January 18th, 2024 Market Report
Lettuce markets are steady. In the Yuma region last week, cool temperatures caused some discoloration, blistering, and peeling. There are expected to be no frost delays this week. Weights are averaging 37-42 pounds. Quality is fair to good.
Romaine markets are steady. Expect to see blister & peel, discoloration, and pinking due to cold weather last week. Quality is fair to good.
Romaine Heart markets are steady. Expect to see blister & peel, discoloration, and pinking due to cold weather. Quality is fair to good.
Green and Red Leaf markets are steady. Expect to see blister & peel, discoloration, and pinking due to cold weather. Quality is fair to good.
Lettuce Tender Leaf:
There is a shortage of tender leaf items due to the frigid temperatures, especially arugula and spinach. The cold weather from last week is also causing cilantro and parsley to yellow. Look for supplies to continue to be tight going into next week. Quality is fair to good.
Markets are up due to cold morning temp. Quality is fair to good.
Markets are up due to cold weather. Quality is fair to good.
Cello markets are steady out West and in Canadian. Quality is good.
Loose market is steady. Quality is good.
Value-add Snack Carrots are steady. Quality is good.
Markets are coming down. Yuma production has started. Quality is good.
Strawberries & Bush Berries:
Strawberry markets remain elevated. Lighter than normal numbers continue to cross into the U.S. due to the weather. The Oxnard area is experiencing a cold snap which is hurting production. Florida is experiencing unseasonably cool weather keeping production and yields down. Quality has been improving.
Raspberry markets are coming off. It is expected that warmer weather will help build numbers later this week, as most raspberries are coming from Baja and Central Mexico. Florida is still experiencing sporadic rain fronts which are keeping production and yields low. Quality is fair to good.
Blueberries markets are steady with good supplies. Product from Chile and Central Mexico are now the dominant supplies being offered. Quality is good.
Blackberries markets are coming off. It is expected that warmer weather will help build numbers later this week, as most blackberries are coming from Central Mexico. Quality is fair.
The Potato market is Stable. 40cts, 50cts, 60cts, and 70cts are becoming tight. Quality has been good.
The onion market is very strong. Mexican and Canadian product is coming up short. Pricing is up and expected to stay up. Overall quality is good. White Jumbo onions are very tight.
Cucumber market is stronger. Cold weather and rain are keeping production down. Supplies are very tight. Quality has been mostly good on inbound, but we are being cautioned to expect some defects.
Euro cucumbers markets remain active with product in short supply due to weather conditions in FL and Mex. Quality is good.
Green & yellow squash are critically short in supply in both Florida and Mexico. Markets are extremely high.
Eggplant is also being affected by cooler weather in both Florida and Mexico. Markets are higher and we are told to expect some wind scarring.
Green bells market is higher. Demand exceeds supply in both Florida and Mexico. Quality on inbound has been good overall.
Red Pepper markets are lower with supplies improving. Quality is fair to good.
Basil: We are still seeing quality issues as weather in the growing regions continues to create poor growing conditions. Overall, quality is fair to good.
Orange markets are very active. There is a peak in fruit production for 72ct and larger; 88/113/138ct are extremely scarce and will remain so until the end of the navel season. Due to low fruit set and rain events, fruit will continue to grow in size as the season progresses. Brix is between 12 and 14. Currently, there is no gassing. Quality is good.
Lemon markets are steady. Currently, all three districts are shipping, with an overall peak size of 140/165ct. Mexico product has been steady with good quality. Quality is good.
Lime There is a significant chance for more rain over the weekend and the start of next week which could have an impact on harvest, resulting in lower volumes to start next week. We continue to see good quality and color.
Grape supplies remain tight. Chile is just getting started, while Peru is winding down. Vessel delays coupled with the MLK holiday have made an already short situation worse. For the next three weeks, expect this market to remain tight and high. Quality is good.
In all regions, demand exceeds supply. FL harvesting has been shortened by cooler weather and rain; quality is mostly good on rounds and cherries. Grape tomato quality is fair to good. Roma quality has been fair only. Volume is light crossing from Mexico.
Green Cartons: Markets are a little higher. Quality is fair to good.
Red Cartons: Markets are snug with elevated costs. Quality is good.
Bagged Cabbage: Markets are mostly steady. Quality is good.
The items listed below are either being prorated or are in short supply.
1.) White Jumbo Onions
2.) Roma Tomatoes
3.) Cherry Tomatoes
4.) Grape Tomatoes
5.) All Asparagus
6.) Cello Cucumbers
7.) Green Onions (Scallions)
8.) Oranges 88/113/138ct
9.) Green & Yellow Squash