Michigan: Michigan continues to pack Galas, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Jonathans, Jonamacs, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Cortlands, Empires, Fujis, Red Romes, Ida Reds, and Jonagolds. All markets remain steady. They continue to have great quality and color. Most suppliers have substantially less fruit than last year due to a spring freeze during their blossom so we could see an early finish. The quality has been good. New York: They are packing Cortlands, Galas, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Fujis, Golden Delicious, Jonagolds, Red Romes, Pink Ladies, and Empires. They have mostly large fruit so they haven’t been much of a factor in foodservice this year. There have been a few small Macs. The quality has been good.



FRESH CROSNES- From France. Small earthy tubers! 3lb Bags.
PINE (MATSUTAKE)- From BC. Tight supply.
CHANTERELLE- From BC - Regular and Buttons available. HEDGEHOG– From Oregon. Small, clean and dry.
YELLOWFOOT- From BC – Tight supply.
BLACK TRUMPET- From Europe. Top quality. FINGER LIMES- From California. Still available.
BLUEFOOT - From France.
WINTER TRUFFLES – From Spain / Italy. Very good quality.
WHITE TRUFFLES - From Italy. Excellent quality.


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