Stay informed on how the weather and other conditions across the country and the globe affect the quality, availability, and price of you fresh fruits and vegetables.
Mexico continues harvesting steadily. Shippers have good supplies on hand of 48s/60s/70s/84s. Demand and supply is beginning to balance out and markets beginning to show some stabilization. This is new crop fruit and takes longer for them to ripen and fruit is remaining green when ripe.
All growing regions continue to harvest good supplies. The market remains steady. Quality has been really good with little yellowing and dehydration.
There are steady supplies which in turn is keeping the market steady as well. Quality is really nice out of California.
Cauliflower supplies are starting to tighten up. As we enter the end of the week moving into next week, Salinas growing region will be finishing up. Yuma is still behind schedule for decent volume. This is causing an upward trend in the market. Quality has been hit and miss with black spotting and yellow to cream color upon arrivals.
The kale market is steady. Supplies remain abundant from both growing regions. Quality is excellent with minimal yellowing and dehydration.
ALERT! ICEBERG LETTUCE:
Heat damage is hitting the growing regions of Brawley, Coachella valley, and Yuma. The winds have been up to 45 mph. Production in Santa Maria is moderate at best. Production in Huron should finish up by the end of this week. Weights are 38 to 44 lbs. Industry-wide issues defects include: misshapen heads, discoloration, and more ribs. Yields are down.
ALERT! LEAF LETTUCE:
This market remains steady. Warm temperatures in Yuma has caused for seeders approximately three plus inches to be seen on leaf items, especially romaine and romaine hearts. Industry-wide issues include: fringe burn, twisting, brown spotting, dust, and lower yields. Weights on romaine are average 27-34 lbs. Red, green and butter leaf have moderate weights at best. Production in southern California is moderate. This growing area has cooler temperatures compared to Yuma and Huron.
New crop Navel production is now in full swing. Flavor and internal color are very good.
Demand is still exceeding supply.
California - production volume remains limited as crops transition for the winter and supply is gapping between regions. Oxnard winter crop will begin in late November and increase through December. Weather has been clear and warm in all CA growing regions the past 7-10 days however cooler weather has now arrived and rain is forecasted for this weekend. This is the time of year where weather is always a factor and can change production abruptly throughout the growing regions. Keep in mind that we are at the end of the season for many of the CA growing regions and they have already experienced 2 major rain events this season. Quality issues range from soft, overripe and bruised to white shoulder, green tips and misshapen. Fruit will not last as long as you are used to. Quality and shelf life expectation must be adjusted based on what is currently available in the industry.
Mexico - producing steadily but the volume making it to the US is still limited.
Florida - still 1-3 weeks away from steady production.