Spring Updates

It's almost Spring!

Spring is almost here and with that comes the inevitable transitions. Here we have some insight from 3 of our buyers, pictured above a few of the items they bring in.  Our hope is that this will help you plan your menus and stock your shelves.



Avocados

John Burkett - Buyer

John Burkett - Buyer


Now moving into California with great quality fruit in all sizes. Mexico still in some sizes, for a price break. There are some 24ct single layer available, if you need fewer quantity. Remember: avocados should never be stored anywhere colder than 42 degrees.  It'll damage the fruit and you'll lose flavor and texture.

Tomatoes

Price has backed off and there's better quality available.  Romas are still the best deal.  Grape tomato pricing has backed off a bit.  For cluster tomatoes, they are mostly out of Mexico.  You can find some from California.  Price is firm to higher, but great flavor!

Jicama

Looking great and has great flavor!

Soft Squash

All prices have come WAY DOWN. Wire bound are back in, too.

  • Italian squash
  • Yellow squash
  • Grey squash


Active/High Prices

  • All colors of bell peppers
  • Green Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Limes
  • All chili's 
  • Egg Plant
  • Grapes


Jason Petersen - Buyer

Jason Petersen - Buyer

Navels

They're beautiful. Great appearance. Super sweet. Recent rains have increased the size to juuuuust right.

Strawberries

Oxnard and Santa Maria are coming to a close. Watsonville and Salinas are due mid March. Quality has been good and prices are coming down.

Raspberries

Volume is down out of Oxnard and Mexico. Expect prices to increase a bit. Come April, things will start to settle down.

Apples

It is going to be tough until the new crop starts in August/September. The 2015 crop was small in volume and apple size. Large size apples are hard to find and will get tougher.

 



Mike Ball - Buyer

Mike Ball - Buyer

Broccoli

Supplies continue to be plentiful.  Bunch sizing ranging from 2 to 3 each on the 14ct, depending on location and shipping.  Stalk sizes are ranging from 25 cent to 50 cent diameters.  Many samples continue to show up branchy.  As far as defects are concerned, cat eye and purple case continue to be reported here and there.

Cauliflower

Salinas is due to start this week.  Supplies will be plentiful.  Quality will be good.

Iceberg lettuce

Demand has slowed, so prices expected to back off. Quality has improved, but still not perfect. Supplies are tight. 

Leaf items

Supplies are plentiful.  Many shippers are close trimming their leaf items due to color issues.  Weights are generally 17 to 25lbs on red and green leaf with romaine ranging 30 to 38lbs depending on shipper and field location.