Asparagus – Alert
Jumbo and extra large sizing is extremely short with shippers experiencing issues with other sizes as well. Hail in Central Mexico delayed harvest for two days. Outlook is at least 8 weeks of continued limited volume.
Markets continue to hold firm to a bit higher. Expect things to remain like this for another week or two.
Short supplies continue, quality good to fair, but the overall crop remains well behind normal supply for this time of year. Anticipate 3–4 more weeks before we see improvement.
Cabbage – Green & Red
Market steady to lower on both red and green cabbage.
Good supplies. Sizing has improved and quality is good. Markets are steady and demand is light.
Supplies much better, quality very good, market down.
Cilantro supplies are market is softer. Good supplies on Italian parsley but a little tighter on curly parsley, but no supply issues anticipated.
Eggplant – Alert
East – Eggplant supply lighter, quality is hit and miss, and market is steady.
West – Strong Market, expected to see better volume in two weeks. For now, market is volatile.
Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine
Market is active and supply varies by grower with some holding to averages but there is open market available. Romaine and all leaf good quality, supplies good and market steady.
Markets are slightly soft due to excess inventory in the pipelines. California will be winding down this week and New Mexico next week.
Washington to be starting in earnest next week and Idaho the following week
Peppers – Chilies
Quality just fair and supplies short in pockets of the East and extremely short in the West with very high demand.
Peppers – Red & Yellow – Alert
East – Green bell supply better, quality is good, and demand lower. Market lowering some. Red and yellow bells are short supply in the east.
West – Growing area shift has colored peppers in short supply and moderate quality. Green is better market is mostly steady.
Demand remains light. Prices are declining, mostly on large sizes as growers unload inventory prior to new crop Idaho ramping up. Old crop is getting tired and pack outs are also decreasing. Idaho new crop has started with a few sheds this week and more to come next week.
East – Zucchini and yellow squash supply very light, quality is hit or miss due to weather. Market is strong. West – Moderate demand and steady supplies. Quality issues in yellow.
Round & roma supply remains steady on light demand and good quality. Grape and cherry markets are increasing due to light supply both east and west.