Farmer's Report

Produce Trends - July 31, 2020

All produce pricing trends are based on USDA data as of July 28, 2020

VEGETABLES

POTATOES

Russets  arrow up

The Russet market is mixed this week. 70 and 90 ct. Burbanks are up while 6 oz minimum size are steady out of Idaho with very light supply and good demand reported. There are still reports of some quality issues coming out of Idaho. 70 ct. Norkotahs out of Washington/Oregon are down while 90 ct. are up with light supply, good demand, and fair quality reported.

Reds  arrow down

The red potato market is down this week. Product out of Eastern Shore Virginia is down with moderate supply and good demand reported.

Yellows  arrow steady

The yellow potato market is steady this week out of Eastern Shore Virginia with moderate supply and good demand reported.

CABBAGE

Round Green  arrow up

The cabbage market is up this week with moderate demand. Supply and quality are reported as good.

LEAF LETTUCE

Green Leaf  arrow up

The green leaf market is up this week with supply reported as fair, while quality and demand are reported as good.

Romaine  arrow up

The romaine market is up this week with supplies reported as light to fair. Romaine quality is generally good, and demand is exceeding supply.

ICEBERG LETTUCE  arrow up

The iceberg market is up this week with quality reported as good. Supplies for this week are expected to be good, but demand for iceberg continues to be strong.

GARLIC  arrow steady

Suppliers are peeling more of the new domestic product to fill orders in brand, but it continues to be a slow process as the new garlic requires more time to cure. Supply is about 400-500 cases a week.

ONIONS  arrow steady

Jumbo yellow onion market is steady out of both growing regions. Product out of California is steady with moderate supply and demand reported. Product out of Southern New Mexico is steady with moderate supply and good demand reported.

MUSHROOMS  arrow steady

Most mushroom suppliers from the East to West Coast are seeing improving supply on Crimini mushrooms. Labor issues continue to improve, and suppliers are filling all orders.

CILANTRO  arrow steady

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

CUCUMBERS  arrow down

West Coast product is mixed depending on the growing region. Cucumbers are down out of Baja with good supply and quality. Cucumbers are up out of McAllen with good supply and quality. Eastern Cucumbers are down on average, with good supply but some reports of quality issues, including shriveled ends, sunken areas, and scarring.


CELERY  arrow down

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

Yellow Squash & ZUCCHINI arrow steady

Yellow squash markets are steady with lighter supply and quality that will vary due to rain. Zucchini markets are down out of all growing regions, with moderate supply and quality that could vary due to the heat and rain in the growing regions.


GREEN BEANS  arrow up

The green bean market is up this week. Imported Haricot Verts are up with light supply and moderate demand reported.


BELL PEPPERS

Green  arrow down

Supply, quality, and demand is improving across many growing regions in the East and West. Eastern pricing is down across all sizes. Overall, there is good quality in most areas although there are some reports of minor pitting and discoloration. Western pricing is up as the main growing region has fully transitioned to Fresno and Gilroy, where supplies are steady, quality is good, and larger sizes are available.

Red  arrow down

Red bell peppers are coming out of California and Mexico right now. California product is down with moderate supply, and sizing and quality that will vary. Mexico crossing through Texas is also down due to the pressure removed with California in the mix. Good supply is being reported but sizing and quality will vary.


TOMATOES 

Rounds  arrow down

Eastern prices are down across all sizes with moderate supply and good demand, quality, and sizing reported. Western prices are steady to slightly down across all sizes with moderate supply, good demand, and fair quality reported.

Romas  arrow up

There is moderate supply but good quality coming out of Mexico which continues to be the preferred growing region. Western pricing is mixed, with product out of Baja down with lighter supply while McAllen is up with moderate supply. Eastern crop out of Tennessee and Virginia is slightly up with lighter supply but good quality and sizing reported.

Grape & Cherry arrow steady

Cherry tomatoes are steady to down this week depending on the growing region. Eastern markets are down with good supply and quality being reported. The Baja market is steady with good supply and quality reported.


CARROTS  arrow steady

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

GREEN ONIONS  arrow up

The green onion market is steady to up. Medium 48’s are up out of Mexico. There is moderate supply and light demand reported. 48’s out of South Carolina are steady with lighter supply and demand reported.

CAULIFLOWER  arrow down

The cauliflower market is down this week with supply and quality reported as good, while demand is reported as fair.

ASPARAGUS  arrow up

The asparagus market is up this week. Product out of Peru is up with moderate supply and light demand reported. Product out of Mexico is up with moderate supply and demand reported. Quality will vary by growing region.

BROCCOLI  arrow down

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


HANGING FRUIT

Apples and Pears

Apples  arrow steady

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

Pears  arrow steady

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


CITRUS

LEMONS  arrow steady

The lemon market is flat this week. Supply, demand, and quality are reported as good.

LIMES  arrow up

The lime market is up this week. There are delays in harvesting due to rain. Supplies are tight, especially on the bigger size fruit.

ORANGES  arrow steady

The Valencia orange market is flat this week with supplies reported as good.


BERRIES

STRAWBERRIES  arrow steady

The strawberry market is flat this week with quality reported as stable. Supplies continue to be tight and demand exceeds supply.

GRAPES  arrow down

The grape market is steady to down this week. Flame Seedless are down, Summer Royal are steady, and Sugarones are down out of California. There is moderate supply, good demand, and good quality reported.


TROPICAL

PINEAPPLES  arrow steady

Overall, markets are steady, but the industry volume is down with larger sizes seeing tighter supplies for the next few weeks. Good quality and taste profile.

BANANAS  arrow steady

Overall, good supply and quality for conventional bananas.

AVOCADOS  arrow up

Markets are volatile as large and small sized fruit are up out of both Mexico and California with limited supplies. This is due to Mexico transitioning to new crop and tropical storms which are causing delays at the border.

MELONS

CANTALOUPES  arrow down

The cantaloupe market is down this week with current supplies reported as good on 9 counts and jumbo 9 counts. 12 counts and smaller are reported as tight this week.

HONEYDEWS  arrow down

The honeydew market is down this week with 5 counts and jumbo 5 counts readily available.

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