Limited supplies from Virginia. Prices are unchanged. Quality is generally good.
Green bell production has transitioned to the Fresno area. Supplies have improved and prices are steady. Red and yellow are down a little. Orange remains tight. Moderate supplies from Michigan and North Carolina. Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields.
Movement expected about the same. Trading early fairly slow, late fairly active. Prices Jalapeno and Serrano higher, Anaheim slightly higher, others generally unchanged. Quality is variable.
Steady supplies from Michigan and Virginia. Prices are slightly lower. Quality is generally good.
Cucumbers are steady this week. Supplies are good and quality has been nice; are crossing from Baja. Moderate supplies from Michigan and North Carolina. Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields. Prices are unchanged. Quality is generally good.
Good supplies from Michigan. Prices are unchanged. Quality is mostly good.
NW Onions OR & WA: There will be a mix of red and yellow Transplants, Overwinters, and Direct Seed onions being packed. The Regular season has begun. There will be good supplies until next spring. Prices will cool off as volume heats up. Growing conditions have been outstanding for these onions. Dry and mild with a bit of heat lately to finish off the skin set. Size profiles are yet to be reported but probably average for the PNW. Anticipation is high for these onions volume maybe a touch tight in the first few days. Walla Walla Sweets are in GOOD supply. San Joaquin Valley and New Mexico are still producing with mixed quality reports. Colorado new crop onions to start soon as well. Mexican onion movement expected to be about the same. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
Eastern WA packing New Crop Red & Yellow potatoes along with Fingerlings. Quality is mixed so far but overall good. There are ORGANIC colored spuds and fingerlings available as well. The price is high but stable. California is still producing ALL colors, however, supplies are tight. Look for this colored potato deal to stay strong with strong demand until Mt Vernon begins in the fall. The Mt Vernon district will be back in September.
Russet Potato storage supplies in OR/ID are a couple of weeks from being exhausted. They are overlapping with the New Crop Russets that have begun in WA. Good volume on a small profile is still the projection. Don’t expect the price to drop just yet though. Demand remains strong as retail potato sales break record-setting highs. Skin-set is mixed, reports indicate from a few test runs. It’s hot in the PNW- great for curing the netting on these new babies. Idaho Burbank supplies are getting tired. But they start their Norkotah crop by the 2nd week of August. Possibly a few early fields. Quality and condition are generally good on storage crops. Organic Russets are now available.
Moderate supplies from North Carolina and Mississippi. Prices are generally unchanged. Light supplies from Louisiana as some shippers are finished for the season. Quality is generally good.
Zucchini – Fresno and Santa Maria have started, supplies and quality are good. Prices are steady this week. Moderate supplies from Virginia, and Michigan. Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields in North Carolina. Prices are unchanged. Quality is generally good.
Yellow Squash – Same as zucchini. California is harvesting, supplies are decent and markets are steady this week. Steady supplies from Michigan, and Virginia. Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields in North Carolina. Prices are unchanged. Quality is mostly good.
East Coast volumes are now steady and should remain for the next few weeks.
West Coast – Central Mexico has had a volume reduction due to the recent rains but expect to rebound in the next week; Baja has steady supply.
East Coast is slowly building volume don’t expect big numbers until we get farther into August.
West Coast is increasing in volume and the East Coast is grabbing as much as they can which will keep this market active for the next several weeks.
On the East Coast; we are seeing a slow and gradual increase in availability over the next few weeks as more farms begin to harvest and/or get deeper into the season. However, the growing areas are seeing frequent bouts of rain which can lead to quality concerns.
West Coast is slowing a bit as San Joaquin growers are having yields coming in light. Baja has moderate numbers of vineripes. Eastern Mexico has slowed a bit due to rain but expects to rebound in a week or so.