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LIVE FROM THE FIELDS: Light Lettuce Ice

 January 11, 2021

The latest Markon Live From the Fields video covers light lettuce ice in the Arizona/California desert growing region. Light lettuce ice developed over the weekend and again this morning causing minor production delays. Sporadic ice may continue over the next couple of days, but forecasts call for warmer temperatures overall this week. Weather throughout the Yuma season has been much more mild compared to previous years. December/January are historically the most challenging months of the season. This season, frost events have been few and far between, and we’ve received no rainfall. Although some frost-related defects are present, we are currently seeing some of the best lettuce quality in recent memory for this time of year.

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MARKET UPDATE FOR May 17, 2021

MARKETS TO WATCH: AT A GLANCE

 

Peeled Garlic: Supplies from China continue to be very tight with quality issues. The California market is tightening up as California supplies are finished. 

Apples: Quality is good on all varietals. Smaller sized fruit is less available and has higher pricing. The season in eastern regions is coming to an end. 

Avocados: Pricing is steady at higher levels due to strong retail / foodservice demand. 

Red Peppers: Red peppers out of Mexico are in light supply and priced higher as the Mexican season winds down. 

Raspberries: Supplies remain tight and that is expected to continue through May, until California’s harvest fully ramps up. 

Blueberries: Florida, Georgia and Mexico’s harvests are returning to normal levels, and California is increasing as well. 

Limes: Supplies remain very limited, particularly on 175 CT and larger sizes. 230 CT and smaller are the best value. 

Green Grapes: Quality is poor and pricing is high as the import season finishes. Avoid use where possible, until Mexico starts in May. 

Red Grapes: Quality is only fair and remain a more reliable option than greens. Pricing is steady. 

Cantaloupe: The import season is finished. Mexico is harvesting, and the California/Arizona desert season will begin in the next few weeks. 

Honeydew: The import season is finished. Mexico is harvesting, and the California/Arizona desert season will begin in the next few weeks. 

Stone Fruit: California stone fruit has started with apricots, peaches and cherries. Nectarines start around in a week. Plums start in June. 

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