Eastern Canada's Market Update
August 3, 2018 – Higher–than–average daytime and nighttime temperatures in the Salinas Valley have caused industry–wide heat–related defects in commodity and value–added items. Romaine products have been hardest hit; warmer temperatures are causing internal burn, insect pressure, and seeder. Temperatures are expected to return to seasonal averages over the next several days, which will help improve quality.VIEW OUR CONDENSED MARKET UPDATE
MARKET UPDATE FOR MARCH 18th, 2019
MARKETS TO WATCH: AT A GLANCE
Celery: The celery market is very active. Poor weather has slowed the growth of this commodity. Demand exceeds supplies. Triggered pricing is in place on contracts as well as with value added items.
Green Grapes: Supplies on green grapes will become a challenge by April.
Limes: Fewer inbounds coming from Mexico, and rain in the growing regions with high demand has driven prices up this week. Active prices across the board on all sizes.
East Coast Peppers: Supplies are getting very tight, quality is only fair.
Strawberries: The strawberry market in all three current growing regions will be on the rise with limited availability through the end of the month. All Strawberry production will be coming from California by the end of March.
East Coast Eggplant: Very light supplies and poor quality.
Onions: Demand is active in the pacific northwest region. Markets are on the rise.
Leaf: Poor weather is creating fair product quality at best with blister and peel.
Potatoes: Russet 60 count and larger limited out of Idaho.
Apples: We are experiencing extremely limited supplies of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples. The market is extremely active. Chilean imported Galas are set to arrive in 1-2 weeks.
ICEBERG- The market has adjusted downward with multiple suppliers for this week. The weather in the Yuma region has been in the mid-seventies to eighties. Production has picked up. This is in sharp contrast to the cold temperatures and rain that has been in this region over the past month. Triggers on value-added products are off. Some common defects being reported to include misshapen head size, puffiness, ribbing and mechanical. The weights have improved averaging 37- 42 pounds. Huron is expected to begin production around the third week in March.
ROMAINE / LEAF- Due to good weather in the growing regions of Yuma, romaine, as well as all leaf items, have improved in availability. Demand is fair. Although the quality has picked up compared to past weeks, shippers continue to announce blister and peel as defects that exist on romaine as well as all leaf items. This continues on an industry wide basis. Some other defects that have been reported include discoloration, mechanical and cupping on all romaine and leaf items. These defects will likely continue for the rest of the Yuma season. Huron will begin production late in March.
SPRING MIX/BABY SPINACH/BABY KALE- The Tender Leaf market is steady on spring mix, baby kale, baby spinach, and cello spinach. Quality is good with minimal yellowing and bruising of the tender leaves. Look for these items to be steady going into next week.
ROCKET ARUGULA / WATERCRESS– Baby arugula supplies are meeting current demand. Weather in Florida has been good allowing for a return to excellent quality and supply. Bunched watercress quality and availability is good. Red watercress, baby red kale are both available.
BROCCOLI- The broccoli market has started to come off with the nicer weather in Yuma and Mexico. This warmer weather the next several days in Yuma and Mexico is helping to spur growth. Look for supplies to get a little better with the improved weather. Quality is good with slight purpling, some mechanical damage, and occasional yellow cast.
ASPARAGUS– Mexico: Production out of Caborca, Mexico remains the same as last week. Supply continues to be steady with a slight increase as fields continue to have good yields. We are expecting decent volume over the next 7-10 days as the weather outlook continues to be good. Overall volume out of Mexico is lower this year compared to last year. The market continues to be steady this week as there is not much demand and more product is available.
CAULIFLOWER– Cauliflower has started to come off with the nicer weather in Yuma. The Yuma weather has started to spur the growth process. Overall, the quality is good with minor bruising and yellow cast with weights in the 25 to 28-pound level. Look for this market to continue to adjust going into next week.
BEANS– The green bean market is steady at normal levels. There are good supplies out of both Mexico and south Florida. Quality is very good. Wax (yellow) beans are now available as supplies are steady from Florida. Snipped: Snipped bean supplies are good with good quality.
CELERY- This market continues to get stronger daily. Demand exceeds supplies on this commodity. Triggered pricing on value-added product as well as contracts continues. Rains eased last week but temperatures will only be in the sixties to low seventies in the growing regions of southern California, specifically Oxnard and Santa Maria. Production in Mexico and Yuma will be light all week. Some defects are being reported and include bowing, insect damage, slight pith, and leafiness. The quality is fair. Expect strong markets for the next two weeks, minimum.
GREEN ONIONS– The green onion market continues to come off with the recent nice weather in Mexico. Currently, the weather has cooperated and we are seeing supplies increase as a result. The recent cold weather in January is causing occasional leaf minor and mechanical damage. The green onion market will continue to level off going into next week.
EGGPLANT- East: Eggplant is in very short supply and quality is poor. Florida is at the end of their winter crop that was very little acreage to begin with and the spring crop is running late. Florida is not a big supplier of eggplant during the winter months as Mexico produces so much acreage. The acreage Florida shippers have been working with is coming to an end and showing its age and results of the high winds the region is known for this time of year. The spring crop should begin in late March until then expect a sharp rise in pricing with the Mexican supply starting to wind down for the season. West: Eggplant continues to be harvested in the Mexican State of Sinaloa. Good supplies of eggplant are currently being harvested and supplies have increased this week due to good weather in the growing region. Both fancy and choice grade currently being packed. Current market on eggplant is expected to remain steady through next week. Quality from Sinaloa on fancy and choice pack is mostly fair to good.
ONIONS– Onion markets are rising quickly in Idaho and Washington due to lighter supplies and heavy demand. The Northwest season is winding down for the storage season. Medium sizes are limited and white onions are scarce. Many smaller shippers have finished and overall supplies in the Idaho/ Washington region will decline over the next 6-8 weeks. Coupled with the seasonal decline in the Northwest is the additional demand shifting to that region due to minimal crossings of Mexican onions into South Texas. Mexico continues to command a high price tag which has led to a lack of interest shipping out of the country. Expect markets to continue to rise. Quality is good with some translucency showing up in the late storage onions. A reminder that the translucency must be two full rings in order to be considered a quality defect.
CILANTRO- The cilantro market continues to stay steady in Yuma and Mexico. The cilantro quality is fair and has been affected a bit by the colder weather at the beginning of January. Look for the cilantro market to continue to stay steady going into next week.
IMPORTED CABBAGE- Cabbage is available from Texas and Florida. Sizing in Texas is still 16-18 count with smaller sizing limited or non-existent. Florida is still shipping product with an inflated market, but Georgia crop will be ready in the next few weeks. St. Patrick’s Day pull has come to an end with the majority of shippers able to cover all orders after falling behind from last Monday’s rain-out in Texas.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS- The brussels sprout market continues to remain snug with supply being affected by the recent rains in Salinas and Oxnard. The quality has been affected by the rain and cold weather and sizing tend to run smaller due to this recent colder weather. Look for this market to remain tight going into next week.
CORN- Corn is readily available loading out of Florida with markets slightly depressed. Quality is exceptional as growing conditions have been ideal.
FIELD CUCUMBERS– East: The primary cucumber supply is still coming from Honduras with steady supplies, however, the Honduran deal is starting to wind down for the season. The first Florida cucumbers started early last week in very light volume. Florida growers got a late start planting in most of the state due to cold rainy weather. Shippers do not expect much volume before the last week of March. Quality is still good on the import cucumbers but number one fruit is very tight. West: Light supplies of cucumber are being harvested in Sonora, Mexico. Quality out of the Sonora district is mostly fair. Light supplies of cucumbers are also being harvested in the Mexican State of Sinaloa this week. Supplies have decreased as growers are still transitioning to new fields. The cucumber market has stabilized and is expected to remain steady for the remainder of the week. Quality out of Sinaloa is good.
ZUCCHINI– East Coast: Zucchini supplies are steady coming from Homestead and Immokalee. Yellow is tighter than green after a slight cool down last week but the sun and warmer temperatures are back and plants are responding. Pricing shot up quickly early last week and started to stabilize by last weekend. The market should be steady this week as demand has picked up in the eastern part of the country. Quality has been good on green, yellow has had its share of typical issues with scaring and discoloration due to rain and winds over the past week. We expect steady supplies from south Florida for the next couple of weeks and the transition to central Florida should begin. West Coast: Better supplies of both green and yellow are available to load in Nogales, AZ this week. Steady supplies of green with lighter supplies of yellow. The market has softened on both varieties as production has increased. Quality on both packs is good.
PEPPERS- Pepper supplies remain short due to the cold weather experienced about two weeks ago in Mexico. Big sizes are almost non-existent with most of the west coast supply limited to mediums and choice. New fields in Sonora are now projected to start sometime this week, which should add a little bit more volume to the pipeline. In addition to supply shortages in Mexico, we are also dealing with issues at the border and crossings are being constantly delayed. Florida fields continue to struggle to get any kind of volume and it seems like this situation will continue until spring crops get going later this month. We expect pepper supplies to become somewhat steady yet not abundant by the end of March.
EAST COAST- Green pepper supply is extremely tight. Florida growers are basically between their winter and spring deals. Fields that growers are harvesting now are older and have been picked over multiple times causing them to produce smaller fruit, number 2 product, and overall lighter yields. Quality is only fair and peppers are showing signs of age with wind scar and some pitting and bruising. Due to cool, rainy conditions, the spring crop is running about 2 weeks late. Central Florida will start harvesting green peppers late March or early April, until then supplies in the east will be very tight and with little supply coming from the west, expect escalated pricing for at least the next two weeks.
WEST COAST PEPPERS– Serrano: Moderate supplies of serrano peppers continue to be available to load in Nogales, from Mexico. Supplies expected to remain moderate. The demand has decreased. Price on serrano pepper is also decreasing and is expected to remain steady through the week. Light supplies of serrano are also crossing into McAllen, Texas. Jalapenos: Better supplies of jalapeno are available this week and is available to load in Nogales, Arizona from Mexico. Growers continue to harvest jalapeno out of the Sonora and in Northern/Southern Sinaloa. Quality out of Sonora is good. Quality out of Sinaloa is good. Mostly medium to large size is available from both growing regions. Market on jalapeno has started to decrease and should continue to decrease minimally as we end the week. Green: Light volume on green pepper is arriving in Nogales this week. Currently low volume is being harvested in Sinaloa and Sonora. Quality on green peppers from both regions is good. Supplies exceed demand on green peppers. Market on green pepper is high on all sizes. Green peppers from Mexico are also available to load in McAllen, Texas. Red: Only light volume of red pepper continues to be available to load in Nogales, Arizona from Mexico. The price on the red pepper has increased this week. Light volume on both field and hot house peppers in all pack styles. Low numbers on both varieties of red peppers are expected through the week. Quality of red on both varieties is good. Red supplies from Mexico are currently crossing through both Nogales, Arizona and McAllen, Texas. Yellow: Light volume of yellow peppers continue to arrive in Nogales this week. Both field and hot house varieties being pack in. Quality on both varieties is good. Currently demand exceeds supply. Market on yellow is strong. Yellow hot house are also available to load in McAllen, Texas.
BUNCHED KALE- The kale market continues to come off this week as more supplies have come on with the recent nice weather in Yuma. Quality is good with full bunches, and only an occasional yellow leaf being reported.
POTATOES– Canadian: After the toughest fall harvest since 1983 growers are still trying to figure it all out. The Canadian holdings report shows a reduction of almost 8%, the US shows an increase in storage potatoes of 2.8%. Talking with growers across North America we hear that everyone is short and not taking any new business. The fry, chip and dehydrators are scrambling to find enough product to see them thru the season. European production has dropped from a massive over supply last season to a shortage this year. This has increased export shipments from PEI by 50% year to date putting further stress on a tight supply. Losing over 8,000 acres to the early frost in October has made the supply situation on PEI desperate for all shippers and processors. Traditionally packers in the US, Quebec and Ontario will supplement supply with PEI product in the spring which will not be available this year. Prices are high enough to slow shipments but it will still be a struggle in Canada to get from May to July without a big pull from the new US crop. Supply being what it is we expect prices to hold steady for now. The next USA report is in February so we will see if that paints any different picture. U.S.A: Russet potato carton markets continue to slowly rise, especially on 70 count and larger sizes. Norkotahs are winding down for the storage season with Burbanks becoming the main variety out of Idaho. Size profile is leaning heavily to 90 count and smaller. We continue to expect low volume of large size potatoes for the remainder of the Idaho storage crop. Other regions such as Washington, Colorado, and Wisconsin are also struggling with larger sizes. Quality issues during late storage potatoes will include internal/external bruising, light hollow heart, external cuts, light peepers, and occasional soft rot.
SEEDLESS WATERMELON- Supplies continue to improve on seedless watermelons. Watermelons are coming from the Jalisco (Mexico) area into Edinburg, Texas and Nogales Arizona. Offshore melons are going as well with good supplies. Honduras is picking up in volume. Florida will start at the end of the month with light volume.
GOLD PINEAPPLES– Weather in the northern region of Costa Rica is reported as cloudy with much needed afternoon showers expected all through the week. Yields have improved slightly but still remain lower than expected for this time of year. Yields will continue to improve with volume to normalize by April. Demand on the crownless has increased industry-wide and suppliers are doing their best to keep up with the current demand. Crownless supplies expected to start improving in a couple of weeks. Quality is reported as good with solid 14+ brix reported at the farms. The USDA crossing report is showing a very significant increase on inbound loads from Costa Rica last week at 820 loads vs week prior at 580 loads inbound from Costa Rica. The irregular inbound volume continues to affect market conditions. The USDA is reporting moderate demand and lower market.
BLUEBERRIES– Market pricing is varied depending on the quality and shipping location. Look for the market to be steady this week with higher undertones. Chilean Import Blueberries- Volumes are falling quickly, with the end expected by the end of this week. Mexican Blueberries- Again, volumes are falling quickly. Pricing is increasing exponentially as supply falls. Mostly the 6oz. pack is coming across. Florida Blueberries- Expected to start next week. Florida expects good supply but a slow start. Expect good volume by mid-April. Georgia Blueberries- Expected start date is the first week of April. Georgia is expecting to have a strong season this year with good volume through April & May. Expect good supply and promotional opportunities through April and May.
STRAWBERRIES- Strawberries are still in short supply in all growing areas. California: California quality is starting to clean up and as growers continue moving into an extended rain-free period. Quality will continue to improve. The better weather should have some effect on yields later this week however we do not expect to see overly significant increases until the last week of March. Temperatures are still cool for the next few days but highs of 65 to 70 degrees are expected for the weekend. The market remains steady. Florida: Florida Strawberries are in a slow but surely mode with limited numbers looking to trickle on through to the end of March if the weather permits. Quality is just fair as we move towards the end of the season there. Market remains steady. Mexico: Mexico is all but finished with only a few crossings. The market on what limited numbers are available is steady.
RASPBERRIES / BLACKBERRIES– Raspberries: Raspberries continue to cross in from Mexico with good numbers and quality. The market is steady with slightly higher undertones. Blackberries: Blackberries continue to be in good supplies as we start the week. The primary growing area is Mexico. Quality has been good with the occasional red cell defect showing up causing leakers. The market is steady at current pricing with availability being disrupted from time to time due to late transfer trucks.
MANGO- Mango volume out of Mexico continues to be limited but supplies are starting to increase gradually. The Ataulfo mango crop is peaking on 18s and 22s with the fruit showing a mostly clean appearance and green color; some scarring and latex burns are being noted on quality inspections. Volume of Haden variety mangos are peaking on 12 count followed by 14s and 10s. The larger sizes of 7s, 8s, and 9s are very limited. The fruit is showing a light blush of approximately 20% and good general appearance. With demand continuing to exceed supply on the Haden mangos, pricing is expected to remain firm.
PAPAYA- There are no current weather issues in Colima, Mexico with no rain in the forecast. Sizing has been peaking on a 9/12 count followed by 8s. No major quality issues to report at the moment. Market has been coming down. We expect this to continue through mid-March before the market could possibly start to increase.
LIMES- This market is very active this week and is expected to continue on a weekly basis. Inbounds from Mexico have been very light and demand has increased. Peak sizes remain to be 200’s & 230’s. Industry-wide, we should expect 110’s & 150’s to be light in supplies. Reports from Mexico are that March will be a very short month on quantities. We expect this situation to continue for the next 6-8 weeks.
LEMONS– California: District 3 (Coachella/Mecca/Yuma) is extremely limited and looking to conclude this week. District 1&2 (Central Valley & Southern California Coastal Region) is coming along nicely and peaking on 75ct/95ct/115ct. Even with the amount of rain they have had it hasn’t had too much of an effect on supplies. However, the smaller size fruit 140’s and smaller are looking to tighten up for the next couple months. The rain and cold weather brought on the larger fruit and smaller fruit is staying limited on sizing and green on the trees. Current markets are looking steady, normal business on small fruit looks steady for now.
STONE FRUIT- No change on stone fruit supplies or price this week. Volume continues to be steady. Demand has been moderate. Quality on all varieties is being reported as strong. Market prices have been flat with an occasional drop on tray pack fruit. Most of the volume fill fruit is sizing on the larger side and markets remain fairly steady. All varieties are currently available; peach, nectarine, and plums. We expect to see good supplies through the month of March and start to wind down as we move through April. California season will get started by late April.
AVOCADOS- Industry arrivals for last week totaled 55.7 million pounds. Mexico delivered 54.9 million pounds, California harvested 563,800 pounds, and Chile shipped 224,206 pounds. Inventory levels maintain in the 55 million-pound range for the week; supplies will continue to reflect these levels as Mexico leads production. Mexico- The state of Michoacán harvested 67.01 million pounds last week, of which 54.9 million pounds shipped to the United States. Field prices and harvest volumes continue to trend upward, with the same expectation for next week. There will be a holiday in Mexico on Monday, March 18, which will limit all operations. The weather forecast for the state of Michoacán is transitioning to the hotter period of the season with sporadic cloudy days. California- California harvested 563,800 pounds last week. Projected harvest for this week and next is 1,500,000 and 2,000,000 pounds, respectively. Crop size estimate has adjusted to 160 million pounds. Chile– Chilean volume totaled 224,206 pounds last week. Chilean arrivals for the coming weeks are experiencing a slight shift in volume as exporters attempt to take advantage of market momentum. Forecast for this week and next is 180,000 and 130,000, respectively. Peru- We should expect to see the next arrivals in the spring of 2019. Market Outlook- Harvest from Mexico remains steady and demand is keeping pace. Field prices have increased this week, correlating directly to a strong demand on 48’s and smaller, which remain very tight based on the size curve. The expectation is for stable harvest for the balance of the month, while demand and field pricing steadily increase.
GRAPES– Grape inventories on both the east and west coasts have improved, with market pricing decreasing steadily on both colors over the past 7-10 days. The red seedless market will continue to decrease through the month, as Crimson arrivals from Chile will pick up with each week into early April. On the other hand, the industry will see only one more week of good arrivals on green seedless (Thompsons) and then wind down extremely quickly by early April. Nearly all growers are reporting their Thompson crop off at least 10-20% compared to last year. This is due to multiple factors including early season weather, varietal conversions to more premium options, and also higher discoloration than typically seen through the growing season. Expect April to be extremely difficult on all green seedless grapes, with a likely gap on green grapes until Mexico can start in early May. Green: Green grape supplies this week are consistent. There is good availability of sizes large to extra-large. Quality has been good, but we are hearing some fluctuations between shipments and lots. There may be some cheaper fruit being offered at lower quality. Overall, for good fruit, the market has leveled out and we do not expect much change over the next 1-2 weeks, but we can expect supplies to become lighter and prices start to climb again by the end of the month. We will see some supply challenges as we transition from imported fruit to Mexican and California harvest. April may be tricky. Red: Not much change this week on red grape supplies. Consistent arrivals from Chile are expected for the next several weeks. Sizes range between medium to extra-large. Quality is being reported as strong. Market prices have gradually been declining. The market has leveled off this week. Depending on size and volume, we may see some spot buy opportunities come up as supplies allow. We expect steady supplies of red grapes for the remainder of the import season.
CALIFORNIA ORANGES- California Navel Oranges: Navel oranges are starting off the week with steady supplies. The Central Valley is expecting light rain Tuesday through Wednesday morning and looking to be dry the rest of the week. This helps to bring on more volume and opportunities as suppliers will be able to resume picking on a normal schedule. The small fruit supplies are starting to dwindle a bit, but there is still more to come. Cara Cara Oranges: There is good supply on 72 count and smaller with good demand for bagged business. 56 count and larger are very limited. The market is steady with not many fluctuations. Color and brix are good. The season will go through mid-April.
Blood Oranges: Demand is slower on blood oranges. The crop is peaking on 88/113 count with very limited amounts of 72 count and larger. Internal color is great and external color is good with some outer blush. Availability will continue through mid-March.
CANTELOUPES / HONEYDEWS– Cantaloupe: Weather conditions remain ideal for melon production in Central America with temperatures in the high 90s and lows in the 60s with no rain. This week market is about steady with good demand. Mostly large sized fruit (6s,J9s,9s) this week. There are very light offerings on 12ct for both east and west coast. Quality remains strong and brix levels ranging from 8-10%. Honeydew: Weather is ideal for melons in Central America. We are seeing very good offerings on larger fruit this week as we are in peak melon season. Smaller fruit will tighten up going into next week. Overall quality has gotten better. Brix levels are ranging from 8-10%. The market is steady to lower with moderate demand.
CLEMENTINES- The Moroccan clementine season continues; harvest has started to wind down. The clementine’s are still green and gas durations are about 96+ hours. The fruit size structure is 32, 28, 36 and 24. The clementine season will run through May.
GRAPEFRUIT- Demand for grapefruit has slowed slightly the past week or so. Peak sizing is on 48/56 count fancy with extremely limited 36 count and larger. External quality has been fair with little wind scarring. Internal quality has been great with good brix and high flavor. This week there is good availability on choice fruit and little fancy fruit.
PEARS– Much like the apple situation, Washington D’Anjou pears face the same challenges on smaller sizes. Shippers do have them, but not in abundance. Conversely, Washington bosc pears are plentiful and provide a substantial price reduction. Washington Bartlett pears are done (for the most part); but there are Chilean Bartletts available (through March/April), along with Argentinean imports (through June). We should see Packham pears become available late April/early May.
TOMATOES– East Coast: Florida has started light harvesting in the Ruskin growing region which is helping overall supplies in a light way. Demand remains high and even though there is that added volume, the market has increased this week as a result of fewer imports crossing the southern border from Mexico. Warmer weather is helping to improve round sizes with the best value still to be found in the medium (6x7) sized fruit. Cooler weather to start the new week will slow harvesting. Roma tomatoes remain in high demand as Mexican crossings are down. Grape and cherry tomatoes are in good supply. Markets are expected to ease off the closer we get to April and new crops come into increasing supplies. West Coast: Mexican farms are at the end of their winter crops in the Sinaloa region. This is resulting in a stronger national Mexican market, increasing export prices at the Arizona and Texas border crossing. Mexican farms in Culiacan have had to endure several cold, rainy weather systems while transitioning between winter and spring acreage. This is slowing the rate of crossings into the US, resulting in price increases and tight availability. As typical for March, this short supply and spike in pricing is expected to subside as we get closer to April. Farms will once again ramp up production as new harvesting begin in Sonora. Grape tomatoes are in good production and widely available, but may also begin to strengthen as well due to their seasonal decline in production. With mostly dry and warm weather conditions returning this week, markets may continue to rise in the short term and then improve the second half of the month as production improves.
APPLES- Across the apple spectrum, many shippers are dealing with bigger sizes and are struggling to fill large-volume orders that call for smaller/foodservice sized fruit (125ct, 138ct, and 150ct) – especially on Granny Smiths and Golds. This, coupled with decreased production out east (demand shift to the northwest), has caused prices to firm up. We are anticipating smaller fruit to be tight for the remainder of the season and it will require some flexibility with regard to size substitution. Washington: Gala- The crop is smaller in volume than last year. Prices are generally firm. Strong demand for retail sizes and grades as well as consumer bags. The slicer market is using more small, low-grade fruit than the industry can produce. Granny- The crop is significantly smaller in volume than last year. Most of the availability is on oversized fruit (48s and 56s). Prices are high and shortages exist particularly on the smaller sizes. Red Delicious- There are great deals to be had on Red Delicious. The crop is smaller in volume than last year but retaliatory tariffs and soft demand from export markets have reduced demand. Prices have been trending lower and are negotiable. The lowest prices of the year are upon us. Fuji- There are deals to be had on lower-color Fujis. Retail sizes and grades are still commanding a premium, especially high-colored fruit. Gold Delicious- The crop is very short and product is very tight. Prices are much higher than last year with small sizes especially scarce. Over the past several years, many Gold Delicious trees have been pulled out of the ground and replaced with other varieties that are gaining popularity. The short crop this season has exasperated the situation. Honeycrisp- The market continues to rise as we get later in the season. Look for this trend to continue throughout March and beyond. Chile: Chilean imports will start with Royal Galas, followed later by Granny Smiths, Fujis and Pink Ladies.
New items now in season
CASTLEFRANCO / FORLELLE PEARS / FLORIDA JUICE ORANGE / FLAT BEANS / CLEMENTINES / CARA CARA / D’ANJOU PEARS / PEACH / NECTARINES / RED & BLACK PLUMS / BLOOD ORANGE / ONTARIO RHUBARB / FIDDLEHEADS / ENGLISH PEAS
Wild Foraged Products
** NEW ** WHITE ASPARAGUS- From France. +16mm and +22mm available.
** NEW ** RAMSONS (WILD BEAR GARLIC)- From France.
** NEW ** STINGING NETTLES- From Oregon. First of the season.
** NEW ** MINERS LETTUCE- From Oregon. First of the season.
** NEW ** FIDDLEHEADS- From Oregon. First of the season “naked” fiddleheads.
** NEW ** WILD SPRING ONIONS- From Oregon. First of the season.
** NEW ** WATERCRESS- From Oregon. First of the season.
WINTER MUSHROOM SAMPLER – Hedgehogs, Yellowfoot and Black Trumpet. 5lb case (1.7lbs of each)
MOREL MUSHROOMS- From China. Perfect quality.
BLACK TRUMPETS- From California. Perfect quality.
HEDGEHOGS- From Oregon. Top quality.
YELLOWFOOT- From Oregon. Peak season. As good as they get.
CHANTERELLE- From Oregon. Still going. Larger, drier, ugly.
WINTER TRUFFLES- From Italy/Spain. Peak season.
Items no longer available or very short
VALES SOVEREIGN POTATO / RED BELGIUM ENDIVE / PRICKLY PEARS / SEVILLE ORANGES / RAMPS / RED CURRANTS / GALIA MELONS / CALIFORNIA POMEGRANITE / FAVA BEANS / GREEN OLIVES / APRICOTS / CHERRIES