Market firming up a bit on both coasts on most sizes, more so on XL and jumbo. Domestic supplies are done. Quality is good from both coasts.
Mexico is now harvesting 100% new crops with good quality but limited on XL sizes and quality #2 grade. CA is moving along in its harvest and expected to be done by the end of Aug. Peru and Columbia continue to bring in volume weekly.
Supplies have started to rebound with better supplies now being reported. There are some lingering quality issues still with some insect pressure and puffiness being reported.
Broccoli – Alert
Markets remain steady to strong. Local production has ramped up in some regions, thus allowing for less pressure and demand for products out of CA.
Cabbage – Green & Red – Alert
Out of Mexico and CA, green and red cabbage continue in limited supply with active markets. Expect to see continued market volatility for the next 8-10 weeks.
East – Supplies are very limited as production is scattered in local areas. West – Major production GAP, with less acreage planted this year due to growing cost and water restrictions, waiting on the next production area to start in 7 – 10 days.
East – Cucumbers are holding a strong market as the regions change into newer areas. Georgia still going with supplies diminishing. The market should come down slightly within the next 10 days as Michigan production increases. supply. Demand has been strong.
West – Steady supply crossing from Baja.
Eggplant – Alert
East – Eggplant is still short in supply with active markets. West – Better supplies in Central California, peaking on 24ct as hotter weather slows growth. Moderate supplies out of Mexico. Market active as supplies are not enough to meet overall demand.
East – Michigan is just starting with beans where the quality should be much improved compared to the other regions where rains have affected the quality.
West – Coastal California beans in production, market advancing due to lighter plantings this year. Baja production in a gap for the next 10 days.
Iceberg, Leaf, and Romaine
Markets are steady this week with quiet demand. Good supplies reported on all iceberg, romaine, and leaf items for this week to meet needed demand,
Peppers – Green, Red, Yellow & Chili-Alert
Markets are 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.
Supplies are very limited on potatoes due to a light crop last season. We will not see improved supplies until the new crop starts at the end of August.
The onion market is firm from both New Mexico and CA on lower production and good demand.