Stay informed on how weather and other conditions across the country and the globe affect the quality, availability, and price of you fresh fruits and vegetables.
Very little harvest has gone on for the last 12 days. A few growers are protesting current regulations in place in terms of harvesting and grower returns/payment. Avocado inventories in the US are running out. Shippers are pro-rating orders to try to stretch out supplies through the week. Availability for next week is uncertain if growers don't start harvesting soon.
Blueberry shipments from South America are increasing and we are slowly seeing the pipelines begin to recover. Supplies should continue to increase toward mid-late October. Quality has been good on all of the imported blueberries.
This market is showing signs of strengthening as many shippers find themselves 7 to 10 days of "normal" harvest schedules. Several suppliers have begun raising prices as they find harvest dropping and demand beginning to accelerate. Quality is generally good.
This market is firming up to begin the week. This market looks to be stronger by the end of the week. Some defects being reported include lightweights, pinking, and slight puffiness. The past high heats have lessened the shelf life of this commodity. You can expect this on value added product as well. Transition is coming upon soon. Huron will begin production with this commodity on October 17th. Yuma is expected to begin production in early November with a few suppliers.
Due to high temperature, industry-wide romaine and all leaf items continue to quality defects which include: fringe, tip, and some internal burn. Weights on romaine average 28-32 pounds. Red, green, and butter leaf have had lighter weights reported.
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