At a Glance…
Supply gap on leafy greens, broccoli and cauliflower will continue into transition.
Tomatoes - West
Tomatoes - East
Market is steady with signs of strength. Southeastern and southwestern regions of Florida have production, and product is trending to smaller sizes. Quality is good.
Yuma season is wrapping up as we prepare for Salinas transition. Salinas is still showing purple cast and inconsistent crown size. Santa Maria quality is better.
Yuma quality is suffering due to heat. Bruising and brown to black discoloration have been reported. Salinas is seeing inconsistent sizing and cream to yellow color.
Market is stronger as Yuma season wraps up. Oxnard and Santa Maria are seeing low production yields due to past rains in Southern California. Defects include transparency and waterlogged raw material.
Demand is moderate out of all growing region. Quality is good overall. Southern California will start production in mid to late April.
Yuma production is winding down. Yuma and Santa Maria are seeing pink ribbing, discoloration, misshapen heads and mildew. Defects are industry-wide.
New fields out of Ruskin should begin production in mid-April. Overall quality is good with some signs of wind scar. Heavy supply from Mexico is keeping prices steady.
Demand exceeds supply, and market is expected to remain elevated for at least the next three weeks. Quality issues include blister and peel, twisting, discoloration and fringe and tip burn. Defects are industry-wide.
Demand continues to exceed supply on small Granny-Smiths. Idaho has finished packing. New York is peaking on larger fruit.