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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 May 22nd, 2018

MARKETS TO WATCH: AT A GLANCE


Blueberries: Supplies continue to be very limited this week as we wait for California and Georgia harvest to increase. Markets are higher.


East Coast Peppers: Extremely short supplies; market considerably higher.


West Coast Peppers: The red pepper market is stronger.


Oranges: Demand exceeds supplies of small size fruit 113s/138s.


Potatoes New: Rain hitting Florida has supplies limited.


Pears: Small size pear 90 and smaller are very limited with not much relief in sight till the California Bartlett season starts mid-July.


East Coast Zucchini: Supplies are better, but movement is very good.


West Coast Zucchini: The market is very strong on the west coast with light supplies and high demand.


Tomatoes: Florida rain may end the Palmetto-Ruskin season early creating a brief supply gap the first two weeks of June until Quincy and South Carolina break ground in Mid-June.


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ASPARAGUS- Warm weather has brought asparagus on with good volume and excellent quality. We expect the season to last until July. – Ducca Farms, Norfolk County.


FIDDLEHEADS- Ontario fiddleheads continue. Quality remains excellent. - Norcliff Farms, Port Colbourne.


HOTHOUSE TOMATO- Ontario red vine and tray hothouse tomatoes continue with good supply. 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.


RHUBARB- Ontario greenhouse rhubarb continues with fair supplies.

PEPPERS- Red, yellow and orange hothouse bell peppers continue with very good supplies and excellent quality. Pricing is steady as volume is meeting demand.

POTATO– Ontario potatoes continue with lighter supplies as the storage season winds down. Pricing has remained steady. We have large white. Yukon golds are finished. – Gwillimdale Farms / Rutledge Farms

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

CABBAGE– Supplies of green are tight, with good quality. Red and Savoy are both finished for the season. –BMW Farms, Stayner

ENGLISH CUCUMBERS – The cucumber market is steady at low levels. Supplies are ample and outpace demand. Quality is very good.

APPLES – The Ontario apple season is staring to wind down. 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- Better supplies exist with this commodity in both northern and southern California. This market is softer. The overall quality is good with slight puffiness, mechanical and a little insect damage. The weights have been reported at 38-42 pounds on liner in both Santa Maria and Salinas. Santa Maria is expected to have moderate production throughout the week. Production in Salinas will likely be moderate as well. Pricing should be competitive throughout this week.


ROMAINE / LEAF- The market has finally softened on green and red leaf. Romaine and romaine hearts are steady. Production in Santa Maria has picked up compared to past weeks. High pricing has steered away demand. Some common defects still being reported include some wind damage, mechanical and a bit of mildew. Weights continue to be above average.

SPRING MIX/BABY SPINACH/BABY KALE- The tender leaf market remains steady with good supplies of all flavors. Quality is really nice with minimal slimy decay, excessive wetness, or yellowing.


ROCKET ARUGULA / WATERCRESS– Supplies out of Tennessee remain very good. Quality is also being reported as very good. Bunched watercress quality and availability is good.


BROCCOLI- Broccoli supplies from all growing regions have been decreasing over the past couple weeks. This trend will last well into next week. The market is active with the most competitive prices coming out of Mexico. The overall quality is still good with minimal dehydration, yellowing, and minimal decay.


IMPORTED CABBAGE- Cabbage supply continues to remain strong in Texas, with the market being soft. Quality continues to be great with favorable weather conditions. Supplies will start to come off in the next couple weeks with the growing season ending. Georgia has good supply with great quality.


ASPARAGUS– Cooler than normal weather has pushed back the start of the Ontario and Michigan regions from starting, and we are seeing very light supplies from New Jersey due to the same weather patterns. This is keeping the market slightly higher, even after the Mother’s Day promotional period. Ciudad Obregon, Mexico is starting to wind down due to seasonality, and very warm weather in the region. Gonzales, California still has decent volume with their weather pattern remaining unchanged. Washington State will see better weather next week, which will increase production. Imports from Peru are light but are seeing good movement while domestic programs struggle to get going and see some volume.


CAULIFLOWER– Cauliflower supplies are increasing in both the Santa Maria and Salinas Valley growing regions. As a result, the market is trending lower. Quality has been nice through this small supply gap. We have seen minimal brown to black spotting, little to no cream color, and decent weights in the 26 to 29-pound level.


BEANS– The green bean market is steady as supplies are steady. Quality has improved. Mexico and Florida have good production with Georgia just getting started. Wax (yellow) beans are available in very limited supplies and priced much higher than green. Snipped: Supplies have returned to normal with good quality.

CELERY- This market attempted to get stronger, but demand quickly fell off. Overall, this market is steady. Small sizing, thirty-six counts, in particular, are light in availability and command a higher price in the marketplace. The quality aside from some slight seeder and bowing is good with most shippers. The best deals continue to be out of the Oxnard Santa Maria region.

GREEN ONIONS– We have seen steady supplies of green onions crossing from Mexico. Suppliers have been very competitive with pricing. Quality has been really nice as well with green tops, minimal yellowing, and white tips.

EGGPLANT- West: Eggplant supplies in Nogales continue to decline, as the season winds down. Quality remains fair. The market remains steady. Coachella has begun their spring crop. Pricing is higher in Coachella. Quality in Coachella remains good. Low volume is projected for the Coachella crop this year. East: There are new fields in central Florida with peak production being harvested now. Quality is very good, and the market is weaker. This is the best production Florida has had all season. Georgia is behind two weeks from their traditional harvest date. We expect ten more days of good production before supplies start to decline in central Florida and another three weeks before Georgia begins harvest.

ONIONS– Onions, Onions, and more new crop onions coming out of California, Texas, Mexico and Georgia with some storage supplies out of Washington in the pipe line. Just too many onions to hold a market. Market is at the bottom and doesn’t look to be going anywhere soon. All sizes, colors, and packs are available. New Mexico has already started to clip which means onions will start shipping in the next couple weeks. If we don’t see supplies tighten up around June 15th, we could see this market stay as a buyer market. Quality is good out of all areas.

ZUCCHINI– East coast supplies are slightly better. Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are harvesting zucchini. Weather will be the factor for this week and weekend. Rain is forecast for the next 7-10 days. Volume is expected to be lighter and prices may rise due to lighter availability. Quality has been good and new fields are in rotation. East Coast: Zucchini supplies have gotten better with Georgia shippers starting more fields. Georgia is still not in peak production, and the forecast is calling for rain all week in north Florida and South Georgia which will slow production even further. If the weather clears out more growers are set to start in South Georgia. The market has weakened but not as fast as most people thought, with cloudy conditions slowing production shippers has kept supplies current, and the held the market steady. West Coast: Zucchini is very light in supply, loading in Nogales. Quality is fair, with mostly off-grade labels being offered. Yellow continues to grow with light scars on the fruit; green also has a higher percentage of scarring. Santa Maria is set to begin summer crop approximately June 1st. Volume there is expected to remain unchanged compared to last year from the Santa Maria growing area. Light supplies are expected to be available in San Diego, from Baja California. Light volume is expected from Baja.


CORN- Rain in the growing area is limiting the harvest ability this week. Expect limited volume and high demand for the US Memorial Day holiday.

CILANTRO- The supplies of cilantro have been consistent. The market has stayed relatively competitive. We have seen arrivals with full bunches, minimal yellow to brown leaves, and little dehydration. This will trend into next week.

EAST COAST PEPPERS- Green/Red: Green pepper supply is extremely tight. 7-10 straight days of rain has curtailed harvest. South Florida is winding down for the season, and central Florida is working on limited acreage. Plant City has been squeezed out over the past few years and cut back on planting pepper because of Georgia starting earlier year after year. This year a cool spring has Georgia starting two weeks behind schedule, creating a gap in supply. Georgia will start light supply early next week, but any volume is still two weeks away.

WEST COAST PEPPERS– Serrano: Light supplies are still available to load in Nogales. The market remains steady, the quality in Nogales is just fair. Poblano: Light supplies are still available to load in Nogales. The market remains steady, the quality in Nogales is just fair. Jalapeño: Supplies should remain consistent for the next few weeks in Nogales. Quality is mostly fair in Nogales; the market feels stronger. Jalapeno is now being harvested in Baja, with most fruit going directly to the L.A market. Light supplies are also available in Coachella. Green/Red: Green peppers: There are very light supplies in Nogales, from Mexico. The market remains very strong, demand is high. Pricing has increased considerably. Coachella’s harvest is producing lower volume of green peppers, as weather conditions a few weeks ago are now affecting the sizing of the fruit from older fields. Quality has mostly been very good. Supplies in Coachella will be available through May when there will be a transition to Bakersfield and California Coastal areas for pepper production. Red peppers- Lower supplies in Nogales continues to be the trend. Quality is mostly fair in Nogales with some growers still packing a nice red pepper. The market remains strong. Coachella, California now has good supplies of red peppers to offer; pricing is higher than peppers being sold from Mexico. Quality in Coachella has been good.

CUCUMBERS– East: The cucumber supply is lower than last week in Florida with light volume starting in Georgia. Rain in Florida and South Georgia has curtailed harvesting. There is also a wide range of quality in Florida; some product is light in color, all quality reports from Georgia are good. Expect supplies to vary with weather; there is rain forecast all week in the southeast which will slow production. West: Cucumber volume is beginning to decline in Nogales. Quality ranges from mostly fair to good. Supplies will continue to be available to load in Nogales through the month of May. Cucumbers are also available in San Diego, from Baja California. The San Diego crop will produce through the summer. High volume is expected out of Baja. The market is steady. Pricing is higher in San Diego in comparison to Nogales.

YUKON GOLD POTATOES- There is 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: The storage report for May shows Canada is down 13%. PEI down 33.4%, NB up 4.7%, Quebec down 21.7%, Ontario up 26.1% but there are storage issues – commenting they aren’t sure if they will make it to the fresh market. Alberta is winding down and done. Shipments out of PEI have been steady and increasing over the last two weeks as other regions clean up. Storages are keeping well which is offering good quality to consumers and higher pack out rates. Processors are still bringing in potatoes from Ont, NB, Maine and Manitoba due to short supplies. Planting is slow starting, behind normal but not far behind.  Some acres of have been planted by early growers, but most growers expect to start planting next week. The packing sheds that are left are now rationing the remaining supplies to get through. Quebec is showing good demand. No delays in planting, with less than 10% planted. Packers have just enough supply until July for new crop (if all is good, they will have enough supplies for market approx. July 2). There are no open potatoes around as growers struggle to cover contracts; everyone is looking to buy. Michele St Arnenault has increasing demand and we may see increased acreage dedicated to processing. U.S.A: Markets continue to be steady at current levels with only minimal changes. Storage supplies continue in Idaho, Washington, Colorado, and Wisconsin. Washington, Colorado, and Wisconsin have growers finishing up for the season others working through their inventory of storage to make sure they can bridge the gap to new crop. All areas have next year’s crops in the ground and so far, are looking good. Look for the markets to slowly firm on most sizes of cartons as we get into June. Quality overall is good with only a few issues being reported upon arrival.


BRUSSELS SPROUTS- The brussels sprout market is trending higher. This is due to the volume out of Mexico is decreasing over the next couple months. Oxnard will not have the supplies to fill the void. We will see an upward trend in the market until supplies out of the Salinas Valley start in July. Quality is still really nice with minimal decay and a full range of sizes.


NEW RED/WHITE/GOLD POTATOES- Bakersfield, California: California supplies are limited on all colors and sizes this week due to skinning. This has growers slowing down harvest. Florida: Wet weather in Florida from the tropical storm sitting in the gulf has supplies limited for most of this week. Arizona: Arizona just started this week with limited supplies of reds but will be building over the next couple of weeks. Look for the markets to stay steady at current levels into the end of this month.


BUNCHED KALE- Kale supplies remain steady with all suppliers and growing regions. Quality has been excellent with full bunches, dark green color, minimal yellowing or dehydration.

 

FRUIT

 

SEEDLESS WATERMELON- Supplies of seedless watermelons will be a tight until mid-May. Supplies on seedless are tight this week with the rain in the southeast. Florida has had excellent quality. Supplies will pick up on the east coast the first week in June. Seedless watermelon production from Mexico has now transitioned back north, to the state of Sonora. The spring crop is producing high volume, but sizing has remained smaller throughout the crop. Volume will continue to decline as the spring crop winds down. Grower estimates for supplies from Bakersfield, California are still in the planning stages.


GOLD PINEAPPLES– There is better weather, with light rain and sunny hot days reported in the northern growing region of Costa Rica. Transition to the rainy season is still on time for late-May. Quality is reported as good, with solid 14+ brix. There is some minor basal spotting on larger fruit but still very minimal. The USDA is showing a significant increase on inbounds from Costa Rica for last at 875 up from week prior at 760 loads. Fruit availability offered from the farms continues strong with the expected spike in supply to hold until the end of July. We have a steady market with good demand. Demand still feels stronger on smaller fruit.

STRAWBERRIES- Supplies continue to be excellent this week. Santa Maria, Salinas and Watsonville are in full production with good quality and heavy volumes. Oxnard is getting close to the end of their season. Most shippers have pulled out of fresh harvest and are using the remaining fruit for juice and processing. Any fruit being offered out of this area can expect to have marginal quality and should not travel far. To absorb the sudden onset of volume, Santa Maria growers have also dedicated a big portion of their fruit to processing this week. Although this will help, supplies continue to be heavy with plenty of good quality fruit to push. Aggressive prices and volume opportunities are available. Salinas and Watsonville production saw a boost last week as well. This week, harvest continues to be steady with good availability and good quality. Again, aggressive prices and volume opportunities are available. As we move past this wave of volume and post-holiday demand lull, we hope to see markets begin to normalize. Looking forward, all areas expect to have steady volume and good quality.

BLUEBERRIES– Supplies came to a sudden halt last week. Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have received an average of half-inch to an inch of rain every day starting last Monday May 14, through tomorrow. This has brought an abrupt halt to Florida blueberry production. The market was already tight with Georgia Southern Highbush production being very low. The question will be, after the rain, how much of a production loss did we get in the Georgia/Alabama area, where the fruit is still mostly green. California is very slow to get started with minimal harvest, and Mexico is winding down. All of this has led to an industry-wide supply gap. Demand continues to far exceed supply and this week as we wait for production to increase in California. Market prices have escalated, and coverage remains a challenge. That being said, the shortages are expected to be temporary. California growers are expecting supplies to increase rapidly over the next two weeks and North Carolina will begin harvest by the end of the month. Total production numbers are expected to ramp up and hit peak volumes by the first two weeks of June. New Jersey will start mid to late June.


RASPBERRIES / BLACKBERRIES– Raspberries: Supplies have started to improve as production in California is gradually increasing. We continue to see an overlap with Mexican fruit being harvested consistently. Quality in both regions is being reported as good, and prices have started to decline slowly. Moving forward we expect to see California harvest continue to improve as Salinas and Watsonville areas begin early June. Market prices are expected to adjust down gradually as volume increases. Blackberries: Blackberry supplies are gradually increasing. California harvest is still limited, so Mexico continues to be the primary source. However, shippers expecting Santa Maria to start ramping up over the next two weeks and Salinas / Watsonville to start by the beginning of June. Quality is good; fruit is large with good flavor. Market prices have been fairly steady and will gradually adjust as volume increases. Georgia has now started with light volume. Quality is good, but price is higher. Supplies will improve in Georgia moving forward.


MANGO- The majority of the mango volume is currently being imported from Mexico, specifically from the states of Michoacán and Oaxaca. The Tommy Atkins variety has been the most predominant variety and this fruit is peaking on 10 count mangos followed by 12 count and 9 count. The quality is excellent with high blush and firm to hard pressure. The Ataulfo or Honey mangos continue to peak on 18 and 22’s, however, volume has dropped and demand exceeds supply on this variety. This is expected to continue as we enter a gap between regions, supply is expected to increase on honey mangos in mid-May.


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 is anticipated this week with volume projected to increase upwards. Markets remain high due to low production. Expect this trend to continue as well. Quality is excellent, with size profile mostly 9s & 12s.

AVOCADOS- As the market returns from the Cinco de Mayo push, overall arrivals increased to 50 million pounds. Throughout the month of May, arrival volume should hover over 50 million pounds as Peruvian arrivals help offset lower Mexican shipment volumes. Mexico- Despite some weather conditions, overall harvest volumes bounced up to 50 million pounds with 36 million pounds arriving to the states. With Mexico’s normal crop ending, overall arrivals are anticipated to remain in the mid to lower 30-million-pound range throughout early June. California- Last week’s production was steady at 13 million pounds and should remain at this level for the coming weeks before ramping back up early June to prepare for the 4th of July holiday. Peru- Peruvian arrivals have begun with marketable volume expected in the next few weeks. Overall volume for North American markets are projected at 160-170 million pounds, with the bulk of the arrivals hitting stride during June and July. Market Outlook-Volume estimates throughout May are likely to remain in the lower 50-million-pound range. The declining Mexico and California totals will be slightly offset as Peruvian arrivals begin to enter the market during the month.


LIMES- Smaller size limes are ramping up quickly. Growers are sending big volumes of 200ct - 250ct fruit. Quality is good, and prices are declining gradually as production increases. The larger size limes (175 -110ct) are still lighter in supplies, and market prices on these larger sizes remain higher. The weather looks to be good in the Veracruz growing regions and shippers are expecting increased supplies of all sizes moving forward.


LEMONS– California: The Central Valley (district 1) crop is near its seasonal end. The Ventura/Oxnard (district 2) season is in full swing and harvest is going great. The district 2 lemon season is well underway with harvest starting to pick up. The fruit is looking good right now and size structure is 140, 165, 115, 95 and the quality is looking good, but could change soon with warmer weather coming up. The scary part is the fruit is still growing and like navels, demand is high on small sizes. These smaller sizes are beginning to sell out daily, and the market is firming.

GRAPES– Chilean grape inventories are winding down rapidly on both coasts, with only Crimsons and Red Globes still available through this week. The focus has switched to Mexican grapes, with multiple green seedless varieties (Perlette/Prime/Early Sweet) now available across a wide range of prices. Flames should finally be harvested in good volumes with the market decreasing through the week. The later season green variety (Sugraones) should begin to be harvested this week. Sizing on the #1 box of both Perlettes and Flames has been mostly 11-13/16. The Flame market is anticipated to remain stronger than what we traditionally see until the American Memorial Day, as the overall Flame crop is anticipated to be down 25-30% from last year. The Sugraone crop is also expected to be off as compared to last year, but only time will tell where the market will settle into early June. The Coachella region is slightly behind Mexico, with the first few pallets of Flames and Early Sweets harvested into last weekend. Flames will be much more readily available than any green seedless grapes, as Coachella waits for the Sugraone variety to be ready to harvest this week. Green: Green grapes are done out of Chile and we have moved to Mexican/Californian fruit. Mexico is in full swing, and there is plenty of fruit loading in Nogales. Quality is being reported as excellent. California fruit is just starting out of Coachella and should be going full speed within the next week. Quality is reported as excellent. Red: There are still a few red grapes available on the East Coast out of Chile, however, quality is suspect and fruit is soft. Mexican fruit is crossing the border into Nogales regularly. Quality is reported as excellent on the Mexican fruit. California fruit is now available out of Coachella, and the quality is also reported as excellent.


STONE FRUIT- There are still some black plums available on both coasts out of Chile, but we are still a week out from seeing any California plums. Peach numbers are ramping up, and we are starting to see larger sized fruit as the season progresses. Nectarines are still hit or miss, and apricots are just starting with small fruit more prevalent. Cherries are also available with the smaller fruit the best value.

NAVEL ORANGES- California: The California summer navel season is coming along really well as shipper’s pace themselves for a great finish on a light crop season. The quality is still good for the most part, but we are starting to see more pliable fruit and hearing of quality issues on the market. The biggest problem here is the fruit is falling off the tree if the harvesting crews are not watching closely. The crop is about 80% harvested and some shippers have slowed down on harvesting of summer navels to try and stretch the season to the end of May to catch the high price market. The brix are off the chart anywhere from 14.5 to 16.5. The size structure is still 56, 72, 48, 88, 40 and the demand is very high on small sizes. Some are showing a tinge of green on color, but for the most part looking good.


VALENCIA ORANGE- California: The Valencia season is well underway and shippers are heavy into harvesting. The season is about 15% harvested and demand is slow on the domestic market with only export going very strong. Navels are still in high demand on the domestic market. The export demand is good, but again only on small sizes. The quality is good and the fruit is at full color with an occasional tinge of green. The Valencia’s size structure is changing with great spring weather and the fruit is growing and starting to see bigger sizes 72, 88, 56, 48. The quality of the Valencia’s is very good right now and brix are around 12.0 to 13.5. Smaller size fruit of 113s/138s remain very limited.


GRAPEFRUIT- The California grapefruit season is well underway with 20% of fruit already harvested and the demand is very good right now. California grapefruit size structure is 48, 56, 40, 36, 32 with great eating quality and brix at 13.0 to 15.0 with great blush on the inside and outside of the fruit. The demand for export and domestic market should be good for everyone from shippers to growers and the market.

CANTELOUPES / HONEYDEWS– Cantaloupes (9’s/12’s/15’s): For the most part offshore fruit will end this week. They have limited sizes, but the market remains steady. The fruit out of Arizona and California is sizing large in the 9 to 12 count ranges and is commanding a premium versus fruit from Mexico. Nogales has a full range of sizes and is the most competitive with the fruit from Mexico. Quality is really nice from Mexico, Arizona, and California with good sugar levels. The offshore fruit is on its last legs with some fruit arriving with soft spots and mold. Honeydews (4’s/6’s/ 8’s): The offshore fruit will be finished this week. The market is steady for the offshore fruit. The quality is really nice even with the last shipments with good sugar levels. Mexican honeydews are plentiful and are the most competitive pricewise. Honeydews out of California and Arizona are commanding a premium, and the sizing is mostly 5ct and 6ct. Quality is really nice with both domestic and Mexican fruit with good sugar levels, no spotting, or soft spots.

PEARS– Offshore: On the import front, we have a few Packham and Bosc which are mostly in the 100 and larger. So, going forward expect small pears to be much tighter than they have been. Quality is very good. Washington: Washington pear crop is in only a few hands and being packed only on certain days. The pears that are left are all being repacked due to quality. Sizing is 70/80/90’s with only handfuls of smaller sizes. Demand on pears is very good. The only potential relief could be in the California Bartlett pears, but it’s too early to tell what size they will be, and they won’t be available until mid-July.California: Pears supplies are being reported to be a couple of weeks behind schedule

TOMATOES– Markets have taken a considerable jump, due to days of rain. East Coast: The rains in Florida have quickly sent markets skyrocketing. Sizing, quality, and availability begin to show signs that the end of the central Florida season is nearing. Most recent reports of more than 5 inches of rain have fallen in the Palmetto/Ruskin growing region soaking fields and postponing harvests until the fields can dry out. With more showers and thunderstorms in the forecast, quality and availability are a concern while fruit is left to sit on the vine exposed to the elements. We expect to see fruit that is post rain harvested to arrive starting Thursday May 24th. Round tomatoes are being quoted daily with current FOB’s double last week’s. Similarly, a lighter supply of roma tomatoes has also boosted FOB’s already this week, pressing both demand and pricing for Mexican grown imports upward as well. Cherry and grape tomatoes have also drastically increased as supplies slow to quite possibly could be an early seasonal end. With Quincy, Florida up next for mid-June harvest, the transition to northern Florida may prove to be difficult with a supply gap occurring the first half of June as central Florida wraps up early from rain. Mexican West Coast: There is a wide spectrum of fruit on the Mexican market with pricing representing what is being paid for. It is not hard to find quotes for product listed at mandated minimums, but it is not priced without quality being factored in. Better quality product is selling for a premium, which is a few dollars higher this week as Florida begins to slow down and buyers take into account the cost of freight against regional prices. It is reasonable to expect pricing to climb each week while supply shrinks until the middle of June when California, Florida and South Carolina break in new fields. The roma market has also begun to increase, climbing higher compared to last week. Quality is reported as sporadic with size varying widely between shippers. There is also a considerable variance in the quality of grape tomato crops as operations begin transitioning and shippers pick in-between fields. Markets are forecasted to go higher through the beginning of June as supply grows limited.

APPLES- Washington: Red Delicious supplies are much lighter as compared to last year with what is left to ship on this year’s crop. There is considerable strength in that market. Red Delicious storage volumes continue to be down each year. Schools are starting to finish which will take some demand off the smaller sizes. Granny Smith apples are still in a buyers’ market. Look for this to continue especially on the smaller sizes. Honeycrisp, Braeburn, and Jonagold will be the first to finish up for the season. Gold Delicious movement is steady to good with sizing peaking on Prem/Waxf #1 80-100s. Regional shippers Michigan, Ontario, Quebec and Pennsylvania are finished for the season which has put more pressure on Washington. New York has limited supplies of reds. The Gala market continues to be good. Fuji demand and markets are steady with sizing peaking on 88- 100 counts. Quality on all flavors has been good with few reports of issues.

NEW ITEMS NOW IN SEASON:
ASIAN PEARS / POMEGRANITE (Peru) / FIDDLEHEADS / ONTARIO RHUBARB / FORLELLE PEARS / ENGLISH PEAS / FAVA BEANS / APRICOTS / PEACHES / RAMPS

WILD FORAGED PRODUCTS:
RAMPS- From Michigan / Ontario.
WHITE ASPARAGUS- From France. Now available. 16MM and 22MM sizes.
FIDDLEHEADS – From Ontario.
STINGING NETTLES- From BC.
FRESH MORELS – From BC/Oregon. Production is picking up.
SUMMER TRUFFLES- From Spain/ Italy.
BLUEFOOT- From France.
PORCINI-  From Oregon. Harvest has begun. 3 grades available.
MORELS- From BC. Production picking up. 
MOUSSERON-  From Bulgaria. First of the season!
CHANTERELLE-  From Bulgaria.
WILD ASPARAGUS-  From France. Going strong.
SPRUCE TIPS-  From BC. First of the season. Bright and green. 
POM POM-  From BC.

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

 



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