June 15 2018
June mix $10.95: Zucchini half moon thick, Yellow Squash half
moon thick, Carrot matchstick, Pea Pod clipped
Apples/ Pears: Washington
- Red Delicious market is firm on all sizes. Golden
delicious are steady but strong due to light supplies, especially on the
Granny Smith are steady at lower levels due to good supplies and light
demand on smaller sizes.
Pears - D'anjou pears
market is firm but mostly steady on all sizes, and they continue to peak on
US#1 80/90s. Demand is good, smaller
size fruit remains limited. The quality
has been good. Look for supplies to slowly wind down as we get into July.
Mexico is starting to see rain
this week, and the forecast looks like more rain for the next seven days. We should know early next week what effect
the rain has had on production. Gonzales, CA
volume has started to drop due to seasonality; their season should
be wrapped up in the next two weeks.
done for the season.
harvest continues, with declining weekly volumes through June to its seasonal
end of their normal crop. We are still
waiting for the Flor Loca crop the gain maturity. This summer crop is difficult to predict, but
light volumes are expected. Demand
remains good, and we are still seeing tighter supply situation on 48s & 60s
Berries: Strawberries- The warmer weather has
brought on a wave of strawberries this week.
Excellent availability in Salinas
areas. Quality is looking very
strong. Good color and firm
berries. Sizes are ranging between 16-20.
Raspberries – No major
changes on Raspberries this week.
Supplies remain limited. Mexico's
season has come to an end, and California is slowly ramping up. The general feedback from all shippers is
that availability will continue to be light until Salinas
Blackberries – Blackberries
remain extremely limited industry-wide.
Demand far exceeds supply as Mexico's
seasons have come to an end and California is slowly ramping up.
Blueberries- Blueberry supplies continue to improve in California.
The central valley areas have seen warm weather, and it is pushing fruit
forward. Quality is being reported as
good, but with the recent heat, we can expect to see some softer berries if the
cold chain is broken.
Broccoli and cauliflower: Broccoli- The broccoli market remains
steady at current levels. Supplies are
consistent but not abundant from all growing regions. The
quality has remained really nice with decent crown
size, minimal yellowing, or dehydration.
Cauliflower- We have plenty of supplies
of cauliflower from both the Salinas Valley and Santa
Maria growing regions.
This has kept the market very competitive. The quality has been exceptional with vibrant
white color, minimal bruising / brown spotting, and weights in the 27 to
Navel crop is finished for the season. California Valencia harvest is moving at a
steady pace. Fruit quality and color are
good, with size currently peaking 88s/72s/113s.
Demand remains strong. Small size
fruit 113s/138s will be limited through to entire Valencia season.
Lemons: The Central Valley crop is near its seasonal end toward the
end of June. Fruit in this area is
peaking on 115s and larger sizes. The Ventura/Oxnard areas are becoming the main growing area and are
also peaking on 115s and larger sizes.
Demand is strong, especially on the smaller sizes of 162s/200s. These smaller sizes are beginning to sell out
daily, and supplies are tight.
Limes: Lime supplies continue to be steady. However, the fruit sizing seems to be
irregular. I have had a few reports of
small size limes being packed into the large size
box. Due to the higher demand on large
fruit, supplies are becoming more limited on sizes between 150-110ct.
Lettuce: Finally, after weeks of a flat market, this
commodity is active. Multiple suppliers
began the week sold out while others had moderate to light supplies at
best. Both northern and southern California have hit a planting gap that is expected for the next 10-14
days. The weights continue to be
favorable, and the quality is good, overall.
Lettuce Leaf: Romaine, as
well as all leaf items, are firm in the marketplace
for now. Throughout California, supplies are
lighter compared to previous weeks.
Although school business has obviously fallen, suppliers are approaching
lighter production numbers this week.
Expect to see a bigger jump in pricing by the end of the week. Romaine hearts are slightly stronger
currently and are expected to be available in moderate
to light supplies next week, pending the shipper. The quality overall on hearts continues to be