Apples & Pears

Granny smith apples, out of the Northwest will continue to be very short for the rest of the season. Heavy export into Mexico is keeping the gala market very active.

We have very good supplies of pears this season, especially on bosc, d’anjou, comice, and red d’anjou!

Fun Fact: One of the most incredible natural features of the Opal Apple is that it does not brown after cutting!

Melons

Guatemalan cantaloupes have been continuing to come into the ports with good supply, however a gap in fruit is still expected out of Guatemala in the near future. This gap, which occurs around this time each year, overlaps with the arrival of Honduran Cantaloupes, which are just now starting to reach the Southern California ports. We anticipate increasing supply and quality as more and more of the Honduran fruit arrives. With the increase in availability, the once mid-high $20 cantaloupe market is seeing pressure relieved. We will see the market decrease early this week before eventually leveling out.
 

 

Honeydews are hard to come by at the moment, and will continue to be that way with both coasts pulling from the same growing region in Mexico. However, despite the pull from both Coasts, quality out of Mexico has been great and sizing has been towards 5s and Jumbo 5s, with a few 6s mixed in. That market, which was in the “teens” not long ago, is currently in the mid-$20s and is expected to increase until Honduran honeydews arrive in the coming weeks. We anticipate our own Honduran fruit arriving late next week with good quality and increasing volume in the weeks to follow. Please do not hesitate to call us regarding pricing, availability, or with any questions you may have!
 

 

Citrus

California lemons are in good supply.. Prices have leveled off.

California Navel oranges and Minneola’s are a little snug this week due to rain in the growing areas. However, there is availability with some notice.

California Cara Cara and Blood Oranges are moving well with promotable volumes

Texas Oranges and Grapefruit are in full swiing.

Florida citrus arrivals have begun. There are a few specialty varieties and they eat and look great. These Varieties include.. Orri Mandarin, Honey Bell Tangelo, Honey Tangerine, and a Brand New variety called a Juicy Crunch!

The Juicy Crunch is Very limited being that, it is the first year for this variety.

Israeli Orri which will arrive soon!

Fun Fact: Lemons are believed to be a hybrid between a sour orange and a citron.

 

 

 

Potato and Onion Update

Hearty and wholesome!

Western Washington’s Skagit valley is still packing excellent quality red, white, & yellow potatoes. Some of the growers in western Washington have finished their white potatoes for the season. This, along with the rain in Kern county California, has put some pressure on the white potato market and prices are moving upwards.

Fun Fact: Many people think Potatoes are vegetables but, in fact, potatoes are legumes! A legume is plant that is able to fix nitrogen from the air and put it into the soil, and potatoes do just that.

 

The carton russet market is on the rise in both Idaho & Washington. This market should continue to strengthen as time goes on.

Fun Fact: Idaho, the present-day largest producer of potatoes, actually did not begin growing potatoes until 1836!

 

There is a lot happening in the onion market at the moment. All colors are up in price with the white onion market leading the charge, yellow onions steadily moving up, & red onions bringing up the rear. This market is not going to see any relief anytime soon.

Fun Fact: The pungent juice of onions has been used as a moth repellent and can be rubbed on the skin to prevent insect bites

 

 

Tropicals & Melons

Tropicals

Kent and Keitt mangoes, out of Mexico, are in season. We have good supply on 8/7 sizes followed by 9/10. We have promotable supplies on larger sizes.
Fun Fact: Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D.

New-crop limes are available. Their volume is tight, with sizes peaking on 175’s and larger. Lime prices are up for the time being.

Fun Fact: India is the greatest producer of limes in the world.

Melons

Guatemalan cantaloupes have been continuing to come into the ports with good supply, however a gap in fruit is still expected out of Guatemala in the near future. This gap, which occurs around this time each year, overlaps with the arrival of Honduran Cantaloupes, which are just now starting to reach the Southern California ports. We anticipate increasing supply and quality as more and more of the Honduran fruit arrives. With the increase in availability, the once mid-high $20 cantaloupe market is seeing pressure relieved. We will see the market decrease early this week before eventually leveling out.

Honeydews are hard to come by at the moment, and will continue to be that way with both coasts pulling from the same growing region in Mexico. However, despite the pull from both Coasts, quality out of Mexico has been great and sizing has been towards 5s and Jumbo 5s, with a few 6s mixed in. That market, which was in the “teens” not long ago, is currently in the mid-$20s and is expected to increase until Honduran honeydews arrive in the coming weeks. We anticipate our own Honduran fruit arriving late next week with good quality and increasing volume in the weeks to follow. Please do not hesitate to call us regarding pricing, availability, or with any questions you may have!
 

Latin Products

Flavorful and colorful!

Recent cold weather has affected all the chili peppers, prices have gone up even more with this freeze.

Chili peppers are now coming from Sonora and Sinaloa Mexico. We have a light volume of jalapeno, serrano, pasilla, tomatillo, and hungarian peppers. Baja, Mexico will start with a new pepper harvest in March. The market on all hot peppers will remain active.

Fun Fact: Serranos are the hottest peppers commonly available in the U.S.