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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.




MARKET UPDATE FOR March 12th, 2018


Apples: Washington is still short on large Granny Smith apples. Michigan is still going to finish earlier than normal between mid-March and the end of May depending on the grower.

Green Peppers East: Older fields are still producing product with smaller sizing and only fair quality.

Peppers West: Red peppers are in short supply for 25 lb. packs, including choice grade.

Blackberries: Supplies are very light this week due to limited production and delayed transfer trucks from Mexico.

Broccoli: Broccoli supplies are in a demand exceeds supply. Supplies will improve over the next 2 weeks.

Cauliflower: The cauliflower market is extremely active due to weather conditions creating a supply gap. About 2 weeks for better supply.

Cilantro: Supplies have decreased significantly from previous freezing temperatures in Mexico and Yuma. The market is trending much higher.
Regular Cucumbers East: Some of the importers will finish for the season next week.

Lemons: Demand exceeding supplies of 140s and smaller fruit.

Oranges: Demand exceeds availability on 88s/113s/138s both grades.

Limes: We will be extremely limited and market prices will be drastically higher for the next 2-3 weeks.

Eggplant: Supplies continue to be tight on good quality product. Demand is very good.

Zucchini East: Much less volume is being produced in Florida.

Zucchini West: The market is very strong on the west coast. Spring crop delayed 7-10 days due to cold weather.



COMING SOON– Ontario red, yellow and orange peppers and hothouse tomatoes are right on schedule to start late March, early April. Stay tuned!

POTATO– Ontario potatoes continue with good supplies. Pricing has remained steady after increasing two weeks ago. We have large white and large Yukon golds. – Rutledge Farms

ONION/CARROT- Ontario cooking onions and red onions continue with good quality and supply. Carrots continue but supplies are starting to diminish quickly, with pricing moving up. We will be finished with Ontario carrots by the end of March. Heirloom/multi-color carrots are in good supply. – Carron Farms / Gwillimdale Farms – Holland Marsh

CABBAGE– Supplies of green and savoy cabbage are all tight, with good quality. Growers are indicating that they will run out early this year, due to the early freeze. Red has gotten very tight. –BMW Farms, Stayner

ENGLISH CUCUMBERS – The cucumber market continues to be strong with good quality. Supplies have improved as growers start spring crops.

APPLES – The Ontario apple season is staring to wind down. McIntosh, Red Delicious and Empire are getting in shorter supply as packers have only small fruit available. Royal Gala and Gold Delicious are finished. – Norfolk Fruit Growers, Simcoe

HOTHOUSE LETTUCE- Hydroponic boston supplies have improved. Quality is very good. – Lake Erie Farms, LaSalette


ICEBERG- Bad weather conditions in the desert, coupled with lighter availability with multiple shippers, has made this market much stronger compared to past weeks. Southern California has been out of production the whole week. The availability in the desert is moderate to light. The situation is not as drastic as romaine. The cold weather has caused multiple defects to occur with this commodity. Misshapen head sizing, decay and frost damage has been reported upon arrivals. The quality is fair with most shippers. Expect production to be up and down for the next few weeks at a minimum. We expect relief mid-April once Salinas starts. The weights on liner are averaging approximately 40-44 pounds.

ROMAINE / LEAF- The romaine market is in a demand exceeds supply situation which will continue through this week. Triggered pricing is in effect on contracts as well as value added items. Green leaf is also active. Boston and red leaf are steady. Defects that have been reported include mechanical, blister and peel, twisting and a bit of ribbiness. Light supplies are expected for the next two weeks minimum on romaine followed up by inconsistent production for the rest of March. The weather in California has been rainy and cold while Yuma has had cool temperatures as well. Production in all growing regions has been altered due to weather conditions.

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.

SPRING MIX/BABY SPINACH/BABY KALE- We are currently experiencing a supply shortage on both conventional & organic baby kale. Suppliers are struggling with yellowing and mildew that has caused major decreases in raw product. Baby spinach and spring mix supplies remain steady, but the quality is only fair, with light supplies. There are reports of bruising of the leaves, some decay, and excessive wetness upon arrivals. This is mainly due to the colder weather in the growing region. Now it looks to heat up in Yuma which will further add to less shelf life of all tender leaf packs.

BROCCOLI- The broccoli market is a two-tiered market depending on the growing region. We are experiencing much cheaper pricing out of Mexico through McAllen Texas. Santa Maria is also more competitive as well. Yuma is commanding a premium due to the transportation traffic of the majority of customers. The quality has been good despite market conditions. We have seen minimal yellowing, or dehydration, as well as minimal decay. Processors are struggling to gather supplies and have been holding customers to 12-week averages. We should see some relief in 2 weeks.

CAULIFLOWER– The cauliflower market remains active with limited supplies from all growing regions. Salinas has started in a light way, but this will not be enough to affect the market. Quality is still fair with arrivals showing brown spotting/bruising, as well as off-color. Although the quality reports out of Salinas are looking good, but sizing is small. It is trending in the 16-count size. We are still looking at two weeks from better supplies.

IMPORTED CABBAGE –With the start of the St. Patrick’s Day pull, look for cabbage supplies to tighten up in both Florida and Texas. Volume is lighter this year, so as demand increases, look for the market to firm up by the end of the week and in to the next week.

ASPARAGUS– Volumes continue to decrease due to the colder weather the past week in both Caborca and San Luis, Mexico. Warmer weather is scheduled for the next ten days, and we will have to wait to see the effect it has on production. Rain is expected in Gonzales, California which will slow production. Overall markets are higher due to the colder weather over the past ten days. At the end of March and beginning of April we will see availability from Mexico drop and product from Peru be available in the market.

BEANS– The green bean market has eased as supplies get better. Quality has improved. Mexico and Florida have peak production with Georgia just getting started. Wax (yellow) beans are available and priced somewhat higher than green. Snipped: Supplies have returned to normal with good quality.

CELERY- This market is steady, overall. A few shippers have attempted to increase pricing slightly. Good supplies, however, are expected throughout the week. Smaller sizing is a little lighter in availability. Moderate availability continues in Yuma. The best pricing continues to be shipping out of southern California. Slight mechanical has been reported, but the overall quality is good. The cool weather throughout this week will not affect production.

GREEN ONIONS– The green onion market is trending higher at a sluggish pace. The previous freezing temperatures in Mexico have decreased supplies. We are seeing quality issues such as yellow to brown tops, and some decay of the tips. We will continue to see this trend for the next two weeks.

EGGPLANT- West: Eggplant volume is down due to cold weather in the southern Sonoran growing area in Mexico. Sinaloa is still producing at normal volume, but demand is up, and the market feels strong. There has been a spike in demand for eggplant during Lent. We should be back to normal supplies out of Mexico by the end of this week. East: There are light eggplant supplies in South Florida, and that will be the case for the next three weeks. Traditionally Florida is very windy with short days and cool spells during the winter months, which makes it difficult to grow good, high yielding eggplant. For this reason, over the past few years, Florida has cut back acreage. Growers grow just enough plants that they can manage closely for mixer volume to go along with other items being produced on the farm. There is a wide range in quality from shipper to shipper, expect the spring crop to start around the end of March.

ONIONS– The market is slightly weaker on most sizes and packs of onions out of all shipping points. Demand is moderate to light. Idaho, Washington, and Colorado will continue shipping out of storages into the end of April with a few going into May. Quality is still being reported as good with only an occasional report of light translucent layers showing up. A few of the smaller grower-shippers have started to finish up for the season. New Crop Mexico onions continue to increase volumes crossing into the U.S. Volumes will peak into the front part of next week and then slowly start to wind down just in time for Texas and Northern Mexico startup. Look for the markets to stay fairly steady at current levels for the next couple of weeks.

ZUCCHINI– Not much has change has occurred this week as compared to last week. In Nogales, demand exceeds supply on both colors. Prices are expected to remain high with demand exceeding supply for another 7-10 days. Florida is in about same situation. Demand exceeds supply and prices will remain high for the next 7-10 days. East Coast: Zucchini has been in very light supplies especially green; now yellow is going to tighten even more than it has been. The reasons vary from windy, cloudy weather to bees ignoring zucchini plants because sweeter tropical plants are in bloom. Growers are seeing much less yield than they were two weeks ago. The forecast for the rest of the week is cooler temperatures, so we do not expect any relief this week. There are reports of growers in Plant City starting next week with light volume. West Coast: Zucchini is still available to load in Nogales, from Sinaloa, Mexico. Yellow supplies are still much lower than green. The market is very strong on the west coast, demand is very high, and pricing has gone up rapidly. Quality of yellow varies, quality of green is still mostly good. The spring crop for zucchini from Mexico is due to begin harvest in 14-21 days.

CORN- Volumes are normally light this time of year with quality performing as expected for the winter months, which means typical Southern Florida winter corn is available.

CILANTRO- Cilantro supplies have decreased significantly. The cold weather in Mexico and Yuma have decreased supplies. Oxnard is unable to fill the void. As a result, the market is active. Supplies are also diminishing in Yuma as the season finishes up. Quality is fair at best due to recent freezing temperatures in Mexico and Yuma. We are seeing yellow to brown discoloration of the leaves and some decay. EAST COAST

PEPPERS- Green: Shippers are working with older fields of peppers causing the sizing to trend to smaller fruit. The weather has been unseasonably warm throughout the month of February in south Florida and the “winter” crop is ahead of schedule, while the “spring” crop is still a couple of weeks from starting, causing a slight gap with bigger fruit. Quality is only fair with some fruit showing scaring and a dull appearance.

WEST COAST PEPPERS– Hot Peppers: Most chili varieties are available to load in Nogales, from Mexico. Good supplies are available on most varieties. Quality is mostly good on all hot peppers. Growing conditions have been favorable with very few areas experiencing light rain and cooler temperatures. Serrano: Good supply now available. Quality is mostly good. Market steady. Poblano: Supplies are down. Demand is high. Mexico has a strong National market for poblano. Quality is good; the market should stay strong through Lent. Jalapeño: The market is steady, supplies have increased, demand is fair. Quality is mostly good. Green/Red: Green peppers are available out of Nogales. Quality is mostly good. The market is stronger; volume is down slightly due to cold weather in Southern Sonora. Supply should get back to normal within a week, as the Sinaloa crop is unharmed by weather. This harvest should get us through late April - early May. Red pepper supplies are still available to load in Nogales, from Mexico. The market is very strong. Cold weather in Southern Sonora has affected supplies and pricing has increased sharply. Volume is expected to be back to normal in about a week.

BUNCHED KALE- The kale market is steady with ample supplies. The quality in all growing regions is excellent with little yellowing, dark green color, and full bunches.

CUCUMBERS– East: At the moment there are steady supplies coming from Honduras, but about half the shippers will finish this week which will cut supplies significantly. Florida will start very light volume next week, but most growers will not start until the 3rd week on March. Markets have been high on cucumbers and will continue rising into next week. Quality has been good, and we expect that to continue through the week. West: Cucumbers loading in Nogales are mostly from Sinaloa, Mexico. Volume is way down. Some growers have abandoned older fields due to market oversupply. This, combined with cold weather in Sonora, has really affected supply. The cucumber market is very active and should continue until spring crop begins in about ten days in Northern Sonora.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS- The brussels sprout market is in an upward trend. Supplies out of Mexico have decreased due to colder temperatures in the growing region. Oxnard is producing but not at a level to offset the decreased supplies from Mexico. The quality is still consistently good with vibrant green color, all sizes, and minimal decay.

CARTON BAKING POTATOES– Canadian: The combined US/Canadian potato storage reports were released the week before last. They show US storage holdings down 3.2% or approximately 17,000 truckloads. The Canadian storages are up 7% just over 10,000 truckloads. The largest portion of potatoes are for processing and processors have been buying any extra potatoes they are able to find thus keeping open market supply tight. The major supply increases have been in the western parts of North America with Idaho leading the way. Prices in Idaho have been running higher over last year because of the massive crop last year as well as quality problems in this year’s crop. There are also reports from some Ontario areas having storage issues mainly in processing potatoes. There appears to be normal supply in yellow and reds varieties to keep prices closer to russets and whites. Last year’s run up in yellow and reds into the summer created a huge spread that has narrowed in the last 3 months. Prices should hold steady over the next couple months as weather and truck shortages present challenges. The reports for February will show how movement has been over the holidays and will give us an indication to spring prices.

U.S.A: Idaho- The market is slightly weaker on all sizes cartons with the retail bags steady. Quality is still being reported as good. An occasional report of internal bruising and soft rot showing up has been reported. Supplies of Norkotah variety is slowly finishing up for the season. Burbank sizing is slightly smaller and is peaking on 70 count and smaller. Look for the pricing to slowly firm up on the larger counts as supplies start to peak on the smaller sizes. Storage supplies look to be adequate to overlap with new crop at this time. Washington, Colorado, and Wisconsin- Markets are steady on most sizes and packs. Quality is still holding up nicely. Growers are slowing down supplies to extend their storage crop, so they don’t have a gap in supplies out of these areas.



SEEDLESS WATERMELON- Supplies remain good on seedless and are steady from Nogales, Arizona and Edinburg, Texas from Southern Mexico. Brix range from 9 to 11 with some lots are higher. There are some offshore seedless on the east coast and west coast as well. Some of the spring Florida melons have been planted in southern Florida and Florida will start in the middle of March.

GOLD PINEAPPLES– Weather in Costa Rica remains fair with partly cloudy days and light rainfall in the northern region. The main issue at this time is again around port operation delays due to large swells hitting the coast. We have received notification of up to 4-day delays on inbound loads. Farms are reporting good quality and shell color. Solid 13+ brix is reported. Availability is improving on all counts but the new forecast has the volume set to increase in April. The USDA is reporting a slightly higher market with moderate demand.

STRAWBERRIES- We do not expect any major changes in supplies or markets this week, but we do expect to see some shifts as we start next week. The weather forecasts for the California growing regions call for more rain this week. This could possibly delay harvest and affect yields and quality for next week. Oxnard and Santa Maria received moderate rainfall on Saturday (approximately half an inch) then may see some occasional light showers throughout the week. We do not expect any major disruptions in order fulfillment from California, but we may see lighter supplies and higher prices at the front part of the week. Florida has had a bit of a heat wave recently. The weather is gradually cooling off this week, but forecasts call for rain by the weekend. Unfortunately, these weather patterns can create major issues with quality. This may cause the Florida season to come to an end sooner than expected. Depending on how the weather plays out, we may shippers finish in Florida by the end of next week. Market prices will remain low as growers try to push through as much fruit as they can. We can expect quality in this area to be fair with soft fruit and occasional bruising. Mexico strawberry production has started to wind down with some shippers already done for the season. We can expect supplies to continue to become more limited as shippers wrap up their Mexican season. Market prices have remained steady and are expected to be flat as we finish. As we prepare for the transition back to the west coast, we will keep a close eye on weather patterns and possible challenges. At this time, we do not expect any major issues outside of minor weather delays and quality issues.

BLUEBERRIES– We will start to see reduced inbound arrivals of import fruit over the next several weeks as the Chilean season winds down. We have had reports of some soft berries on the last arrivals for fruit, and we expect quality to slowly diminish as we finish the season. Market prices have been steady to lower. Mexico will continue with consistent production for the next 3-5 weeks. Quality in this area has been good. Prices are slightly higher. Warm weather in Florida and Georgia may accelerate the season to start in early April with better volume than normal. This will help alleviate the pricing shock as we transition from Chilean pints to domestic 6oz. containers. Crops in Santa Maria and Oxnard have been slowed down due to the cold weather and are expected to come on slowly late March to early April.

RASPBERRIES / BLACKBERRIES – Raspberries: Raspberry supplies remain limited this week. This is mostly due to cooler temperatures delaying production. Mexico has been in its lowest production period, but we will see slight increases over the next two weeks. We expect California production to gradually improve over the next 2-3 weeks and we will see an overlap in supplies between Mexico and California. Quality has been good. Market prices have been slightly higher and will remain firm until supplies improve. Blackberries: Blackberry supplies have improved slightly this week but are still limited. Due to varietal shifts and cooler weather in both Mexico and California, production volumes continue to be light. The cold and wet weather in California has delayed domestic production but is expected to gradually improve over the next 2-3 weeks. Mexican production has been light, but we will see improvements and overlap with California over the next two weeks. Market prices have been higher. Quality has been fair but is improving.

MANGO- Peruvian mangos are peaking on Kent variety 9 and 10 count sizes. The fruit is exhibiting excellent quality and good blush color. Volume of Peruvian mangos is decreasing as we approach the end of the season. In addition, Tommy Atkins, Haden and Ataulfo or Honey varieties are imported from Mexico. The red varieties are peaking on 10 and 12 count sizes. The fruit is exhibiting good quality and fair blush. Yellow mangos are peaking on 16 and 18 count sizes. PAPAYA- There have been lighter supplies the past 2 weeks as the 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. Markets remain high due to low production. Expect this trend to continue as well. Quality is excellent, with size profile mostly 9s & 12s.

IMPORTED STONE FRUIT -Availability of Chilean peaches, nectarines, and plums continues to be light. Ship arrivals continue to be sporadic. Sizing on peaches and nectarines are mostly in tray pack 48/50’s and 54/56’s with very few volume fill 60’s and 70’s. The market remains steady with good quality. Peaches will be wrapping up in the next 1-2 weeks, nectarines in the next 3-4 weeks, with plums for another 6-7 weeks. Quality will remain good for the remainder of the Chilean season.

LIMES- Supplies of good quality limes continue to be a challenge this week. Mexico’s production has gradually increased, but the quality has decreased as a result of the recent rain and cold temperatures. Shippers who demand high-quality fruit will ultimately pay a premium price and are limited on availability. We may see some disparities in price as sub-quality fruit was introduced into the market this past week, but with more rain expected to hit this week, prices are expected to jump right back up. Overall, there isn’t any immediate relief in price or supplies for at least the next two weeks.

GRAPEFRUIT- The Texas grapefruit season is about 70% harvested and demand is great for Texas with Florida finishing early. The quality has been great this season and the grapefruit movement has been good. It looks like Texas grapefruit will run through the end of March and maybe a little in the beginning of April. The crop is harvesting heavy volume with high demand and great eating quality. The size structure is 48, 56, 40, and 36.

AVOCADOS- Overall arrivals continue to remain steady with just under 51 million pounds arriving last week. Weekly arrival volumes are anticipated to remain in the 50-million-pound range through late March. Mexico- Demand continues to be strong, especially on 16’s, 20’s and 24’s. Crop on the trees is reported to be healthy with good supplies. Last week’s harvest and shipment volumes were steady with arrivals just under 46 million pounds. Similar volumes are anticipated for the coming weeks; however, size curve remains heavy on grade 2 and small fruit. Some groves in really high lands were affected by cold weather and will reduce slightly for availability in April/May. At field level we see continuous pressure for higher prices. They are moving to harvest higher altitude called “mid-land.” Dry matter levels are good at this point and quality and ability to ripen fruit is good as well. We are in the regular bloom crop throughout this season of 2018 (including Negra fruit estimated for June 30 ending date). California- This season is estimated to be 20% larger than last year’s crop even though they suffered some losses from the fires at end of last year. Clean, good quality fruit is reported. Despite minor weather, last week’s total harvest came in just under 5 million pounds. Weekly volumes are anticipated to increase to the 7 to 8-million-pound range this month; however, expected rain later this week could limit some harvest. Peru- The new crop has started and dry matter levels are improving as we progress into the season. Some harvesting has started in low volume for Asia and US markets. Europe is receiving Peruvian fruit. This season will be larger than the last few years and quality is reported to be much better. Market Outlook- Weekly volumes this month are expected to remain in the mid-50 million-pound range driven by a steady flow of fruit from Mexico and increasing harvest levels from California.

CARA CARA ORANGES– Supplies continue and are expected to remain steady as we move through March. 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.

GRAPES– Grapes continue to arrive to both coasts from both Peru and Chile. We are approaching prime promotional time for red and green grapes with volume available in multiple varieties including Sweet Celebration, Ralli, Perlon and Crimsons for red grapes. Green grape varieties include Thompson, Sugraone, Arra 15, Sweetie, and Sweet Globes. Black grape volume is slowly increasing as well. Green: The green grape market is stable with moderate supply. Volume is stable with product available in storage. There are a wide variety of sizes and varieties available. Quality will be constantly good for the remainder of the Chilean season. Red: The red grape market is stable with plenty of product. Volume is stable with product available in storage. There are a wide variety of sizes and varieties available. Quality is slowly getting better and more consistent, as low-quality red grapes have finally moved out of the marketplace. Quality should remain good for the remainder of the Chilean season.

NAVEL ORANGES- California: The navel orange market is unchanged with steady demand and limited supplies. The California navel season is about 60% harvested. There was rain this past week in California with over an inch and up to 2 inches of water in some areas. This was a much-needed rain for the valley and plenty of snow in the mountains helped. The navels are holding strong and with the rain they will start to grow again. Harvest has been a little slow and inventories are starting to dwindle down for most shippers. A lot of shippers, when given the opportunity to harvest, have focused on export. The fruit quality and the eating quality is great and the navels movement has really picked up both domestically and export and in the past 2 weeks shippers have started summer navels for export only. The size structure is still running 72, 56, 48, 88 and fruit is at full color. The availability of some limited volume out of Mexico combined with the extreme weather in the Northeast has eased the demand a little bit. However, long-term we still see a very short supply situation on the smaller fruit through the end of the season (May or early June).

LEMONS– California: The district 1 lemon crop is about 67 % harvested and movement on lemons has been great both for export and domestic. The weather has also slowed down the lemon harvest and lemons will be tight the next few days. In the next couple of weeks, the weather is showing only 1-2 days of rain, so the fruit will get tight. The fruit is holding solid and growers are happy with the great demand. The season is moving along nicely. The lemon size structure is 140, 115, 165 and 95. Sizing and grade out of the Oxnard / Ventura region has improved for the foodservice industry with more of the choice grade and smaller sizes available.

CANTELOUPES / HONEYDEWS– Cantaloupes (9’s/12’s/15’s): Cantaloupes are steady on 15s and larger. Supplies of 18s are limited. Most shippers are still peaking on 9s and jumbo 9s. South Florida still has the best availability for all sizes, but there are good supplies of 12s and larger in all ports on both coasts. We expect sizing to remain steady. The quality has been good. Honeydews (4’s/6’s/ 8’s): Honeydews are steady with good supplies. Florida still has the most volume and largest mix of sizes while east coast, Houston, and Los Angeles are more limited. Most packers are peaking on 5s and 6s with less volume of 8s. The quality has been good.

PEARS– Offshore: The Chilean Bartlett market is steady to lower. Eastern supplies are down while western supplies are up. The fruit continues to peak on 90/100s. The Argentinian market is slightly lower as the availability is up on both sides of the country. The Argentinian fruit is peaking on 100s and larger. The quality has been good. Washington: D’anjou pears are mostly steady on all sizes. 80 and 90 size are still the peak sizes, and small fruit remains limited. Bosc pears are steady on the larger fruit and steady but strong on the smaller sizes. Bosc continues to peak on US#1 80/90s. Red D’anjous are steady on all sizes. Reds are still peaking on 40/45/50 half cartons. The quality for all has been good.

TOMATOES– Markets are strengthening as supplies in Florida are light. Grape, Cherry and Roma tomatoes are in a demand exceeds supplies situation. East Coast: Florida is experiencing a dip in supplies as a result of bloom drop due to freezing temperatures about six weeks ago. With less being harvested, markets have increased against steady winter demand. 5x6 rounds are priced at a premium with smaller fruit selling slightly cheaper. Roma tomatoes have strengthened as a result of light volume coming from Mexico this week. Grape tomatoes have also increased this week while cherry tomatoes struggle to find any strength. Overall the market is higher this week but with crews getting back into fields this week prices should begin to ease off again by mid-month. Pending a detrimental weather event, supply is expected to remain steady through the spring. Mexican West Coast: For most of this year, there have been heavy volumes of tomatoes crossing Nogales, AZ daily, over saturating the market with supply. As a result, farmers are skipping over fields to allow inventory to clear out. Prices have been stagnant, but markets have dramatically strengthened with less fruit coming into the pipeline.

APPLES- Washington: At this point, Washington has shipped 49% of the apple crop. During the 3 previous crops, they had shipped 54-56% of the crop as of this date. It is important to know that this year’s crop was larger than the last few years, so there are plenty of apples to promote. Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Galas, and Fujis are all fairly steady with good volume of 113 size and smaller. Honeycrisp are steady and firm due to light supplies. The rising star varietals are mostly steady with a few volume deals on 125/138s. The quality has been good for all. Michigan: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Galas are slightly higher. McIntosh, Jonathans, Jonamacs, Empires, Fujis, Red Romes, Ida Reds, and Jonagolds are all steady. Supplies are still fairly good, but they are still anticipating an early finish to their season. Some shippers are managing how many Red Delicious they pack so they won’t run out early. The quality has been good. New York: Cortlands, Galas, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Fujis, Golden Delicious, Red Romes, Crispins, Pink Ladies and Empires are all still available. Most of their fruit is large. The extra-fancy grade and the #1 grade are steady. Red Delicious, Galas, and Empires have been producing more smaller fruit than the other varieties. The quality has been good.

MINERS LETTUCE- From Oregon. First of the season. STINGING NETTLES- From Oregon. First of the season.
HEDGEHOG– From Oregon. Small, clean and dry.
YELLOWFOOT- From Oregon – Good supply. Top quality.
BLACK TRUMPET- From Oregon. Fresh and top quality.
WINTER TRUFFLES– From Spain / Italy. Very good quality.
BIANCHETTI TRUFFLES- From Italy. First of the season. FRESH MORELS - From China. Starting this week.


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