We are inching to the end of the 2019-2020 crop. Supplies are still good on some varieties. The Feeding America box has helped to strengthen the market, over the past month. The retail movement has been steady, in the wake of COVID-19. Quality has been good, overall.
Avocados are doing well currently with fruit available from Mexico/Peru and Calif.
Mexico is winding up on its main program but still remains with good supplies; Peru filling in nicely with green hard fruit especially on the east coast. Peaking mostly on 48/40/60 fruit.
Calif is going strong; though the crop is a little on the light side. the market is the same out of all growing regions at this time. Mexico and Calif fruit are showing better maturity and oil contents. Look for the market to stay relatively stable on 48/60 and trying to inch up on others over the next month.
Light volumes of Blacks coming out of California, but what fruit is available is strong and looks great.
The Blueberries in California did not take the recent weather changes well. Smaller berry size and low yields will make the California market adjust up. There are local States producing fruit now, so fruit should be available throughout the country, you just might have to pay more.
Raspberries are in the same situation as last week. Adequate supplies for most orders, just not an abundant volume. What California lacks, Mexico has picked up in supplies to help fill orders.
California is in the middle of Peak Production for the Salinas / Watsonville farms. The quality looks good as the plants seem to have made it through the variances of weather we have been experiencing the last couple of weeks. Again competing with local farms throughout the country will keep the market down in California.
Nogales & Coachella are going with good supplies of Red and Green Seedless grapes. The market has stabilized and we anticipate good volume out of these areas for the next 4-5 weeks. Due to the slow start from these regions; expect to see some overlap on when Bakersfield / Arvin starts at the end of June. It should be an opportunity to set up some retail business.
We are hitting the Chilean fruit-heavy at this time with all Kiwi sizes available to ship. The fruit is firm and eating well. Supplies expected to stay good through the summer months into early fall.
We are in the summer season of Lemons where demand is strong. Supplies are fair and as such the market is holding its own and pushing up a bit on 165 and smaller sizes as the fruit grows. Don’t expect to see any real relief on the market until the import pipeline fills up in late June/early July. Most of the fruit is starting to wind down in District 1 and in full swing out of District 2. The fruit is peaking 140/165 but even those sizes are not getting any breaks. Quality in general is good with the occasional scaring/ blemish/ discoloration.
Moderate supplies from Mexico expected to increase slightly. Prices 230-250s are slightly lower, others slightly higher. Quality is variable.
Movement expected about the same. Crossings include Haden and light supplies of Kent varieties. Trading early is moderate, late is fairly slow. Prices are slightly lower. Quality is variable.
Honeydews: Desert honeydews are harvesting though most of the Dews continue to harvest out of Nogales/Mexico. Mexican fruit is a little better quality at this time. Look for domestic fruit to improve rapidly as we move through the month. Sizes are peaking 5/6.
Cantaloupe: Domestic Cantaloupe supplies are doing well and the sizes are big mostly 9/12/jbo 9. Quality out of the desert has been good to excellent with good sugar levels. We should have good availability out of this area until late in June. Bakersfield and the Westside are now anticipating starting right at or just after July 4th holiday.
Navels are done. Shippers are in full swing on Valencia and more than 30% of the crop is already picked and packed. Sizing structure is peaking on 88/72/113 but the small fruit is cleaning up fast. Quality is good packing out heavy to fancy. The market is strong with most of the fruit going into 10/4# bags and or loose for USDA box program. Look for the market to stay strong on the Valencia program through the end. We are starting to see some independent sheds closing fo 4-6 weeks for rehab and to give themselves product for “school” pulls in Aug/ Sept. Offshore Navels are expected to make arrivals the end of June.
We are coming to the end of the pear season, with D’anjou being the last variety available. Smaller sizes are extremely tight, with the Feeding America program taking many bags. Many will look to California Bartletts for small pears in July. Pricing remains steady, as we get closer to the new crop Bartletts in Aug. Quality has been good.
Moderate supplies of pineapples from Mexico. Trading is fairly slow. Prices are generally unchanged. Quality is variable due to excessive rain in some growing regions.
Tangerines/Mandarins domestically are finishing up fast with most of this fruit packing into bags for big money. Quality is fair as it gets to the end and the fruit has taken a lot of weather here in Calif. Imports are starting to arrive on the East coast… West coast will see arrivals in a few weeks.
Stone fruit is in full swing with Peaches/Apricots/Nectarines/Plums and Cherries are all harvesting. Supplies are good and priced to move on Peaches peaking 48/50 avail in Yellow and White flesh… this is starting to tighten up slightly for the next two weeks or so. Nectarines, yeah! which have been slow are coming into there own… good color eats great and peaking 48/60/56 on both White and Yellow flesh. Red & Black Plums, as well as Pluots, are harvesting peaking on 60/70 size…. should start to see this market come off over the next 10 days. Fair supplies of Cherries still in Calif delta area but the better fruit is in Washington for your eating pleasure.
Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading is very active. Prices 35 and 45 counts slightly higher, others generally unchanged. Quality is generally good.