• Rounds- Supplies in the east continue to be fragmented and light. Demand remains light which is keeping supplies and demand in equilibrium and FOB prices steady from last week. The east continues to have to go west to meet demand and the west is determining the market in the east. Due to the heat and afternoon storms, quality continues to be variable. AL, AK, VA, SC and NC fields continue to produce.
• Romas- Roma supplies are light and fragmented also but FOB prices are down due to light demand. Quality is variable due to the heat and storms. FOB prices are down on all sizes.
• Grapes- Good supplies are being harvested from our NC and VA eastern shore fields. FOB prices have continued to drop this week and quality continues to be good.
• Cherries- Supplies and demand continue to be generally light. FOB prices are steady compared to last week. Quality is good.
• Weather forecast- NC/TN Mountains: A little cooler with daytime highs in upper 70s to upper 80s through early next week. Lows will be generally in the mid to upper 60s. A good chance of storms, possibly severe, every day. Western SC: Partly cloudy to mostly sunny. A little cooler with highs in the low 80s to low 90s. A good chance of storms, possibly severe, every day.
• Rounds- Vine-ripes continue to cross at Baja and McAllen. CA mature-green growers continue to harvest. Supplies are light but weak demand is putting downward pressure on FOB prices. We have previously reported about the severe heat that the growing regions have experience the past several weeks. We have not seen the heat effect quality to a large degree yet. However, the real effects of these extreme temperatures will not be seen for another 30-45 days. We expect both quality and quantity to suffer around the first of September.
• Romas- Supplies continue to come out of Baja and CA. Even though the east is having to come west to meet all of its demand, demand remains sluggish. Like the rounds, we are keeping a close eye on quality due to the excessive heat the crop has gone through. FOB prices are down on all sizes from last week.
• Grapes- Supplies continue mainly out of Baja with very good volume. We continue to see a wide range in quality. FOB prices are variable (depending on quality) but are down slightly again this week.
• Cherries- FOB prices are down slightly this week. Quality is fair to good.
Green Bell Pepper
East- Weak demand is putting downward pressures on FOB prices this week. Supplies continue to be fragmented with supplies coming from NC to MI. Quality is generally very good.
West- Supplies continue to be weak but demand is even weaker. FOB prices are down on all grades compared to last week.
East- FOB prices are stronger this week as the growing regions remain fragmented. Quality is generally good.
West- Weak demand and better supplies are causing FOB prices to fall this week. Quality is variable but continues to improve.
East- FOB prices are higher this week on both grades. We continue to harvest fields in SC, NC, MI and the Northeast. The large zucchini are in extreme short supply due to the cooler and wet weather MI has experienced this week.
West- FOB prices are generally down this week. Supplies are coming from Santa Maria and Washington fields. Quality is good.
Green Beans - Beans are still plentiful and quality is good.
Cucumbers- East- MI, NY and NJ are seeing good supplies. Demand continues to be sluggish. Growers in MI are letting their older fields go due to the low market prices. We are seeing some quality issues due to the weather. FOB prices are steady to up this week.
West- Supplies coming from Baja and quality is extremely variable. FOB prices are generally higher on all grades and sizes compared to last week. Demand continues to be weak. When demand is this weak, even a small change in that demand (or supplies) can have a dramatic effect on prices.
East- FOB prices are steady to down slightly from last week. Quality of eggplant is very good.
West- FOB prices are steady to down again this week. Quality is good.
East- FOB prices are up slightly this week. Quality continues to be generally good.