Market Report, updated July 7, 2021

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Market Alerts

Apples – Quality is good on all varietals, and pricing is steady. As the end of the primary season approaches, market pricing will continue to increase over the summer until new crop is available late-August.

Asparagus – Mexico’s harvest remains lighter due to prolonged rain. Peruvian product is stable.

Avocados – Supplies remain light. As Mexico starts to transition into new crop, the industry will experience checkerboarding, very common during transition. Ongoing precipitation will bring on Lenticel spotting which does not affect internal quality and disolves as the fruit ripens.

Bell Peppers – Plentiful supplies of Green Bells, with lower prices. Local is about to begin.

Berries (Blackberries) – Supplies are increasing ; quality has improved to good.

Berries (Blueberries) – Our local season is in full swing– sweet and plump!

Berries (Raspberries) – Supplies remain light but West Coast production is expected to improve over the next few weeks.

Berries (Strawberries) – We are seeing cooler weather helping quality while keeping the market stable and production manageable.

Broccoli – Very good supplies; steady market.

Brussels Sprouts – Supplies continue to be tight coming out of Mexico. Look for this market to stay on the higher side.

Carrots – Quality is good on all bulk and value-added product. Markets remain steady.

Cauliflower – Good supplies continue out of California’s growing regions. Steady market and quality.

Celery – Quality is very good with steady pricing.

Citrus (Lemons) – Field transition from the Central Valley to Ventura is limiting domestic supplies briefly. Pricing will remain higher through mid-July when imported begins to arrive. Quality is good.

Citrus (Limes) – Supplies and market have remained steady. The growing regions in Mexico continue to have some ongoing rain that could slow production and crossings.

Citrus (Oranges) – The Navel season is winding down. Transition to Valencias will begin shortly. Quality is good and prices remain stable.

Cucumbers – Excellent quality and steady pricing on field-grown Cucumbers.

Eggplant – Very good quality and pricing.

Garlic – California supplies remain very tight. Imports from Mexico and Argentina will offset in a minor way. Pricing is higher; quality is good.

Grapes (Green) – Adequate supplies of Mexican fruit available as harvest begins in central California. Market slightly higher

Grapes (Red) – Mexico’s crop is largely finished with California’s ramping up. Quality and pricing are good.

Green Onions – Good supplies coming out of Mexico. Look for this market to stay steady.

Kale – Steady supplies.

Lettuce (Iceberg) – The heat wave in California is affecting lettuce quality and yields. Market pricing is higher and lighter case weights are being seen. Value-added product may be a better cost and quality option.

Lettuce (Leaf) – The heat wave in California continues to affect leaf lettuce quality and yields, particularly whole and heart Romaine. Market pricing is higher, and shorter shelf-life is being seen. Value-added product may be a better cost and quality option.

Lettuce Tender Leaf – Supplies are steady, however, due to the heat wave in California, shorter shelf life may be an issue.

Melons (Cantaloupe) – California’s crop is running to larger sizes. Quality and pricing are good.

Melons (Honeydew) – California’s crop is running to larger sizes. Quality and pricing are good.

Melons (Watermelon) – Availability has improved post holiday. Demand will remain strong throughout the summer. Quality and sugars have been consistent.

Onions – Rain is NM is creating active red and white markets.

Pears – Washington’s season is coming to a close; California will begin harvesting Bartletts next week. Quality is good; pricing is higher.

Pineapples – Supplies are tightening and will remain so for the next 4-5 weeks, typical of this crop’s early summer growing cycle. Quality is very good and pricing is steady on whole and crownless fruit.

Potatoes – The 40 – 70 CT and 100 CT market continues to strengthen with increasing foodservice demand and diminishing storage quality. New crop is expected to start August 2nd.

Squashes (Summer) – Zucchini supplies are strong with moderate demand keeping prices steady. Yellow squash continues to be slightly higher. Quality is good.

Stone Fruits – Good supplies and quality on Peaches, Plums, and Nectarines. We just brought in some more Delaware peaches; Jersey is expected next week.

Tomatoes – Supplies on all tomato varieties continue to increase; prices are lower. Quality is good. Tropical Storm Elsa may affect East Coast production. We just brought in some more Delaware tomatoes. We expect to begin sourcing Jersey Tomatoes next week when the market becomes more reasonably priced.

Weather

California – Strengthening high pressure will cause a steady warming trend through the end of the week away from the marine layer. Temps will climb to triple digits in the Southern Salinas Valley by this Saturday.

Mexico – Scattered showers and thunderstorms will contin-ue across Central Mexico through the weekend. Temps are expected to be slightly below normal as daytime heating is limited by clouds and shower activity.

Florida – East to southeasterly flow continues over the peninsula as Tropical Storm Elsa makes her way north from Cuba, with expected landfall midday to today with speeds of 65 mph upon impact, decreasing to 35 to 40 mph overland.

Arizona — The main event this week will be the unseasonable hot temps due to high pressure ridge shifting westward into the Mohave Desert by Saturday. Afternoon highs Wed/Thurs, 108 to 113 degrees. Record breaking heat likely Saturday, 112 to 120 degrees.

A Peek at Peak Seasons

Blueberries

Cucumbers

Summer Squash

Stone Fruits

Sweet Corn

Tomatoes

Freight

Trucks remain tight in the Northwest, Idaho, AZ, and CA. The national average is up slightly and is currently at 3.331 per gallon.

Commodities at a Glance

Apples Quality is good, pricing is higher

Asparagus Quality is good, pricing is steady

Avocado Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Bell Peppers Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (blackberries) Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (blueberries) Quality is great, pricing is lower

Berries (raspberries) Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Berries (strawberries) Quality is good, pricing is steady

Broccoli Quality is good, pricing is steady

Brussels Sprouts Quality is good, pricing is steady

Carrots Quality is good, pricing is steady

Cauliflower Quality is good, pricing is steady

Celery Quality is good, pricing is steady

Citrus (Lemons) Quality is good, pricing is higher

Citrus (Limes) Quality is good, pricing is lower

Citrus (Oranges) Quality is good, pricing is steady

Cucumbers Quality is good, pricing is steady

Eggplant Quality is good, pricing is steady

Garlic Quality is good, pricing is steady

Grapes (Green) Quality is good, pricing is higher

Grapes (Red) Quality is good, pricing is steady

Green Onions Quality is good, pricing is steady

Kale Quality is good, pricing is steady

Lettuce Iceberg Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Lettuce Leaf Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Lettuce tender leaf Quality is good, pricing is steady

Melon (cantaloupe) Quality is good, pricing is steady

Melon (honeydew) Quality is good, pricing is steady

Melon (watermelon) Quality is good, pricing is lower

Onions Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Pears Quality is good, pricing is higher

Pineapples Quality is good, pricing is steady

Potatoes Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Squash Quality is good, pricing is steady

Stone Fruit Quality is good, pricing is steady

Tomatoes Quality is good, pricing is steady

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