Market Report

Market Alerts

Transition – The movement of major growing areas from California to points as far south as Yuma Arizona is underway, and will continue through late November. This is a time when certain crops are more susceptible to disruptions in supply and quality. Be sure to read the Market Report for up-to-date information and product recommendations.
Broccoli/Cauliflower – High temperatures in California’s growing regions have tightened up supplies and created minor quality issues such as bruising and yellowing. Pricing is higher than normal.
Lettuce – The extremely warm weather has also affected lettuce quality. Iceberg and Romaine in particular are fair at best, with insect damage, tip burn, browning and light case weights all reported. 
Melons – Supplies of Cantaloupe and Honeydew remain tight, due to field transition in California and the recent cold snap in Arizona. Pricing is higher than normal, with good quality reported.
Potatoes – An unusually early winter storm in Idaho has slowed both harvesting and transport of all baking potatoes. Pricing is slightly higher.

A Peek at Peak Seasons

Hard Squash – Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti and other specialty hard squashes are now in season.
Fall Decor – Pie, Jack O'Lantern and specialty pumpkins are available now, as well as gourds and Indian corn.  
Pears – Great quality and pricing on Bosc, Asian, Anjou & more. 
Ohio apples – Plenty of crisp and delicious varieties available. Ask your sales rep for recommendations. 
Sweet Potatoes – This year’s crop looks to be much improved from 2018.
Kale – Quality is very nice, with full bunches and good color.

Weather Update

California: Temperatures remain cool with gusty winds in most growing regions.
Mexico: Two separate tropical storm systems will bring heavy rains to the Central regions.
Florida: Colder weather early with light showers, warming later in the week.

Ohio: Cooler temperatures and lots of rain. 

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Commodities at a Glance

Apples: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Asparagus: Quality is good, pricing is lower

Avocado: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Bell Peppers: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (Blackberries) : Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (Blueberries): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (Raspberries): Quality is good, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Berries (Strawberries): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Broccoli: Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Brussels Sprouts: Quality is fair to good, pricing is steady

Carrots: Quality is great, pricing is steady

Cauliflower: Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Celery: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Citrus (Lemons): Quality is good, pricing is higher

Citrus (Limes): Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Citrus (Oranges): Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Cucumbers: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Eggplant: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Garlic: Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Grapes (Green): Quality is good, pricing is steady

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 poor, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Lettuce Leaf: Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Lettuce Leaf (Tender): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Melon (Cantaloupe): Quality is fair, pricing is steady, supply is limited

Melon (Honeydew): Quality is good, pricing is higher

Melon (Watermelon): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Onions: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Pears: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Pineapples: Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Potatoes: Quality is fair, pricing is higher, supply is limited

Potatoes (Colored): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Squash: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Stone Fruit: Quality is good, pricing is steady, supply is ending

Tomatoes: Quality is good, pricing is higher