Here is a quick overview of this coming week in the fruit and vegetable markets. You should expect:
Apples: Washington is still really short of large Granny-smith.
Bell Peppers (Eastern): Supplies could tighten back up this weekend.
Berries (Blueberries): Delayed arrivals, weather issues and loss of production in Mexico and Uruguay are all contributing to shortage of product in all areas.
Berries (Strawberries): Supplies are getting limited as we transition out of northern California growing regions.
Cauliflower: The cauliflower market is currently experiencing extremely high prices due to a shortage of supplies.
Oranges: Demand exceeds supplies for choice grade fruit.
Eggplant (Eastern): Supplies are still tight in the east
Potatoes/Onions: Transportation extremely limited
Pears: Small pears are limited in all varietys as the peak size ranges are 80/90s with some 100s.
Squash: Good supplies of both colors of squash
Tomatoes: The is a national shortage of tomatoes this month with relief forecasted by mid December when winter programs begin in South Florida and Mainland Mexico.
Hopefully, this market information will help you to plan specials, promotions, and make menu adjustments in advance of the rapidly changing produce markets.