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APPLES Prices are level; storage stocks are adequate. Quality is very good. Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Red Delicious Apples are available.

ASPARAGUS The market is inching up. High temperatures and little to no rain have reduced Central Mexican volume. The Michigan season is wrapping up.

AVOCADO Harvesting, packing, and shipping operations have been suspended in Michoacan, Mexico since Friday, June 14. It may take as long as two to three weeks before operations are back up and running. California and Peruvian stocks will be shipped to help fill the void but will not meet demand.

BELL PEPPERS Red bell pepper supplies are tightening; markets are elevated. The Bakersfield growing region is expected to start by mid-July. Green bell pepper supplies are slowly increasing in all regions.

BLACKBERRIES Prices are up. Watsonville supplies are starting to increase; markets should ease in July. Quality is good; expect good shine and firm texture.

BLUEBERRIES The market is steady. Yields are high in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Quality is very good; berries are plump and sweet.

BROCCOLI Prices are elevated. California stocks are limited; total planted acreage is down and cooler, windy weather has lowered volume. Mexican supplies are also tight after persistent heat, extended drought followed by heavy rains, and a harvesting transition to higher elevation.

CANTALOUPE The market is stable. Domestic Arizona-California desert supplies are sufficient. Quality is very good; hot weather has caused occasional softness.

CAULIFLOWER Prices are low even though the harvesting schedule has been pushed forward by high temperatures. Quality is very good.

CELERY The market is unchanged. The Oxnard season has ended, but Salinas harvesting is fully underway. Santa Maria production will continue year-round. The Michigan season will start in July. Quality is very good; disease pressure is minimal.

CHILI PEPPERS Anaheim and Serrano prices are elevated, but all other markets are level. Overall quality is good. Anaheim, Jalapeno, Pasilla, and Serrano Chile Peppers are available.

CUCUMBERS The market is level. East Coast stocks are adequate. Production will start in Ohio, Kentucky, and New York over the next two weeks. Mexican supplies are sufficient. Quality is very good in all regions.

GRAPES Mexican green and red seedless grape prices are steady. Portioned packs are shipping. The California season will begin in late July.

GREEN LEAF The market is low; Salinas Valley supplies are ample. Defects are minimal, but being removed in the fields.

HONEYDEW Prices are stable. Domestic Arizona-California desert stocks are sufficient. Quality is very good; hot weather has caused occasional softness.

ICEBERG Markets are inching down. Salinas Valley supplies are increasing; head weights are rising. Quality is very good; any defects are being trimmed in the fields.

LEMONS Expect high prices for 165- through 235-count lemon stocks; volume is extremely low. Offshore and Mexican fruit will help supplement domestic supplies through December.

LIMES High prices will persist for a week or two more as drought conditions have lowered Mexican yields. The crop is dominated by small, 200- to 250-count sizes; 110- to 175-count fruit is extremely snug. Quality is good; blanching, stylar, thinner rinds, and lower juice content are minor problems.

ONIONS Markets are climbing; demand for domestic onions is strong. Mexican supplies (into Texas) are extremely tight. Rain has reduced volume in New Mexico.

ORANGES Prices are high. California new crop Valencia supplies are dominated by large sizes (56- through 88-count fruit); small sizes (113- through 138-count fruit) are extremely scarce.

PEARS Washington pears are winding down for the season; imports are available from Argentina and Chile. California Bartlett pears harvests will start in the next four to five weeks.

PINEAPPLES Prices are high. Costa Rican and Mexican supplies are tight, especially large sizes (five- through seven-count).

RED/YELLOW POTATOES Elevated markets persist; supplies are limited. The California and Florida seasons will end this week. Idaho growers will ship through July. New crop Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas harvests will start in early July. Most Northwest new crop production will get started in mid- to late August. Quality is very good.

POTATOES Expect prices for 40- and 50-count supplies to rise through the summer; the 60- to 100-count market will remain fairly level. Idaho Norkotah Potatoes will be shipped through the end of next week; Washington storage stocks will run through mid-July. Overall quality is good; air checks, pressure, and shoulder bruising will be seen sporadically in remaining storage supplies (both Norkotahs and Burbanks) from all growing regions. Burbank Potatoes will ship through August.

RASPBERRIES The market is level. High temperatures have reduced yields in Central Mexico, but California’s Watsonville volume is climbing. Quality is good; no issues have been reported from Watsonville at this time.

ROMAINE Prices are low; Salinas Valley supplies are ample. Defects are minimal, but being removed in the fields.

STRAWBERRIES Ideal temperatures are expected in the Santa Maria and Watsonville/Salinas growing regions. Expect great quality and steady prices. Quality is very good; expect full color, sweet flavor, and very few misshaped berries.

TOMATOES The market is low. The season is ending in Quincy, Florida; volume will increase in South Carolina. Large size dominates crops. Growers will move to Arkansas and Tennessee over the next few weeks. Mexican supplies are ample. California’s San Joaquin Valley season is underway. Quality is very good.

TREE FRUIT Prices are stable. California nectarines and peaches will ship through mid-September. Plums will remain available through mid-October. Quality is very good: sugar levels are increasing.

WATERMELON Markets are weak. Domestic stocks are plentiful. The Mexican season has finished; domestic melons will start shipping this week. Quality is very good; melons are juicy and sweet with full color.

ZUCCHINI The market is weak. East Coast harvests are underway in multiple states. Production is underway in California and Mexico as well.

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