The California Broccoli market is very active. Salinas season is all but done, the Santa Maria supplies are very limited, and the Desert is slow to progress. Supplies are starting to arrive from Mexico through Texas, but Domestic supplies will not build inventories for 7-10 days.
Moderate supplies from North Carolina expected to increase seasonally. Prices are unchanged. Quality is good. Light supplies from Georgia expected to decrease as the season comes to a close. Trading is fairly slow. Prices are unchanged.
Carrot market steady at this time despite just fair to good supplies. Jumbo and cello are starting to show some improvement though not expected to last as the product is booking up fast for the holiday pulls. Demand continues strong on baby and processed products as well… though no change in markets here is expected. Processed baby and snack packs are struggling to keep up with the demand. As such shippers are not taking on any new business and are prorating regular orders…. this is expected to last through Thanksgiving.
Cauliflower supplies have tightened up with Salinas winding down & Yuma supplies not ready yet. Quality & condition has been good. Demand is fair. Markets look to be much higher through next week.
The market is slightly higher. Suppliers are now stockpiling for the big Holiday push, Oxnard is now the main district. Nice quality being reported with good weights.
The market is good. Green Onions are firming up due to the Mexican labor shortage, expect markets to improve going into the holidays.
This is the last week for Salinas Green Leaf production. While Yuma has started production, there are not enough supplies to meet the need of the industry. It will take a couple of weeks of production to help off-set the current high market. Early reports are good quality, but small sizing.
The Salinas Valley is finished for the season. Huron has about another week, and Yuma has started production. It will take a couple of weeks for Yuma to build inventories and help adjust pricing. Until then it will be a rough ride.
The Red leaf harvest out of the Salinas Valley is finished. New crop out of the desert areas is slow to progress. So, the supplies of Red Leaf will be limited for a couple of weeks. Demand for Red Leaf is low at this time, so we should not see an active market.
Again the Salinas season is finished. Few supplies out of Santa Maria and Huron, but the majority of supplies will be in the desert area (Coachella – Yuma). All of the Desert shippers should be harvesting on Monday 16th. Then we will start to see supplies increase and markets adjust.