Steady supplies from Georgia are expected to increase. Prices are slightly higher. Quality is variable.
Green bells are up a little this week. The product is shipping from Central California. Nogales should start crossing the product in a couple of weeks. Red, Yellow, and Orange are steady.
Movement expected about the same. Trading early is fairly active, late moderate. Prices on Habanero higher, Poblano slightly higher, others slightly lower.
Light supplies from Virginia expected to decrease seasonally. Prices are unchanged. Quality is generally good.
Cucumbers’ prices are down this week. The product is still crossing through Baja and Nogales. Supplies have improved and quality is getting better.
Moderate supplies from Georgia are expected to increase. Prices are lower. Quality is generally good.
NW Onions OR & WA, Demand is building while prices are FIRMING on all colors. Export is now adding pressure on all colors as well. White prices have risen noticeably. Transportation costs continue to be strong as trucks are difficult and costlier to secure in many states. Harvest will be finished soon. Consequently, growers are no longer under pressure to sell. They are glad to raise prices and will slow production as needed while filling storage with these beautiful onions. Yield is projected to be a bit off this season due in large to a cool spring and smaller size profile overall. All colors of Organic Onions are available albeit at higher pricing this season. Mexico, movement is expected to be about the same. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
Mt Vernon: the harvest is unencumbered as the weather is outstanding for harvest, baring the occasional rainstorm; the harvest is marching along as planned. All colors are available including Fingerlings. Organics are available. Eastern WA continues with a supply of Red & Yellow potatoes along with colored Fingerlings. Quality is good. ORGANIC colored spuds and fingerlings are available as well.
Russet Large cartons are attractively priced with good volume available for the upcoming holiday retail push. Great time to promote 60’s and larger. Conversely, look for 90ct and smaller, including consumer packs, to heat up this season. As the Foodservice sector struggles to maintain its presence in 2020 – large carton prices will take the hit. Also, prices are projected to only increase for specialty packs and bales as they continue to dominate demand at retail. Demand is high on tight supplies of small product in WA, OR & ID. All districts seem to have had good yield this season (grower translation= HUGE potatoes) which may work against them this year considering that demand is on anything in a bag as consumers continue to look for the safe packaging. Quality is outstanding. Organic Russets are available.
Steady supplies from North Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana expected to increase seasonally. Prices are generally unchanged. Quality is generally good.
Zucchini – There are good supplies of zucchini available in Nogales, quality is improving. Central Cal and Baja are winding down. Prices are down. Moderate supplies from Georgia expected to remain about the same. Prices are higher. Quality is generally good.
Yellow Squash – Yellow Squash is the same as zucchini, prices are down. Central Cal production should start winding down soon. The product is crossing through Nogales, quality is improving. Moderate supplies from Georgia are expected to remain about the same. Prices on yellow squash straight neck are lower. Quality is good.
The East: Availability is super tight as many growing regions are wrapping up or are done. Looking for volume to build in the coming weeks and hit stride by Mid-November.
The West: Doesn’t have much supply to help the east. Baja supplies are light and quality is suspect; looking at possible improvement in the coming weeks. The supply increase we were expecting is slow; Nogales/McAllen have been crossing; however, supplies are still light.
The East: Supply is mostly non-existent. Palmetto/Ruskin growing regions are slowly starting but no significant volume until most likely the middle of November.
The West: Baja and Eastern Mexico are slowly starting and supply should increase in the next few weeks. California is all but done for the season.
East Coast: Due to a few storms the growers that were to start in the next week have forecasted at least a week of delay. Looking at volume starting to grow yet will not be until Mid-November, the market is very short.
West Coast: Baja and Eastern Mexico are wrapping up their summer crop. Availability will remain light until the fall crop begins in the next two weeks. The majority of California’s green crop is all but done for the season.