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October 23- October 30, 2022

Lettuce:  

Lettuce markets are very active.  Shippers in Salinas continue to have problems with crop failures caused by INSV and fusarium.  Prices have risen as a result of a 60 percent crop loss and even higher for some.  Discoloration, brown butts, light weights, misshapen heads, and small sizing are being reported from all suppliers.  Escalated pricing is at an all-time high for value-added products.  This scenario will continue through the month of October out of Salinas valley.  Quality is fair.

Leaf:  

  • Romaine markets are very active.  Poor quality and lack of product will continue to be reported in Salinas until Yuma begins.  Escalated pricing on value-added products continues to reach record highs.  Defects being reported include small head sizing, lightweights, discoloration, and tip/fringe burn.  Quality is fair.
  • Romaine Heart markets are very active.  Poor quality and lack of product will continue to be reported in Salinas until Yuma begins.  Escalated pricing on value-added products continues to reach record highs.  Defects being reported include small head sizing, lightweights, discoloration, and tip/fringe burn.  Quality is fair.
  • Green and Red Leaf markets are very active.  Poor quality and lack of product will continue to be reported in Salinas until Yuma begins.  Escalated pricing on value-added products continues to reach record highs.  Defects being reported include small head sizing, lightweights, discoloration, and tip/fringe burn.  Quality is fair.

Broccoli:

Broccoli markets are coming off.  Supplies are slowly improving.  Quality issues such as pin rot have been causing extremely lower yields.  Look for this market to continue to adjust lower going into the weekend.  Quality is fair to good.

Cauliflower:

Cauliflower markets are coming off.  Supplies continue to improve in Salinas.  Quality continues to be affected by the heat and rain.  Look for supplies to continue improving going into next week.  Quality is fair to good.

Carrots: 

  • Carrot markets for Cello and Loose are steady.  Quality is good.
  • Jumbo’s out West are steady. Mexican jumbos are steady. Canadian product has come down in price.  Quality is good.
  • Value-add snack carrots are steady.  Quality is good.

Celery:

Celery markets are slightly increasing.  Salinas production is light.  Oxnard and Santa Maria have good to moderate production numbers to meet all demand.  Aside from some seeder being reported, the overall quality continues to be good.  Distributors continue to use this commodity to fill up trucks that are running light.  Quality is good.

Strawberries & Bush Berries:  

  • Strawberries markets are very active as we wait for better volume to pick up in Oxnard and Central Mexico. Quality is fair.
  • Blackberry markets have come off and supplies are better.  Quality is fair to good.
  • Raspberries and Blueberries are steady/coming off.  Quality is fair to good.

Potatoes:

The potato market is still a bit tight.  80ct potatoes have been tight the past week. Quality has been good. 

Onions:

The onion Market is stable. Quality is good.

Cucumbers:

Cucumber market is active and expected to be lighter in volume due to cool weather throughout the south. Quality is good.

Peppers:

  • Green bells are active and expected to be lighter in volume due to cool weather throughout the south. Quality is good.
  • Red Pepper markets are still active.  Quality has been fair with product coming in under color.   

Citrus

  • Orange supplies on all sizes are extremely tight and will be tight all season with high markets.  Domestic navels are becoming available in a very light way beginning the week of 10/24 and will increase week over week.  Quality is fair to good.
  • Lemon markets are steady.  Quality has been fair to good.
  • Limes – color and shelf life have improved but inclement weather throughout central America is causing some delays with crossings which in turn has negatively affected the price.

Tomatoes:

Demand exceeds supply situation is looking to get worse next week as most northern regions on both coasts wrap up their season.  Central Florida growers will look to salvage as much as possible from crops that got hit by Hurricane Ian, expect extremely tight supplies out of these areas until replanted crops yield fruit in January. West coast supply is very light as well.  California finishing up and Baja continues with minimal supplies stemming from Hurricane Kay. High markets and extremely tight supplies are expected through January.