Apples, Cherries, & Pears

California still has volume on Granny Smith, Gala, and Fuji apples. Gala apples are transitioning from Washington to California storage crop. Northwest Granny Smith apples are peaking on large sizes. The Northwest apple crop will peak on large sizes in general.

California Starkrimson, Bosc, and Bartlett pears are now available! We also have new-crop Bartlett pears out of the Northwest. We will began packing organic D'anjou pears in the Northwest shortly!

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. The growing areas in Mexico will be hit with some serious ran over the next few days. 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 & Imported

The lemon market, as a whole, is coming down in price. Smaller fruit is readily available!

California Star Ruby grapefruit is wrapping up, and we are transitioning to California Marsh Ruby grapefruits. The warm weather has given our Marsh Rubies a very nice blush on their skin!

California Valencia oranges will continue for the next few weeks.

Chilean and Australian Navel oranges are finishing up and will be gone by the end of the month.

Peruvian Murcott’s are finishing up. Chilean Murcott’s will be around for another few weeks with softer prices on 3# bags.

Peruvian and Australian Minneolas are finished for the season.

Peruvian Honey Tangerines are available now and will last through the end of November.

There is promotable volume for the next four 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 and Skagit Valley are packing beautiful red, white, & yellow potatoes! Eastern Washington and Idaho continue to pack red and yellow potatoes. Keep in mind, we are getting to the time of the year that weather will begin to impact potato availability!

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.

 

New-crop Russet potatoes are shipping from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Their quality is excellent, and we have plenty available in every size!

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

 

Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada are in full swing on 2018-19 onion crop!

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. The growing areas in Mexico will be hit with some serious ran over the next few days. 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!

The chili market is very active, and prices continue to climb on all varieties of peppers due to recent rains in Baja and Northern Mexico. There will specifically be a gap in yellow chilies and tomatillos. 35 lb Mexican papaya cartons, out of Colima, Mexico have a longer shelf-life and are all place packed.

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