Market stronger. Mexico continues with very light supplies. Peru arrivals are steady but limited on larger sizes to move West. Supply issues expected for the next 2-3 weeks, in particular Jumbo and XL sizes in the West.
Cabbage – Green & Red
Supplies increasing, the pricing has dropped slightly but remains strong, higher on red than green.
Cauliflower – Alert
Market still active, supplies dropped again this week and demand picked back up and drove the market higher.
Market mostly steady on good supplies.
Cucumbers – Alert
East – Extremely tight, weather conditions have slowed growth down significantly. West – Strong demand and very limited supplies.
Eggplant – Alert
Western supplies are extremely limited from both California and Mexico. Eastern supply shorter as cooler weather has reduced yields.
Supplies increasing and market falling slightly, but still at very high levels. Market expects to remain at high levels for several more weeks.
Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine
Markets remain high on all varieties, leading to extreme demand exceeds supplies. New growing regions have started but supplies from those areas is not enough to meet the demand.
Market active and we are still in a demand exceeds supply situations and will continue potentially through the holidays. Labor, compost issues resulting in reduced yields continues to plague this category.
The onion market has settled and will be stable over the next few weeks on all colors.
Peppers – Red & Yellow – Alert
Eastern green bell pepper supplies are shorter and extremely short in the West, with stronger markets. Red and yellow bells very short in the East and West.
The market is stronger this week as processors and fryers are out buying up product intended to go fresh market. Field reports are coming in and overall, this crop looks to be shorter than last year and heavier to smaller size russets.
East Coast – Zucchini and yellow squash supply better; quality is good, and markets are a little lower.
West Coast – Good supplies of zucchini and yellow squash for the next 10 days from Mexico. With cooler weather production could slow down a bit. Quality is very good.
Tomatoes – Alert
Markets continue to be on alert status for all varieties due to lack of availability from recent hurricanes/tropical storms. Supply is getting worse and not expected to improve until January.
Field Tomato – Every major tomato growing area has been hurt by Hurricanes/Tropical Storms. Tomato markets will remain unstable & on alert through January, with Rounds, roma, cherry, and grapes all affected.