Growers continue to maneuver through varying weather conditions and demand . Most shippers are pushing harvest ahead of schedule to avoid mildew, rib blight, and tip burn resulting in wide variations of color, texture and solidity. Demand continues to be moderate. The market continues mostly steady but is expected to remain volatile entering the final phase of the Coastal season.
Romaine demand continues steady as well as pricing. Heart demand is also steady with continued pricing variations from shipper to shipper. Quality has improved with some tip burn, mildew and high core being trimmed in the field. Green leaf, Red leaf and Boston remain steady with a sense of pending improved demand in coming weeks. Markets should advance as Homegrown quality diminishes.
Production is mainly from Central California The market has eased with good demand but heavy volume available as growers continue to ramp up production for processors. Quality has improved with some worm, and insect pressure affecting a few growers more than others. Expect demand to improve and prices to firm as we enter into the Fall season.
Supplies out of northern California are decreasing due to a summer of adverse weather patterns. The plants are weaker in this area and are producing a weaker berry. As crew begin to move south as the North declines, we will most likely experience a labor shortage. Produce is limited in the south and is forecast to increase in volume the 2nd week of October.
Lighter numbers out of Mexico will continue for the next few weeks until new areas break.
Higher prices on Blues on dwindling supplies out of Michigan. Imports are increasing volume slightly as the remaining domestic volume declines. Prices will continue to rise over the next few weeks as we fully transition to imports.
Heavy rains out Mexico are making conventional supplies light going into next week. They majority of Organic Black berries are under hoops, so supplies should be relatively unaffected.
Lighter supplies are expected over the next 10 days and prices are expected to increase. The warm weather in the California growing regions will affect yields over the next few days. Some of the condition affects that are expected will be light yellow cast, soft shoulder and some richness of the curds.
Good supplies and availability. Overall quality is good. Weights have been 53#-55#, there is some leafy tops and light insect damage but color is nice and green. Run your offers!!
Demand is starting to wane and we are seeing more availability. Prices will continue to decline as we go into next week. Quality is still not that good coming out of California. There is some spreading, brown bead and yellowing of bud clusters. The current warm weather we are experiencing in the California growing regions will not help this issue. There is also ample availability out Central Mexico loading in the McAllen Valley. Mexican product remains $8.00 – $10.00 cheaper than the California product.
Production continues steady while demand remains mostly mild. Seeded or thorn less are the predominant varieties available with the limited Heirloom variety returning later this Fall.
California…Done for season
Washington…Washington…Market is back to full production and storage continues to build. The market is steady at $6.00 fob on Jumbo Yellows and $10.00 fob on Jumbo Whites. Reds finally dropped to $5.50 and seems to have found their equilibrium.
Oregon and Idaho have had some rain but have the dryers going and will be back to full speed very soon… markets are stead in the $7.00 range on Jumbo yellow and $6.00 range on 25# jumbo Reds.
The Washington Oregon Sweet onion (round Grano) is holding at the $10.00 level with demand starting to pick up a bit by the fact that some distributors want to have a two-tier price range. Peru is steady and shipping in the 20.00 range
This time of year there is very little action with no real eating holidays on the horizon and will continue into October until a good hard freeze take place in the East and Midwest.
Good production in California on Italian and Yellow squash. Good quality overall. Mexican Product is arriving in to Nogales and Mcallen in light supply. Steady markets are expected through mid October.
Peaches – limited supplies as most of California finishes up this week. A few suppliers are expecting another week or harvest, but will be light numbers and only on select sizes. Quality is mostly good, although some soft fruit has been reported upon arrival.
Nectarines – season is mostly finished and very little fruit still available. All harvests are finished and shippers are cleaning up what little inventory they have left. Chilean product is still a few weeks away.
Plums – Red and black plum production will continue well into the month of October. Quality is very nice, with good structure and even color. Deals are available, so run offers by us.
Good volume this week on red grapes. Multiple varieties in the mix. Quality is very strong out of California, and holding up nicely on the store level. Good volume expected through the next two weeks. Green grapes are in good supply, and quality is very strong. Pricing in consistent with previous weeks. Multiple varieties are available and deals are being made.
Production from Mexico has battled continued hot conditions which will impact supplies heading into October. Seasonally increased acres should push production but will likely be offset by reduced quality and lighter yields. Demand has slowly improved pushing prices higher. We expect a continued trend of higher pricing until quality improves.
Oranges -We are nearing the end of the Valencia seasons in California. Production is expected to completely finish within the next 3 weeks. Small sized fruit is extremely tight and large fruit is in better supply. Quality has been hit and miss on the late season product. Navel production is still about a month away from any significant volume.
Lemons – Higher pricing this week as growing districts have changed. Demand remains strong. Mexican product is arriving in Nogales and Mcallen in good numbers and competitive pricing, although pricing is strengthening as demand increases in those areas. Large sizes are tight, with of the sizing ranging from 140 – 200 ct. Quality is strong overall.
The market on Mexican asparagus crossing from Baja has really soften with a large increase in volume. The grass market is in the $14-$18 range with some consignments to some large eastern terminals. As the Fall season moves into cooler weather the demand will start to pick up and the prices will start to stabilize.
After last week’s market rise, prices stayed steady. Demand slowed in response to the higher pricing yet contract sales held and supplies diminished a bit due to cooler weather and more 12 size and 15 size keeping yoinks in check (takes more melons per box thx 9 and Jbo 9 size effectively lowering per acre yields). This prices held except on those smaller sizes which traded lower. As of this report there was s also done discounting on 9 size. Next week supplies should diminish especially toward the end of week. Desert not starting until late in first week October. Spot market should demand should slow but be offset by ebbing supplies. Market be essentially steady.
No change foreseen. Steady and dull.
OG Broccoli and Cauliflower
Cauliflower Production has begun to level off and prices appear to be rising. Quality has held steady and should improve as we get into cooler Fall season although hot temperatures this past week may affect quality in the interim.
Broccoli Production remains steady while demand has improved pushing the market slightly higher. We anticipate a steady increase in prices as we finish off September. Quality remains variable with brown bead , knuckled domes and aphid pressure all contributing factors.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Most Herbs and Bunching Green production remain steady. Expect supplies and pricing to remain steady through most of the month until local Homegrown supplies decrease.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine Production has been steady and quality remains good. Demand continues to lean toward local production although the market continues steady. Expect insect pressure to remain steady keeping supplies limited.
Lemons: Limited production as the crop transitions south in coming weeks. The market continues to be strong on all sizes but especially on larger sizes as we await new production areas.
Oranges Valencia’s offerings continue steady with most sizes . We expect prices to remain competitive . Quality has been mostly Fancy.
Limes: Production remains limited especially on larger sizes. Rain is needed in the southern regions of Mexico before quality and supplies can improve. The market continues strong.
Grapefruit: Quality continues to be fine and offering good value heading into the Fall with a larger sizing profile.
Mexico: Recent rains have delayed harvest and supplies continue to trend towards larger profile. Improved supplies are expected heading into the Fall season.
California: Production Has finished up for the season.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady with improving supplies . Demand has been very strong. Continue to plan ahead to get full coverage. Some damage to the tops is expected from recent high temperatures.
Potato Production has transitioned with strong demand on Reds and russets while steady on whites and yellows.
Onion demand has leveled off as most growers have transitioned to their NW production areas while increasing storage supplies. Quality has been very nice.
California: Supplies from Central Valley of California have peaked with most shippers continuing to offer specialty varieties with exceptional color and favor. We anticipate pricing to remain near current levels especially for best size, quality with some discounts on smaller, older varietals.