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May 16, 2017 The Santa Maria growing region experienced three consecutive days of 30+ mph winds over the weekend. Strawberry fields in wind-protected areas incurred light damage, but other areas were significantly affected. It will take harvesting crews at least two picking rotations to remove the heavily damaged fruit. Overall yields will be low this week. Berries in the Salinas/Watsonville, California region received less damage, but production is still approximately two weeks behind schedule. 

 

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MARKET UPDATE FOR August 28th, 2017

 

MARKETS TO WATCH: AT A GLANCE


Potatoes: Monday’s eclipse is to go right over Idaho Falls potato growing area which will bring thousands of people into the area. This has some of the potato shed shutting down for the day due to all the expected extra traffic.

Apples: Washington Golden delicious are finished for the season. Gala, Granny Smith and Fuji supplies are so short that they are basically done.


Avocado (California): Demand exceeds supplies and market very active.

Avocado (Mexican): Demand exceeds supplies and market very active.

Strawberries: Strawberries may show full color with occasional soft berry due to warm weather.

Cherries: Cherry season is done. There is a lot of fruit in the pipeline that will dry up over the next week.

Brussels Sprouts: We are experiencing extremely limited supplies from Salinas, Oxnard, and Mexico. This has caused the market to trend much higher than normal levels.

Cilantro: We are seeing severe quality issues from all suppliers. The previous heat in the growing regions has directly affected supplies and as a result the market is trending much higher.

Oranges: Demand exceeds supplies on all sizes and grades especially 113’s and 138’s.

Yellow Zucchini: Yellow zucchini will remain tight through the week.

East Coast Eggplant: Tight supplies for the next week or so as Ontario gets going.


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MELONS– Yellow watermelons continue with good supply. Cantaloupe is also in good supply, with very good quality. Seedless watermelons are still tight due to the lack of heat. There may be a week to 10-day gap. – Thames River Melons, Innerkip

EGGPLANT- Eggplant supplies continue to be tight, but supplies are improving. We expect to see better supplies as we move through this month. Quality is very good. – Nightingale Farms, La Salette

GREEN PEPPERS- Ontario continues with very good production this week. Supplies will continue to improve as we move through the week. Quality is very good. – Nightingale Farms, La Salette

FIELD TOMATO - Ontario field tomatoes continue with light supplies. Quality is good with pricing that is on the high side. – Thames River Melons, Innerkip

POTATO – New Ontario potatoes have started. Sizing is small, with creamers and B’s being the majority of the volume. We expect to have some new crop yukon golds by weeks end. - Various

CAULIFLOWER- Ontario cauliflower is getting going with some volume. Quality is reported as outstanding. – BMW Farms, Stayner

SWEET CORN- Ontario sweet corn continues with ample supplies this week. Quality has improved as growers have transitioned to later super sweet varieties. Markets will be depressed and in a supply exceed demand situation for the weeks leading up to Labor Day. – Thames River Melons, Innerkip

GRAPES – There are now Ontario blue grapes available with excellent quality.

PEARS – We expect to see Ontario Bartlett pears to start trickling in this week.

GOLDEN PLUM/PEACH/NECTARINES/APRICOT- The yellow plum season has concluded. We are limited to product on hand. Blue prune plums will start this week. Apricots are also finished and limited to quantity on hand. We have now transitioned to freestone peaches. Quality is good. Nectarines continue with very good quality. We will have peaches and nectarines until September 20th. Some lots are showing marks related to the hail that hit certain areas of the Niagara region. – Vineland Growers Co-Operative, Jordan Station

BLUEBERRIES– Ontario blueberries continue. They are still commanding a much higher price compared to imports.

STRAWBERRIES- The ever-bearing varieties have started and we will now have fairly good supplies until first frost.

GREEN/WAX BEANS - The Ontario bean season continues. Supplies are getting better and pricing continues to ease. Quality is also outstanding. – Boots Farms, Scotland

GREEN/YELLOW ZUCCHINI- Ontario green zucchini continue with good supplies. Yellow is quite tight as production seems to be down this year. – Thames River Melons, Innerkip

ENGLISH PEAS- Fresh Ontario peas continue with intermittent supply. Quality is outstanding. Get ’em fast as the season is almost done.

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 is in full swing! Quality is very good, with good size and weight. – Visscher Farms, Hay Ontario

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

HOTHOUSE EGGPLANT– Ontario hothouse grown eggplant continues. There is also graffiti eggplant available. – St. Davids Greenhouse, St Davids

HOTHOUSE PEPPERS- Red, yellow and orange hothouse bell peppers continue with very tight supplies and excellent quality. Pricing is up dramatically as demand exceeds supplies.

MUSHROOMS- Button mushrooms, are still very tight. Demand exceeds supply on button mushrooms. Some growers have switched to growing brown mushrooms; which continues to make the market short.

HOTHOUSE TOMATO- Ontario 15lb hothouse tomato are now in good supplies. Ontario red vine and yellow vine tomato are also in good supply. There are also heirloom, gourmet medley and Campari.

ONION/CARROT- Ontario onions are finished for the season. Carrots have started and are in good supply.

CABBAGE – Supplies of green, red and savoy are good as the season kicks into high gear. Quality is very good.

ENGLISH CUCUMBERS – The cucumber market has gained some strength with very good quality and lighter supplies. Growers are mid-transition to the summer crop. Prices should ease over the next couple of weeks as more volume is produced.

APPLES – The Ontario apple season is finished. Expect some early Paula Reds to start over the next week or so.

HOTHOUSE LETTUCE- Hydroponic boston remains in very short supply.


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

 

 

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VEGETABLES


ICEBERG- Salinas and Santa Maria are the primary shipping points for iceberg lettuce off the west coast. Flat markets continue to be the story with this commodity. A few shippers have attempted to create a stronger market with higher pricing but the attempt failed as supplies far exceed demand. Demand is expected to improve in late August as school business picks up. Good weights, 43-46 pounds on palletized has been the industry standard. Aside from some slight fringe and tip burn, the quality has been good. The warm temperatures have kept supplies abundant. There will likely be a gap in production in September according to multiple suppliers. For now, however availability will be plentiful throughout the week. Quebec continues with good supply and fairly good quality.

ROMAINE / LEAF- Salinas and Santa Maria are the primary shipping points for leaf lettuces off the west coast. Although schools have begun, the market on romaine as well as all leaf items has remained steady. The quality on romaine, aside from some slight tip and fringe burn has been good. Weight have been thirty-four to thirty-eight pounds with lengths ranging from 12-14 inches. Heavy moisture at low altitude in the morning hours continues to cause mildew and occasional internal defects. Overall leaf quality is reported with mildew, excessive seed stems and occasional mixed sizing. Green and red leaf as well as butter has had good quality as well. Expect competitive pricing and good availability throughout this week. Quebec romaine is in good supply with very good quality. Pricing is up somewhat, as there has been rain in Quebec.

SPRING MIX / HERITAGE BLEND- Supplies are good, with good quality. Some powdery mildew has been reported.

ROCKET ARUGULA / WATERCRESS - Supply is good coming from two states. There are no quality issues or concerns at this time.

IMPORTED BROCCOLI- The broccoli market has started to firm up as suppliers have been ahead of current acreage due to the previous weather in the Salinas and Santa Maria growing regions. Now we are seeing a decrease in supplies that will trend into next week. The quality of broccoli from all growing regions is really nice with minimal yellowing, decent crown size, as well as full bunches. The growing conditions in the Salinas Valley have resumed the typical summer weather patterns. Ontario has excellent supplies with outstanding quality.

CAULIFLOWER– We have a good steady supply of cauliflower from the Salinas and Santa Maria growing region. This is keeping the market at competitive levels. Quality has been really nice with minimal yellowing, vibrant white color, and minimal brown to black spotting. The weights have ranged in the 24 to 28-pound range. Quebec continues with good supplies and Ontario has also started.

ASPARAGUS– Central Mexico is seeing lower volumes this week due to rain from tropical storm/hurricane Franklin. There is little harvesting as most fields are flooded due to these rains, and seasonality. Northern Baja (Ensenada) is still seeing good production, weather has been excellent, and we will see this trend for the next 2 weeks. Northern (Trujillo), Southern (ICA) Peru are both in good production, and the growing weather is cooperating. We’re still sizing issues from all regions, and overall markets have improved with Central Mexico winding down.

BEANS– Much better supplies are available as production expands; from Michigan, New Jersey, Quebec and Ontario in full production. Pricing has decreased due to better supplies Quality is very good. Wax (yellow) beans continue to be very tight due to fewer acres planted. Snipped: Quality and supplies are very good, which is expected to last for at least the next 4-5 weeks.

CELERY- Salinas and Santa Maria, California are the primary shipping points for celery out of California. Production continues to be strong in northern as well as southern California. Supplies exceed demand. The best sizing continues to be in the large sizes, twenty-four and thirty counts in particular. Shippers are flexing for volume type orders and this will continue throughout the week. Aside from some slight bowing and seeder, the overall quality continues to be reported as strong from most shippers. Michigan, Quebec and Ontario continue to produce good quality celery as well in ample supply.

IMPORTED GREEN ONIONS– The green onion market remains active as supplies in the San Luis and Mexicali Mexico growing regions continue to be pounded with extreme heat. Temperatures are in the 104 to 111 degree range. This has seriously affect growth rates. Jumbo sized green onions are nonexistent and supplies have shifted to mostly small and medium sized green onions. The quality has also suffered. We are seeing brown to yellow tops and lighter weights due to the sizing. We will continue to see this trend well into next week. Quebec green onions continue with good quality and excellent supply with pricing active as there is increased demand.

EGGPLANT- West: Eggplant is currently being shipped from Fresno California. Supply and quality is improving with the cooler weather after the recent heat wave. Look for supply and condition to improve as we move into the month. East: Eggplant supplies are tight, with cooler than normal temperatures in the mid-west and yields are lower than normal. New Jersey, a big supplier of eggplant, is experiencing some quality issues decreasing the supply from that growing region. The eggplant market appeared to be getting weaker 10 days ago then change suddenly with the declining temperatures. The forecast for the next week is showing a warming trend that should speed production up, along with other growing areas starting. New Jersey is starting newer field along with New York State and Canada.

SPINACH AND BABY KALE– Savoy style (cello) spinach supplies have improved. Baby spinach and flat spinach supplies have also improved. Quality is also very good. Baby kale supplies and quality are also very good.

ONIONS– Market are steady on all sizes and colors. Central California and New Mexico onion supplies are winding down for the season and a few shippers will be done by the end of this week. Timing is good as Washington and Idaho are building supplies and will be up to full speed as these two areas finish for the season. Quality is still being reported as good. Sizing in the new growing areas is starting off peaking on jumbo’s and smaller with good quality is being reported as good. Sizing will improve as we get into the front part of September.

IMPORTED ZUCCHINI– East Coast: Zucchini supplies have been tight for the past 2 weeks, especially yellow, with low yields due to cooler temperatures. There seems to be just less acreage of yellow planted, so when you get in situations where yields are low it magnifies the tight supply. Most regions are reporting that new fields will be starting this week helping the supply situation. We do not expect the market to come down this week, just stabilize and have enough supply to cover orders. Quality has held up in all regions very well. West Coast: Zucchini is being harvested in Santa Maria and Fresno. Weather is cooler and supply has improved. There is good supply on medium followed by fancy and extra fancy.

WEST COAST PEPPERS– Green/Red: Green pepper supply has improved peaking on large #1 followed by choice grade out of Fresno, California. We will see more availability as we move into the week. Red peppers are shorter supply this week due to lighter harvest in the central valley.

EAST COAST PEPPERS- Serrano: Quality remains good with better demand. There is mostly medium to large size. Supplies are good as Ontario kicks in with product. Jalapeno: There is good quality on new Ontario crop. Excellent size color and condition with good supplies. Poblano: There is better quality and condition with new crop from Ontario. Green: The green pepper market is steady as she goes with all the major summertime shipping regions going. Cool weather the last two weeks through the mid-west slowed production and the market was showing some strength. Now with warmer weather and the Ontario and Quebec shippers picking up in volume there is starting to be some downward pressure on the market. Quality has been good in all areas and we should be in steady supplies for the next few weeks.

IMPORTED CARROTS- In California growing area we are still seeing slowed size growth of the carrots. Good demand for the jumbo-sized carrot and less production of them, the market for them continues to be firm. We currently don’t expect and shortages or quality issues as we move forward. Supplies on value added and baby peeled are still good.

CUCUMBERS– East: The cucumber market is steady with some quality issues starting to show up. All the major players are in good supply from Michigan, Ohio to New Jersey and north Ontario, Quebec to New York State. Most of the quality issues are relegated to older fields that been through the summertime thunderstorms that been crossing the region over the past few weeks. Good supplies should continue for the next few weeks with reasonably priced fruit. West: There is improved supply on cucumber crossing in Baja California. Excellent color, quality and condition on all grades, sizes and pack styles.

CARTON BAKING POTATOES– Canadian: P.E.I is done shipping storage potatoes. Planting on Prince Edward Island is complete.  Growers really need heat units. There has been the 3rd highest amount of rain for May since it has been recorded. Recent weather has been warm which will help. The holdings report for June 1st show major shortages in all of Canada. PEI has a few more potatoes than last year but all of the surplus has been taken up by processors. Later planting has processors concerned about supply to meet the new crop and keep the plants running. Most fresh packers are finishing much earlier than last year and there is no supply to be found. Demand for new crop has prices at or close to all time highs. It appears like a big shortage coming for late July and early August as most crops are delayed and haven’t been planted in the best of conditions. U.S.A.: Idaho storage crop is almost finished for the season and will be completely done by end of August. New crop has started with a handful of grower with more to start as this week moves on. All packing sheds should be up and going by the first week of September. Quality is fair on the remaining storage crop with a steady market. Quality on the new crop is being reported as good with a firm market on all cartons. Look for the markets to weaken on all sizes except numbers as we get into the front part of September. Washington has all sheds going with new crop. Markets are steady at high levels. Quality is being reported as good. Colorado and Wisconsin have finished with storage crop and have started in a very light way with new crop. Demand is good with limited supplies. Quality is also being reported as good.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS- Supplies continue to be extremely limited. We should be in peak season, but unfortunately the erratic weather we have experienced in the Salinas Valley has taken its toll on growth patterns. We still have the majority of supplies in the small and medium sized brussels sprouts. The market is still extremely active with no end in sight. We hope for better supplies by the end of next week. The quality although is really nice despite the market conditions.

BUNCHED KALE- We continue to have plenty of supplies of kale in all growing regions. Quality has been excellent with full cartons and bunches, minimal dehydration or yellowing, and dark green color. The market has remained competitive for weeks and looks to follow that trend.

IMPORTED CILANTRO- The quality out of the growing regions is still a major problem. This has caused a serious decrease in supplies. Also, the tropical storm over the weekend that crossed Mexico provided a setback for growers as they were unable to harvest. We will wait to see the quality affects after this rain. The market remains extremely active with it carrying into next week.

 

FRUIT



SEEDLESS WATERMELON- Supplies are very good on seedless watermelons. West Texas started this week and supplies will pick up next week. Georgia, Missouri and the Carolinas are going with limited supplies. Delaware and Indiana are in peak production. Weather in Ontario has slowed the ripening process. There is a LOT of fruit in the fields, but harvest will be later than normal.

GOLD PINEAPPLES– Both weather and volume improved last week but volume still remains lighter than expected. Latest projections show that no spike will come after September 8th as previously expected. If anything, it will just improve to normal levels. This should be the case with most shippers as the information includes many farms from different regions in Costa Rica. We will have 10 weeks before the European Christmas pull kicks in on November 12th. If we see normal output for following weeks, then market should remain firm. Quality control is reporting solid 14+ brix's, good shell color with light spotting on large count. This is not an issue for retail but might be a challenge for processors. Movement reports shows a moderate increase on inbounds for last week at 670 loads up from 620 loads week prior. Summer supply should improve in late August. Market is reported as higher with light offerings and good demand. Market remains good with tight supply at this time and conditions will continue until at least until late August keeping the markets steady. 

STRAWBERRIES- Supplies remain steady, quality is improving and markets are firmer. The hot weather took a toll on the strawberry quality. All fruit was darker with reports of bruising and occasional soft spots. This week, the weather in Salinas and Watsonville has cooled down. The cooler weather will help firm up the berries and shippers expect the quality to improve as we move through the week. Supplies will remain steady, but heavy volumes are not expected. Market prices have firmed up this week and may climb slightly by the weekend. The Santa Maria region is preparing for the first of new fall crop harvest within the next 3-4 weeks. Quality is expected to be very nice and markets will be high to start.

BLUEBERRIES– Pacific Northwest- The weather has significantly cooled down this week with a chance of rain in some areas. Depending on the severity, this could have an effect on harvest in the days to come. Luckily supply has not been as greatly impacted as expected. Although production has been lighter, order fulfillment has been steady. Market prices have firmed up a little this week and may continue to climb depending on how the weather affects supply. British Columbia will start to wind down over the next 2 weeks and Oregon is expected to last another 3-4 weeks. Michigan- Supplies have become lighter in Michigan as we transition between early varieties and late season varieties. The weather forecasts calls for possible rain and thunderstorms this week, this could have an even great effect on supply over the next week. Market prices have been steady and quality has been strong. The next cycle of harvest is expected to start over the next 2 weeks. Peru- The fresh harvest season has begun and some shippers are expecting the first arrival of fruit to hit North America sometime in the next week or so. However, volume will be very light until September. Peak harvest is expected for late September and peak arrival will be October.

AVOCADOS- Total overall volume last week was up, coming in at 40 million pounds due to higher volumes from Mexico and Peru. Although there was this slight increase in volume, the market still remains tight and is expected to drop back down into the lower 30 million pounds range this week. Mexico- Mexico’s summer crop is small and limited. Harvest is slowing down to get us through August and into September. Mexican growers continue to raised field prices as US importers push to a share of this limited amount of fruit. Demand is exceeding the supplies and the US market is still pushing upward quickly. This looks to be the trend for a while. Canada seems to be holding steady as Jalisco has good volume. Currently the crop is peaking on 20s and smaller sizes, with mostly #1 fruit and very small percent of #2s. No relief to this shortage looks to come until we see the first of the Chilean imports toward the end of the month. These early arrivals will be light volume with better volume by mid-September. Mexico’s new main crop is expected to start mid-September if maturity level of the fruit is there to harvest. California- California harvest is slowing down and shippers are only packing a few days a week as they are nearing completion of this year’s crop. We are expecting about 2 more weeks of limited availability before totally being finished for this year. Peru- Last week Peru shipped 8 million pounds to North America.  Arrivals are expected to drop as the season comes to an end, with under 5 million pounds expected this week. Chile- Chilean arrivals are expected to begin this week; however overall volume will be light, around 500 thousand pounds per week as their season begins.

Colombia- The crop is in and the big news is that the US opened up doors for Colombian avocados to enter the country. No volume is expected as arrangements need to be made and the USDA has yet to set a starting point. However, the permission to import fruit from there is now open. Market Outlook- As California and Peru both end their seasons, overall weekly volume for the month of August will be in the mid 30-million-pound range, contributing to a tight market predominately skewed towards smaller fruit.

RASPBERRIES / BLACKBERRIES – Raspberries: We are now in the peak of the Salinas / Watsonville second cycle of harvest. We have good supplies of raspberries from all shippers. Quality is being reported as strong and market prices have remained fairly steady. Plentiful supplies will be available over the 2 weeks, then supplies will start to gradually trend down as we begin September. Central Mexico is expected to start by the end of September. Blackberries: Again, here we are in peak harvest in the Salinas / Watsonville areas. Good supplies are available from several shippers. Quality has been excellent and market prices are lower. Volume spot buy opportunities will be available for the next 2-3 weeks. Supplies will remain steady through September until we transition to Central Mexico at the beginning of October.

MANGO- The volume of mangos being imported from Mexico has dropped significantly. Kent mangos make up the majority of the volume coming in with peak sizing on 9's and 10's. The quality has remained good with the fruit exhibiting decent blush, some are reporting the Kent mangos are arriving over ripe. The Kent variety is just starting to increase in terms of volume with a similar size profile as the Kents. The fruit has good quality but does show some external defects like scarring due to this varieties naturally thin and delicate skin. With the reduced volume entering the market it is predicted prices will be going up in the days to come.

GRAPES– Red grapes continue to be in lower supply than the green varieties. The heat is affecting the color and picking crews are following labor laws and are unable to work as many hours when it is as warm as it has been. The good news is that we expect Scarlett Royal reds to start this week and that will shift some of the demand from the flames but don't expect the market to drop any. Premium red grapes are also available with the Krissy and Magenta varieties. There are also champagne grapes now available as well. There are many varieties of green grapes available including Sugraone, Princess, Ivory and Stella Bella. Green grape supply is plentiful with even more varieties starting in the coming weeks. Summer Royal black grapes make a great addition to complement the red and green. Red: Red grapes are in a spot where there aren’t very many small grapes and the overall supply is steady. We have growers coming in and out of availability as their crops mature for harvesting. Quality is excellent, color is great, we have good uniformity and they taste great. The overall size is large with good volume on both large and extra-large sizes. If we had more demand the market would be higher. The market is steady at this time. Green: Green grapes have great availability and are looking and tasting excellent. The grapes are on the larger size currently and have good uniformity. We are seeing a number of different varieties being harvested which adds to the diversity of choices. The market is steady right now.

IMPORTED STONE FRUIT- Yellow peaches from California will be in abundant supply over the next two weeks. They will be the larger sizes 30/36/44 and will be in promotable volume. Smaller sizes will be tight. Plums are in good supply with prices moving upward this week. Prune plums have also started and in good supply. Supplies of nectarines should be good over the next week. It sounds as if most shippers will be wrapping up nectarines in early to mid-September.

KIWI- Kiwi is in short supply with a gap in Chilean product and prices moving up. California will start in October. New Zealand is winding down.

CHERRIES- Cherries have finished for the season in the Pacific Northwest. There is a lot of fruit still in the pipeline, but it will clean up quickly.

LIMES- Limes are in a world of hurt right now. Tropical Storm Franklin caused a lot of damage to the lime supply. Rain and heavy winds caused days of zero harvest and on top of that quality will suffer for weeks due to stylar and wind scarring. Shippers are hardly able to pack anything and what they are harvesting is low quality. The situation will not improve much for the next few weeks as things dry out between the tropical storm last week and scattered shows this week. The market is higher.

OFFSHORE NAVEL ORANGES– South Africa: 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.

VALENCIA ORANGES- Demand for California Valencia oranges remains very strong and is getting stronger. School demand for the smaller sizes continues to build. School demand paired with the retail juice demand, is now exceeding supplies for 113s and 138s which will last through the duration of the Valencia season. Even with packers moderating their pack weekly to stretch the crop, some packers will be finished by the end of the month and others expect to see their crop finish sometime in September. The excessive hot weather in the growing area this summer, we are seeing heavier than normal regreening of fruit. Fruit looks tired and has softness.

GRAPEFRUIT- Offshore: With the South African grapefruit, basically alone on the market they have adjusted the crop estimate on Star Ruby from 12.4 million 17kg carton to 11.7 million kg cartons. With the light crop the growers have shifted the harvesting methods to harvest quality before quantity and keep fruit in pipeline as long as possible. Fruit could be tight and there may be nothing available at the end of the season. Size structure is 36, 40, 48, 36. The quality is looking very good.

LEMONS– California: The domestic lemon supplies continue to be limited and demand is very strong. We are seeing good supplies of Chilean fruit. The Mexican lemon harvest has slowed due to the tropical storm last weekend and continued rains. Offshore- Chile: The Chilean lemon crop is also coming along just fine. The quality is looking good with light scar, but there will be some light green on these first few loads. The size structure will be 115, 140, 95, 165, 75. Just a reminder Chile lemon crop is 5% lighter than last season, but having said that, the first 3 weeks of lemons will surpass the total for all of last season. Argentina / South Africa- Lemons from Argentina or South Africa continue to fill the void left by California. The sizes are 165, 200, 140, 115 as the size structure, but with 7 to 10 days of rain the last couple of weeks, they are hoping fruit will grow into the next sizes.

CANTELOUPES / HONEYDEWS– Cantaloupes (9’s/12’s/15’s): There is currently and oversupply of cantaloupes for the current demand. Growers are experiencing heavy production right now and demand is lackluster. Schools continue to start which helps demand but it’s not enough. Quality in an overall sense is very nice however there have been some green cantaloupe arrivals and some soft lots. The market is lower. Honeydews (4’s/6’s/ 8’s): Honeydews are struggling with a supply exceeding demand market however it’s not too bad of an imbalance right now. Quality is very nice on all lots with great appearance and taste. The market is lower to steady.

PEARS– California: Bartlett pears remain fairly steady on the larger sizes with lighter numbers while the volume remains on 100s and smaller and peaking on 100/110s still. Red pears are steady to lower and are peaking on 45/50s now. Bosc pears have started and are priced higher with better availability in the smaller sizes. The quality for all has been good. Washington: Washington pears are essentially finished for the season.

TOMATOES– East Coast: The east sustained several days of rain last week but the market remains steady over the several growing regions currently producing. Alabama, North Carolina, Michigan, and Virginia are all in production helping the eastern supply. This fragmented supply is expected to continue into September when we will transition back down to Georgia/Florida. Roma tomatoes remain limited as expected for this time of year, however, supply continues to improve in the eastern growing regions helping to level out pricing. Cherry and grape tomato harvest is light, but sufficient to cover eastern demand providing for a steady and reasonable marketplace. California West Coast: The Mexican market remains steady from last week with some upward pressure. This is a result of the rain that passed through Mexico with tropical storm Franklin. California is steady and sizes are evening out with higher prices for larger sized fruit. Romas remain a coveted item this week after storms in Mexico have left more than 15 inches of rain in some areas. It is unknown how much, if any crops have been reduced and it can be expected that a majority of what is available in Mexico will stay there strengthening their national market further. California roma production is steady however supply is generally lower with plantings around 25 percent of their round counterpart. Since Mexico is usually the big producer of romas, prices will remain high until crossings improve and Mexico comes into better supply. Similarly, grape tomatoes are strengthening with less available as a result of coastal weather systems.


APPLES- California: Royal Gala apples are steady on all sizes are still peaking on 100/113s with generally light color. The market is steady at high prices with steady demand but supplies are light. The quality has been good. Washington: Red Delicious are steady to higher on most sizes and grades and the market is active. Red Delicious are the only variety left in any volume. Most red packers are still peaking on 80/88s. Golden Delicious are finished for the season. Gingergolds will start next week. Granny Smith are higher but the two suppliers that still have them are sold out for the week. The remaining Granny’s are still mostly large 64/72/80’s. Galas are in even fewer hands and the remaining suppliers that have them are packing mostly 72/80/88’s. A couple suppliers have packed some early lots of new crop Galas but the volume is minimal. Fuji’s are also essentially finished for the season. The quality for all varieties has been good. Offshore- Chile: There are still a few large sized Chilean Pink Ladys, Fujis, Galas, and Braeburns; all are slightly lower. Some smaller sized Pink Lady’s have shown up and they are steady. All varieties are peaking on 70/80 size. The quality has been good.

NEW ITEMS NOW IN SEASON:
ASIAN PEARS / PRICKLY PEARS / CHERRIES / PEACHES / APRICOTS / NECTARINES / PLUMS / ENGLISH PEAS / LOCAL CORN / ONTARIO PICKLING CUCUMBERS / WILD BLUEBRRIES / CARA CARA ORANGE / PRUNE PLUMS / CASTLEFRANCO / RED BELGIUM ENDIVE / ONTARIO BLUE GRAPES / ONTARIO PRUNE PLUMS / CHAMPAGNE GRAPES

WILD FORAGED PRODUCTS:
SASKATOON BERRIES – SASKATCHEWAN
WILD LINGONBERRIES - SASKATCHEWAN
BLUEFOOT – FRANCE / FINGERLIMES - CALIFORNIA
GOLDEN CHANTERELLE – SASKATCHEWAN
GREY MOREL – YUKON / BLACK TRUMPET - FRANCE
LOBSTER MUSHROOM - BC
SUMMER TRUFFLES – ITALY / WILD BUEBERRIES - ONTARIO

ITEMS NO LONGER AVALIABLE OR VERY SHORT:
SANTA CLAUS MELONS / CURRANTS / SEVILLE ORANGES / VALES SOVEREIGN POTATO / FIDDLEHEADS / GREEN OLIVES / QUINCE / CANARY MELONS / GALIA MELONS / BLOOD ORANGE / FLORIDA JUICE ORANGE / ONTARIO RHUBARB


 


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