Eastern Canada's Market Update
October 14, 2020
Markon Live from the Fields video regarding upcoming iceberg lettuce harvesting in the Huron, California growing region.
- A small number of iceberg lettuce suppliers will start harvesting out of Huron later this week
- Production in this region will increase over the next two weeks, but most growers will continue to harvest in the Salinas Valley
- The quality and supply outlook is positive; stands are good and above-normal temperatures are aiding plant growth
- A small amount of long core/seeder and sporadic Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) is present
- TSWV is carried over from summer tomato crops and not uncommon to see in fall Huron lettuce crops
- Unlike the widespread Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV) recently seen in Salinas, TSWV is more easily detected and avoided
- Case weights for 24-count liner lettuce are expected to start out in the 37 to 42-pound range (compared to 39 to 46 pounds in Salinas)
MARKET UPDATE FOR November 23, 2020
MARKETS TO WATCH: AT A GLANCE
Apples: Washington State harvest estimates continue to drop. Small sized Granny Smith are extremely tight.
Strawberries: Strawberries are elevated in pricing and remain very light in supply. Florida has light production.
Broccoli: Yields are low coming out of Salinas due to quality and Yuma is still trying to ramp up.
Cauliflower: Supplies continue to tighten with lower yields in Salinas and Santa Maria. Yuma is slow to ramp up supplies.
Limes: Supplies are tight this week due to rain in the growing regions and growing region concluding for the season.
Oranges: Navel supplies are looking good, and markets are coming off. Quality is looking really nice.
Green Grapes: Green grape inventory in seasonal decline. Wide range in quality and price.
Lettuce Iceberg: Heavy activity in the marketplace has put this commodity in a demand exceeds supply situation. Light weights are the biggest concern with lettuce from Huron and Yuma. Value added product has been triggered.
Lettuce Romaine: Romaine, romaine hearts as well as green leaf items are active. Demand exceeds supplies. Expect inventories with shippers to be minimal for the entire week. Value added product has been triggered.
Green Leaf: Green leaf items are active. Quality is fair at best. Value added product has been triggered and will have a shorter shelf life than normal.
Stone Fruit: California is finished for the season. Chile will start mid-late December. There are plenty of plums available from Italy.
Tomatoes: The market is trending higher this week while Tropical Storm Eta brought torrential rain and wind to Florida pausing harvest operations last week. Mexico crossings remain light while farms work through a cold weather pattern reducing yields.
Zucchini: Higher markets on yellow zucchini with lower production, steady market on green zucchini.
GARLIC- The peeled garlic pricing continues to ease. Containers arrivals have been more frequent allowing supplies to fill the pipeline. Quality is strong. China: The whole bulb market had decreased considerably and the Chinese peeled market continues to adjust downwards. Quality remains very strong on the new crop product. California: Growers have completed the 2020 California garlic harvest. Yields are unfortunately around 5-7% less than estimated. However, the quality of the raw material remains a little above average. The market for California garlic remains strong due to good demand.
ICEBERG- Supplies of iceberg lettuce are still very limited. Heavy demand in the marketplace has put this commodity in a demand exceeds supply situation. Triggered pricing continues with value added lettuce items. Expect better inventories and lower pricing next week. Demand will be light this week due to the US Thanksgiving pull being done. Weights are ranging from 34-40 pounds in Yuma. The weath-er is expected to be ideal this week, which will inevitably increase production. Quality reports from Yuma are showing some small-frame heads and occasional seeder but overall good quality. Any remaining product in Salinas has been impacted by the colder weather over the last two weeks and there is rain expected which will essentially bring the Salinas season to an end. The majority of growers are now in Yuma.
ROMAINE / LEAF- Demand continues to exceed supplies on romaine, romaine hearts and green leaf. There are ample supplies red leaf. Value-added romaine and products containing romaine continue to have had their pricing triggered for this week. Value-added green leaf items continue to have triggers. Expect better inventories and lower pricing next week. Demand will be light this week due to the US Thanksgiving holiday pull being done. Weights are a little lighter than anticipated but quality is excellent, aside for some light wind
damage. Any remaining product in Salinas has been impacted by the colder weather over the last two weeks and there is rain expected which will negatively impact quality out of this region. Most growers are now shipping from Yuma.
WEST COAST: SPRING MIX/BABY SPINACH/BABY KALE- Tender leaf (spring mix, baby arugula, baby spinach) quality and supply levels are now returning to normal with transition to Yuma.
EAST COAST: ARUGULA / WATERCRESS / BABY RED KALE– Arugula: Arugula supplies in the east are very good with very good quality. Baby Red Kale: Production of baby red kale continues and supplies far exceed demand.
US CABBAGE- Texas and Southeast crops have started with good availability and quality.
BROCCOLI- Supply out of California and Mexico has tightened up as demand is strong for the US Thanksgiving holiday. The transition down to Yuma has begun for some shippers. Salinas and Santa Maria received colder weather leading to some frost, slowing growth and causing some pin rot. Expect the market to remain tight through the holiday and transition with better supplies in early December. This week will be the last week for Ontario broccoli and crowns.
ASPARAGUS– Even with the demand for the US Thanksgiving holiday, there is good volume and great quality this year. Markets are expected to ease up again next week as they typically do after a heavy pull and retailers get caught up. Peru: Steady volume, low demand, and good quality. Mexico: Production is extremely slow with little volume available.
CAULIFLOWER– Supplies continue to tighten with lower yields in Salinas and Santa Maria. Yuma is slow to ramp up supplies. Supplies will be tight through November as demand remains strong due to the US Thanksgiving. Weights are still in the 25 to 28-pound level. Pricing is active.
BEANS– Markets have turned quickly because of Hurricane Eta in Florida and Georgia. As a result, quality is marginal, and supply is extremely light with heavy demand. Wax beans are not available. Bean production in Coachella and Mexico should ramp up over the next 10-12 days helping supply. Markets will remain extreme for several weeks. Snipped: Snipped bean supplies are also light at higher prices. Overall, quality is good.
CELERY- Good supplies of celery continues in Santa Maria and Oxnard as the US Thanksgiving pull winds down. Good supplies will continue thru the rest of the month. Overall, the quality continues to be strong. Most shippers are peaking on 30ct and 36ct. Oxnard is the primary shipping location for celery out of California.
GREEN ONIONS– Demand has been very good due to the US Thanksgiving pull. The market will remain firm through the end of the month due to demand for the US Thanksgiving holiday, cooler temperatures in the growing region and Mexican holidays. This market always gets very active during the holidays due to lack of labor in Mexico.
EGGPLANT- South Georgia production remains steady, as expected, and Florida has begun the ramp up with some intermittent dips in
production over the next several weeks expected due to damage from tropical storm ETA. In the west, supply will be improving with new
crop production out of Mexico and Coachella. Lackluster demand and ample supplies are keeping this market very reasonable.
FIELD CUCUMBERS– Markets continue to remain strong, as volume is short in both Florida and Mexico. Florida will continue to struggle with volume as a result of last week’s storm. We expect Nogales to rebound with volume starting next week. Markets will remain active for the next couple of weeks.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS- Supply is steady as local/regional deals continue while supplies from California are tightening and forcing the market higher. Overall quality is good. Ontario supplies are steady and should have product through December.
CORN- Georgia supplies are still available and Florida has also started production for the season. Volume changes daily, but there is load volume out there. Quality is good and sizing is on the smaller side, around 6.5 inches in length of cob. Pricing has eased.
KALE- Steady supplies and good quality out of southern California and Texas will continue for this week. The kale market remains stable as growing conditions are very good. Overall, quality is good with full bunches and some yellow leaves being reported. Salinas will have light to moderate availability for the next few weeks.
CILANTRO- Cilantro supplies are good this week easily meeting demand. Texas, California, Arizona and Mexico are producing good volumes. Quality is strong; texture is firm with minimal yellowing.
ZUCCHINI– Supply has firmed up out of South Georgia keeping markets firm in the east. We are seeing some light numbers out of Florida this week as well. However, zucchini from Florida is limited and quality is suspect. We are seeing a lot of scuffing and scarring from both Florida and Mexico. High winds from tropical storm Eta has done some serious damage to the squash plants in Florida. New fields from Mexico will provide much needed relief with quality but we are still 10 days away. We are seeing higher markets on yellow with green holding fairly steady. Crossings through Nogales remain stable but firming up. Markets in Nogales have reacted and expect conditions to remain as is for the next two weeks.
PEPPERS- Green Pepper: Georgia probably has another solid week of harvesting, but we are on the way out for sure. Expect quality to start suffering and higher yields of grade-outs. More growers have started in Florida, but we are still another two weeks from seeing any good volume. Quality is expected to be hit and miss out of Florida for the next week as fields dry out and damages are assessed. Nogales will start by December 1. California is mainly producing off-grades. Red Pepper: The red pepper market is on the move as California’s Central Coast is finished. Product from Mexico loading in Nogales will start by December 15th. There is good volume of hot house peppers this week out of Ontario with higher pricing and Mexican hothouse just getting started.
TABLE POTATOES– Drought in the Maritime Provinces will hold Canada’s 2020 potato crop below 2019’s production. PEI’s production will fall to its lowest level since 2001. New Brunswick’s crop could be its smallest since 1973. Production has rebounded in the Prairie Provinces, but not by as much as the industry had planned. Overall, this year’s forecast yield looks like it would be Canada’s lowest since 2011. The lower yield is the primary driver of this year’s production downturn. Canadian growers planted 0.3% fewer potatoes than they did in 2019, but we expect them to harvest 15,856 acres more than they did last year. The difference highlights the contrast between this year’s mild harvest weather and the harsh conditions that forced growers in the prairie provinces to leave a large portion of their crop in the ground in 2019. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize the extreme variation in the crop outlook, between the provinces. Ontario: Harvest is more than 90% complete. Growers are now working to salvage potatoes that were compromised by heavy rains during the growing season. Yields on storage potatoes have been strong enough to offset most of the losses on early-season varieties. This year’s yield will come in slightly below average. It looks like Ontario will produce 10.4% more this season than last. Quebec: Harvest is only 75% complete. The harvest got off to a quick start during the first half of September, but frequent rains since then have created challenges. Weather forecasts are calling for persistent showers and cool temperatures for the next 14 days. While growers may be able to dig potatoes during that time, the going will be tough. Given this year’s challenging harvest season we now expect Quebec growers to only harvest 46,800 acres of potatoes. That is 900 acres less than the previous estimate. It puts abandonment at 2.7%, which matches the provincial average for the past five years. Stronger yields on full-season Russets have offset below-average yields on round varieties that were harvested earlier. However, the russet potatoes may have more growth cracks and other defects than normal, which could reduce marketable supplies. While Quebec appears to have one of the best potato crops in Canada this year, the challenging harvest conditions put a substantial portion of those potatoes at risk. British Columbia: Harvest is virtually complete. The province has produced another strong crop. Reports indicate that yields were similar to those from the 2018 crop. That crop’s yield was slightly less than last year’s crop; a decline of 2.8%. Growers are happy with this year’s crop quality.
ONIONS– The Pacific Northwest is shipping out of storage. Demand is higher on red and white onions with heavy exports to Mexico. Size profiles are leaning heavier to jumbo and colossal sizes on yellows and whites. Reds are also sizing a bit bigger, with jumbos being much more plentiful than mediums. The initial National Onion Association report shows that the supply may be short this season. However, depending on what takes place regarding school openings, as well as in-restaurant dining, will largely determine what demand will be from now through the end of the calendar year.
CARTON BAKING POTATO: PEI: Crops in the central portion of the Island, where over 60% of PEI’s potato crop is produced, were devastated by the summer drought. However, the remnants of Hurricane Teddy helped late-season crops on both the west end and the east end of the Island.
We are hearing reports that yields on full-season potatoes in those parts of the island will be “slightly below” last year’s yields. This looks like it will be PEI’s lowest yield since 2001. Though harvest is only 75% complete, we expect PEI growers to harvest all 84,500 acres that they planted to potatoes this year. Though growers planted 1,000 acres more in 2019 than they did in 2020, they abandoned 1,500 acres of low spots in fields that had been drowned out during the summer. With this year’s expected yield down 20%, production is expected to fall short of the 2019 crop, a 19.8% decline. This will be PEI’s smallest potato crop since 2001. USA: The market is stable with an increased production in smaller sizes 90 count to 120 count. Growers have finished up harvest and are now shipping exclusively out of storage. Harvest was completed 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Idaho has started shipping storage Burbanks at an upcharge, which have undergone the sweat process. Quality is excellent, peaking on 70 CT cartons.
SEEDLESS WATERMELON- Supplies of seedless watermelons remain good while minis are getting very tight. Nogales is finishing up with fruit from the Guaymas, Mexico area and the winter southern Mexican area will not start with volume until after Christmas. The east coast is still tight as well as south Florida is starting with light supplies. Supplies will start to tighten up as there are less acres planted in southern Mexico this year. We are hearing the offshore deal will be short in volume due to the recent hurricanes.
PAPAYA- Weather in the Mexican growing region of Tecoman, Colima is mostly sunny with minimal overcast expected throughout the week. Overall supply from Mexico has increased in the last 2 weeks, however demand has dropped. Many shippers have resorted to moving loads “priced after sale” to rotate inventory, making the market even more depressed. Over the weekend, many shippers decided to keep the bulk of supply in Mexico’s national markets to help clear the supply being exported.
MANGO- The Ecuadorian mango season is now in full production. The crop sizing is peaking on 12 count, followed by 10 count. The quality of Ecuadorian mangos has been very good with minimal defects being reported. The Brazilian mango season is now winding down; the sizing is predominately larger fruit; 7 count, 8 count, and 9 count. Quality is fair, but there are some defects being reported in the crop. There is a great opportunity for mango promotions during the remainder of November and going into December on 12 count and 10 count. Overall demand seems to have slowed down.
GOLD PINEAPPLES– Costa Rica: Stable and dry conditions prevail over most of Costa Rica, with low humidity and warm temperatures. Cloud cover and rain showers will be more concentrated in the Pacific region. Luckily Costa Rica was spared from the full force of hurricane Eta and Iota, affecting only some infrastructure and generating localized flooding. A new tropical wave is located in the Caribbean Sea and it might become a depression. We will be monitoring this phenomenon and its possible effects for next week. Quality is reported as good, with no major issues at this time. There is only minor concern with UV radiation which has been affecting the fruit in the past couple of weeks. The USDA crossing report is showing an extremely low number of only 170 inbound containers from Costa Rica; this is an extremely low inbound number. The USDA is also reporting demand as fairly light and a lower market. No changes to report this week with demand for pineapples are still not improving. The US election helped slow down demand even more which drove the market lower. The European holiday pull started last week however, with some countries still dealing with COVID shutdowns, the holiday pull is expected to be much lighter than previous years. Mexican supply is strong with high volumes expected to come all through the month of November.
BLUEBERRIES– Imports continue to come in with very good volume on the East Coast. Mexico is ramping up as well. Expect good supply across all regions now through December. Quality has been excellent.
STRAWBERRIES- California’s strawberry quality and supply challenges persist. Colder weather will limit California harvests and markets will be strong. As Northern California winds down, Oxnard and Central Mexico are beginning light volumes. Prices continue to increase; expect elevated markets for the next two weeks. Santa Maria: Current quality challenges include bleeding, bruising, softness, and decay. Cold-chain management remains a vital component in maximizing shelf-life. Mexico: The Mexican season is ramping up slowly. Expect low volume to start, due to warm weather. Florida: Florida strawberries have begun to enter the market. Volume should ramp up the week of November 30.
RASPBERRIES / BLACKBERRIES– Raspberries: Production is coming on in Central Mexico and steady volume in Baja. Volume will continue to increase over the next month and will peak in the next few weeks. Overall quality is good. Now is the time to promote raspberries. Blackberries: Mexican production is falling off as we are past the fall peak. Production will stay lower until late January when the large ramp-up will last into early March before trickling down until the end of the season in June.
STONE FRUIT- The California stone fruit season has concluded. Black Angelino plums from Italy will be available through late-November. California pomegranate is winding down and offshore has started. Quince and persimmons continue. Chilean stone fruit will start mid-December.
ORANGES- California Navels: Navel demand is up and growers are we producing good volumes. The recent cooler nights will be cutting down the gas times and the natural color will start to pop with the freezing temperatures. The fruit is peaking on the smaller side, but big fruit is available. Sizing is peaking on 113s/88s/138s/72s in that order. Supplies are looking good on 88’s and smaller. 72’s and larger are holding firm due to retail pull. Quality is still looking really nice. The brix on average is around 10-11 which is fairly good for this time of the year. Fruit is solid and will only get better on flavor profile and sugar levels. The market has corrected itself a little, the early market has capped off and as more growers continue to come into their harvest, you can expect the market to come down a little. Florida: Florida juice oranges are in better supply with prices remain steady. We will see much better supplies as we move into December. Quality is very good.
LEMONS–The California lemon market is a steady go, but we can expect it to get very, very limited in a couple of weeks. We don’t recommend promoting lemons in the next month, as the market will swing going upwards. Growers have started their export lemon programs and that will keep the market steady until district 1 lemons get into some good volume. There are still Chilean and Mexican lemons out there, but that inventory of fruit is drying up quickly. Once that inventory is finished, California will be back in the driver’s seat for supply and the price will rise with the limited inventory. Currently district 3 lemons are heavy on choice and limited on fancy as the majority of fancy is going for export programs. District 3 will peak on 140s and smaller and district 1 will be peaking on 95/75/115s, but we are seeing limited supplies on big fruit coming out of district 1. As long as the coronavirus continues to impact restaurants, there should continue to be more supply than demand.
CLEMENTINES- California: We continue to see some satsumas and clementine’s being harvested this week. However, most will not be starting in volume for the next week or so. We are hearing that the fruit is eating well, considering it is early fruit. Clementine’s will start out the season slightly larger than last year, but will still remain pretty small to start the season. Offshore: We are quickly approaching one of the best times of the year to use clementine’s. Clementine’s were created in the early 20th century by a cross between tangerine and bitter orange by Father Clement (where the name of clementine comes from). When we talk about clementine’s, the leading producer country that comes to our mind is Morocco but we also find other producing countries for several years now including Spain, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Israel, and the United States. It takes 8 years for a tree to produce beautiful citrus and it can produce fruit for 15 to 40 years depending on the species and variety. Flowering takes place in late spring to early summer. A tree produces up to 200,000 flowers and only 1% of the flowers produce a fruit that reaches maturity. It takes seven months from flowering to harvest fruit. Not damage clementine's, they are picked with clippers. This year the season of clementine has started very early for Spain as for Morocco, but the quality and the taste are very good. However, supply is difficult because of the high demand this year, which is partly influenced by the current pandemic situation. Prices are stable and volume is expected to be better by the third week of November.
GRAPEFRUIT- On the east coast, Florida has started shipping good supplies. Quality from Florida is very nice on this early fruit. It is priced much higher than the offshore fruit was but pricing will ease as volume increases into November. On the west coast, we are expecting a smaller crop in Texas this year due to damage to trees from Hurricane Hanna. They are also expecting more choice fruit than fancy.
LIMES- Currently, the lime crop out of Veracruz; Mexico is currently peaking at 175/200/230. The weather conditions for the first part of last week were not favorable for harvesting, in addition there was a holiday in Mexico on Monday. The market is heavy on small fruit. The crossing report showed very few crossings last week. If this trend continues, expect demand to exceed supply. Peak sizes are 175/200/230 with the following size distribution: 110-7%, 150-10%, 175-25%, 200-25%, 230-18%, 250-15%. The quality of the fruit expected for this week is looking good; however, there are just a few days left of this lime cycle. We have received reports of limes in all sizes that are light in color, and softness is also being reported.
CANTALOUPE- Hurricane Iota made landfall last week hitting Nicaragua, Honduras & the surrounding areas as a category 4 storm. Iota hit just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta did just weeks ago. Central America was hammered with heavy rain and damaging winds, leading to flash flooding, river flooding & landslides. Melon crops in Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica will struggle with production and we expect to see a huge reduction in overall volume as we continue to transition to offshore fruit. Offshore: There is good availability of cantaloupes in Florida. The industry is seeing a stronger market on import fruit. Current size is peaking on large sized (9/J9) fruit. Seeing good quality on the first arrivals and brix levels seem to be ranging around 10%. The USDA has yet to quote offshore but we do anticipate a very active market. US/Mexico: Weather in the desert had temperatures in the 80’s-90’s last week with a slight cool down this past weekend (70’s-80’s). This season is quickly winding down. Current size structure showing cantaloupes peaking on 12’s. Late season fruit is showing stress and quality is suspect.
HONEYDEW- The California/Arizona season is quickly winding down. Growers are looking to conclude the 2020 season in the coming weeks. The market is steady and demand seems to have decreased. Late season fruit showing short shelf life and quality is suspect. Offshore: Product has hit the pipeline in a light way. Very limited on imports but there are some options. Size structure on the honeydews will peak on larger sized (5/ J5) fruit. USDA has yet to quote offshore arrivals, but we so anticipate a very active market as demand shifts to offshore fruit. Mexico:
Mexico is still shipping honeydews and will continue to do so throughout the winter. Supply is strong and pricing is low. Sugar has been good as has quality on fresh honeydew out of Mexico. Supplies will be limited the next couple of weeks.
PEARS– Washington: New crop Bartlett, Anjou, Bosc, Red pears, Comice and Seckel continue out of Oregon and Washington. The overall crop is picking out shorter than projected for this season. Prices so far have stayed higher this year versus last year and we are projecting that the prices will stay firm on all the pears over the next month as demand is strong.
GRAPES– Grape movement remains steady out of California into late-November, yet many growers are still looking to push volume, particularly on red seedless grapes. There are offers are available on red grapes, but an eye will need to be kept on the quality and condition of this fruit as much of it has age. On the other hand, green seedless grapes continue to tighten up with each week and most growers only anticipate shipping for 5-6 more weeks until they are finished for the year. Variety-wise, the Allison has become the primary late-season red seedless option, along with virtually only Autumn Kings for green seedless. All black seedless varieties are winding down quickly for the season. Market pricing should remain steady on red seedless into early December, with the green seedless market firming up rapidly with each subsequent week through the month. Imported Peruvian grapes will begin to arrive in steady volumes by later November/early December to help ensure the industry doesn’t gap heading into 2021.
AVOCADO- Supplies are steady with an increase seen on the percentage of small fruit. The increased availability on this small fruit is most likely attributed to more Aventajada being harvested. As Flora Loca finishes up, large fruit is in good supply this week as well. Total volume continues to peak on 48s/16s and 60s/20s. Industry arrivals for last week totaled 56.8 million pounds. Mexico shipped 55.49 million pounds and California harvested 1.4 million pounds. Current inventories at the border reflect a total of 56.4 million pounds of which 4.2 million pounds are organics. Mexico continues to lead industry supplies with 97% of total inventories reported. Volume ranges remain wide due to uncertainty created by COVID-19. Weekly averages for the next 4 weeks will remain at 48 - 55 million+ pound range when combining arrivals from Mexico, California & Others. Mexico- Michoacán harvested 66 million pounds two weeks ago with 55.49 million pounds shipping to the United States. Volume for last week is slightly down as Mexico observed national Revolution Day; harvest estimate is set for 58-61 million pounds this week, with 85-91% heading to the US. California- California harvested 1.4 million pounds last week. Estimated harvest is 1.43 and 1.3 million pounds for the next two weeks. California’s harvest estimate remains at 370 million pounds for the season. Chile- The Chilean season estimate is now set under 5 million pounds and arrivals have virtually stopped. Market Outlook- Mexico had a national holiday Monday, but we still see strong harvest despite that. In addition, we remain in the slowest demand period for avocados heading into the US Thanksgiving holiday. As a result, we don’t anticipate much change in market conditions in the short term. Historically we see demand start to increase as we get closer to the new year. That being said, in the middle of a pandemic, what happens this year still remains to be seen.
TOMATOES– Tomato prices remain very strong and have increased again this week as supplies are tight. East Coast: Demand currently exceeds supply. Florida has resumed harvesting following heavy rain & wind from tropical storm Eta. Tomatoes are going into the ripening rooms & are expected to have challenges in the box as product continues to ripen. The Central part of the state received heavy amounts of rain & crop losses are expected to send pricing upwards for the next several weeks. The market is adjusting to meet slowing demand following a second wave of social restrictions being implemented throughout Canada and the USA. Round & roma prices remain high and forecast to improve with supply as new growing regions begin harvesting mid-December. Cherry tomatoes are steady while heavy grape tomato inventory continues to absorb the demand at value pricing. West Coast: Demand currently exceeds supply. Mexico also has lighter volume from crops damaged by recent heat. They will begin harvesting new fields in south central Mexico in December. Markets are expected to remain elevated the next 3-4 weeks. Round and roma tomato prices continue to be higher due to the lighter production coming from Mexico as well light supplies from Florida. Additionally, product that has been crossing has not had much color. Expect tight stocks over the next five to six weeks with continued elevated pricing. Cherry tomatoes are steady while heavy grape tomato inventory absorb demand at value pricing.
APPLES- Washington: The new crop has now finished harvesting and has been put into controlled atmosphere storage for the winter. The overall crop came in shorter than projected due to weather issues and is now estimated to be around 117 million cases. This is much smaller than the 135 million-case crop that Washington had last season. The quality of the fruit is very good but the sizing on the fruit is running smaller than last year, which means that the large sizes will be tight and more expensive this season. Demand is strong and pricing is higher this year and we expect it to remain this way through the end of this year. Ontario/Quebec/Michigan/New York: It’s APPLE SEASON. As with Washington, harvesting is done and shippers are packing out of controlled atmosphere storage rooms. MacIntosh, Empire, Red and Gold Delicious and Royal Galas are available in good supply. There are also some Ambrosia and Honeycrisp also.
WILD FORAGED PRODUCTS
Black Trumpet: From Europe. First of the season now available.
Hedgehog: From Europe. First of the season now available.
Yellowfoot: From Europe. First of the season now available.
Bluefoot: From France. Fresh pick! Limited quantities available.
Pine Mushrooms: From British Columbia / Oregon. Limited supplies. Season winding down.
Chanterelle Mushrooms: From Vancouver Island, British Columbia and Quebec. Regular and button available.
White Chanterelle: From Oregon. Prices stable.
Burgundy Truffles: From Italy. Good quality and improving weekly.
White Truffles: From Italy. Peak quality and supply now.
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