Weekly Produce Update 10-6

Author: Marvale Jones

Date: October 6, 2017

NORTHWEST
APPLES
• We are adding new crop varieties to the manifests almost weekly now that harvest is in full swing.
• We now have Jonagolds, Gala, Goldens, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, a few early Fuji, & a small amount of new crop Red Delicious.
• Movement continues to be good on the last of the storage red delicious.
• Pricing is very strong on most varieties, but should see prices decrease
in the coming weeks, as more product is brought in from the orchards.

PEARS
• New crop NW pears are in good supply. Size is down on most varieties. Larger sizes will be tighter this season. Condition is good on all
varieties.
• Bartlett, D’Anjou, Bosc, Seckel, & various Red Pears are available. Pricing is fairly strong with steady movement.

ONIONS
• Onion prices remain steady with strength. This is a significant achievement that rarely occurs during harvest.
• This could very possibly be the trend for the upcoming season as supplies are down considerably from last season’s bumper crop.
• Jumbo Yellows are in high demand and the price reflects it.
• Medium yellows and Jumbo whites are showing a touch of weakness but overall the onion prices are steady.
• Idaho is peaking on larger sizes while WA/OR seem to be producing a smaller profile.
• Regardless, good demand combined with shorter supplies this season may present the market with a fairly firm, steady year.
• Yellow sweets are available. ORGANIC are now available-all colors.

COLORED POTATOES
• Mt. Vernon District continues with its harvest and is enjoying wonderful conditions with good production results. Weather is cooperating.
• Quality and color is excellent. Prices remain strong and steady. All four
colors and fingerlings are available
• Eastern WA colored potatoes-reds and yellows only-are still available. Prices are steady and the supply is good. Color and quality are good as well.

POTATOES
• Onion prices remain steady with strength. This is a significant achievement that rarely occurs during harvest.
• This could very possibly be the trend for the upcoming season as supplies are down considerably from last season’s bumper crop.
• Jumbo Yellows are in high demand and the price reflects it.
• Medium yellows and Jumbo whites are showing a touch of weakness but overall the onion prices are steady.
• Idaho is peaking on larger sizes while WA/OR seem to be producing a smaller profile.
• Regardless, good demand combined with shorter supplies this season may present the market with a fairly firm, steady year.
• Yellow sweets are available. ORGANIC are now available-all colors.

 

CALIFORNIA
FRESNO
ORANGES
• Valencia’s are looking to FINISH in the next 7 days. Supplies are EXTREMELY light with orders being confirmed day of shipment.
• Most shippers are shut done due to not having fruit. Quality is fair to poor with color being pale to greenish and most fruit being soft.
• Make sure your receivers understand the situation and do not have expectations of perfect fruit because it just isn’t.
• The off shore Navels are done for the season. There will be an industry wide gap.
• Right now we are hoping to have Calif Navels the last week of Oct….. We will keep you posted.

STONE FRUIT
• Red Plums still going for a few more weeks with mostly larger fruit (55+size). Market is stronger as this commodity winds up.
• We now have Calif Granny Smith, the crop is light and the market is
fairly strong; Sizing 80/88.
• This is expected to continue until WA gets started on their new crop.
• Bartlett Pears are eating well peaking 100 and smaller. There are also some Red Pears & Bosc but both are winding down here in Calif moving to OR.
• Pomegranates are now available and the Wonderful variety just stared harvesting.
• Give us a ring we can do single layer/volume filled or Arils for your eating pleasure. Domestic Arils will start packing again the middle of Oct.

LEMONS
• Lemons domestically District 2 is finishing; District 3 is under way. This is helping but most of this fruit is on the smaller side.
• 140 and larger will remain on the tight side for the next 3-4 weeks. Quality looks very nice. Call for sizing and pricing.
• NZ Meyer Lemons are done and we have started some New Crop out of the Desert. We expect to have good supplies through the winter.

GRAPES
• Growers continue picking fresh supplies of Red, Green, & Black seedless Grapes.
• Look to see the market go up a notch with current varieties more to the large and extra-large size.
• Don’t forget we have supplies going now of Red and Green Institutional grapes for you.
• Globe crop was effected by the heat and as such supplies going into fall will be lighter.

SPECIALTY CITRUS
• Ruby Grapefruit are finishing in Calif with very little still on the floors to clean up. TX has started this week with very light supplies.
• We expect to have decent volume out of TX in about 10 day. Market is up and looks to stay this way due lack of product from FL.

CARROTS
• Processed Carrot supplies are steady and moving well. Running into some issues with Rainbow carrots; supplies being very light.
• Conventional Carrots shippers are struggling to get those Jumbo sizes. As such the market has been increasing.

POTATOES
• California New Potatoes are starting back ship/packing out of Bakersfield area. All colors available.
Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
• Cantaloupe market is steady with cooler temps slowing maturity on the west side. Fruit is showing good color and run of sizes.
• Although smaller sizes are still light. Quality is good.
• Look for Arizona Fall melon program to have some light numbers this week as they start into harvest.

WATERMELON
• Seedless Watermelons supplies continue to tightening up as domestic supplies wind up in Calif.
• MX is the main supplier of fruit at this time and they have been struggling with weather and harvesting. The next few weeks will be tight.
• Mini seedless continue but are too winding up. Quality is hit and miss.

AVACADO
• Mexican Avocados supplies are showing some improvement but mostly on small sizes. Maturity is picking up with the oil content increasing.
• Demand is still strong on 48 & larger. Fruit is peaking 48/60/70. The overall Mexican crop size looks good..
• Market finally showing some movement downward; look for this to continue going forward (baring any more heavy storms going through).

 

KIWI
• Kiwi market is up. Currently cleaning up Chilean fruit. Some sizes are tight and pro-rations are possible.
• Calif crop is starting to harvest very small numbers, look for this to pickup in volume over the next ten days. This fruit will be rock hard so be prepared.
• Market not expected to adjust down until mid to late Oct.

SALINAS
CAULIFLOWER
• Quality and Condition has been good. Demand is steady. Lighter supplies reported from all shippers.
• Look for markets to be higher through the week.

BERRIES
• Strawberries – Salinas – Watsonville reporting lower volume due to labor and quality issues.
• Oxnard and Santa Maria areas also both going in light way and should get increase next week.
• Raspberries – lighter supplies in Watsonville area, Central Mexico started in very light way. Should pick up production by Mid October.
• Blackberries – same as Raspberries – light in the North and Central
Mexico starting up.
• Blueberries – very light supplies, most coming out of storage. Baja should start up with better supplies In the next couple of weeks. The
rain from last week slowed down production and hurt quality.

ICEBERG LETTUCE
• Lettuce supplies continue to be below budget due to low yields on both cartons and pounds.
• The yields are low due to quality issues as a result of the previous heat waves. Demand has been moderate.
• The crews have been instructed to go slow and double check all heads for any cosmetic issues. The market is very active and is driven by supply.
• With the lighter supply and an increase in demand this market will be possibly higher by the weekend as many growers are sold out daily.

LEAF LETTUCE
• Leaf market is active with shortages coming. Quality is an issue; fringe burn, mildew, and seeders. Look for markets to continue to rise.
• Demand is up with production winding down.

BROCOLLI
• While not quite demand/exceed, the market continues to climb.
• Be prepared to pay big $$’s for both bunched and especially crowns again this week.
• Hard to believe that it’s almost a month since our big (but short-lived) heatwave along the coast.
• But the damage has already been done to the plants.
• Supplies are extremely tight and quality is showing effects of the excessive heat.
• Hollow core, purple cast and brown bead are showing up around town in both Salinas and Santa Maria.

CELERY
• Supplies are getting tighter with less production forecasted. Seeders continue to be an issue.
• Some other common defects include bow, flagging, and insect damage.

 

MCALLEN
MEXICAN LIMES
• Limes are expected to size up, better sizes this week and next. Quality good overall, good volume on limes 230’s, 200’s and 175’s.
• Expect market to be lower.

MANGO
• Kents are done. Keitts will remain with variable quality and condition because we are in the late part of the season. Market is expected to be stable.
• Brazilian mango supplies are expected this week in the North East Ports of Entry.

PINEAPPLE
• Mexican continue coming in with good volume in all sizes. Prices are lower. Good supplies coming from Costa Rica as well.

MEXICAN AVOCADO
• Prices are expected to decrease slightly.
• We are expecting limited supplies from Mexico mostly on medium size to small fruit 48’s, 60’s, 70’s, 84’s. Very limited supplies on big fruit 32’s, 36’s.

MEXICAN TOMATOES
• We are expecting good supplies of Mexican Romas. Prices are expected to remain unchanged with good quality overall.
• We can expect limited supplies of Round Tomatoes.

MEXICAN CHILI PEPPERS
• We are expecting good supplies of Jalapeno and Poblano. Prices remain unchanged with good quality overall.

MELONS
• No Melons are expected to be available through South Texas. Arizona’s harvest is beginning. Quality is good overall.

MEXICAN ONIONS
• We’re expecting good supplies of yellows from Oregon and California.

WATERMELONS
• Texas and Oklahoma watermelon markets continue to be slow, both Seedless and Seeded with prices generally unchanged.

 

NOGALES
ROMA TOMATOES
• Roma prices are steady this week. Product is available in San Diego and
McAllen.
• Round tomatoes are up this week, supplies have tightened. Product is available in California.
• We should start seeing some tomato products start to cross in Nogales around December.

PEPPERS
• Green Peppers are steady this week, not much has changed. There are supplies available in California.
• Red and Yellow peppers are also available, supplies are light and prices are up.
• Nogales should start crossing green peppers towards the beginning of November.

GRAPE TOMATOES
• Grape tomatoes are finished in Nogales. Supplies have tightened up. Prices are up this week. There is some product crossing through San
Diego.

CUCUMBERS
• Cucumbers are down this week, supplies have improved. We are starting to see some product crossing through Nogales.
• There is also some product crossing through San Diego. English and Mini cucumbers should start shipping around the middle of October.

BEEF STEAK TOMATOES
• We should start seeing some product cross through Nogales in November.

 

SOUTHEAST
EGG PLANTS
• Georgia and NC have started the fall season.
GREEN BEANS
• Georgia and NC have started the fall season.
GREEN BELL PEPPERS
• Georgia and NC have started the fall season.
CABBAGE
• Georgia and NC have started the fall season.
CORN
• Georgia and NC have started the fall season.
YELLOW SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI
• Georgia and NC have started the fall season

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