WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Apples: Washington Golden Delicious apples are extremely tight (not available) with light-volume Ginger Gold apples available next week.
Avocado (Califronia): As the month progresses, the industry will see a downward trend in volume.
Brussels Sprouts: Brussels Sprouts market continues to get stronger as fields are gapping and producing low yields due to internal decay.
Cherries: Washington cherries are done for the season.
Cilantro: Cilantro is in a demand exceed situation. The recent weather has hurt the yields out of the fields.
Grapes (Green): The recent heat wave caused some light amber color and softer berries, but these grapes are being separated. We expect good quality moving forward.
Grapes (Red): High temps caused some softer berries, but product is being priced accordingly. Good quality grapes are plentiful.
Onions: Markets are dropping as Northwest starts up for the season while California and New Mexico wind down.
Potatoes: Markets will remain active over the next 4-5 weeks. Supplies will be limited; especially larger sizes. Advanced lead time on russet orders crucial during this time period.
Potatoes (Colored): Color potato markets remain firm to slightly lower. B size, #2 reds and premium yellow are limited.
Stone Fruit: Smaller size fruit will become limited as school demand continues to pick up.
TRANSITIONS AND TEMPERATURES
Potatoes: New crop Idaho Norkotahs have started with limited volume. Kansas and Nebraska have started with light volume. Wisconsin will begin mid-August.
Potatoes (colored): Washington and Minnesota red and yellow potatoes along with Delaware reds have started. Wisconsin starting mid-August.
Onions: Northwest areas of Idaho/Oregon and Washington have started up and will increase in supply over the next several weeks.
Pears: CA Bartlett currently available. CA Bosc will be available next week, along with Asian pears.
A Peak at Peak Seasons
Berries (Blueberries): Blues are in peak season in several locations East and West.