Broccoli supplies have increased slightly this week which enabled shippers to adjust pricing. Quality problems upon arrival are starting to show up, as evidence of the recent heat we experienced in the last few weeks.
Moderate supplies from Michigan and Virginia expected to increase slightly. Prices are higher. Quality is generally good.
The conventional market is up slightly as supplies of jumbo and cello continue to be limited. Growing conditions are such that the product is just not getting the size needed for these packs at this time. Demand continues strong on baby and processed product as well… though no change in markets here is expected.
The cauliflower market is trying to get better. Quality and condition are good. Shippers are saying less volume through next week could bring the markets up some.
Market steady with great quality. Supplies continue to be abundant but should start tapering off as we head into the holiday seasons.
Green Onion Mexican volumes are about to ramp up as local regional deals come to an end. The market has been good due to heat and some quality issues. Expect supplies to remain tight for the next 2-4 weeks.
Continued problems in the field (heat-related and soil disease) are making for limited supplies of Green Leaf and its by-products. Short supplies will persist for a couple of weeks if not longer.
While still expensive, the overall demand for Iceberg lettuce has slowed. “Sticker Shock” has caused consumers to adjust purchasing habits. We are in our “last lap” for the Salinas Valley season, so while supplies will not be abundant until we move to the desert, the adjusted demand will cause shippers to continue to adjust pricing. be smart with your purchases, don’t get greedy.
Limiting supplies of Red Leaf, but not a lot of interest. Red Leaf seems to be a forgotten leaf item when compared to Green and Romaine.
While the Iceberg demand has slowed, the Romaine and Romaine Hearts demand continues. Limiting supplies left in the Salinas Season will keep the market very active and very high priced. Again, quality issues have come up, keep orders in check. You do not want a high priced commodity left in inventory for too long.