Domestic asparagus production continues to wrap up and imports will become the main players in the next week or so. Production in Peru continues to be good, though cool weather is slowing production a bit. Mexico continues with production, and availability should continue to slowly ramp up in the coming weeks.
Out of Mexico, markets remain very active as the crop continues to transition from the old crop to the new Local crop. Sizing is heavy to 48ct and 60cts with less availability of #2’s.
California, harvest remains in peak production and will start to slow down toward mid July. Good supplies but not enough to meet all demand that is needed. Limited supplies from Peru and Columbia continue to find their way into the marketplace.
Supplies have tightened up as quality issues continue to persist. The sprouts are showing seeder as well as puffiness, which is causing the sprout to feel less firm and a bit soft. Lighter volumes are expected to be seen through mid-July.
Cabbage – Green & Red – Alert
Limited supplies on red cabbage available on the west coast. Green cabbage very limited out of MX.
Strong demand with active markets as the industry heads into the 4th of July holiday in the US. Out west the crop has been slow to come on thus leading still to active market conditions.
GA cucumbers have finished, and cucumbers have gotten very tight for both coasts. Supplies are very light, with strong markets. Shortages should continue for the next 7-10 days. The West Coast is currently in a transition with moderate volume and very good demand.
Eggplant – Alert
GA eggplant remains in high volume this week. Good quality and volume will continue through the month of June. For the west coast, California has fair quality. Production out of Central California is still a few weeks out.
East Coast- GA has finished beans. Next volume to come out of TN starting the end of the week. Market and demand strong at this time. West Coast-Supplies remain fair with good demand. Quality issues are present as the new crop is showing signs of distress following high heat events.
Cucumber, Beefsteak and TOV good supply, no fill issues expected Peppers tight with prorates expected especially reds.
Onion supplies are tight this week heading into the Holiday Weekend. We expect CA shippers to tighten up with the reduced availability in New Mexico. Size profile continues to be on the small side with Supers and Colossal yellow onions slim to non-existent. Weather continues to be an issue in New Mexico, causing gaps in the ability to get the crops harvested. Markets are reacting and are showing an increase on gapping varieties and sizes.
Leaf, Iceberg, Romaine
Coming into a holiday weekend, demand has softened, but markets are unsettled following the previous week warmer weather. Several suppliers are starting to report reductions in yields on iceberg and lettuce, leading all to believe that we are in for some active market conditions over the next 2-3 weeks.
Peppers – Green, Red, Yellow & Chilli–Alert
Markets active on all types of fresh chili peppers as well as all bell peppers, green, gold and red. Expect active markets for the next few weeks.
Markets continue to be active for both WA and ID. The demand is exceeding supplies across the board with lower pack out yields.