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August 21, 2020 - The River Fire in Salinas, California has burned 39,464 acres and is only 9% contained. Firefighters are working to prevent the River Fire from merging with a separate Carmel Fire that has burned 4,732 acres and is 0% contained. Falling ash from both events is affecting all produce crops throughout the Salinas Valley.

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MARKET UPDATE FOR September 21, 2020

MARKETS TO WATCH: AT A GLANCE

 

Peppers: Green peppers continue to remain short and we don’t foresee any relief in the upcoming weeks. 

Blackberries: Heat stressed plants are not producing as original estimates had shown 

Raspberries: Heat stressed plants are not producing as original estimates had shown 

Strawberries: Lower yields and damaged fruit has caused markets to tighten up drastically. 

Broccoli: Recent heat waves have caused quality issues and lower yields. 

Cauliflower: Cauliflower supplies are on the tighter side with slightly lower yields from the recent heat waves. 

Oranges: Valencia supplies on sizes 88/113/138’s are very tight. Markets are active on both grades and quality is only fair. 

Cucumbers: Higher markets as local/regional crops are finishing, especially Michigan, Ontario and Quebec and demand moves west. 

Garlic: Supplies are improving with new California crop now being processed. Light supplies will continue as China transitions to new crop. 

Lettuce Iceberg: This market is active with all shippers. Fair quality at best is being reported. Value added product has been triggered and will have a shorter shelf life than normal. 

Lettuce Romaine: Romaine as well as all leaf items are active. Romaine hearts continues to be in a demand exceeds supplies situation. Quality is fair at best. Value added product has been triggered and will have a shorter shelf life than normal. 

Lettuce Tender Leaf: Markets have turned higher with the recent round of heat causing lower yields and sub par quality. 

Cantaloupe: Demand exceeds supply. Market is active and supplies are limited. Quality is great. 

Honeydew: Demand exceeds supply. Market is active an supplies are limited. Quality is great. 

California Stone Fruit: Another week of production before we conclude the California season. Peaches are done. Nectarines are tapering off quickly and plums will have another few weeks of production. 

Tomatoes: The market is moving upward as fields are past peak season. 

Zucchini: Heat damage from a few weeks ago in the west is now affecting quality. Cold weather in the east has slowed production to a crawl. Transition south to Georgia in the coming weeks. 

 

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