BERRIES—STRAWBERRY ALERT Each of the three main growing regions has seen recent rain and cold weather, reducing supplies to critical levels. Expect to see white shoulders, smaller sizing, and pin rot. We anticipate volume will continue to be very low through the Valentine’s Day holiday.
BROCCOLINI ALERT Broccolini is in very short supply.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS ALERT Orders are still being filled, product is moving to production out of Mexico. Market is to be active through January.
CELERY ALERT Fair quality overall, incumbent weather causing undersizing, discoloration, with pith and seeder also reported.
CUCUMBERS ALERT FL is waning, many growers are keeping fields going due to lack of imports arriving, and quality will be suspect from these fields. Import supplies remain light as containers continue to be held at the port. Demand remains steady.
GARLIC ALERT Demand for CA garlic continues to exceed supply, due to light domestic harvests and a shortage of Chinese garlic.
GRAPES ALERT CA storage fruit is about finished. Demand exceeds supplies on imported red and green seedless; both are good quality with no major quality issues.
HERBS ALERT Chives: Demand exceeds due to various weather patterns in each growing area. Cilantro: Active market with short supply/high prices; weather has affected growth cycle. Curly Parsley: High/active market with high demand/limited supply with prorates; product is not holding up. Italian parsley is following close behind.
MELONS ALERT Cantaloupe quality is much better due to the new crop from Honduras versus the old crop in Guatemala. Honeydew supplies are very tight, and quality varies. Most are from Guatemala and Mexico. New crop from Honduras should be available next week.
MELONS—WATERMELON ALERT The market remains strong. Mostly imports, FL is done due to rains and Mexican production is off due to cold temps and rains.
NAPA/BOK CHOY ALERT Markets are active/supplies limited until the end of January.
ONIONS, GREEN ALERT Quality is fair on very tight availability.
PEAS—SNOW/SNAPS ALERT Guatemalan quality is very good; supplies could get tight soon due to Peru's season finishing up.
PEPPERS—CHILES ALERT Markets are strong/slightly weaker. Demand is good; volumes are fair to good. Markets are being driven by the West where volumes are improving slightly. Possible quality issues would be growth cracks.
PEPPERS—GREEN, RED, & YELLOW ALERT Cool temps are limiting production, demand exceeds supply. Quality is fair to good, with some bruising, scarring, and stem decay on arrivals. Expect supplies to improve by mid-Feb with new fields/better weather.
SQUASH—YELLOW & ZUCCHINI ALERT Squash remains extremely tight, especially yellow, demand drastically exceeds supply, and quality is fair at best. Expect to see plenty of scarring, mainly on yellow; South FL has been dealing with heavy rains/flooding, bloom drop, and quarantine, decreasing acreage. Expect better supplies and quality by mid-Feb if temps warm.
TOMATOES—ROUND ALERT FL is still in short supply and markets remain very high. Quality is fair. Western markets are trying to pick what's available, good weather should show growing production in the coming weeks.