The Source - April 24, 2019

Weather Update

High pressure out west brings warmer temperatures to the region into the weekend. A weak low-pressure system moves into Central California Sunday with light rain and drizzle possible across the region. Seasonally warm temperatures continue across Mexico with temperatures in the 80s to low 90s. A strong low-pressure system moves into Florida on Friday with up to 2 inches of rain expected into Saturday. Dry conditions follow through next week.

Freight Update

California trucks have tightened up slightly now that we have transitioned fully up to Salinas. Rates have also increased. Washington apple trucks are steady. Idaho potato and onion trucks remain steady as well. The national average on diesel is up slightly this week and is currently at 3.147 per gallon. California prices surpassed the 4.00 mark and are currently at 4.003. Crude oil prices remained steady and are currently at 65.96 per barrel.

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Apples

Eastern Region:
Volumes continue to decrease for Midwestern and Eastern regions. A few areas continue to provide some product to customers (mainly contract business), but availability on size and variety have become increasingly difficult.

Washington:
It’s that time of year for the Northwest. Prices are slowly climbing now that Midwestern/Eastern demand has shifted to the Northwest. Many shippers are feeling the pressure to fill orders that call for smaller sized fruit (125ct/138ct). Further impacting the availability of foodservice sizes is the retail demand for bagged apples, which creates a type of ‘tug-o-war’ for the smaller fruit.

Please continue to send Apple/Pear orders earlier rather than later. The more time shippers have to pack product (before load dates), the better chance we have of receiving the product requested. Understand that some size substitutions may be necessary for the remaining season or until demand eases.

- TJ Ware
Growing Region Market Quality
Coopersville/Belding/Sparta, MI Steady/Higher Good
Hudson/Pleasant Valley/Red Hook, NY Steady/Higher Good
Wenatchee/Yakima, WA and Hood River, OR Steady/Higher Good
Asparagus

We continue to see steady supplies out of Mexico to start the week. We are expecting to see lower volume going into next week and markets start to firm up on price. California product is now available however prices are relatively more expensive compared to Mexican product as production is just starting up for the season. We should see prices come off as production increases over the next couple of weeks.
Markets out East and West are up this week compared to last week as there is more demand than previous weeks.

- Tony Pinto
Growing Region Market Quality
San Luis, Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Gonzales, CA Steady/Higher Excellent
Avocado (California)

No rain in the forecast this week as the harvest has been consistent in the Oxnard/Ventura growing region. The market is holding steady this week with moderate demand. California FOBs will remain high regardless of the Mexican market price swings. Overall numbers are down as of last week 77%.

- Mike Magana
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Ventura, CA Steady Good
Avocado (Mexican)

Overall crossings from Mexico are up as of last week. We start this week off with a light demand but expect better movement by the end of this week for the Cinco De Mayo pull. There really is no telling where this market is going. Pricing is all over the place and inconsistent. Quality has been pretty solid as we are in late season and avocados ripen a lot quicker this time of year.

- Mike Magana
Growing Region Market Quality
Michoacan, Mexico Steady Good
Bell Peppers (Eastern)

Bell Pepper supply has been very good in South and Central Florida. The market has been much lower for the last two weeks and movement is starting to rebound. Over the next week, shippers in South Florida will start to wind down for the season and central Florida is not a large growing region so expect supplies to get tighter until Georgia begins in mid-May. Quality is holding up in all areas so far, size and volume are starting to go down but south Florida has been fairly dry keep issues to a minimum.

- Steve Sterling

Peak Seasons:
Bell pepper is in peak season.

Growing Region Market Quality
Indian River / Dade County, FL Steady Good
Hillsborough / Western Collier County, FL Steady Good
Bell Peppers (Western)

Green Bell Pepper- Good volume of green bell pepper arriving in Nogales. Good sizes being harvested from both Mexican growing districts on both fancy and choice grade. Quality on the green bells from the Sinaloa district is mostly fair. The quality from the Sonora district is fair to good. Green bell pepper supply exceeds demand in Nogales. The bell pepper supply from the Sinaloa is coming to an end. Supply from Sonora is steady. Market on green bells is steady on both fancy and choice grade and on all sizes. Green bell harvest has also started and continues out of the Coachella Valley.
Red Bell Pepper- Light supplies of Red bell pepper arriving in Nogales. The market/price on red bell pepper continues to hold steady. Steady volume on Hot House variety and all hot house pack styles. Elongated variety coming to an end. Steady volume on Hot House variety expected through the week. Quality on hot house bell pepper is good.
Yellow Bell Pepper- Light volume of Yellow Bell pepper arriving in Nogales. The elongated variety coming to an end. Hot House variety is expected to be pack in 11lb 1 1/9-bushel carton. Quality on Hot House variety is fair to good. The yellow bell pepper demand exceeds supply. Market on the yellow bell is still steady/High.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Central Sonora, Mexico Lower/Steady Good
Berries (Blackberries)

Blackberries are in good supplies right now, all production is coming out of Mexico. West Coast production will pick up the second to the third week of May. Quality has been good with the occasional red cell showing up on some fruit. The market will remain steady through the weekend.

- Mike Moreno
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Mexico Steady Good
Berries (Blueberries)

Blueberries are in abundant supplies. Mexican blues dominate the East Coast and Georgia and Florida blues are prevalent in the East. Pricing has declined as the different areas flex to accommodate freight charges and vie for market share. Quality is good out of all areas. Expect steady to lower pricing through the end of the week.

- Mike Moreno
Growing Region Market Quality
Santa Maria, CA Lower/Steady Good
Georgia Lower/Steady Good
Central Florida Lower/Steady Good
Central Mexico Lower/Steady Good
Berries (Raspberries)

Raspberries are in steady supplies and the market remains fairly firm as we move into May. New West Coast fruit is still a few weeks away and Mexico remains the primary production region for any accountable volume. Quality has been good. Look for the markets to remain steady with possible higher undertone due to the expected higher demand as we go into the spring and the Mothers day pull.

- Mike Moreno

Transitions:
West Coast regions should be producing numbers un the upcoming few weeks ,weather providing

Growing Region Market Quality
Central Mexico Steady Good
Berries (Strawberries)

The strawberry market remains soft as we close in on the end of April. Production will be increasing out of the Watsonville and Salinas with Santa Maria increasing as well. Oxnard is on the decline giving way to the new crop fruit farther north. The quality is reportedly good in all areas except for Oxnard where quality is just fair due to the age of the plants and exposure to the heat. There are volume buy opportunities leading up to the main Mothers day pull which will begin May 1st. Look for the market to remain steady with higher undertones as we approach the Mothers Day pull mid to late next week.

- Mike Moreno
Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas Valley, CA Lower/Steady Good
Watsonville, CA Lower/Steady Good
Santa Maria, CA Lower/Steady Good
Broccoli

The broccoli market has started to pick up a bit with the rain we've had during the growth process in Salinas. This wet weather has caused a small gap in Salinas. Look for supplies to be a little snug going into next week. Quality is good with slight purpling, some mechanical damage, and occasional yellow cast.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Celaya Guanjuato Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady/Higher Good
Salinas Valley, CA Steady/Higher Good
Brussels Sprouts

The Brussels Sprout market continues to remain extremely tight with supply being affected by the recent rains in Salinas and Oxnard during the growing process. The quality has been affected by the rain and cold weather and sizing tend to run smaller due to this recent colder weather. Look for the Brussels Sprout market to remain tight going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas Valley, CA Higher Fair
Oxnard, CA Higher Fair
Carrots

The carrot market continues to remain steady. The quality is good, and supplies are adequate to meet current demand. We see no change in the carrot market going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Bakersfield/Santa Maria, CA Steady Good
Coachella Valley, CA Steady Good
Cauliflower Alert

The cauliflower market is currently in a demand exceeds supply situation. Yields are extremely down due to the wet weather we experienced in the Salinas Valley over the last few months. Overall, the quality is good with minor bruising and yellow cast with weights in the 25 to 28-pound level. Look for the market to stay steady going into next week.

- Steve Cagle

Alerts:
Yields are way down due to the wet weather in the Salinas Valley the last few months.

Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Higher Good
Salinas Valley, CA Higher Good
Celery

The market continues to be very active with this commodity. Supplies are not meeting demand. Pricing is firm and a few shippers have increased pricing. Escalated pricing continues to exist with all suppliers. Small pallet orders have been available on mixer orders but load volume is non-existent. Supplies in Mexico are light. Production in Oxnard/Santa Maria is minimal compared to demand. This will continue throughout the month of April at a minimum. The quality continues to be fair. Some quality issues include leafy tops, mechanical, pith, bruising and slight insect damage.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady/Higher Fair
Chili Peppers

Jalapenos- Moderate supply of Jalapeno continue to be available to load in Nogales, AZ from Mexico. Growers continue to harvest jalapeno out of the Sonora and in Northern Sinaloa. Quality out of Sinaloa is fair to good. Jalapeno from the state of Sinaloa is expected to finish over the next few weeks. New crop quality from the Mexican state of Sonora is good. Mostly medium to large size are available from both growing regions. Market on jalapeno remains steady in the high-teens.
Pasilla- Good supply of Pasilla peppers available to load in Nogales, AZ from Sinaloa, Mexico. Better volume is expected to continue through the week. Quality on Pasilla is good. Size on the pepper is mostly medium to Large and the market is steady.
Anaheim- Light to Moderate supply of Anaheim available to load in Nogales, AZ from Sinaloa, Mexico with light to moderate production expected to continue. Quality of peppers is fair to good with mostly medium size. Anaheim also being harvested in Sonora, Mexico.
Serrano – Moderate supplies of Serrano peppers available to load in Nogales, from Mexico. Supplies are expected to remain steady throughout the week. Supplies currently meet demand. Price on Serrano pepper is currently in the teens and should remain the same through the week.
Tomatillo – Husk tomatillos are available to load in Nogales, from Mexico. Quality of husk variety is good. Good supplies on husk tomatillos are expected to continue through the week. The tomatillo market is expected to increase, particularly on peeled tomatillos. Both Husked and Peeled tomatillos are increasing in the teens.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Sonora, Mexico Steady Good
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Steady Fair
Cilantro

The Cilantro market remains steady in Mexico with the recent warm weather and now production has started in Salinas. The cilantro quality is good with an occasional yellow leaf. Look for the cilantro market to continue to stay steady going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Baja, MX Steady/Higher Good
Salinas, CA Steady/Higher Good
Citrus (Lemons)

Lemons supplies continue to peak on the large sizes 75ct/95ct/115ct. The foodservice sizes 165’s and smaller are tight, continue to expect limited availability moving forward. Prices continue to climb in the high $20’s low $30’s on choice and fancy fruit. The rain and cold weather brought on the larger fruit and smaller fruit is staying limited on sizing and green on the trees.

- Andrew Flores
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Ventura, CA Steady/Higher Good
Merced/Bakersfield, CA Steady/Higher Good
Citrus (Limes)

Limes supplies are expected to improve this week. Harvest crews are back in picking and we are expecting better numbers on inbound trucks. The market is still expected to stay strong in the low $40’s until supplies improve. Suppliers are still holding off on taking on open market orders. They’re doing their best to cover normal weekly volume as best they can. Cinco De Mayo pull is upon us and we’ll take it week to week to see if the market will soften up.

- Andrew Flores
Growing Region Market Quality
Veracruz, Mexico Higher Good
Citrus (Oranges)

Steady supplies to start off the week. Moving forward, we will be harvesting late season navels. The foodservice sizes 113 and smaller will get snug heading into May. It’s advised to place orders in advance to help fulfill orders in full. Quality is looking good and markets slowing climbing. On Specialty Citrus, we still have plenty of Delite Mandarins that are peaking on 15’s - 40’s. Cara Caras & Blood are moving along, steady supplies are available. Golden Nugget Mandarins and Ojai Pixie Tangerines are coming along nicely, quality is looking great and the taste is excellent. Please reach out for pricing.

- Andrew Flores
Growing Region Market Quality
Merced to Bakersfield, CA Steady Good
Riverside, CA Steady Good
Cucumbers (Eastern)

Cucumber supplies are very good in south and central Florida, the market has been very reasonable for the past two weeks and movement is getting better. Quality is good in south Florida with a few issues starting to show up as days are longer, temperatures are higher and the color is not quite as good. Central Florida is also in good production with very good quality and Georgia will start in light supply later this week. Expect the cucumber supply to be steady for the rest of the week with reasonable pricing.

- Steve Sterling

Peak Seasons:
cucumbers are in peak season.

Growing Region Market Quality
Indian River / Dade County, FL Steady Good
Hillsborough / Western Collier County, FL Steady Good
Cucumbers (Western)

Good supplies of cucumber’s continuing to cross through Nogales, AZ this week with quality out of Sonora growing district reported as good. Currently, all cucumber sizes are being packed in 1 1/9-bushel pack and carton cucumber. The cucumber market is currently steady and is expected to remain steady. The quality out of Sonora is good and Mexican cucumbers are also available in San Diego from the Baja growing district.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Sonora, Mexico Lower/Steady Good
Eggplant (Eastern)

Eggplant supplies are very light at the moment, south Florida is finishing for the season with a few growers harvesting late plantings and central Florida has not started yet. The Plant City area will start spring pantings this weekend or early next week with some of the best quality the east has seen in months. Weather in the region for most of the growing season has been very good, temperatures are getting warmer and there has been little rain. Quality on what is still coming from south Florida is only fair with fruit mostly being harvested from older fields. The market on fancy eggplant has risen over the past week and may continue through the week, choice eggplant has remained reasonable and we expect that to continue.

- Steve Sterling
Growing Region Market Quality
Hillsborough / Western Collier County, FL Higher Fair
Eggplant (Western)

Light supplies of eggplant arriving from the Mexican State of Sinaloa. Eggplant supplies will continue to decrease as the month of April comes to an end. Light supplies of eggplant are being harvested from this growing district. Mostly choice quality being packed. Market on eggplant is slightly increasing this week. Eggplant from California is expected to be harvested as soon as next week Quality from Sinaloa on fancy and choice pack is mostly fair.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Steady Good
Grapes (Green) Alert

Green grapes are still limited in availability as only import storage fruit is available. Because we are running a little behind on the Mexican start date, the industry is forced to fill demand with what is available. Unfortunately, that means utilizing older storage crop. We are beginning to see a split market develop between "premium quality" green grapes and "storage quality". There are limited amounts of strong green grapes that are being sold at escalated prices; above and beyond the current reported market. For the "premium quality" grapes, I am seeing prices approaching the $50 mark. On regular "storage quality" grapes, the markets continue to gradually climb and are in high 30's to low 40's. What we are seeing on this fruit is high amber and the occasional soft and wet berries. Please see pictures below. We can expect this to continue to be the case until we transition into new Mexican / Coachella harvest by the second week of May. Due to the delayed harvest in Mexico, it looks like both areas will be starting up at the same time this year.

- Sean Azzelio

Alerts:
Supplies are limited, quality is fair and prices are higher. Expect high amber color and occasional soft berries.

Transitions:
Mexico is delayed slightly. We expect both Mexico and Coachella to start at the same time; around the second week of May.

Growing Region Market Quality
Coquimbo/Valaparaiso/Santiago/Rancagua, Chile Higher Fair
Grapes (Red)

Import red grape supplies continue to be steady. All sizes are available. The quality has been holding strong and market prices remain fairly flat. We do not expect any disruptions or major changes between now and transition. The Mexican and Coachella harvest are expected to get started the week of May 6th. Transition should be smooth, but we may see an increase in price on the new harvest at first. As the summer continues, we expect to have good availability and great quality.

- Sean Azzelio

Transitions:
Mexico and Coachella are expected to start the week of May 6th.

Growing Region Market Quality
Coquimbo/Valaparaiso/Santiago/Rancagua, Chile Steady Good
Green Onions

Green Onions supply continues to be plentiful with the recent nice weather in Mexico and Salinas underway. The cooler weather in March is causing occasional leaf minor and mechanical damage. The green onion market will continue to stay steady going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Mexicali, Baja Steady Good
Salinas Valley, CA Steady Good
Kale

The kale market continues to stay steady as supplies look steady with the recent nice weather in Santa Maria and now in Salinas. Quality is good with full bunches, and only an occasional yellow leaf being reported.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas, CA Steady/Higher Good
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady/Higher Good
Lettuce Iceberg

Good supplies of lettuce are expected for the rest of the week. Warm temperatures in the growing regions are bringing on production faster than normal. With Heat comes insects and this has been seen upon arrivals. Other issues include ribby, mechanical, puffiness as well as some growth crack. Production currently is in Santa Maria/Oxnard, and Salinas. The current demand is fairly flat as other commodities have been much more active compared to lettuce. The weights on lettuce vary from 37-42 pounds.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas Valley, CA Steady Fair
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Fair
Lettuce Leaf

The market is steady on romaine as well as all leaf items. There have been some complaints upon arrivals. Romaine issues include ribby, mechanical, slight insect damage as well as some fringe burn. The market has become more active. Issues on green and red leaf as well as butter are similar to romaine. Availability looks to be steady for the rest of the week for romaine as well as all leaf items. Supplies even with the defects mentioned will be plentiful for the week. Huron is finished with production for the most part.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Fair
Salinas Valley, CA Steady Fair
Lettuce Tender Leaf

The Tender Leaf market continues to stay steady on spring mix, arugula, baby spinach, and cello spinach. Quality is good with minimal yellowing and bruising of the tender leaves. Look for these items to be steady going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Good
Salinas Valley, CA Steady Good
Melon (Cantaloupe)

We are in late April and quickly watching this offshore melon deal taper off. Growers are reporting they will be completely done for the season by mid-May.
The cantaloupe market remains strong and higher on both east and west as open market fruit is becoming harder to come by. Very light offerings on all sizes, especially smaller fruit. Majority of the fruit on the market is Guatemalan, Honduras and followed by Costa Rican. Prices have increased and have hit a $20 range as of this week. Mexican cantaloupes should start crossing into Nogales by the end of next week.

- Mike Magana
Growing Region Market Quality
Choluteca, Honduras Higher Good
Zacapa, Guatemala Higher Good
San Jose, Costa Rica Higher Good
Melon (Honeydew)

We are in late April and quickly watching this offshore melon deal taper off. Growers are reporting they will be completely done for the season by mid-May. Honeydew market is holding steady but trying to get stronger on both east and west. Very light offerings on smaller fruit. Melons will get tight as we transition from offshore to domestic. Fruit out of Mexico is showing improvement on quality as harvest in new districts come into play. New crop domestic fruit out of the desert will start off with cantaloupes around the week of May 5th. Honeydews will follow on the week of the 22nd.



- Mike Magana
Growing Region Market Quality
Choluteca, Honduras Steady/Higher Fair
Zacapa, Guatemala Steady/Higher Fair
San Jose, Costa Rica Steady/Higher Fair
Melon (Watermelon)

Better supplies of watermelon available to load in Nogales, AZ. Mostly 2/3 bins being packed. Few seedless melons being packed. Watermelon crop from Sonora, MX is being harvested with better volume. Better supply of seedless watermelon is expected to arrive in Nogales, AZ next week. The seedless watermelon market is currently decreasing and is expected to remain steady with better supplies.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Sonora, Mexico Lower/Steady Good
Onions

Yellow onion markets from the Northwest are steady with some load volume deals floating around as suppliers look to clean out storage prior to the end of the storage season. Quality is good in most lots with some showing translucency and light sprouting. Red and white onions are steady as well with limited volume available for the remainder of the season. We will see supplies available over the next 2-3 weeks. Texas is in full swing with all three colors available. Markets are lower this week as shippers look to pull order business in their direction. California will start yellow onions Tuesday 4/23 with red and white onions starting up late this week. Supplies will be limited and expect to see volume by May. Both Texas and California onions will have a thin, flaky skin.

- Mike Mouisset
Growing Region Market Quality
Ontario, OR to Nampa, ID Lower/Steady Good
Quincy/Hermiston, WA Steady Good
McAllen/Uvalde, TX Lower Good
Calipatria/El Centro, CA Steady Good
Pears

The pear market is getting active with smaller sizes seeing increased demand/prices on D’Anjou, Red D’Anjou, and Bosc pears. Chilean and Argentinean pears are still available for loading in Los Angeles.

- TJ Ware
Growing Region Market Quality
Chile Steady Good
Wenatchee/Yakima, WA and Hood River, OR Steady/Higher Good
Pineapples

Pineapples supplies are expected to be snug for another two weeks. The overall pineapple industry seems to be slightly tighter than estimated. Pineapples from all sources have not matured at their typical pace due weather-related issues. Our suppliers will be doing their best to help fulfill normal business orders. Markets remain steady $12-$14 depending on the size.

- Andrew Flores
Growing Region Market Quality
Heredia, Costa Rica Steady Good
La Virgen, Costa Rica Steady Good
Potatoes

Russet potato markets remain steady. 70 count and larger are in better supply as consumer demand keeps cartons moving in packing sheds. Burbanks are the main variety with Norkotahs still available with a few suppliers. Washington, Colorado, and Wisconsin continue to produce Norkotahs; Wisconsin quality is fair. The remaining late storage Norkotahs will exhibit some internal/external bruising, light hollow heart, light peepers, and occasional soft rot.

- Mike Mouisset
Growing Region Market Quality
Hamer/Rupert, ID Steady Good
Quincy/Hermiston, WA Steady Good
Eastern Colorado Steady Good
Plover/Bancroft, WI Steady Fair
Potatoes (colored)

Red potato market is holding steady in all regions. Yellow potato markets are showing some strength as North Dakota finishes up and sourcing from Idaho and Colorado. Wisconsin repacks for yellow are done for the season until new crop begins in August. White potatoes remain limited with higher markets as California will begin with limited supplies this week and Florida being the main source of supply. Southern Florida is winding down with transition into northern parts of Florida that will take place at the end of April/early May. Florida quality is excellent.

- Mike Mouisset
Growing Region Market Quality
Rupert to Rexburg, ID Steady Good
Bakersfield, CA Steady/Higher Good
Pasco/Tri-Cities, WA Steady Good
Red River Valley, ND Steady/Higher Good
Imokollee/Palm City/Punta Gorda, FL Steady/Higher Excellent
Squash (Eastern) Alert

There are good supplies of squash coming from Homestead, Immokalee, and Plant City. Quality issues are showing up in Homestead as they are nearing the end of their deal, Immokalee still has good supplies of zucchini and the quality is holding up, yellow squash in that area is about finished for the season. Plant City has good supplies of both colors but demand for good yellow squash is exceeding supply. Georgia started light supplies this past weekend and more shippers will start as the week goes on. Georgia has had cool temperatures for the past week so there will be a slow start to the season and zucchini will begin a few days before yellow squash. Expect supplies of yellow squash to remain tight through the week, movement of zucchini is getting better and pricing could get higher as the week goes on.

- Steve Sterling

Alerts:
Yellow squash supplies are still tight.

Transitions:
Squash is starting to transition to Georgia.

Peak Seasons:
squash is in peak season

Growing Region Market Quality
Dade / Eastern Collier County, FL Steady/Higher Fair
Hillsborough / Sarasota County, FL Steady/Higher Good
Lee/Grady/Echols County, GA Steady Good
Squash (Western)

Good supplies on both Italian and Yellow S/N squash crossing through Nogales, AZ from Sonora, Mexico. Harvest on Italian squash is currently better than Yellow S/N. The crop is currently producing sizes from extra fancy to medium. Very few large sizes are available at this time. Market on soft squash is steady and is expected to remain steady through the week. Quality on squash from Sonora is good on both varieties.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Sonora, Mexico Steady Good
Stone Fruit Alert

Domestic stone fruit is getting started this week in a very light way. There are a couple of growers in the central valley, CA that have started to pick very limited volume of White Peaches and Yellow Nectarines. Sizes are limited (mostly large fruit) and only tray packs are being packed. This early harvest fruit is typically not the best quality and prices are always very high. Starting next week, we will see harvest volumes increase on the white peach and yellow nectarine as well the beginning harvest of yellow peaches and apricots. Moving forward, as we get into May, we expect to see overall volumes, quality, varieties, and sizes to improve drastically. As harvest increases, we will see markets start to decline into normal ranges. We continue to have availability of import Plums and markets have been flat. We expect domestic plums to get started mid-May.

- Sean Azzelio

Alerts:
Domestic fruit is just getting started this week. Very light volumes are available. Market prices are high.

Transitions:
We will see better availability of domestic fruit as we move into May.

Growing Region Market Quality
Madera south to Arvin, CA Higher Good
Coquimbo, Valaparaiso, Santiago and Rancagua, Chile Steady Good
Tomatoes (Eastern)

Favorable growing conditions in Florida are helping growers begin the Spring season with quality fruit. The Immokalee district in the southern part of the state is finishing up this month while Spring crops are proving to be bountiful further north in the Palmetto/Ruskin growing regions headed into May. Round tomatoes are on the larger size, however, this is enough volume in the market this week that FOBs are nearly between XL and Med sized fruit. Overall, the injection of fresh tomatoes this week has resulted in a $2 - $3 dip in the round market. A steady flow of Roma tomato imports across the southern US border influences Florida Roma offerings which remain unchanged this week. Roma tomatoes are light in production with more growers starting this week. Grape and cherry tomato harvest has slowed a bit as some of the hot weather in the region has subsided. Markets are unchanged with plenty of availability.

- Aaron Aliotti
Growing Region Market Quality
Southern Florida Steady Excellent
Tomatoes (Western)

Mexican grown tomatoes are on the cusp of transitioning however, markets are steady this week near minimums on all varieties. Mainland Mexico will be wrapping up production in Sinaloa over the next 2 – 3 weeks. During that time, Northern Baja is expected to break ground in San Quintin, Mexico. Roma tomatoes are in good supply out of mainland Mexico with more programs beginning in Baja in the next couple of weeks. Grape tomato offerings are steady and expected to contract a bit in the next 7-10 days with supply lessening amidst transition in the short term.

- Aaron Aliotti
Growing Region Market Quality
Southern Nayarit/Sinaloa, Mexico Steady Good

Things You Should Know

Cauliflower
Yields are way down due to the wet weather in the Salinas Valley the last few months.

Grapes (Green)
Supplies are limited, quality is fair and prices are higher. Expect high amber color and occasional soft berries.

Squash (Eastern)
Yellow squash supplies are still tight.

Stone Fruit
Domestic fruit is just getting started this week. Very light volumes are available. Market prices are high.

Transitions and Temperatures

Squash (Eastern)
Squash is starting to transition to Georgia.

Berries (Raspberries)
West Coast regions should be producing numbers un the upcoming few weeks ,weather providing

Grapes (Red)
Mexico and Coachella are expected to start the week of May 6th.

Grapes (Green)
Mexico is delayed slightly. We expect both Mexico and Coachella to start at the same time; around the second week of May.

Stone Fruit
We will see better availability of domestic fruit as we move into May.

A Peak at Peak Seasons

Squash (Eastern)
squash is in peak season

Cucumbers (Eastern)
cucumbers are in peak season.

Bell Peppers (Eastern)
Bell pepper is in peak season.

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