Apples, Cherries, & Pears

The apple market, as a whole, is very active. Prices are firming up as the season winds down. The red and golden delicious markets are also firm, due to heavy export. Storage reports show fewer bins of apples left to pack this year than there were at this time last year. We have good availability of red and green anjou pears. Domestic bosc pears are finished. Imported Chilean bosc pears are available. The California cherry harvest will finish this week. The Washington cherry harvest has started. This week will bring increased production on both rainier and red cherries!

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

 

Melons

Domestic cantaloupe, out of the desert, is in full production. Domestic honeydew is off to a slow start and sizes are peaking on smaller fruit.

 

Citrus: California & Imported

California lemons are tight, with prices on the rise.


California W. Murcotts have finished for the season.

 

California navel oranges are on final floor counts.

 

California Cara Cara navels have been great this year, but they are finished for the season.

 

Gold nugget mandarins are done for the season.

 

California star ruby grapefruit look and taste delicious! Their sizes are peaking at 40/48 followed by 36’s and larger.

 

California valencia oranges are in full swing! They look and taste fantastic.

 

Mexican valencia orange supplies are getting tighter as the season is winding down.

 

Peruvian and Chilean clementines have started trickling in on the East and West coasts! Their coloring is medium orange, and sizing is small to medium. Pricing on these favorites will remain strong for the first few weeks.

 

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 has finished their packing of colored potatoes for the season. Eastern Washington and Idaho are still going on both red and yellow potatoes. New white, red, and yellow potatoes are being packed in Bakersfield, California. Arizona is in the mix with red and yellow potatoes. Florida is also still packing red, white, and 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 continue to pack russet potatoes. The market is getting stronger on the 50-80 count cartons, but russet quality is variable.

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

 

The onion market is strengthening. Onions are coming out of central California with good quality. Onions are finished from Brawley, California. Arizona is wrapping up their onion production, and Washington is also close to finishing. The onion market is no longer over-supplied, and it’s beginning to normalize in regards to price. Vidalia onions are moving to controlled-atmosphere storage and their market is getting stronger. 1015’s still have a few weeks left out of Texas with good quality, but shrinking supply

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

Tommy Atkins mangoes are limited this week. However, Tommy Atkins will start shipping out of new growing areas in Nayarit, Mexico soon! Ataulfo mangoes are of very nice quality, and their volumes are picking up with sizes peaking on 18’s.
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.

 

Lime quality is very nice, with sizes continuing to peak on 230’s and 250’s. Pricing on limes is leveling out!

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

 

Melons

Domestic cantaloupe, out of the desert, is in full production. Domestic honeydew is off to a slow start and sizes are peaking on smaller fruit.

Latin Products

Flavorful and colorful!

All peppers out of most areas in Northern Mexico are done. We are in a two week gap waiting on new crop peppers out of Baja, Mexico. Selma, California has started with jalapeno, yellow chili, and serrano peppers.

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