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California vegetables are going to be in for a rough ride for the next few weeks.  We received this from T&A, one of our biggest vendors for California vegetables.  This will include all lettuces and baby greens, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.…

Valued Tanimura & Antle Customer, Predictions of a turbulent finish to the desert season have become reality.

Variable weather patterns in all growing regions have increased the likelihood of a GAP for several commodities. Over the past 8 weeks, Yuma yields have been dramatically reduced by unseasonably fluctuating weather.

Weather related damage to remaining harvest has created scenarios where “Quality Exceptions” for Lettuce and Leafy Greens are a necessity.

Our internal specifications for quality at harvest point remain unchanged; however, the inevitability of delivered product falling outside of “normal” specifications is clear.

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Ford's Produce Supply Update
March 27 2017 Edition

  The Asparagus market out of Mexico is stronger with less volume available and tighter supplies.  We expect product from both Mexico and Peru to remain high for the rest of the month as we get closer to Easter and supplies become very limited.
  Demand exceeds supplies for all sizes and cuts of cauliflower and broccoli. Quality in Yuma, Arizona and California's Imperial Valley has been excellent.  There are now limited supplies available in Salinas as well, but at least the transition has begun.  Availability will be limited this week due to a gap in the harvesting schedule in the desert and transition from Yuma to Salinas.

  Most lettuce farmers are struggling through the heat of the tail end of the desert season and looking forward to starting in fresh fields in Salinas.  Quality and pricing will improve dramatically once they start there. 

  Tomatoes are still plentiful as mentioned last week.  Small-sized tomatoes are bringing better prices but there is still a lot of big sized tomatoes.  Romas are still at the minimum but some shippers are trying to raise the market that has been depressed for so long.  Keep in mind it only has one direction to go. UP!

  Squash and zucchini prices are coming off and should continue to fall slightly for the next 7-10 days.  Previous high prices have backed off demand so inventory is starting to fill up. Mexican and Florida growers are making some deals to move inventory.  Market pricing all over the place as quality will get a premium. Expect stable to lower markets until Georgia starts. 

 Onions seem to be coming from everywhere at once and there are plenty to choose from.  New crop Texas grown onions are just getting started, plus there are Mexican grown available and some inventory clean up pricing in Oregon and Idaho.  Pricing is very favorable across the board.

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