December mix $10.95: Zucchini slice thick, Green beans clipped, Red pepper julienne, Cauliflower mini buds
Apples/ Pears: Washington - Granny Smith and Gold Delicious continue to show strength on all sizes. Look for supplies of these varieties to possibly run out before the season is over. Red and red varietals have good availability of most sizes and grades. Quality is very nice with little to no reports upon arrival.
Pears - Bartlett’s, Comice,
D'Anjou, Bosc, Forelle, and Red Crimson pears are in good supplies coming out
Asparagus: Weather has turned cold in
Avocados: Weather in the
growing region of Michoacán
Raspberries – As expected, supplies are
becoming lighter on raspberries.
Production slowed down over the weekend in
supplies continue to be strong. Despite
the slowed production from
Blueberries- Blueberry supplies have been lighter this week and markets
are higher. This is a result of the cold
wet weather in
Broccoli and cauliflower: Broccoli- The broccoli market continues to be in a demand exceeds situation. Supplies remain tight on broccoli in all areas, as the cold weather has slowed the growth. Broccoli crowns are extremely tight and may need to sub into bunched. Quality is fair with slight purpling, some mechanical damage, and occasional yellow cast. Look for supplies to continue to remain tight going into next week.
Cauliflower- The cauliflower market continues to be tight but has
adjusted downward with a little more supply in recent days. Sizing in
Lemons: Supplies are steady, covering normal business and holding
off on promotable volumes. With the same
situation as the navels, the rain is playing a big part on the supply and
markets. Currently harvesting out
District 3 (Desert crop) and District 1 (
Limes: Lime supplies are looking steady now through mid December with fair quality and steady markets. Supplies are expected to tighten up in mid December through the first of the year with market prices on big sizes expecting to drop and small size pricing looking to climb.
Lettuce: Demand continues to be strong. Suppliers cannot catch up to fill all orders. Escalated pricing is in effect for value-added product as well as all contracts. The overall quality is fair. Lightweights are the biggest issues many shippers are dealing with. Weights are ranging from 34-42 pounds pending the shipper. Puffiness, mechanical, and growth crack has been reported upon arrivals.
Lettuce Leaf: Demand on green and red leaf, as well as butter, has seen demand exceed supplies in the marketplace. Romaine has softened, as availability is much better with multiple suppliers. Escalated pricing is in effect with all leaf items including romaine. Expect this market to be active throughout the week.