Farmer's Report

Produce Trends - January 17, 2020

All produce pricing trends are based on USDA data as of Jan. 14, 2020.

VEGETABLES

POTATOES

Russets  arrow up

The market on russets is steady to up this week. 70 ct. Burbanks out of Idaho are steady, while 70 ct. Norkotahs are up. 90 ct. Burbanks and Norkotahs are up, and the 6 oz. size is steady. Idaho is reporting moderate supply and good demand. Washington and Oregon growing regions are reporting that 70 and 90 ct. Norkotahs are up, with moderate supply and good demand. Quality will vary by growing region and variety.

Reds  arrow down

The red potato market is steady to down this week. Product out of Minnesota is down, while product out of Wisconsin is steady. Reports show that there is moderate supply and demand out of both growing regions.

Yellows  arrow steady

The yellow potato market out of Florida is steady, with moderate supply, good quality, and good demand reported.


CABBAGE

Round Green  arrow down

The cabbage market is down this week. Supplies are fair due to the cold weather, with quality reporting as fair and demand good.

LEAF LETTUCE

Green Leaf  arrow up

The green leaf market is up this week, with light supply due to the cold weather. Green leaf quality is fair to good, with some irregular sizing, occasional insect damage, epidermal peel/blistering and occasional mechanical damage.

Romaine  arrow up

The romaine market is up this week, with supplies meeting current demand. Romaine quality has been fair to good, with epidermal peel being the main issue that may cause a decrease in shelf life. The romaine quality has been ribby, with occasional broken rib/mechanical damage, and a few with twist and minimal insect damage. Demand is being reported as fair to good.

ICEBERG LETTUCE  arrow up

The iceberg market is up this week. Iceberg continues to be light, with inconsistent weights, misshapen and puffy heads being the main issues due to the cold weather. Quality is generally good.

GARLIC  arrow steady

No issues to report on domestic garlic out of California, with good supply, demand and quality being reported.

ONIONS  arrow up

The jumbo yellow onion market is up this week. Product out of Washington and Oregon is up, with moderate supply and good demand reported. Product out of Idaho is also up, with moderate supply and good demand reported.

MUSHROOMS  arrow steady

No issues to report on product coming from the East Coast, with good supply, demand and quality being reported. Supply and quality issues continue for product coming from the West Coast.

CILANTRO  arrow up

The cilantro market is steady to up this week, depending on growing region and pack. Product out of Oxnard, California is up on 30’s and on 60’s, with moderate supply and good demand reported. Product out of Texas is steady on 60’s, with moderate supply and demand reported. Product out of Imperial, Coachella, Palo Verde, Central California and Western Arizona is up on 30’s and on 60’s, with moderate supply and demand reported. Quality will vary by growing region.

CUCUMBERS  arrow up

Cucumber prices are up this week. Florida continues to pull from Honduras, with volumes expected to improve in the coming weeks. Mexico harvests are fair, which has caused supplies to tighten up slightly.


CELERY  arrow down

The celery market is down this week. Celery volume is expected to meet demand this week. Quality is fair, with inconsistent sizing, bowed structure, occasional mechanical damage, minimal cracked nodes and light insect damage.

Yellow Squash  arrow up

Yellow squash has continued to go up in price. Both Florida and Mexico are reporting lighter harvests, which is causing supplies to tighten up. Quality is poor on yellow squash in both regions.

ZUCCHINI  arrow up

Zucchini prices continue to rise in both regions for this week. Harvest is lighter in both regions, with quality reported between poor to fair.


GREEN BEANS  arrow up

The green bean market is mixed this week. Machine-picked product out of South Florida is up, with lighter supply and good demand reported. Handpicked product out of Mexico is up, with moderate supply and demand reported. Imported haricot verts are down, with lighter supply and moderate demand reported. Quality will vary by growing region.


BELL PEPPERS

Green  arrow up

Green bell peppers are mixed this week. Florida pricing continued to rise, due to fair supplies. Mexico pricing has decreased as their supplies improve. Quality is good in both regions.

Red  arrow steady

Red bell peppers are steady to down for the week. Price changes will vary between size and grade. Quality continues to be good for both field-grown and hothouse peppers.


TOMATOES

Rounds  arrow steady

Round tomato prices are steady to slightly down for the week. Supplies continue to be light out of both Florida and Mexico. Analysts believe Mexico may have better harvests in the upcoming weeks, which could help with the light supplies. Quality is fair to good. “Act of God” is still in effect for round tomatoes.

Romas  arrow down

Roma tomato prices are down in both growing regions. Roma supplies continue to improve in both Mexico and Florida. Quality is good in both regions.

Cherry  arrow up

Cherry tomatoes are steady to up for the week. Supplies have tightened up due to strong demand. Quality is fair. Florida is the only state reporting for the USDA.

Grape  arrow steady

Grape tomatoes are steady to down. Florida pricing is flat, while pricing out of Mexico is slightly down for the week. Quality is fair in both regions.


CARROTS  arrow down

The jumbo carrot market is down this week. Product out of Kern District, California and Mexico is down, with moderate supply and light demand. There is a wide range in quality coming out of Mexico.

GREEN ONIONS  arrow up

The green onion market is up this week. Product out of Mexico is up on medium size, with lighter supply, good demand, and a wide range in quality reported.

CAULIFLOWER  arrow up

The cauliflower market is up this week, with supplies expected to be light. Cauliflower has had an off-white color, with a few pieces exhibiting mechanical damage and ricing. Low demand is keeping prices moderately high.

ASPARAGUS  arrow up

The asparagus market is up this week. Product out of Peru is up, with moderate supply and demand reported. There is a wide range in quality.

BROCCOLI  arrow up

The broccoli market is up this week. The markets continue to stay high, as availability remains tight due to the lack of growth with cold weather. Broccoli has had good quality, with firm/uniform heads, minimal spread, occasional knuckling, and occasional mechanical damage.


HANGING FRUIT

Apples and Pears

Apples  arrow steady

All varieties out of Washington are steady this week, with good supply, demand, and quality being reported.

Pears  arrow steady

The pear market out of Washington remains stable, with moderate supply, good quality and lighter demand reported.


CITRUS

LEMONS  arrow steady

Lemon pricing is steady to down this week. Supply on 165 and smaller sizes is tight. Sizes are now peaking on 140’s and larger sizes in both D1 and D3. Quality is fair to good.

LIMES  arrow down

Lime prices are down for the week. Supplies have improved, allowing the price to drop. Quality is fair to good. Price changes will vary between size and grade.

ORANGES  arrow steady

Navel prices look to be steady for the week. Supplies on 113’s and smaller sizes are extremely tight, due to demand. There is more availability on 72’s and larger sizes for substitutions. Cara Cara and Blood Oranges are in full production, with good volumes. Cara Cara are trending toward 88’s and Blood Oranges are 113/88/138 sizes.


BERRIES

STRAWBERRIES  arrow up

The strawberry market is up this week. Although the strawberry growing regions in Mexico and Florida did not get precipitation last week, cooler weather hampered overall berry growth. Overall demand is moderate this week.

GRAPES  arrow up

The grape market is mixed this week on imports out of Peru. Black Seedless and Red Globes are up on extra-large and large. Crimson Seedless are steady on extra-large and down on large. Sugarones are down on extra-large, jumbo and large. There is moderate supply and demand reported.


TROPICAL

PINEAPPLES  arrow up

Pineapple prices have increased. Harvests have started to produce smaller-sized fruit, causing 5 and 6 counts to be limited. Quality is good.

BANANAS  arrow steady

Banana prices continue to be steady. Supply continues to be good, with no quality issues reported. Sizing is slightly down due to the weather pattern in the tropics.

AVOCADOS  arrow up

Avocado prices are up this week. Mexico is experiencing some freight issues, which has resulted in fewer crossings into the U.S. Fruit is trending toward larger sizes. It is expected that California will start to harvest slowly near the end of January.

MELONS

CANTALOUPES  arrow steady

The cantaloupe market is flat this week, with moderate supply and demand reported.

HONEYDEWS  arrow steady

The honeydew market is also flat this week, with moderate supply and demand reported.

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