WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Apples: Golden Delicious apples are gapping in Washington; Ginger Golds are expected to be available the week of August 5 (next week).
Avocado (California): Production is rapidly winding down with limited volume available for the next 3 weeks.
Avocado (Mexican): Seeing a lot of checkerboarding on this new crop fruit (uneven ripening of the fruit within a case and or pallet.) This does not cause internal or external damage. It will ripen and taste normal.
Berries (Blackberries): Tight supplies through the end of this week
Berries (Blueberries): Blueberries are peaking in several growing areas
Cilantro: Cilantro is currently in a demand exceeds situation. Suppliers have now reached a gap in supplies.
Grapes (Green): Hot temps in the growing regions has slowed down production. Markets will be firm this week.
Grapes (Red): Hot temps are slowing down production. Markets will be firm this week.
Lettuce Iceberg: Good quality, industry wide with this commodity.
Onions: Markets on yellow beginning to ease. White onions to remain limited for the next 3-4 weeks.
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): Markets remain active with heavy demand and low volume. August expected to see improving production with new crop starting.
Stone Fruit: As schools get started, we expect demand to increase and markets will eventually climb.
TRANSITIONS AND TEMPERATURES
Celery: Michigan is in production.
Onions: New crop Northwest harvests in Idaho/Oregon to begin next. Washington will start mid-August.
Potatoes (colored): Washington and Minnesota red and yellow potatoes along with Delaware reds have started. Wisconsin starting mid-August.
Potatoes: Kansas starting now. Nebraska to begin early August. Wisconsin and Idaho new crop harvests will being mid-August
Pears: Washington has ONLY Green D’Anjou (storage crop). Fresh crop, CA Bartletts are available with CA Bosc available mid-August.