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.
MARKET UPDATE FOR August 19th, 2019
MARKETS TO WATCH: AT A GLANCE
Apples: Golden Delicious apples are gapping in Washington; Ginger Golds are expected to be available next week.
Brussels Sprouts: Brussels Sprouts market continues to get stronger as fields are gapping and producing low yields due to internal decay.
Blackberries: Tight supplies continue through the end of this week, with only fair quality.
Cherries: Washington cherries are nearly done for the season. This will be the last week.
Imported Cilantro: Cilantro is in a demand exceed situation. The recent weather has hurt the yields out of the fields.
Baking Potatoes: Markets will remain active over the next 3-4 weeks. Supplies will be limited; especially larger sizes.
Onions: Markets will be dropping as the Pacific Northwest starts up for the season while California and New Mexico wind down.
Potatoes Red & Yellow: Markets remain active with heavy demand and low volume. Late August expected to see improving production with new crop starting.
Avocado: California and Peruvian production is tapering off. Season will wrap up in the next few weeks. We are seeing a stronger market on Mexican fruit with California and Peru season coming to an end.
Gold Pineapples: Pineapple supplies will continue be tight through mid-September.
Imported Stone Fruit: Smaller size fruit will become limited as school demand continues to pick up.
Strawberries: Quality levels are still marginal out of all areas
ICEBERG- Although schools have started up again across the United States, the market has remained steady. Shippers have seen an increase in business but many of them have kept pricing steady due to good volume and yields that are being produced currently. Ideal weather conditions have kept this commodity readily available. Early forecasts indicate there will be ample supplies to fill all orders for the entire week. The quality continues to be reported above average. Quality reports are listing occasional seeder and few misshapen heads, puffiness, insect damage and mechanical. Weights are reported at 41-44 pounds on liner. Quebec iceberg lettuce continues with good supplies and heavy demand. The primary pack from Quebec is 24ct cello wrapped. Quality remains very good.
CALIFORNIA ROMAINE / LEAF- There are lighter supplies of romaine to start this week with some growers reporting a small gap over the next 5-10 days. The quality continues to be strong, aside from mechanical, insect damage and fringe burn; these defects are minimal. Additionally, there are occasional reports of fringe burn on the outer leaves due to the high winds. Reports of seeder have subsided as most growers are slightly ahead of schedule and the product is on the younger side. Weights are averaging thirty-six to forty-two pounds per case. Romaine hearts are light in availability as well and this market is also active. Red and green leaf supplies are good with promotable volume available this week. Quality reports show improved sizing, good condition and overall quality. The weather forecast over the next 10 days calls for near-average temperatures and humidity. The weights on green and red leaf range from twenty-three to twenty-seven pounds per case. Quebec green leaf, red leaf and romaine continue with good volume and strong demand. Pricing on romaine is up due to the light California supplies. Defects include mechanical, twisting and dirt.
SPRING MIX/BABY SPINACH/BABY KALE- Baby tender leaf supplies continue to be plentiful as the weather in the Salinas Valley continues to spur growth and produce better yields. Product has re-acted to the recent warm weather and supplies look to be in good shape going into next week. Quality is good with occasional yellowing and bruising of the tender leaves.
ROCKET ARUGULA / WATERCRESS / BABY RED KALE– Arugula: Arugula supplies are very good with outstanding quality. Baby Red Kale: The recent wet, hot weather has negatively affected the supply of baby red kale and it will not be available for the foreseeable future. Watercress: Bunched watercress quality and availability is good. Red watercress, a winter crop is now done until the fall.
IMPORTED BROCCOLI- The broccoli market has come off a bit as the recent warm weather has brought fields forward the last couple of weeks. Quality is fair with slight purpling, some mechanical damage and occasional yellow cast.
ASPARAGUS– Mexico: Central Mexico (Guanajuato) production has started to decline due to seasonality, they should be wrapped in this region in the next 2-3 weeks. Production on the larger sizes is still very limited. Peru: Both Southern (Ica), and Northern (Trujil-lo) Peru are both being affected by the cold temperatures and production is down in both regions. The larger sizes are also limited in Peru due to the cold temperatures. Markets on both coasts are still very active, especially on the larger sizes.
IMPORTED CAULIFLOWER– The imported cauliflower market has recently come off as fields have come forward and yields have improved. The quality is good with minor bruising and yellow cast with weights in the 25 to 28-pound level. Look for the market to continue to adjust going into next week as there is minimal demand and good supplies. Quebec continues with good supplies and Ontario has also started quality is very good, with consistent sizing being the only defect.
BEANS– Bean supplies continue to improve, but are still somewhat tight. Inclement weather in the main North American growing regions still continues to mess with production. High temperatures have caused the Georgia and North Carolina seasons to end early. The Ohio season is behind due to rains at planting; instead of ramping up in late June, adequate volume is not expected this season due to stunted growth. Ontario supplies and pricing are steady. Snipped: Snipped bean supplies are tight and are being pro-rated with good quality and triggered pricing.
CELERY- Overall this market is steady. For some shippers, large sizing became slightly tighter compared to smaller sizing. With this being said, there is enough availability to meet all demands. Production continues out of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard. The quality continues to be very good. Aside from some slight leafy tops, mechanical and insect damage, these defects are minimal. Michigan, Quebec and Ontario continue to have production. The weights continue to be consistent, averaging fifty- two to fifty-six pounds per case. Expect steady supplies for the entire week. Quebec celery continues with good supply and quality.
GREEN ONIONS– The green onion supply continues to be plentiful with the recent nice weather in Mexico and Salinas. The cooler weather in April/May is causing occasional leaf minor. The market will continue to stay steady going into next week. Quebec green onion production is good and steady. Supplies are easily meeting demand with very nice quality.
EGGPLANT- East: Eggplant supply has gotten better with the mid-west picking up in volume as more growers start for the season. Michigan, Ontario, Quebec and Ohio have started and production have picked up over the past week. Demand for eggplant this time of year is typically low and pricing has stayed at reasonable levels through light supply situations. Supplies should pick up throughout the week. There is some supply coming from the Carolina’s but the quality is starting to slide on most of that product. New Jersey is still shipping steady supplies, most of that product is staying in the northeast. West: Moderate supplies of eggplant are available from the Bakersfield and Fresno, California districts. Mostly choice grade supplies of eggplant are expected to be packed through the week. Light supplies fancy grade eggplant expected to be packed. Quality is currently fair on retail grade and good on choice grade good from California.
ONIONS– Northwest onions in the Idaho/Oregon and Washington regions have started for the season. California and New Mexico are finishing up for the season. Markets are beginning to decrease as suppliers look to finish up and make way for the new crop up north. More shippers are coming into the mix in the Northwest and supplies will ramp up over the next few weeks as we head into September. Larger size super colossal and colossal yellow onions will be limited as the new crop size profile on yellow onions are leaning to jumbo’s and smaller. Red onions are in excellent supply with a limited volume of white onions. Ontario red onions will start at the end of August.
FIELD CUCUMBERS– East: Cucumber supply is coming from all over with many small local farms in the mid-Atlantic, northeast and mid-west. The larger shipping points are New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Ontario, Quebec and Ohio. Canada is in full production and shipping product to the northeast. Pricing has come down over the past week as supplies have picked up with excellent weather in most growing regions. Demand is slow with a lot of people getting their last vacations before schools start back for the fall. Quality is good in most cases, with lower prices, farmers are leaving the older fields. West: The cucumber market has increased this week and is expected to remain high throughout the week. West coast cucumbers are currently being harvested out of Baja California. Moderate supplies of cucumber being produced by the Baja district. All sizes and pack styles currently being packed. Demand is currently exceeding supplies on both retail and foodservice quality. Quality from Baja is good. Light supplies of Mexican cucumbers currently crossing through McAllen. Cucumber quality from McAllen is good.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS- The brussels sprouts market continues to get stronger as fields are currently gapping from the recent warm weather. Internal decay is also causing lower yields. Look for this market to continue to adjust higher going into next week. Ontario will start in mid- September and run through November.
IMPORTED CORN- Volume is limited. Northern regions like Minnesota and Wisconsin will likely see a slightly later than normal start. Ontario and Quebec are going strong as they switch from early varieties to the later ones. Supplies will be plentiful until October, but pricing is expected to remain elevated due to extra demand from the US.
IMPORTED CARROTS- The Mexican jumbo market is lower as we see competition from Eastern Canada crop beginning to take volume away from that area. Ontario has started with 10x5 and 24x2 retail packs. Jumbos are still about 7-10 days out.
ZUCCHINI– East Coast: Zucchini supply is coming from many places along the east coast, Ontario, Quebec and the mid-west. Pricing has been low for the past few weeks and now demand is picking up and pricing should be higher for the end of the week. Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ontario, Quebec and New York are all shipping zucchini. With low pricing, growers have left older fields and newer fields are in a down cycle. Weather and temperatures have been very good, producing good quality and steady volume but not an overabundant supply. West Coast: Both green and yellow zucchini continue to be harvested in Santa Maria, Fresno and Baja California. Moderate supplies on both continue from the Santa Maria and Baja areas. Lighter volume continues to be produced from the Fresno growing region. Quality from the California growing districts are mostly fair to good on both green and yellow, due to recent heat. Quality from Baja is mostly good. Moderate supplies are expected to continue through the week. Light supplies are available to load in McAllen, Texas where markets have also increased.
IMPORTED CILANTRO- The imported cilantro market continues to get stronger as growers continue to get through this gap. The recent warm weather has brought fields forward and now shippers are not able to get the supplies they need. The cilantro quality is fair with an occasional yellow leaf. Look for the cilantro market to continue to adjust going into next week.
BELL PEPPERS- With the local season in full swing in Canada and the Midwest, pepper availability is starting to become much more plentiful. Regional deals from coast to coast are able to easily fulfill demand. Volume is plentiful and quality is strong. Like all veg items, we expect this situation to remain the same through the month of August and into September. As usual during this time frame, things can change quickly due to the volatility of small local growing deals. We can expect promotional volume available at least for the next 3-4 weeks. Ontario has really kicked in with good volume. Reds will start in about two weeks.
EAST COAST PEPPERS- Pepper supply is in very good supply as more growers in the mid-west are starting for the season. New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee continue to ship steady supplies. There are small local supplies springing up in New England and the mid-west that many customers are using to fill their orders. Ontario and Quebec shippers are starting to push product into the eastern half of the US putting a lot of pressure on markets. Quality in most regions is good, with pack outs trending to the jumbo size pepper.
WEST COAST PEPPERS– Serrano: Moderate supplies of Serrano peppers available from Mexico. Supplies are expected to remain steady throughout the week. Supplies currently meet demand. Pricing is expected to remain the same throughout the week. Serrano supplies are also coming from Ontario. Jalapenos: Good supplies of Jalapeno are available to load in California. Jalapenos are being harvested in Baja California where the quality is good. Ontario jalapeno is also being harvested. Mostly medium to large sizes are available from both regions. Market on jalapeno remains steady. Green Pepper: Moderate supplies of green pepper are being harvested in Bakersfield, California and in the Fresno, California growing areas. Mostly choice grade continues to be packed. Very light supplies of large and extra-large retail grade bell pepper being packed. Quality on green pepper from these areas is good. Choice grade green pepper supply meets demand. Retail grade green pepper demand currently exceeds supply. Red Pepper: Light supplies of red pepper continue being harvested in the Bakersfield and in the Fresno growing areas of California. Mostly choice grade currently being packed from these districts. Quality from Fresno and Bakersfield is mostly fair due to recent heat. The market on red bell pepper is still high.
POTATOES– New crop potatoes have stabilized as new regions are just starting up with more around the corner. Stockton, California continues to produce all three colors. Texas is winding down on red and yellow and expects to continue with supplies on red and yellow through August. New crop Washington is producing red and yellow with good quality and color. Minnesota is also producing red and yellow with improving supply. Wisconsin has started up with limited supplies of red and yellow. Volume will ramp up over the next few weeks. Idaho is coming up with expectations of an early September start. As these new regions get going, we can expect a declining market over the next several weeks and much improved supplies. Ontario has started with red and whites, with yellow to get going over the next 7-10 days. Carton Baking Potato: Idaho potato markets continue to rise as Burbank supplies are finishing up for the season and new crop Norkotahs start up. Larger size 40 count through 70 count are very limited in the remaining Burbank storage supply. Quality for the storage Burbanks will exhibit external bruising and internal black spots in some lots. New crop Norkotahs are showing excellent quality with the size profile leaning to 70 count and smaller. We may see some minor quality issues in the new crop Norkotahs in the way of skinning, white mold, wet potatoes (wet boxes), and soft potatoes. Washington and Colorado continue to rise in price as demand is active in all regions. Wisconsin is expected to start harvesting this week and we expect to see new crop count cartons to arrive late this week or next week.
IMPORTED SEEDLESS WATERMELON- Supplies remain tight on imported seedless watermelons. There has been good quality but limited supplies on seedless. Seedless are harvesting in North Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee and Delaware, with limited production. Seedless are also currently shipping out west from Los Banos, California; Isleton, California; and Wapato, Washington. Supplies will be a little tight the rest of the season. Local seedless continue with fairly good supply, especially on the large sizes. Yellow flesh watermelons are in good supply.
PAPAYA- Scattered storms continue this whole week in the growing region of Colima, Mexico. Temperatures are in the low-70s in the mornings and 80s in the evenings. We are in the peak of the season now and volume has been increasing week over week. Sizing continues to peak on 9/12s with a few 8s per load. Overall, quality has been good with no major issues to report. Overall demand is exceeding daily supply. The market has remained firm.
MANGO- Mangos are currently being imported from the Southern and Northern Sinaloa regions. We will see the last loads from Southern Sinaloa this week; they are expected to close by the end of the week. Weather permitting, Northern Sinaloa is expected to go through mid- September before they close for the 2019 season. Peak sizing is on 7 count and 8 count with a few 9s per load. Sizing has shifted towards the larger sizes as we get into the tail end of the season. The market on small fruit has climbed due to limited availability. Current varieties include Kents and Keitts. Cost of the fruit has been increasing at the field level and this has made the market strengthen since last week.
GOLD PINEAPPLES– Pineapple supplies will continue to remain tight. A windy weather pattern over the North Pacific area has contributed to dry dominant conditions in most of Costa Rica. Some isolated light rains were present in the afternoons in the North and Caribbean areas but weather was a bit better and stable for the end of last week. Monitoring is needed of the internal condition of the fruit, which already is improving, thanks to the decrease in rain showers. August rainfall forecast stats show that Costa Rica will have more rain than usual in the North and Caribbean regions which could negatively affect the quality of the fruit. Very low yields and sub-export quality is reducing volume output dramatically. This situation will continue for at least 2 more weeks with low yields and limited availability on 5s and 6s. Industry-wide both coasts are expected to be in very tight situations until the 2nd week of September. Fruit is in slightly better condition with less water spotting. Low yields remain but better than last week. The crown-less pineapples on all sizes will be very limited and some farms have limited to no fruit for processors currently available. The USDA crossing report shows last week 416 inbound loads from Costa Rica. This is one of the lowest recorded weeks for the year. All the growers are still in very low yield status with sizing still towards small-count fruit with an expected improvement in two weeks from now. The USDA is reporting demand that exceeds supply, and a higher market.
BLUEBERRIES– Blueberries continue to be steady in supply as we see the market edge upward due to some areas transitioning from their first crop plantings into their secondary varieties. Quality has been good on most fruit barring age or heat-related issues. Look for the market to remain steady with slightly higher undertones moving into next week. Now it the time to promote.
STRAWBERRIES- The recent warmer weather has brought some of the smaller fruit on to full red color a little faster than most growers would like to see. We will definitely see a drop in berry sizing as the smaller fruit gains color faster than it gains size. Sizes are currently running 18 to 22 per clamshell and we can expect to see that number increase to the 22 to 24 count per clam. Quality on the fruit is slowly improving however we are still in the time of year where later plant growth stages in the field and warmer weather combine to produce a less than perfect fruit. We are still seeing a shortened shelf life accompanied by bruising and some leakers. The market remains firm with higher undertones as we see the Watsonville and Salinas areas move to the downhill side of peak summer production and schools begin to drive additional demand. Santa Maria is also experiencing later stage fruit issues with newer fields beginning to break late next week for some shippers. Quality in all shipping areas is just average for the older fruit.
RASPBERRIES / BLACKBERRIES– Raspberries: Raspberries are in short but steady supplies. Quality has varied. Some of the problems we are seeing are an early breakdown with some leakers occurring in some of the older fruit. Blackberries: Blackberries remain snug with many shippers subbing into the more available organics to help fill the demand. Quality has been good in most lots but the occasional red cell has been reported in some packs. Look for the market to remain firm with some light shortages as we move into next week.
LIMES- The lime growing regions are still experiencing high moisture and some rains. The lime market will remain relatively firm while demand exceeds supplies on 175ct and larger. This is due to fewer crossings and overall decreased availability for this time of year. Rains in Veracruz and Michoacán this week have put an even bigger damper in an already tight market. Lime quality continues to be an issue with a lot of stylar issues caused from the high moisture. Quality is expected to improve over the coming 2-3 weeks. Peak sizing is on 230 followed by 200 count. These trends will remain consistent until late August/early September when the new crop officially begins. The new crop will peak on small sizes, beginning with 250/230’s.
STONE FRUIT- Demand has definitely increased as schools re-open in some parts of the US. Over the next few weeks, we will see strong availability on yellow & white peaches — great for promotions through September. On the other hand, yellow and white nectarines are more limited as the industry is gapping for approximately one week as growers’ transition to other varieties. As demand increases, prices will slowly increase over the next 2-3 weeks. Supplies on black plums should remain steady through late September while red plums will remain steady for the next few weeks, before dipping a bit (mid-September) and finishing off October strong. Reports indicate that quality remains strong across the board.
IMPORTED CANTALOUPES- Cantaloupe supplies have increased this week as growers are peaking in the San Joaquin Valley. As some growers are going through their second pickings, we are seeing good supplies on all sizes for the week. Quality has been great and brix levels are up to par.
HONEYDEWS- The honeydew market is holding steady this week and could get stronger by the end of the week. Currently peaking on large fruit and light offerings on smaller fruit. Quality has been good and brix levels are up to par. We should see good quality for the remainder of the month.
ORANGES- California Oranges: Valencia supplies are steady on large size fruit and getting snug on the small sizes 113’s & 138’s. With schools in the US back in session, we are experiencing a high demand for the small fruit. Markets are firm in the mid-teens and we could see a lift in markets as demand increases. Offshore: There are some good deals out there as Chilean and South African navels are plentiful in the west coast marketplace. First arrivals on import navels have been small and will likely continue to be that way for a while. Quality has been good on imports; however, there have been some reports of issues with the acid ratio.
GRAPES– Green: Growers in the San Joaquin Valley seeing a good supply on all sizes. The heatwave we had a few weeks ago caused some damage but we are well past that. Quality has been up to par. There are around 8 different varieties of green grapes going so there will be a wide range as far as pricing. The demand remains strong and supplies are excellent going into the second half of the month. Red: There are a few growers making their final passes on flames and others are slowly transitioning into other red seedless varieties. The overall quality has been great and color as well. We anticipate seeing Scarlet Royal and other proprietary red seedless pricing to open up slightly higher with sizing and condition being the determining factors.
AVOCADOS- We are seeing an increase in pricing this week. Over the next few weeks, the industry will clean up on California and Peruvian fruit and slowly transition into primarily sourcing fruit from Mexico. With California and Peru approaching the end of their season, expect Mexico to drive this market right back up. Industry arrivals for last week totaled 30.8 million pounds. Mexico delivered 18.9 million pounds, California harvested 4.2 million pounds, Chile delivered 141,000 pounds, Colombia delivered 50,000 and Peru provided 7.5 million pounds. After weeks of abundant supplies, industry inventory has leveled off to a steady 58 million pounds overall (54.6 million conventional), a result of Mexico’s strategic harvest reduction over the last 2 weeks. Mexico is expected to lead industry supplies with a weekly circulation of 24 – 28 million pounds for the month of August. Mexico- The state of Michoacán harvested 23.1 million pounds last week, with 18.9 million pounds shipping to the United States. Harvest totals declined once again, in reaction to high US industry inventories and decreasing field prices in Michoacán. However, as industry inventory needs shift, harvest is expected to increase this week to the 28-31-million-pound range, of which 78-81% will ship to the US. The current Mexican crop is peaking on smaller fruit as large fruit is holding at a premium. “Flora Loca” crop should start winding down by the end of the month as the “Aventajada” variety is set to be harvested mid-August. The weather forecast for the state of Michoacán calls for mild to intense rains throughout the summer, slightly limiting harvest. California- California harvested 4.2 million pounds last week. Projected harvest is 2.5 and 1.5 million pounds for this week and next, respectively. California’s gradual drop in production is expected to last until early-September. Estimated crop size adjusted to 195+ million pounds. Chile- New crop fruit is now being harvested. With the current unstable market, growers may be hesitant to send as much fruit as planned and search for better pricing in other markets. Peru- Peru arrivals totaled 7.5 million pounds for last week. Projected arrivals for this week and next are 7.3 and 4.9 million pounds, signaling a decline in arrivals going forward. Estimated US total volumes for the season maintain at 185 million pounds. Market Outlook- The industry is strengthening on all sizes and grades as we continue to move through existing inventories. As we enter September expect the market to continue to get stronger as the California and Peruvian seasons finish, and Mexico becomes the main source of supply. Large sizes will continue to be a challenge as Mexico’s size curve skews towards smaller fruit.
LEMONS– California: Lemon supplies will be plentiful this week, with the majority of product being imported fruit. Market prices on small size fruit continue to soften up on choice and fancy fruit. Offshore supply continues and has have been helping offset light California supplies. We’re hearing great feedback on the imported quality. Offshore: Chilean and South African imports keep coming in supplementing supplies. We are now also seeing good supplies of Mexican lemons show up in Texas. Import lemons are peaking on 140s and 165s.
CLEMENTINES- Supplies on imported Clementine are limited. Receivers didn’t receive the inbounds they expected. We should see better supplies in about a week. Clementine are from either Israel or California and packed 15x2lb bags. Quality is good.
GRAPEFRUIT- Quality out of California is improving, but has some occasional scarring. Internal and external color is nice with high brix. California has better supplies on red grapefruit with increasing volume daily peaking on 36/40 count.
PEARS– Washington: New crop, Washington Bartlett pears are now available, while storage crop Anjou pears wind down. California: The overall market is softening as more pears become available. Load volume of Bartlett and Bosc pears from California is now available. California Asian pears are starting up; 10ct-18ct sizes are available. Offshore: Imported Bartlett and Bosc pears continue from Argentina and Chile.
TOMATOES– East Coast: Tomato yields in the eastern growing regions have been reduced, temporarily strengthening the market. Mature greens out of North Carolina are in a small gap from a heat-induced bloom drop 6 weeks ago. Virginia is in the last of their crop for now, coming back into volume the first week of September with new plantings. Alabama and Tennessee will remain in production until the first frost of the season. Michigan is expected to start production this week. Smaller fruit is on the short side and quality is all over the board between the multiple growing regions currently in production. Roma tomatoes are steady and feeling the pressure of an upward market. North Carolina and Tennessee have steady supply with the brunt of western demand focused on Mexican imports. Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia farms are all harvesting light yields of grape tomatoes. Demand exceeds supply and is sending pricing higher. Similarly, cherry tomatoes are experiencing the effects of harsh growing conditions and less acreage being devoted to the crop. Supplies are expected to improve by the first week of September. West Coast: California is currently working through reduced crops primarily caused by a heatwave in June and heavy rains in late April / early May delaying plantings. More heat in the last weeks of July is cause for concern of another supply gap during the month of September. Triple-digit temperatures have produced quality issues, slowed harvest and are directly affecting the shelf life of tomatoes in house and in transit. Sizing has been trending larger, but as the heat increased farms were challenged to pick fruit before it begins to color up and mature on the vine. Vine ripe tomato supply has improved with new farms harvesting in Baja. Eastern Mexico will have decent volume for summer out of Jalisco, San Luis Potosi, and Torreon. Romas out of Baja are crossing steadily to help meet demand. California has consistent availability, but the quality is mixed. Heat in the valley is causing some scarring, sun scold, and advancing the condition of fruit in transit causing rapid maturity in color and firmness. Overall western grape tomato supply is still light in both California and Mexico. Mainland Mexico is steadily harvesting while Baja continues to produce better quality as they move into new fields. Growing demand in the east is pressing the market upward.
APPLES- Washington: We continue to see active markets in the world of apples. Shippers have begun subbing Ginger Golds for Golden Delicious with new crop Gold Delicious not expected until the second or third week of September. Many shippers are reaching the end of their stored product (ie. Golden Delicious, Fuji, and Gala). We should see new crop, Royal Gala apples next week (very light volume to begin the season). Schools are re-opening, in some parts of the US, and demand is steadily increasing with each passing week. Flexibility on subbing sizes/grades/varieties is essential; especially on smaller, foodservice sizes (113ct, 125ct, and 138ct). California: The new crop, California Gala apple is now available and commands lesser money than its Washington counter-part. California Fuji apples are expected mid-August and Granny Smith apples should start late August/early September. New York: Ginger Golds are expected to start this week. ‘Early’ Reds (Polar, Jersey Macs) to start next week with ‘Late’ Reds (Jonamac, McIntosh, and Gala) coming mid to late September. Michigan: Golds are expected to start next week with Gala and McIntosh expected by mid-September. We should see Red Delicious and Fuji late September and Jonagold the first or second week of October. Imports: Chilean Braeburn, Pink Lady, Granny Smith and Galas continue to be available.
New items now in season
CASTLEFRANCO / LOCAL ENGLISH PEAS IN THE POD and SHELLED / CHERRIES / APRICOTS / PEACHES / NECTARINES / RED & BLACK PLUMS / FORLELLE PEARS / LOCAL FAVA BEANS / LOCAL FLAT BEANS / LOCAL FIELD CUCUMBERS / LOCAL PICKLING CUCUMBERS / LOCAL CARROT SLIMS / LOCAL YELLOW WATERMELON / LOCAL RED CURRANTS / LOCAL CORN
Wild Foraged Products
SEA ASPARAGUS- From BC. Local harvest.
** NEW ** BEARS TOOTH / LIONS MANE- From BC. First of the season now available!
GOLDEN CHANTERELLE- From Saskatchewan. Golden Perfection.
PINE MUSHROOMS- From BC. Still going.
LOBSTER MUSHROOM - From BC. Now on and in stock!
SUMMER TRUFFLES- From Spain.
WINTER TRUFFLES - From Australia. Season is almost done.
BLUEFOOT- From France. Limited weekly arrivals.
CHANTERELLE - From Cape Bretton or BC. Just starting.
COMING SOON: Cauliflower Mushrooms from BC
Items no longer available or very short
VALES SOVEREIGN POTATO / PRICKLY PEARS / SEVILLE ORANGES / GALIA MELONS / CALIFORNIA POMEGRANITE / GREEN OLIVES / CARA CARA ORANGE / FIDDLEHEADS / ONTARIO RAMPS / FLORIDA JUICE ORANGE / RHUBARB / RUTABEGA (WAX TURNIP) / CLEMENTINES