Feb. 22, Produce Market Report

Sat, Sep 07, 2019 at 2:02AM

Feb. 22, Produce Market Report


Market remains very active. Pounds per acre and yields are below normal. Demand remains high. Higher temperatures should help to increase size and weight. Quality has been steady. Pricing has leveled off.


Romaine supplies have continued to improve. Quality issues remain from the cold mornings and hotter afternoons. Pricing has steadied. Romaine hearts and chopped romaine supplies and quality are good. Pricing remains steady.


We are beginning to see surface mold in yellow onions. Air circulation in storage is critical. Demand and pricing continue to be high. Mexico has begun to ship some onions across. Jumbo whites remain high and tight.

Red Onions

Pricing on jumbo reds has steadied. Quality is mediocre as we are seeing instances of internal decay from rains experienced early in the growing season. As previously reported this market will become short and pricing will remain high through the spring storage.


Market is steady from last week. Supplies and quality are good. Pricing remains stable. Value remains in the larger size russets.

Colored Potatoes

This market remains steady. Larger sizes remain the value. No real change is expected in the near future.


Florida tomatoes are status quo. There is little to no change in this market. Although it varies by farm and grower, weather continues to hinder yields by as much as 40%. Grapes and cherries are sparse and quality is poor. Pricing remains high across the board.


The bell pepper market in Florida remains at critical supply level. Rain and wind have severely damaged plants and disease pressures continue to rise. Long term outlook is not good due to bloom drop. Quality and condition varies, however much of the fruit has quality issues.


Shelf life has been shortened considerably.


Expect this situation to remain through the spring. Expect skips in the market in the coming weeks. Red Pepper continues to be scarce and very expensive. This market shows no signs of relief.


Market is steady and quality and sizing remains good. We are seeing mold spores from the warm weather coupled with moisture. This market will begin to see some pressure as the desert winds down. The quality, color and internal juice content is very good. Demand remains very good. Size continues to peak on 140’s and larger.


Florida strawberry production has ramped up in the last week as the weather conditions have been close to ideal. Production should continue to be good well into March. Demand remains very strong. Pricing should begin to become more attractive. Blueberry availability out of Peru and Chile continue to peak and supplies are plentiful. Look for Florida to begin production early March. Quality and pricing are good. Blackberry and raspberry availability continues to be an issue due to rains in Mexico. Quality is average. Pricing is elevated.


The lime market is rising as volumes continue to decline. Rains in Mexico have continued and the region has reached a lull in production. Expect an upward pricing trend.

Please contact Mark Beisler for any produce assistance you may need. Phone: 386-562-1626

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