Farmer's Report

Produce Trends - October 16, 2020

All produce pricing trends are based on USDA data as of October 13, 2020

VEGETABLES

POTATOES

Russets  arrow steady

The russet market is mixed this week. 70 count and 90 count Norkotahs are steady while 6 oz. minimum size out of Idaho are up with moderate supply and demand reported. 70 count Norkotahs are steady while 90 count out of Washington/Oregon are up with moderate supply and demand reported. Quality is fair out of both growing regions.

Reds  arrow steady

The red potato market is steady to down this week. Product out of Minnesota is down with light supply and good demand reported. Product out of Wisconsin is steady with moderate supply and demand reported.

Yellows  arrow steady

The yellow potato market is steady this week. Product out of Wisconsin is steady with moderate supply and demand reported.

CABBAGE

Round Green  arrow down

The cabbage market is down this week. Demand, quality, and supply are all reported as good.

LEAF LETTUCE

Green Leaf  arrow up

The green leaf market is up this week with supplies affected by crop damage. There have been reports of increased sun scald, dehydration, and wind/fringe burn.

Romaine  arrow up

The romaine market is up this week, with both romaine and romaine heart supplies reported as light. There have been reports of increased fringe/tip burn, sun scald, light weights, and occasional dehydration. Good demand is reported.

ICEBERG LETTUCE  arrow down

The iceberg market is up, with supplies affected by crop damage. Fair quality and good demand is reported.

GARLIC  arrow steady

Suppliers are packing Cross Valley Farms® product and can supply increased order sizes and new divisions. No quality issues are reported. This year’s harvest has produced cleaner skins and good bulb quality for peeled garlic.

ONIONS  arrow steady

The jumbo yellow onion market is down this week. Product out of Idaho and Washington/Oregon is down with moderate supply, light demand, and fair quality reported.

MUSHROOMS  arrow steady

The availability of mushrooms is starting to tighten from both coasts. Several East Coast farms were dealing with severe storms, and West Coast farms were dealing with the negative effects of extreme heat. This is typical this time of the year. Analysts expect demand to gradually increase as the fall season gets underway. The yields are generally lower, due to summer compost and the raw ingredients being exposed to a lot of heat and humidity.

CILANTRO  arrow up

The cilantro market is mixed this week. Product out of Oxnard, California is steady on 30's and down on 60's with moderate supply and light demand reported. Product out of Central Coast, California is down on 30's and on 60's with moderate supply and demand reported. Product out of Mexico is up on 60's with light supply and good demand reported. Quality will vary by growing region.

CUCUMBERS  arrow up

Cucumbers are down this week. Western cucumbers out of Nogales are down with light supply and demand reported. Western cucumbers are also down out of Baja with moderate supply and light demand, and down out of McAllen with light supply, moderate demand reported and a wide range in quality reported. Product out of South Georgia is down with moderate supply and demand reported.


CELERY  arrow down

The celery market is down this week. Supply and quality are reported as good while demand is fair.

Yellow Squash & ZUCCHINI arrow steady

Squash is steady to down this week. Product out of South Carolina is steady with light supply and good demand reported. Product out of South Georgia is down with moderate supply and demand reported. Product out of Mexico crossing through Nogales is down with moderate supply, light demand, and a wide range in quality reported. Zucchini prices are down this week. Product out of South Georgia is down with moderate supply and demand reported. Product out of South Carolina is down with lighter supply and good demand reported. Product out of Mexico crossing through Nogales is down with moderate supply, light demand, and a wide range in quality reported.


GREEN BEANS  arrow up

The green bean market is up this week. Imported Haricot Verts are up with moderate supply, moderate demand, and a wide range in quality reported. Machine-picked product out of South Georgia is steady with light supply and moderate demand reported.


BELL PEPPERS

Green  arrow up

Green bell peppers out of California are up with light supply and moderate demand reported. Product out of South Georgia is steady with moderate supply and demand reported.

Red  arrow steady

Red bell peppers are down this week. Product out of California is down with light supply and moderate demand reported. Product out of Mexico crossing through Texas is down with moderate supply, moderate demand, and a wide range in quality reported.


TOMATOES 

Rounds  arrow up

Product out of Eastern Tennessee/Virginia is up with light supply and good demand reported. Product out of Michigan is steady with light supply and good demand reported. Western Rounds out of Baja and McAllen are up with light supply and demand exceeding supply reported. There is a wide range in quality coming out of the West.

Romas  arrow steady

Product out of Eastern Tennessee/Virginia is up with moderate supply and good demand reported. Western product out of Baja and Central California is up with moderate supply and demand exceeding supply reported. Product out of McAllen is up with moderate supply and good demand reported. There is a wide range in quality out of all growing regions.

Grape & Cherry arrow up

Grape tomatoes are up this week. Product out of Eastern Tennessee/Virginia and North Carolina is up with light supply and good demand reported. Western Grapes out of Baja are up with moderate supply and light demand reported. Product out of McAllen is up with moderate supply, good demand, and a wide range in quality reported. Cherry tomatoes are steady this week. Product out of Eastern Tennessee/Virginia is steady with light supply and good demand reported. Baja product is steady with light supply and demand exceeding supply reported.


CARROTS  arrow steady

The jumbo carrot market is steady to up this week. Product out of Kern, California is steady with moderate supply and demand reported. Product out of Mexico is up with moderate supply, moderate demand, and a wide range in quality reported.

GREEN ONIONS  arrow down

The green onion market is mixed this week. Large 48’s are down while medium 48’s and small 48's out of Mexico are up with moderate supply and demand reported. Product out of South Carolina is steady with light supply and demand reported.

CAULIFLOWER  arrow up

The cauliflower market is up this week with supplies affected by crop damage. Quality and demand are reported as good.

ASPARAGUS  arrow up

The asparagus market out of Peru is up this week with light supply and moderate demand reported.

BROCCOLI  arrow down

The broccoli market is down this week. Supplies continue to be light and quality is improving, but there are still some reports of pin rot.


HANGING FRUIT

Apples and Pears

Apples  arrow steady

Red Delicious are down while all other varieties out of Washington are steady. There is moderate supply, good demand, and good quality reported.

Pears  arrow steady

The pear market out of Washington is steady with moderate supply, moderate demand, and good quality reported.


CITRUS

LEMONS  arrow steady

The lemon market is flat this week, with typical end-of-season quality. The D2 region is peaking on 140’s/115’s/165’s. There are good supplies reported for Chilean lemons on both the East and West Coasts.

LIMES  arrow steady

The lime market is flat this week. Defects such as blanching, skin breakdown, scarring, and stylar ends decay will be medium to high.

ORANGES  arrow steady

The Valencia orange market is flat this week. The crop size structure has changed, now peaking on 72’s and larger. Moving forward, 113’s and 138’s will be limited for the balance of the season. Due to the extreme heat wave throughout the West, there will be more re-greening in the Valencia crop. Despite their green color, they are still fully ripe, sweet and juicy.


BERRIES

STRAWBERRIES  arrow up

The strawberry market is down this week. Strawberry production continues to remain below production estimates for October. Due to the heat, there could be more soft fruit and bruising. Demand seems to have steadied.

GRAPES  arrow steady

The grape market is steady this week including Autumn King, Red Globes, Red Seedless, Scarlet Royal, and White Seedless out of Kern, California and San Joaquin Valley, California. There is moderate supply, moderate demand, and good quality reported out of both growing regions.


TROPICAL

PINEAPPLES  arrow steady

Volumes continue to be low, but improving. Quality is extremely high. Analysts think there should be good quality and supply reported for the remainder of the year.

BANANAS  arrow steady

Overall, good supply and quality of conventional bananas is reported.

AVOCADOS  arrow down

Avocado markets are mixed this week depending on size and growing region. Mexican avocados are down on 36’s, 40’s, 60’s and 70’s while, steady on 48’s, with moderate supply and light demand reported on large-size fruit and moderate supply and demand reported on smaller-size fruit. California avocados are down on 36's and 70’s, steady on 40’s, and up on 48’s and 60’s, with light supply, moderate demand, and a wide range in quality reported.

MELONS

CANTALOUPES  arrow steady

The cantaloupe market is down this week. Cantaloupe demand is slowly decreasing, while supply remains moderate. The sizing profile remains inclined towards regular 9 ct., while the 12 ct. sizing has decreased.

HONEYDEWS  arrow up

The honeydew market is down this week. Demand is moderate, but supply continues to decrease with the approach of the season ending. Size profile is steady for all sizes, with the sizing profile mainly 5 ct.

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