Farmer's Report

Produce Trends - September 17, 2021

All produce pricing trends are based on USDA data as of September 14, 2021.

VEGETABLES

POTATOES

Russets  arrow steady

The russet market is steady to down this week. Out of Idaho, 70 count Norkotahs and 6 oz. minimum size are down, while 90 count Norkotahs are steady, with moderate supply and good demand reported. 70 count and 90 count Norkotahs are down out of Washington/Oregon, with moderate supply and good demand reported. There is fair quality reported out of both growing regions.

Reds  arrow down

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

Yellows  arrow steady

The yellow potato market is steady this week. Product out of Minnesota and Delaware is down, with moderate supply and moderate demand reported.

CABBAGE

Round Green  arrow up

The cabbage market is up this week. Suppliers expect supply and demand to be good. Quality remains consistent with sizing and overall appearance.

LEAF LETTUCE

green Leaf  arrow up

The green leaf market is up this week. Suppliers are reporting overall quality as nice, with good green color, full heads and good texture. Supply and demand are reported as good.

Romaine  arrow up

The romaine market is up this week. Suppliers are reporting good supplies for the next few weeks. Quality reports are showing occasional fringe burn and internal burn from the heat, but it's becoming less visible compared to previous weeks. Demand is fair.

ICEBERG LETTUCE  arrow up

The Iceberg market is up this week. Suppliers are reporting that lettuce supplies continue to be lower than normal, and that quality and demand overall have been good.

GARLIC  arrow steady

There are no issues to report on peeled garlic, with good supply and quality reported on the new crop.

ONIONS  arrow up

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

MUSHROOMS  arrow steady

There is moderate supply and fair quality reported on mushrooms coming from the East Coast. There are reports of quality and supply issues coming from the West Coast, due to the heat.

CILANTRO  arrow steady

The cilantro market is mixed this week. Product out of Oxnard, California is up on 30's and 60's, while product out of Central Coast, California is down on 30's and 60's, with moderate supply and demand reported. There is a wide range in quality reported out of both growing regions.

CUCUMBERS  arrow steady

Cucumbers are up this week. Cucumbers out of Mexico crossing through Texas are up, with light supply and good demand reported. Product of Mexico crossing through California is also up, with light supply and demand exceeding supply reported. There is a wide range in quality coming out of the West.


CELERY  arrow up

The celery market is up this week. Suppliers expect good supplies for the next few weeks. Celery quality has been good. Demand is reported as light.

Yellow Squash & ZUCCHINI arrow down

The squash and zucchini market is mixed this week. Squash and zucchini out of Michigan are down, with moderate supply and demand reported. Squash and zucchini out of North Carolina are up, with light supply and moderate demand reported.


GREEN BEANS  arrow up

The green bean market is steady to up this week. Machine-picked product out of Western and Central New York is steady, with moderate supply, good demand and fair quality reported. Imported Haricot Verts are up, with light supply, demand exceeding supply and a wide range in quality reported.


BELL PEPPERS

Green  arrow up

Green bells are up this week. Product out of San Joaquin Valley, California is up, with moderate supply and good demand reported. Product out of Western North Carolina also is up, with light supply and good demand reported.

Red  arrow steady

Red bells are steady this week out of San Joaquin Valley, California, with moderate supply, good demand and fair quality reported.


TOMATOES 

Rounds  arrow steady

Round tomatoes are up this week. Product out of Mexico crossing through Texas is up, with moderate supply and good demand reported. Product out of Mexico crossing through California is also up, with light supply and good demand reported.

Romas  arrow up

Roma tomatoes are up this week. Product out of Mexico crossing through Texas is up, with moderate supply, good demand and a wide range in quality reported. Product out of Mexico crossing through California is also up, with light supply and good demand reported.

Grape & Cherry  arrow up

Grape tomatoes are down this week. Product out of Eastern Tennessee/Virginia is down, with moderate supply and demand reported. Product out of Mexico crossing through Texas is also down, with light supply and moderate demand reported. Cherry tomatoes are mixed this week. Product out of Mexico crossing through California is up, with light supply and demand exceeding supply reported. Product out of Eastern Tennessee/Virginia is down, with lighter supply and moderate demand reported.


CARROTS  arrow up

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

GREEN ONIONS  arrow up

The green onion market is steady to down this week. Medium 48's are down out of Mexico, with moderate supply, moderate demand and a wide range in quality reported. Product out of South Carolina is steady, with light supply and good demand reported.

CAULIFLOWER  arrow up

The cauliflower market is up this week. Suppliers are expecting good supplies. Overall quality is nice, with occasional brown spotting due to warmer temperatures.

ASPARAGUS  arrow down

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

BROCCOLI  arrow up

The broccoli market is up this week. Supplies are reported to be light this week, with good demand and quality.


HANGING FRUIT

Apples and Pears

Apples  arrow steady

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

Pears  arrow steady

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


CITRUS

LEMONS  arrow up

The lemon market is down this week. According to suppliers, the District 2 (Oxnard/Riverside Area) lemon crop is in its final harvest. This crop has a shorter shelf life and sizes are small (140 ct. and smaller). The industry is preparing for the transition to D3 (Coachella, California and Yuma, Arizona). Coachella has been able to harvest small volumes, and loading will begin next week, according to suppliers. Yuma will follow soon after, but the harvest has been sporadic, due to heat and humidity, according to suppliers.

LIMES  arrow down

The lime market is down this week. Rain is forecast for the Gulf of Mexico Region, and limes will have a high incidence of skin breakdown, medium blanching and scarring, according to suppliers. In the Pacific Region, there will be a medium presence of skin breakdown, scarring and decay due to rain, according to suppliers.

ORANGES  arrow steady

The orange market is flat this week. Suppliers are reporting that Valencia oranges are now available. Suppliers are also reporting that the heat in the San Joaquin Valley will increase the hours of gas required, so fruit may not be ready on time. There may also be a faint green cast in the color of the fruit caused by the heat in the Valley, but this is not expected to affect the flavor. Size structure is mostly 72’s, 88’s and 56’s, and smaller sizes are tight, according to suppliers.


BERRIES

STRAWBERRIES  arrow up

The strawberry market is down this week. Suppliers are reporting that quality in California continues to be good. There is some slight bruising and softer berries, but these issues are being addressed by adding additional labor in the fields and additional personnel to Quality Assurance teams, in order to assure these low-quality berries are not shipped.

GRAPES  arrow steady

The grape market is steady to down this week. Black Seedless are down, while Red Seedless, White Seedless and Scarlet Royal are steady out of Kern, California, with moderate supply and good demand reported. Black Seedless and Scarlet Royal are down, while Red Seedless and White Seedless are steady out of San Joaquin Valley, California, with moderate supply and good demand reported.


TROPICAL

PINEAPPLES  arrow steady

Pineapple volumes have increased, and suppliers have reported good supply and quality on pineapples.

BANANAS  arrow steady

Banana quality and availability are reported as good. Suppliers are not reporting any problems with supply.

AVOCADOS  arrow up

Mexican avocados are mixed this week. 40's and 70’s are up while 48's and 60's are down, with light supply and moderate demand reported.

MELONS

CANTALOUPES  arrow up

The cantaloupe market is up this week. Suppliers are reporting good supply, specifically for 9 count jumbos and 9 counts. The volume on 12 counts is steady. Demand continues to increase, according to suppliers.

HONEYDEWS  arrow steady

The honeydew market is up this week. Suppliers are reporting that demand has increased while supply has tightened, and that the size profile is inclined towards 5 counts, with minimal volume on the smaller sizes.

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