May 26th, 2023 Market Report
Lettuce markets are steady. Average weights range between forty-two and forty-five pounds. A few misshapen heads have been reported, but otherwise, the quality is good. You can also expect better quality on value-added products.
– Romaine markets are steady. The average weight on Romaine is thirty-four to thirty-seven pounds. There is very little fringe or tip burn to report. Quality is good.
– Romaine Heart markets are steady. Quality is good.
– Green and Red Leaf markets are steady. The average weights on Red and Green Leaf are twenty-two to twenty-four pounds. There is very little fringe or tip burn to report. 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 is in good supply. Quality is fair to good.
Broccoli markets are steady, but expected to rise next week. 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.
Celery markets are very active and sold out. In the next two-three weeks, light supplies are expected. It is expected that Salinas will begin production at the end of June. Oxnard should have better supplies at the beginning of next month. The most common defects upon arrival are seeders and pith. This is an industry-wide issue. Value-added items with this commodity continue to be escalated. Quality is fair to good.
Strawberries & Bush Berries:
– Strawberry markets are coming down with plenty of supplies available. Quality is good.
– Raspberry markets are still active. This item continues to be very tight. In California, winter weather has reduced plantings and pushed start dates forward. Mexico continues to cross light numbers into the U.S. Quality is fair to good.
– Blueberries markets are steady. Quality is good.
– Blackberries markets are up and still tight. Shippers expect the California crop to begin production in approximately two weeks, weather permitting. There have been occasional transfer delays coming out of Baja and Central Mexico. 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. Quality is good.
– Limes markets are steady for now.
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.
As we are in transition, markets are elevated. There is less fruit coming out of Mexico overall. The new regions of Baja and Eastern Mexico will be in better production by June. California is expected to begin in the first week of July. Out east, the Ruskin/Palmetto areas will go through May then move to Quincy followed by Georgia and the Carolinas.
– 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