Market Report

Market Alerts

Transition – The springtime movement of major growing regions, from Yuma AZ northward to Central California, is in its last week. “Transition,” as this is called, is a time of year when certain crops are more susceptible to supply disruptions, higher pricing, and quality issues.
Avocados – With Mexico not harvesting fruit during Holy Week, supplies remain tight and pricing much higher than normal. Fully ripened fruit may be less available.
Colored Bell Peppers – While supplies have improved on most peppers, Red and other Colored Bells remain light. Pricing is still higher than normal for those, with good quality reported. 
Celery – Pricing remains very high on both bulk and pre-cut Celery, with continued short supplies out of Yuma and California. Quality is good to fair. Organic product is also affected. 
Cauliflower – Pricing remains slightly higher than normal on Heads and Florets, with fair to good quality reported.
Onions – Red and Yellow Onions remain in a bit of a supply gap. The Pacific Northwest storage crop is finishing early, and quality is fair at best, with sprouting and translucency reported. Pricing is higher.

A Peek at Peak Seasons

Fiddlehead Ferns – A delicate vegetable with a very short growing season, be sure to ask your sales rep for availability in April and May.
Ramps – Like the ferns, this wild onion has a very short springtime season – ask your sales rep for availability!
Swiss Chard – Great quality on Green, Red and Rainbow Chard out of California and Mexico.
Green Bell Peppers – All grades and sizes of Green Bells are good values right now.
Strawberries – The best quality in months is reported on all California Strawberries.
Squash – Zucchini Squash has terrific quality and low pricing.
Grapes – Quality is very nice on Red Grapes out of Chile.
Potatoes – Smaller-sized Idaho baking potatoes are less expensive than larger ones. 80 CT and smaller are the best values.
Asparagus – Be on the lookout for early spring local Asparagus in the Midwest, Northeast and Pacific Northwest.

Weather Update

California: Drier conditions and warming temperatures to seasonal levels.
Yuma, AZ: Very windy conditions and warm temperatures.
Mexico: Seasonal temperatures and precipitation.
Florida: Cooler temperatures at the start of the week behind a strong storm system, drying and warming at the end of the week.

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Commodities at a Glance

Apples: Quality is good, 125 CT and smaller sizes will be less available through summer

Asparagus: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Avocado: Quality is good, pricing is higher, fully ripened product less available

Bell Peppers: Quality is good, pricing is higher on Red and Yellow

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

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

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

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

Broccoli: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Brussels Sprouts: Quality is fair, with smaller sizing. Pricing is higher

Carrots: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Cauliflower: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Celery: Quality is fair to good, pricing is higher

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

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

Citrus (Oranges): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Cucumbers: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Eggplant: Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Garlic: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Grapes (Green): Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Grapes (Red): Quality is good, pricing is trending higher

Green Onions: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Kale: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Lettuce Iceberg: Quality is fair, pricing is slightly higher

Lettuce Leaf: Quality is fair, pricing is slightly higher

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

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

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

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

Onions: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Pears: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Pineapples: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Potatoes: Quality is good, pricing is higher on larger sizes

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

Squash: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Tomatoes: Quality is good, pricing is steady