Rounds- Weak demand and good supplies are putting downward pressure on FOB prices for all sizes. The hot weather has put an early end to crown picking in our coastal SC fields and we are already into 2nd picking. The inland SC region along with AL and TN will start up in a light way next week. Quality and shelf-life suffered somewhat last week as we transitioned from the FL fields into the SC fields and the fruit was subject to the wind and rains from Tropical Storm Colin. However, the fruit coming out of the fields now is looking better.
Romas- FOB prices are slightly higher on the larger sizes and steady on the smaller sizes. Quality continues to be generally good.
Grapes- FOB prices are a little lower this week due to weak demand and good supplies. Quality is better as we get further away from the wind and rain brought on by TS Colin.
Cherries- FOB prices are slightly lower this week. Quality is good.
Weather forecast- Beaufort, SC: Hot with a good chance of storms every day this week. Highs will be in the low to upper 90s with lows in the low to mid 70s.
Rounds- Vine-ripes continue to cross at Baja, McAllen and Nogales. Better quality continues to come out of Baja. Call CA mature green growers are now producing. FOB prices remain steady. Quality is generally average. More supplies should be available next week as all the CA growers should be in full production.
Romas- Supplies continue to be good and FOB prices remain steady from last week. Quality is very good.
Grapes- Supplies continue out of Nogales and Baja. We continue to see a wide range in quality. FOB prices are variable (depending on quality) and generally steady from last week.
Cherries- FOB prices generally steady. Quality is slightly better.
Green Bell Pepper
East- The excessive heat and rains have put an earlier than normal end to the GA crop. The quality of any remaining growers still harvesting is suspect. Our NC crop is in full production. FOB prices are active. Quality out of our NC fields is good.
West- Supplies continue out of Nogales and the desert but those regions are ending. Bakersfield is in production but weather has been extremely hot. FOB prices are generally higher. Quality is variable.
East- FOB prices are generally steady but becoming active. Sourcing primarily from SC and NC. Quality is variable.
West- FOB prices are steady to lower this week. Supplies are coming from Santa Maria. Quality is variable. Eastern Washington fields have started producing in a small way.
East- FOB prices are generally steady to higher this week. Quality is generally good. We continue to harvest fields in SC and NC.
West- FOB prices generally steady this week but we continue to see some downward pressure. Supplies are coming from Santa Maria fields with eastern Washington fields starting with light yields. Quality remains variable.
Green Beans- Rain caused this FOB market to double in price compared to last week. Market will remain firm until fields are stripped and NC picks up in volume to support demand. Quality is fair.
Cucumbers- East- FOB prices are slightly higher this week. Quality remains generally good.
West- Product continues to cross at Nogales and Baja. FOB prices remain at low levels. The Nogales growing region will come to the end of its crop in the next 7-10 days. We look for higher prices in the next several weeks heading up to the 4th of July.
East- FOB prices are seeing downward pressure. Quality of eggplant is very good.
West- FOB prices are slightly lower this week as more supplies are available from the Fresno region. The desert region is coming to the end of its crop.
East- FOB prices are generally higher this week. Quality is good.
West- FOB prices are generally steady. Quality is good.