Apples & Pears

The Northwest apple crop will peak on large sizes in general. Autumn Glory Apples are ready to ship. Granny Smith small sizes are in very short supply

Northwest Pears are in full swing! We have great promotable volumes on Golden Bosc, Green Bartlett, Comice, D'Anjou, Red D'Anjou, Forrelle, and Seckle pears.

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

Melons

Mexico is just starting cantaloupe and honeydew melons. We will be shipping product from Mexico until the middle of December. The desert will be in production through the middle of November. Imported fruit will begin to arrive on the East Coast in late November and on the West coast in the 2nd week of December. Even though melon volumes have decreased, the market has settled with demand decreasing.

 

 

Citrus

California lemons are going steady, with pricing still on the higher side.

California Marsh Grapefruit has wrapped up.

California valencia oranges are hit and miss, but they are still around.
California Navel oranges are in full swing! Sizes are peaking on 88’s, followed by 113's, and then 72's.

Chilean and Australian Navel oranges are done for the season.
Chilean Murcotts will be around for another few weeks, with softer prices on 3# bags.

Peruvian Honey Tangerines are available now and will last through the end of November. Low acid and high sugar makes this bright favorite amongst the best citrus that Peru has to offer! Promotable volumes are available!

Texas Oranges and Grapefruit are shipping with volumes growing daily!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potato and Onion Update

Hearty and wholesome!

As usual for this time of year, weather and transportation are causing delays in delivery

Western Washington’s Skagit Valley is packing beautiful red, white, & yellow potatoes! This crop is moving along with great quality and only a few weather-related delays. Eastern Washington and Idaho are both still working on their red & yellow potatoes.

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.

 

Washington, Oregon, and Idaho russet potatoes are all being packed out of storage. Their quality is very good, with heavy demand for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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

 

The onion crop from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada is moving along reasonably well with good quality and availability!

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

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

Mexico is just starting cantaloupe and honeydew melons. We will be shipping product from Mexico until the middle of December. The desert will be in production through the middle of November. Imported fruit will begin to arrive on the East Coast in late November and on the West coast in the 2nd week of December. Even though melon volumes have decreased, the market has settled with demand decreasing.

Latin Products

Flavorful and colorful!

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 is just finishing up, and will start with a new pepper harvest in March. The market on all hot peppers will remain active. With cold weather incoming, the price-per-pound for peppers will not come down through November or December.

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