WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Apples: Rain in the Northwest has pushed harvest back on Fuji’s and Golden Delicious. Shippers are hoping to start packing by Friday/Saturday.
Avocado (Mexican): Demand on small fruit (60’s, 70’s, 84’s) has outpaced the harvest and holding at a premium.
Berries (Blueberries): Domestic fruit options are rapidly diminishing Michigan will go through mid October. After that there will be imported fruit only .
Berries (Raspberries): Heat related issues may be present in some lots
Berries (Strawberries): Extreme heat in both growing regions followed by brief rain in the Salinas /Watsonville areas will temporarily affect quality and yields. Look for reduced supplies moving into the weekend.
Broccoli: Supplies in the Salinas Valley are battling Pin Rot causing lower yields.
Carrots: Multiple Local markets on jumbo carrots are available
Grapes (Green): Green grape supplies will get lighter as we move forward. We expect the domestic season to end early. Markets are higher.
Melon (Honeydew): With the current shortage of cantaloupes, we are seeing a stronger demand and market on honeydews.
Potatoes: Idaho and Washington markets continue to decline; #2 grade limited. Light supplies of large size potatoes in Colorado and Wisconsin.
Stone Fruit: Domestic stone fruit season is winding down. Plums will be our only option for late season varieties.
TRANSITIONS AND TEMPERATURES
Potatoes (Colored): North Dakota will begin next week.
Grapes (Red): Transition to import fruit will take place early November.
Avocado (Mexican): We are a few weeks away from transitioning into Mexican new crop “Aventejada” fruit. This variety runs from October through June.
Berries (Blackberries): Mexican production is beginning to increase in numbers.
Berries (Raspberries): The Mexican raspberry season is starting to pick up out of central Mexico