June 1st, 2023 Market Report
Lettuce markets are steady. Average weights range between 40 to 45 pounds. Slight misshapen heads and outer leaf discoloration have been reported, but minimal. Quality is good.
– Romaine markets are steady. Slight fringe burn has been reported, but it is minimal. Quality is good.
– Romaine Heart markets are steady. Quality is good.
– Green and Red Leaf markets are steady. Slight fringe burn has been reported, but it is minimal. Quality is good.
Lettuce Tender Leaf:
– Curly & Italian Parsley are still very tight due to the heavy rains they had a couple months ago. The product in Salinas is still behind schedule. Over the next week, shippers hope the weather in the Salinas Valley warms up and growth improves. Quality is fair.
– Cilantro is in good supply. Quality is fair to good.
– Arugula is in good supply. Quality is fair to good.
– Spring Mix is in good supply. Quality is fair to good.
– Spinach has become tight. Quality is fair.
Broccoli markets are slightly up. Quality is fair to good.
Markets are steady. Quality is fair to good.
– Cello and Loose markets are steady. Quality is good.
– Value-add Snack Carrots are steady. Quality is good.
Markets on Celery are coming off. There will be a price gap of ten to twenty dollars between suppliers in Salinas and Southern California. All value-added items will continue to be subject to fourth-tier escalation. Seeder will continue to be an issue for shippers. Quality is fair to good.
Strawberries & Bush Berries:
– Strawberry markets are steady with plenty of supplies available. Quality is good.
– Raspberry markets are still active. As we wait for local West Coast production to ramp up over the next few weeks, the industry remains short on this item. Quality is fair to good.
– Blueberries markets are steady. Quality is good.
– Blackberries markets are still active. A moderate amount of California production is beginning to appear on the market. The volume of crossings from Central Mexico is still low. Quality is fair.
The potato market is strong and very tight. 40ct-80ct have been hit the hardest. Quality is fair to good.
The onion market is very unstable. Heavy rains in most growing areas are causing pricing to fluctuate day by day. Overall quality is good.
– Cucumber market is steady. Quality is good.
– Euro cucumbers markets are steady at the bottom. Quality is good.
– Green bells markets are steady. Quality is good.
– Red Pepper markets are up. Quality is good.
– Basil: We are still seeing minor quality issues. Overall, quality is fair to good.
– Orange markets are still up and are tight on small fruit with significantly less volume. Val’s have started, but volume is very light. Quality is good.
– Lemon markets are still up. Small fruit is tight due to the past rain increasing fruit size. Import lemons will start next week. Quality is good.
– Limes Pricing appears to have leveled out, particularly on the mid and small sized fruit. We are seeing more 150ct sized fruit starting to become available, but 110cts still remain tight. There is some rain in the forecast for the end of the week through Monday, which will be welcomed. The rain should continue to help size up the fruit even more. Temperatures continue to be in the upper 90s, with partly sunny conditions almost every day. Quality continues to remain good, with minimal defects coming in.
Grapes are extremely limited, and will be for the balance of import season. We are bringing in some pink Muscatel Grapes to help cover gaps in the traditional red grapes. Mexican grapes are late and should start the second week of June.
In both the East and West regions, markets are stronger as we move north. Baja and Quincy are picking up production, followed by the Carolinas. In Nogales, tomatoes will be available through early June. North California will begin the first week of July. Expect elevated markets through June.
– Green Cartons: Markets are stable. Quality has been good.
– Red Cartons: Markets are stable. Quality has been good.
– Bagged Cabbage: Markets are stable. Quality is good.
The items listed below are being prorated by Shippers.
1.) Red & Green grapes
2.) Chipperbec potatoes
3.) Radishes all pack sizes
4.) Brussel Sprouts
5.) Brussel Sprouts Halved 2/5lb & 4/5lb
6.) Brussel Sprouts Shaved 5/2lb
7.) Gold beets
8.) White chef potatoes