Asparagus – Alert
Supply continues to be unstable as we see cold weather delaying production out of Mexico, and Peru supply availability continues to fluctuate. Market conditions will be active and firmer.
Broccoli showing some improvement in supplies, but production is still slower with Mexico volume lighter than California. Broccolini continues in a demand exceeds supplies.
Cabbage- Green & Red
Market steady on both, with the red market firmer, and moderate demand.
Market took a small decrease. Moderate volumes this week. Cooler temperatures in Yuma will affect harvest and keep this market active.
Market remains firm as production continues to struggle. Expect to see slow improvement in supplies over the coming weeks. Quality is fair to good.
Cilantro & Parsley
Parsley market higher as supply is short and not meeting demand. Cilantro market is mostly steady, but supplies are snug.
East – Market Rising, short supply both East and West. Florida production coming to an end, and Honduran supply has not started in full force. West – Strong demand and limited supplies are pushing this market higher.
East – Florida production is sporadic this time of year. There are pockets of volume being harvested but quality is hit and miss. Market steady maybe slow rise. West – Limited supplies and good demand have market firming up.
Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine
Improved supplies continue for Green/Red leaf and Romaine. Market has softened some and continues to do so yet with the slow increases in volume pricing expected to move down slowly as well. Lettuce down but remains firm at higher levels.
Supplies continue to improve, and the market remains steady.
Super and Colossal are tight coming out of the holiday weekend. Plenty of other supplies available. Quality is still very good in the Northwest. The market has come off a little this week.
Peppers – Alert
Green bell supplies very light with cold weather in the East putting pressure on the West. Red tight and Yellow bells are extremely short in both East/West and higher markets expected.
Demand has slowed and will be lighter thru February. Packers are now cutting production to pace themselves thru the season to try to avoid the gap that occurred last season.
Tomatoes – Alert
Markets continue to improve on rounds, grapes, & cherries as supply increases out of Florida & Mexico. Roma availability continues to be light which will elevate pricing. Markets should improve as availability increases into the month of January.