Strawberries are in an extreme market, please see below for more information. Garlic and green beans remain in tight supply. Lettuces, salad mixes, broccoli, and cauli remain in good supply and are steady. Avocados have improved.
GARLIC: The garlic market continues to be volatile. Demand exceeds supply. The CA harvest finished last month and crops were down 15-30% from where we had hoped they would be. We are uncertain where the supply on garlic from China will be, we are hearing that it will get even tighter, but we are uncertain. Quality remains good and we will keep you posted as we hear what China will be doing.
GREEN BEANS: Prices remain at extreme levels in the west, as Coachella is the only district currently in production. Availability in Georgia is beginning to improve, with prices easing from recent extremes.
RED BELL PEPPERS: New crop green bell peppers continue with plentiful supplies in the Coachella Valley of California. Prices remain high for red bells, with tight supplies for new crop in Coachella. Green bells are in good supply from Georgia.
STRAWBERRIES: The strawberry season from the Watsonville and Salinas growing regions is done for the year. The remaining regions (Santa Maria, Oxnard, and Central Mexico) are harvesting low volumes, with this trend continuing for approximately 4 to 6 weeks. Contributing factors to the low supplies are weather, planted acreage in Oxnard being down from a year ago, and labor. With regards to quality, it will continue to be inconsistent with some locations reporting good quality and some very good depending on location. We expect to see extreme shortages in product and very high prices. Raspberries are a good substitute, as we expect to have good quality and good supply for at least 3 weeks.
Rounds - Supplies in the east are improving daily due to increased production in Western Florida. FOB prices are gradually dropping. Large sized fruit remains tight.
Roma – Supplies have also improved due to higher than expected production estimates.
Grapes – Supplies are up and FOB prices are down. We should see normal sizing distribution as well now that we are well into this first pick. Cherries - Supplies are lighter this week and FOB prices are up. Quality is fair due to weather related impacts.
Native Maine Produce & Specialty Foods
10 Bradley Drive
(207) 856-1100 Phone