The Source - July 26, 2017

Weather Update

A strong high pressure ridge building out west will bring a substantial warm up to the entire western region into the weekend. Monsoonal flow will increase shower activity across Mexico as the ridge builds late this week followed by above average temperatures and scattered showers next week. The interior regions of California will see very warm temperatures well into next week as coastal fields moderate under a shrinking marine layer. Florida will see typical showers and thunderstorms late this week as a stronger frontal system moves into the region Sunday into early next week. This system will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rain to the state into early next week.

Freight Update

California trucks remain steady again this week. WA Apple trucks remain steady as well. Idaho potato trucks remain adequate. The National Average for diesel remained steady from last week and is currently at 2.507 per gallon. An increase of .128 from this time last year. California prices remained steady and are currently at 2.877 per gallon. Crude oil remained steady and is currently at 47.77 per barrel.

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Apples Alert

California - Gala apples still have excellent color and continue to peak on 88/100 size. The market is very strong and will remain so due to the current supply issues in Washington. The quality is good.

Washington – Red delicious are steady to higher on all sizes and we will see this trend continue as the other variety's are so short. Most red shippers are still peaking on 80/88s. Golden delicious are higher on all sizes but are so short that most shippers will only quote regular business. The few remaining Golden delicious are peaking in the 72/80/88 range. The two larger shippers in Washington have 1 to 2 shifts of Golden delicious left so expect a gap until new-crop starts. We still expect Earli/Ginger golds to begin between early and mid August. Granny Smith are higher again and the market continues to rise due to light supplies. The remaining Granny-smith apples are larger but even the bigger sizes are demand-exceeds now. Galas are higher on most sizes and the demand continues to exceed the supplies. The suppliers that have more Gala volume in storage are rationing them out so they last for the entire summer but the season for most shippers is close to being over. Fuji's are higher on all sizes but supplies of the smaller sizes are esp. short. The Fuji season is basically done with the exception of very large fruit. The quality for all varieties has been good.

Michigan – Red delicious are steady on all sizes but supplies are very low. Reds are in few hands and should last through July. The quality has been good.

Chile – Chilean Pink Ladys, Fujis, Galas, Braeburns, and Granny-smith are all steady. All variety's are peaking on 70/80 size with very few 90s. The quality has been good.

- John Tole

Alerts:
Granny-smith, Golden delicious, Gala's, and Fuji's are in a demand exceeds supplies situation in Washington! Red delicious are climbing rapidly because the other varietys are so short.

Transitions:
California Galas have started with one supplier and we expect two more to start packing next week.

Peak Seasons:
Washington is still in the peak of its red delicious apple season.

Growing Region Market Quality
Stockton, CA Steady/Higher Good
Wenatchee/Yakima, WA and Hood River, OR Steady/Higher Good
Coopersville/Belding/Sparta, MI Steady Good
Chile Steady Good
Asparagus Alert

Central Mexico is still experiencing rain, and cold nights which continues to slow production. Season is winding down quickly due to seasonality in this region. Northern Baja is seeing more volume on smaller sizes, but larger size asparagus is still very short. Peru continues it's transition from the Northern growing region (Trujillo) to the South (ICA). Weather is cooler than expected during the evening which has slowed this transition. All markets are very active, and we will continue to see a shortage on larger sizes from all growing regions.

- Tony Pinto

Alerts:
Larger size asparagus will continue to be short from all regions.

Transitions:
Peru is still in transition from the North (Trujillo) to the Southern growing region (ICA)

Growing Region Market Quality
Central Mexico Steady/Higher Fair
Northern Baja California Norte, Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Ica, Peru to Trujillo Steady/Higher Good
Avocado (California)

The crop continues to peak on 48s and larger, with limited amounts of 60s and smaller fruit. Harvest continues to drop and some shippers are only packing a few days per week. Crop volumes will continue to trend down as we move into August and expect light supplies in August as the crop finishes for the season. Fruit is ripening evenly and tasting very good.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Temecula/Escondido, CA Steady Excellent
Oxnard/Ventura, CA Steady Excellent
Avocado (Mexican)

Mexico's summer crop is starting slowly and volumes will increase in the coming weeks. Size is peaking on 60s and smaller will with limited amounts of 48s and larger fruit. Mexican growers have raised their field prices. With lighter volume currently and higher field prices, we are seeing market prices rise. This new summer crop fruit has a lower maturity level and will take longer to ripen.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Michoacan, Mexico Higher Good
Bell Peppers (Eastern)

Better supplies of bell pepper are on the way with new regions starting and New Jersey picking up in volume. Michigan and Ohio started this past weekend and should get more volume as the week goes on. Western North Carolina has started and will be in better volume this week. New Jersey has been shipping on very little acreage for two weeks and now larger growers are starting, increasing the volume significantly. Quality reports are good from all the newer regions and volume should be steady for the next few weeks. Look for markets to lower to more normal levels next week.

- Steve Sterling

Transitions:
Bell pepper is transitioning to the northern tier of the country and western North Carolina.

Peak Seasons:
Bell Pepper will move into peak availability next week.

Growing Region Market Quality
Seneca / Summit County, OH Steady Good
Ottawa / Kent / Berrien County, MI Steady Good
Henderson / Buncomb County, NC Steady Good
Bell Peppers (Western)

Green Bell Pepper remain limited out of Fresno, CA. Should see more availability mid-next week when Gilroy starts to kick in production.

Red bell Pepper are more available . Better demand on choice grade followed by #1 25lb and 15lb, Yellow bells are very limited on field grown in California.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Southern San Joaquin Valley, CA Steady Good
Berries (Blackberries)

Blackberry yields have been better than initially expected. Supplies have been fairly consistent and will remain so this week. However, it looks like the new crop will be coming on sooner than anticipated, so we should see an increase in availability as early as next week. Quality is being reported as excellent. Market prices have been steady, but we will see some opportunity buys become available if the next cycle of crops come on as quickly as shippers are now expecting.

- Sean Azzelio

Peak Seasons:
New California crop is coming on quicker than expected. Harvest numbers will begin to increase as early as next week and peak mid August.

Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas, CA Steady Excellent
Watsonville, CA Steady Excellent
Santa Maria, CA Steady Excellent
Berries (Blueberries)

Blueberries continue to be in excellent supply this week. We have several growing regions in production currently. Oregon continues to harvest this week, but this area has past its peak in production and will start to down trend moving forward. Washington is very much in the same situation as Oregon, production is steady this week, but will start to decline moving forward. Canada (BC) area is in the middle of peak season and will continue to produce big volume through the end of the month. Michigan continues to move along at a good pace with harvest and is expecting to be in good supplies over the next 2 weeks. Quality in all areas has been excellent. Supplies are abundant and market prices have started to drop rapidly this week. However, as Oregon and Washington slow down, we expect the markets to firm up slightly next week.

- Sean Azzelio
Growing Region Market Quality
Michigan Lower Excellent
Oregon Lower Excellent
Mossyrock, WA Lower Excellent
Pitt Meadows, BC Lower Excellent
Berries (Raspberries) Alert

Not a whole lot has changed on Raspberries. Availability will continue to be light this week. Santa Maria, Salinas and Watsonville growing regions are all down trending on production. Market prices have increased again this week. The new crop is expected to start in August and supplies will be a challenge until then. Volume will gradually increase toward the beginning of August and peak at the tail end of the month.

- Sean Azzelio

Alerts:
Supplies will continue to remain limited until new crop begins in August.

Peak Seasons:
New California crop is expected to start in August and peak toward the end of the month.

Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas, CA Higher Good
Watsonville, CA Higher Good
Santa Maria, CA Higher Good
Berries (Strawberries) Alert

Strawberry supplies will continue to be excellent this week. The weather in Salinas / Watsonville areas will be sunny with warm temperatures in the afternoons. Production will remain steady with good volumes expected. Quality overall has been good, but we have had reports of darker color fruit with occasional soft berries. This is due to the fruit being exposed to the warm temps. Quality should improve this week, but sizing will be a bit smaller as growers are picking earlier to avoid over exposure to the sun. Market prices have been down with plenty of opportunity buys available on volume orders. We expect this week to be much of the same.

- Sean Azzelio

Alerts:
Darker color fruit with occasional soft berries have been reported.

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

The growing regions are benefiting from ideal growing conditions. Supplies are abundant and the market has reflected this. As we move into the end of this week, supplies and markets will remain steady. Quality is really nice with vibrant green color, minimal yellowing, or dehydration. Although with school business about to kick into gear look for the markets to change as a surge of demand will be heading our way.

- Gabe Romero
Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas Valley, CA Steady Good
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Good
McAllen, TX Steady Good
Brussels Sprouts Alert

Brussels Sprout supplies are extremely limited. We have finished one growing region in Mexico and another small growing region in Mexico is starting. But supplies from Mexico are extremely light. Also we are seeing a slow start in supplies from the Salinas Valley. We are 3 weeks away from getting back to normal conditions. As a result the market is extremely active. Sizes are ranging in small to medium and jumbo size is extremely limited.

- Gabe Romero

Alerts:
We are experiencing extremely limited supplies from Salinas, Oxnard, and Mexico. This has caused the market to trend much higher than normal levels.

Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas Valley, CA Higher Good
Oxnard, CA Higher Fair
Northern Baja California Sur, Mexico Higher Fair
Carrots

The hotter than normal weather in the California growing area has slowed the growth of the carrots. This combined with good demand for the jumbo sized carrot, we are seeing the jumbo supplies tighten up and markets are firming. We currently don't expect and shortages or quality issues as we move forward. Supplies on value added and baby peeled are still good.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Bakersfield/Santa Maria, CA Steady Excellent
Cauliflower

We are experiencing ideal growing conditions for cauliflower as well. Supplies from most suppliers this week are steady. The market does vary depending on the shipper and loading location. Quality has been really nice with little brown to black spotting, and weights in the 25 to 29 pound range.

- Gabe Romero
Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas Valley, CA Steady Good
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Good
Celery

Supplies are up and down depending on the shipper. There is a gap in the marketplace. Santa Maria has had a few reports of heavy harvesting to occur over the next few days,. This region is where the best deals are being offered for volume type orders. Seeder continues to be reported. This has created production numbers to be sporadic. In other words, yields have been affected. Salinas production is moderate. The best availability is occurring on thirty counts. Michigan production has helped out demand for this commodity out of California.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Fair
Salinas Valley, CA Steady Fair
Michigan Steady Good
Cherries

Cherry season is rapidly coming to a close in the Pacific Northwest. Some shippers have already finished for the season. Most others will wrap up within the next two weeks. Quality remains excellent with good availability.

- John Davidson

Peak Seasons:
Northwest cherries will be ending over the next two weeks.

Growing Region Market Quality
Yakima, WA Steady Excellent
Chili Peppers

Pablano – Seeing better quality and condition with new crop in Baja California. California growers have started harvesting this week good quality, condition, and size.

Tomatillo – much lighter supply and just fair quality, both peeled and husked. Sizing is only fair. Color and condition will continue to be only fair.

Jalapeño – fair to good quality on new crop pepper. Good size, color, and condition with supply increasing. Baja and Fresno volume increasing.

Anaheim – Good quality, condition, and size coming out of Baja California and growers now Harvesting in Fresno.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern San Joaquin Valley, CA Steady Good
Cilantro Alert

As an industry we are seeing extremely poor quality that is directly a result of the previous heat in the growing regions. We are seeing black slimy decay, brown to yellow leaves, and spotting. This has caused a serious spike in the market. We will continue to see these quality issues for the next 2 weeks. Harvesting crews are doing their best to eliminate the quality issues as they pack, but the raw product isn't holding up during transit times to end users.

- Gabe Romero

Alerts:
We are seeing severe quality issues from all suppliers. The previous heat in the growing regions has directly affected supplies and as a result the market is trending much higher.

Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas, CA Higher Poor
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Higher Poor
Citrus (Lemons)

The lemon supplies continue to be limited and demand is very strong. We are seeing demand exceed supplies on all sizes and grades of fruit that looks to last into the early fall. We are beginning to see a little relief as Chilean lemons start arriving in better volume. Mexico is trying to start, but has been hindered by rains and start up has been slow. Even with the imports, over all supplies will remains short.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Ventura, CA Steady Good
Citrus (Limes)

The larger 110's and 150's are now priced a little lower than all of the other sizes which are the same across the board. Quality isn't as nice as it has been previously due to some recent rains. Some styler is showing up but other than a few lots here and there the limes are really good. The market was pushed up too high and too fast so we are in a steady market currently. The market is looking for direction here and could go in either direction depending on demand.

- Jim Murphy
Growing Region Market Quality
Veracruz, Mexico Steady Good
Citrus (Oranges) Alert

Demand for California Valencia oranges remains very strong and is getting stronger. School demand has started for some and will just increase as we move forward. School demand paired with the retail juice demand, will cause shortages on small size fruit trough the Valencia season. Even with packers moderate their pack weekly to stretch crop, many expect to see their crop finish sometime in September.

- Tim Kelley

Alerts:
Demand exceeds supplies on all sizes and grades.

Growing Region Market Quality
Merced to Bakersfield, CA Higher Good
Riverside, CA Higher Good
Cucumbers (Eastern)

With many regions producing there are good supplies and good quality cucumbers on the market now. Western Carolina has started their summer deal, the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and mid-west are all in steady supplies this week. The market is showing a slightly weaker undertone with a wide range of pricing between supers and selects. The weather has been good in all growing regions with a few summertime thunderstorm but mostly sunny with normal temperatures.

- Steve Sterling

Peak Seasons:
Cucumbers are in peak supply now and will remain that way through the weekend.

Growing Region Market Quality
Seneca / Summit County, OH Steady Good
Ottawa / Kent / Berrien County, MI Steady Good
Henderson / Buncomb County, NC Steady Good
Cucumbers (Western)

Improved supply on cucumber crossing in Baja California. Excellent color, quality and condition on all grades, sizes and pack styles. Peaking on Super Select.
Started to get better supply of cartons, heavy to 42s volume will increase as temperatures continue to drop.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Baja California Norte, Mexico Steady Good
Eggplant (Eastern) Alert

Eggplant supplies are still tight with North Carolina winding down and quality declining. Newer regions are beginning which will bring some relief but it may take a week for the newer regions to get up to full speed. Michigan, Indiana and Ohio are all starting new acreage with light volume and good quality. New Jersey has been in light production for about two weeks and is just starting to get better supplies. The northeast has been consuming more than New Jersey can produce. Better supplies will start in all these growing areas later this week and next week. Look for the market to stay strong through the week.

- Steve Sterling

Alerts:
Eggplant are still very tight and quality varies a lot from the mid-Atlantic to the newer regions

Transitions:
Eggplant are transitioning to the mid-west and the northeast.

Growing Region Market Quality
Duplin County, NCSeneca / Summit County, OH Steady/Higher Good
Ottawa / Kent / Berrien County, MIOttawa / Kent / Berrien County, MI Steady/Higher Good
Seneca / Summit County, OHLee / Grady County, GA Steady Poor
Eggplant (Western)

Eggplant is currently being shipped from Fresno Ca, Very limited supply. Quality is improving after the recent heat wave. Look for supply and condition to improve as we move into the month.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Fresno, CA Steady Good
Grapes (Green)

Green grapes are being harvested only in the San Joaquin Valley now. Volumes are currently getting better as more growers increase production. Demand has picked up a bit over last week. Quality on the new crop is excellent with nice size grapes and good uniformity on the current lots being packed. The market is lower to steady.

- Jim Murphy
Growing Region Market Quality
Arvin, CA Lower/Steady Excellent
Delano, CA Lower/Steady Excellent
Grapes (Red)

Red grapes are being harvested only in California now. Supplies are gradually ramping and demand is good so the market is holding steady for now. Quality is excellent with many of the lots being large and uniform. We have smaller sized grapes for value buys and XL for high end customers. The market is steady.

- Jim Murphy
Growing Region Market Quality
Delano, CA Steady Excellent
Arvin, CA Steady Excellent
Green Onions Alert

As the heat is Mexicali continues, it is finally affecting growth rates of green onions. We will see decreased supplies moving into the end of the week. This will definitely make the market react. We are seeing extremely limited supplies of jumbo sized green onions. Quality up to this point has been good with little yellow to brow tops. But it looks as if we will see this change moving into next week.

- Gabe Romero

Alerts:
The heat in Mexico has finally affect growth rates of the green onions. We will see supplies decreasing as we move into the end of this week and into next week as well.

Growing Region Market Quality
Mexicali, Baja Steady Fair
Kale

We continue to see abundant supplies of kale from all growing regions. Quality is excellent with full bunches, little dehydration, and vibrant dark green color. The market has remained relatively flat and competitive. This looks to be the case well into next week.

- Gabe Romero
Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas, CA Steady Excellent
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Excellent
Lettuce Iceberg

Ideal weather conditions in northern as well as southern California has allowed good supplies of lettuce to be available in the marketplace. This week, expect steady inventories with most suppliers but some shippers are expecting this market to tighten up next week. The overall quality continues to be strong. Weights reported are 41-47 pounds on palletized with minimal mechanical and insect damage. The availability in Santa Maria has picked up as well. Expect good availability throughout this week in all growing regions.

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

Although a few suppliers have hinted of a stronger market, overall romaine as well as all leaf items are steady. Demand continues to be soft. The quality continues to be favorable with weights on romaine being reported at 35-40 pounds. Green and red leaf as well as butter has had solid quality reports as well. Slight insect and mechanical damage is being reported, but minimally. Supplies are expected to be moderate to good throughout the week.

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

Cantaloupe supplies are coming out of the San Joaquin Valley only now. Quality is excellent and they are peaking on 9's with very few 12's or 15's being packed. 18's are not available at all and look to be so for a number of weeks. We are experiencing good demand and we have a steady to higher market.

- Jim Murphy
Growing Region Market Quality
Mendota, CA Steady/Higher Excellent
Firebaugh, CA Steady/Higher Excellent
Melon (Honeydew)

Honeydews are only being harvested in the San Joaquin Valley now. Honeydew volume is picking up as more growers ramp up production. Demand is a increasing right now so the market is steady to higher. Quality is excellent but there are grower reports of netting showing up in some fields.

- Jim Murphy
Growing Region Market Quality
Mendota, CA Steady/Higher Excellent
Firebaugh, CA Steady/Higher Excellent
Melon (Watermelon)

Seedless Watermelon in the west is in very short supply and only fair quality due to the heat . Bakersfield is shipping in a limited way with only fair quality and size peaking on 45s mostly bins and some cartons. some personals being offered peaking on 6s.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Central California Steady Fair
Onions

Onion market is steady on all colors and sizes out of both California and New Mexico. Demand is moderate. Supplies of Red onions are limited out of both growing areas. If Demand picks up we the red onion market will get very active till supplies from the Northwest kicks in the middle of August. Monsoon rains have hit the New Mexico Growing regions over the weekend and are forecast on off for the 7 to 10 days. Rain totals range from a trace to up to 6 inches of rain. Supplies coming out of the Hatch, NM growing will have some light staining from the rain once the onions have dried enough to be packed. Sizing is peaking on Jumbo's and smaller. Look for the yellow onion market to stay steady at current levels into the middle of August. Light supplies of transplant Yellow and Red onions have started being packed out of Washington.

- Mike Gorczyca
Growing Region Market Quality
Huron/Metler, CA Steady Good
Las Cruces, NM Steady Good
Quincy/Hermiston, WA Steady Good
Pears

Stockton, California - Bartlett pears are steady on the larger sizes and steady to lower on 110-size and smaller. They are peaking on 100/110/120s. Red pears are steady on all sizes and continue to peak on 50/55s. The quality is good for both reds and Bartletts.

Washington – D'anjou pears are higher on all sizes and are still peaking on US#1 80/90s. The quality has been good. D'anjou's are expected to last through the month.

- John Tole
Growing Region Market Quality
Stockton, CA Lower/Steady Good
Wenatchee/Yakima, WA and Hood River, OR Steady/Higher Good
Pineapples

Supplies from the tropic's are light and looks to be so through August as this is a planed lighter production period. Shippers do this as to not compete with the domestic summer time stone fruit and melon production.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
La Virgen, Costa Rica Steady/Higher Good
Heredia, Costa Rica Steady/Higher Good
Guapiles, Costa Rica Steady/Higher Good
La Cieba, Honduras Steady/Higher Good
Retalhuleu, Guatemala Steady/Higher Good
San Luis, Guatemala Steady/Higher Good
Potatoes

The 2016/2017 potato storage crop is coming to a quick end. Idaho will have enough storage supplies to have some overlap on new crow the will start with a few shippers the week of August 7th. Storage supplies out of Washington, Colorado and Wisconsin are very limited and only in a few hands. New crop Washington potatoes will start up in a light way next week. Market is steady on 70 count and larger with a firming market on 80 count and smaller. The last storages that shippers are getting into are peaking on 70 count and larger. Once we transition into New Crop supplies of #2's will be limited with a firm pricing. This happens every year as the New Crop Norkotah don't produce very many #2's.

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

Eastern Washington -- they have just started packing red and gold potatoes but the quality is looking good with minimal skinning.
Bakersfield, California – a couple suppliers are finishing shipping their last few pallets but packing is finished for the season.
Stockton, California -- the red/white/gold potato markets are all steady. They have good availability on all sizes and colors other than on Premiums/Bakers in any color. The quality is good.
West Texas -- Reds and Golds are steady on all sizes but the season is winding down.
Wisconsin -- They are into smaller red potatoes so no A size or larger currently. The quality has been good but strong demand has them mostly cleaned up currently.
Minnesota -- they have started packing red potatoes and a few golds. The size profile is larger so B-size are limited.
Alabama -- red and gold potatoes are steady but the season is winding down.
Virginia --- the markets for all colors are steady but the season is winding down.


- John Tole

Transitions:
Delaware will start packing gold and red potatoes at the end of this week and white potatoes next week.

Minnesota will start packing more volume of gold potatoes the week of August 10.

Peak Seasons:
Stockton, California is still in the peak of its red, white, and gold potato season.

Growing Region Market Quality
Pasco/Tri-Cities, WA Steady Good
Stockton, CA Steady Good
Muleshoe, TX Steady Good
Plover, WI Steady/Higher Good
Big Lake Minnesota Steady Good
Ider, AL Steady Good
Hallwood/Horntown/Cape Charles, VA Steady Good
Squash (Eastern)

There are steady supplies on both colors of squash coming from all across the eastern half of the country. Western North Carolina has started their summer deal. Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey and New York are all shipping steady volume with good quality. The market is steady at very reasonable levels, buyers have plenty of choices and these supplies should continue through the weekend.

- Steve Sterling

Peak Seasons:
Both colors are in peak availability now and will continue through the weekend.

Growing Region Market Quality
Seneca / Summit County, OH Steady Good
Ottawa / Kent / Berrien County, MI Steady Good
Henderson / Bucomb County, NC Steady Good
Squash (Western)

Yellow Squash and Italian Squash are being harvested in Santa Maria and Fresno. Good Supply on medium followed by fancy and xfancy with very few W/B being offered. Hard Squash is still being offered from the central valley in California, Butternut and Kabocha are good supply, Acorn and Spaghetti are very limited.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Santa Maria, CA Steady Fair
Stone Fruit Alert

Stone fruit markets continue to be strong. Volume for peaches and nectarines are still on the low side. Plums are more readily available. Yellow varieties of peaches and nectarines are still in somewhat short supply. New yellow varieties will start to be harvested over the next 10 days. Pluots and apple pears are in good supply if you are looking for something different to promote for school programs.

- John Davidson

Alerts:
Consider pluots or apple pears for your school programs as an alternative.

Growing Region Market Quality
Madera south to Arvin, CA Steady/Higher Good
Tomatoes (Eastern)

Virginia is producing at decent volume considering the weather that has been endured during the growing cycle. Tennessee, North Carolina, and Alabama are all producing at yields far exceeded by demand pressing prices upward. Roma volumes are improving from recent weeks but the lion share of tomatoes are out west where California will boast most of the national supply over the next 3 months. New roma tomatoes are expected in low numbers out of the North Carolina crop and are selling out daily across the east for local markets. Cherry and grape tomatoes are steady but with less coming across the border in the west, shippers are edging prices up while over supply is reduced.

- Aaron Aliotti
Growing Region Market Quality
Eastern North Carolina Steady/Higher Good
Exmore, VA Steady/Higher Good
Tomatoes (Western)

The mature green market in California has tightened up again this week with reduced yields suffering the affects of extreme temperatures into the 100's since early June. Market pricing is higher than last week, and quality, remains sub par during what has been a shoddy transition for the west. Mexico has had a lot of rain as hurricane Hillary churns out multiple rain systems into parts of Baja and mainland Mexico creating a strong national market south of our border. With less crossing into the states, roma tomatoes have virtually disappeared selling out daily jumping another couple of dollars since Friday. As a result grape and cherry tomatoes have shown strength as well as overall imports slow. The Northern California valley is expecting more temperatures in the low 100s this week while southern California has a chance of light rain closing out July with market trending upward.

- Aaron Aliotti
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern San Joaquin Valley, CA Steady/Higher Fair
Northern Baja California Norte, Mexico Steady/Higher Good

Things You Should Know

Apples
Granny-smith, Golden delicious, Gala's, and Fuji's are in a demand exceeds supplies situation in Washington! Red delicious are climbing rapidly because the other varietys are so short.

Asparagus
Larger size asparagus will continue to be short from all regions.

Berries (Raspberries)
Supplies will continue to remain limited until new crop begins in August.

Berries (Strawberries)
Darker color fruit with occasional soft berries have been reported.

Brussels Sprouts
We are experiencing extremely limited supplies from Salinas, Oxnard, and Mexico. This has caused the market to trend much higher than normal levels.

Cilantro
We are seeing severe quality issues from all suppliers. The previous heat in the growing regions has directly affected supplies and as a result the market is trending much higher.

Citrus (Oranges)
Demand exceeds supplies on all sizes and grades.

Eggplant (Eastern)
Eggplant are still very tight and quality varies a lot from the mid-Atlantic to the newer regions

Green Onions
The heat in Mexico has finally affect growth rates of the green onions. We will see supplies decreasing as we move into the end of this week and into next week as well.

Stone Fruit
Consider pluots or apple pears for your school programs as an alternative.

Transitions and Temperatures

Potatoes (colored)
Delaware will start packing gold and red potatoes at the end of this week and white potatoes next week.

Minnesota will start packing more volume of gold potatoes the week of August 10.

Apples
California Galas have started with one supplier and we expect two more to start packing next week.

Eggplant (Eastern)
Eggplant are transitioning to the mid-west and the northeast.

Bell Peppers (Eastern)
Bell pepper is transitioning to the northern tier of the country and western North Carolina.

Asparagus
Peru is still in transition from the North (Trujillo) to the Southern growing region (ICA)

A Peak at Peak Seasons

Berries (Blackberries)
New California crop is coming on quicker than expected. Harvest numbers will begin to increase as early as next week and peak mid August.

Berries (Raspberries)
New California crop is expected to start in August and peak toward the end of the month.

Potatoes (colored)
Stockton, California is still in the peak of its red, white, and gold potato season.

Apples
Washington is still in the peak of its red delicious apple season.

Squash (Eastern)
Both colors are in peak availability now and will continue through the weekend.

Cherries
Northwest cherries will be ending over the next two weeks.

Cucumbers (Eastern)
Cucumbers are in peak supply now and will remain that way through the weekend.

Bell Peppers (Eastern)
Bell Pepper will move into peak availability next week.

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