Market Report

Market Alerts

SEVERE WEATHER ALERT– Unseasonably cold temperatures and heavy rains continue to affect many crops grown in California and Yuma AZ. Quality and availability of products impacted include Strawberries, Iceberg, Romaine, Celery, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and Organic Kale.
GRAPES – Supplies continue to be limited, pricing is slightly higher than normal and quality is fair. Red Grapes are a better cost and quality option than Green this week.
STRAWBERRIES – Poor growing conditions (cold and rain) in California continue to affect quality throughout the market. Pricing is fairly stable, but quality remains fair to good. Short shelf life, white shoulders and decay are reported. Blackberries, Blueberries and Raspberries are all better quality options.
LETTUCE – The quality of Iceberg, and to a lesser degree Romaine and Leaf Lettuce, is fair at best. Puffiness, ribbing and short shelf life are all common issues, and pricing is higher than normal. 
CELERY – Pricing remains very high on both bulk and pre-cut Celery, also due light supplies from the cold, wet conditions in Yuma. Quality is fair to good. Organic product is also affected. 
CAULIFLOWER – The cold, wet conditions in Yuma AZ have tightened supplies of Cauliflower Heads and Florets. Pricing is higher than normal and quality is fair, with some bruising and yellowing reported.

A Peek at Peak Seasons

Late Winter Greens – Chicory and Frisee are all available and great cold weather menu favorites!
Pears – Bartlett, Bosc and Anjou pears are excellent quality out of Washington and California.
Blueberries – Quality is terrific on South American imported fruit
Avocados – Quality is excellent and pricing is lower than in recent months. Fully ripened product is plentiful.
Asparagus – Asparagus pricing and quality are very good.
Specialty Potatoes – Quality is great on all Colored, Fingerling and Yukon Potatoes.
Squash – Green (Zucchini) and Yellow Squash are great quality in all sizes.
Colored Bell Peppers – Mexico’s harvest of Red, Yellow and Orange Bells is all very good quality.

Weather Update

California: Cold temperatures and rainy conditions persist in all growing regions, but a warming trend is possible at the end of the week.
Yuma, AZ: Cold temperatures and rainy conditions persist in all growing regions, but a warming trend is possible at the end of the week.
Mexico: Seasonal temperatures and precipitation in all growing regions.
Florida: Warmer temperatures and scattered showers over most of the state.

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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 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 steady

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

Broccoli: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Brussels Sprouts: Quality is poor to fair, pricing is higher

Carrots: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Cauliflower: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Celery: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

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

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

Green Onions: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Kale: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Lettuce Iceberg: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Lettuce Leaf: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Lettuce Leaf (Tender): 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 steady

Onions: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Pears: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Pineapples: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Potatoes: Quality is good, pricing is steady

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

Squash: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Tomatoes: Quality is good, pricing is steady