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November 8, 2019
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Apples
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Subject    11/13/2019 - - Apples
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  • Almost all C.A. storage apples are shipped out & in the market. There's still a few remaining C.A. Reds.
  • Most shippers have all new crop varieties available. Pink Lady have barely begun to be harvested & packed.
  • Braeburn also got a late start for harvest this season.
  • Pricing is all over the board with many shippers & there are various deals on lightly aged product, as some shippers build inventories.
  • Pricing should settle out over the next few weeks, as demand increases.
Onions
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Subject    11/13/2019 - - Onions
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  • Prices are steady to firm on all onions.  

  • Losses in several growing areas will equate to shorter supplies this spring with higher prices on the horizon. 

  • This will be realized after the first of the year once realistic storage supplies are accounted for.

  • Export demand is becoming more prevalent and lending to a future rise in the market.  White prices are fairly steady. 

  • WA and Idaho Yellow Sweets are now available. Organic Red, Yellows, Whites and Sweets are available as well. Quality and condition is good.

Pears
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Subject    11/13/2019 - - Pears
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  • All new crop pear varieties are in full swing! Bartlett, Bosc, Red Pears, Comice, & D'Anjou have started!!!
  • Sizing has been smaller on the smaller side to begin the season, with larger sizes demanding higher pricing.
Colored Potatoes
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Subject    11/13/2019 - - Colored Potatoes
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  • Mt. Vernon District, all colors are available. 

  • Prices are steady. Red and yellow Fingerlings and Organics available.  Color and condition are outstanding. 

  • Eastern WA has good supplies of  Red and Yellows.   Organics are available in reds and Yellows.

Potatoes
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Subject    11/13/2019 - - Potatoes
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  • Demand may exceed supply in the next few weeks as buyers struggle to cover Thanksgiving volume.  This trend will continue for the 2019/20 season.  
  • At least for the short term stay well ahead of ordering supplies to make sure of coverage.
  • The prices are understandably increasing weekly and will remain tight throughout the holiday season.
  • Looking down the road, supplies may be short  in the spring again this season.  
  • Quality and condition is outstanding, so far. Light skin set noted on ID Burbanks that are available. 
  • Russet ORGANICs are available!!
Salinas
Berries
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Subject    11/13/2019 - - Berries
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  • The Watsonville/Salinas STRAWBERRY deal is at an end.and the fall crop is already past peak.
  • Prices firmed up last week, and look to stay that way this week as well.
  • Overall quality of fruit is good with warm days and cool nights…and no rain in the forecast. Demand is staying good and supplies are below budget.
  • Mexican straws should start arriving any day now. The BLUEBERRY, RASPBERRY and BLACKBERRY markets are staying active.
  • Imports of good quality fruit continue from Mexico, Peru and Argentina.
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Broccoli
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    • The market caught up last week as supplies firmed up coupled with better demand.
    • The start of the Thanksgiving pull is upon us, we’ll see demand help push up pricing on both bunched and crowns.
    • The Salinas Valley and Santa Maria are still the go-to areas for BROCCOLI until the desert kicks off in the next few weeks.
    • Overall quality has improved.
    Cauliflower
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Cauliflower
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    • Cauliflower demand is fair . Quality and condition has been good. Supplies are winding down in Salinas & Santa Maria. 
    • Yuma won't start for another couple weeks. Markets are going to be very active through the transition.
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Celery
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    • There are slightly lower volumes on celery in Salinas. Mexico has started and quality and volumes are looking good!
    • We have larger volume of the size 24's. Quality is good.
    Iceberg Lettuce
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Iceberg Lettuce
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    • It is transition time when Salinas grower/shippers make the move south to the desert. 
    • The Salinas valley Iceberg lettuce supplies are all but finished for the season.
    • By next week we will have a handful of grower/shippers harvesting Iceberg lettuce out of Yuma, AZ.
    • With limited supplies and the added increase in demand for Thanksgiving. 
    • Early quality reports of the desert lettuce is favorable with good head size and decent weights.
    Leaf Lettuces
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Leaf Lettuces
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    • GREEN LEAF got active last week as the Salinas Valley is winding down, and the desert is not ready yet.
    • Demand is up on both GREEN and RED LEAF (to a lesser extent) pricing firmed up rapidly.
    • We expect this trend to continue until we get going in the desert.
    • ROMAINE and ROMAINE HEARTS continue to be two of the most active commodities as production continues to slide in Salinas.
    • There remains some quality issues around…both wind and fringe burn are showing up in some lots of all leaf.
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    Avocado
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Avocado
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    • Mexico Avocado numbers are crossing consistently.   Fruit is peaking smaller sizes 70/60/84 and as such this market is looking to move some product. 

    • 48's are getting a little better but slower to come down price wise.   Fruit is fairly clean so #2 fruit is moving out fast.  

    • Market has came off on small sizes but in general is fairly steady.

    Carrots
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Carrots
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    • Processed supplies are steady and moving well on regular & organic. 
    • Conventional Carrots are seeing the stress of summer with the fields producing smaller sizing.  
    • Unfortunately, this situation is expected to continue for another few weeks.
    Grapes
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Grapes
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    • Cool temps are slowing Grape maturity of fruit still on the vines.... most fruit is in the coolers but some of the late Fall varieties are still harvesting.  

    • Supplies & quality are good and the market is fairly steady on Red Seedless.... however the same can't be said for Greens. 

    • The Green Seedless market is firm and still advancing; we are starting to see more quality issues in Greens as well so have your product checked.

    Lemons
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Lemons
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    • Calif Lemons out of district 3 (Desert).  Fruit in general is peaking 140/165's and smaller out of this area.
    • 115 with larger are light but starting to show some improvement.   
    • Market for 115 looks like it may start adjusting off slightly over the next month.... weather and getting in to pick fruit will have a big impact on this.
    Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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    • Cantaloupe are now all out of the Desert/Nogales areas.  

    • Cool temperatures are playing havoc on maturity but bringing up the sizing.  Market has been stronger especially on smaller size due to lack of fruit.

    • We were hoping to see the supplies start to improve but looks like it will stay snug until off shore really gets moving. 

    • Fruit is peaking Jumbo9/9/12.   Color is tan to concrete with some occasional ground spotting.   Quality is improving. 

    • Honeydew supplies are mostly of Nogales/Mexico and also heavier to large sizes.  

    • Overall quality is good with excellent sugar/flavor. Market here is better than on Cants as more areas in MX start harvesting and bringing across.   

    • Look for Imports to get going late this month around Thanksgiving from Guatemala.

    Oranges
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Oranges
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    • If you haven't pulled the plug on Valencia do it now.  All that is left are some older lots of larger sizes and those won't travel well.   

    • Navels are the varieties you want to be in. 

    • Fruit is picking daily (not large qualities) and gassing time is 85 + hours to bring out orange color on the fruit. 

    • Cool nights in Central Calif should bring up more natural color but not expected to get gassing down below 40 hours until around Thanksgiving. 

    • Flavor is just so at this time with sugar to acid ratios still low.  Most of the fruit is on the small side peaking 138/113 with a few lots showing 88/72/56. 

    • The packs are clean and fruit is heavy to fancy.   Small sizes 113/138 are where shippers are looking to move.

    Potatoes
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Potatoes
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    • Stockton is done on New Potatoes White and Yellow, they do have Reds. Look for Calif to start back on this item in early to mid December.
    Specialty Citrus
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Specialty Citrus
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    • Calif Star Ruby Grapefruit peaking 32 & larger with nice color. Supplies expected for a few months. Light supplies of Organic. 
    • All supplies are out of southern Calif. Look for supplies to start back soon out of Florida and Texas.
    • California Mandarins (Satsumas) are picking both bald and Stem/leaf packs. Avail in 25# box/bags and splits. 
    • This fruit is orange in color with a green tinge.  Cool night temps should start to bring the color up more this will bring on more volume available. 
    • Calif Clementine are starting in light numbers this week... like the Satsuma volume will dependent on natural color improving.  
    • We will keep you posted.
    Kiwi
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Kiwi
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    • Calif Kiwi is harvesting new crop.  Supplies are picking up quickly as harvest progresses. 
    • This fruit is hard so will take a week or so to condition for good eating.  Strong school demand is the driving force behind the market. 
    • New crop Italian is also now available on the east coast.  Fruit can be packed in a variety of packs with all sizes going.
    Stone Fruit
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Stone Fruit
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      • California has your Fall Favorites.
      • CALIF are finishing up harvesting Pomegranates and peaking on 30/32. 
      • We have supplies and various packs of Arils (Pomegranate seeds) now from Calif. We can offer a variety of pack sizes packed to order.  
      • Calif Bartlett's nice run of sizes; market settling down.  A few Bosc and Reds are also still avail in this area.
      • Asian Pears are available in single layer packs harvesting in Calif.
      • Harvesting Fuyu and Hachiya Persimmons.  Quince are going... look for Kumquats in early December.
    Watermelon
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Watermelon
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    • Seedless Watermelon supplies are all out of Mexico.  Quality is a little mixed and the market should be fairly steady for the month of Nov.
    Southeast
    Cabbage
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Cabbage
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    • Light supplies from Georgia. Most shippers expect to start harvest by Mid November.
    Corn
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Corn
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    • Moderate supplies from Georgia expected to increase. Prices are slightly lower.  Quality is generally good.
    Cucumber
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Cucumber
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    • Moderate supplies from Georgia. Prices are slightly higher. Quality is generally good.
    Eggplant
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Eggplant
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    • Moderate supplies from Georgia.  Quality is generally good. Prices are higher.
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Green Beans
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    • Moderate supplies from Georgia. Prices are higher. Quality is generally good.
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Green Bell Pepper
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    • Moderate supplies from Georgia. Prices are higher. Quality is generally good.
    Sweet Potatoes
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Sweet Potatoes
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    • Moderate supplies from Louisiana, Mississippi. Prices are unchanged.  Quality is generally good.
    Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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    • Limited supplies from Georgia. Prices are higher. Quality is generally good. Light shipments from Florida expected to increase. Prices are lower.
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Cucumbers
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    • Cucumber prices are up this week.  Product is crossing through San Diego and Nogales. 
    • English and mini cucumbers have started crossing through Nogales but supplies are limited.
    Beef Steak Tomatoes
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Beef Steak Tomatoes
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    • Prices are steady this week. Nogales should start crossing this item in a couple of weeks.
    Grape Tomatoes
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Grape Tomatoes
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    • Grape tomatoes are steady this week.  Supplies are good. Product is crossing through San Diego. Nogales should start towards middle of December.
    Peppers
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Peppers
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    • Green Pepper prices are up.  Nogales should start in a couple of weeks. Product is available central California.
    • Red, yellow and orange bells are up a little.
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Roma Tomatoes
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    • Romas are steady this week.  Supplies are down.  Product is crossing through San Diego.
    • Nogales should start crossing product toward the middle of November.
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Chili Peppers
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    • Movement expected about the same. Trading is fairly active. Prices Poblano and Serrano generally unchanged, others slightly higher.
    • Quality is variable.
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Lime
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    • Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading 110-150s fairly slow, others moderate.
    • Prices 250s slightly higher, 230s generally unchanged, others lower. Quality is variable.
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Mango
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    • Movement expected to decrease as most shippers are finished for the season. 
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Melons
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    • Mexico season has ended.
    Mexican Avocado
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Mexican Avocado
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    • Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading is moderate. Prices 32-48s lower, others generally unchanged.
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Mexican Onions
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    • Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Remaining supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Pineapple
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    • Movement expected about the same. Cartons 1 layer Golden Ripe 5-8s supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market.
    • Quality is variable.
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    Subject    11/13/2019 - - Watermelons
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    • Movement expected to increase seasonally. Supplies are very light. Trading 60 count fairly slow, others moderate.
    • Prices 45 count slightly higher, 60 count slightly lower, 35 count generally unchanged
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