Heading into the local growing season
Navels- season winding down. Navels and late varieties will go mid to late may.
Valencias have started and we will see a smooth transition.
Lemons- expect California to be limited for the next 6 weeks or so. Transition to district 3 (down to the desert). Mexico will come in and easy the pressure on California production.
Strawberries- in full swing out of Pajaro and Salinas Valley. Size and sugar has been excellent.
Blueberries- Due to cool weather in Bakersfield it has been a slow start to the California season.
Expect increasing volume and lower prices over the next few weeks.
Raspberries and blackberries- Quality has been good on both out of Mexico.
Raspberries have been short. Picking in Watsonville will start in May.
Tons of blossoms on the vines locally on both.
Cantaloupe and Honeydew- out of South America will start winding down.
California desert and Arizona will be ready to step in and fill the gap mid May.
Bananas- more fruit will be available, so prices are expected to go down.
Yukon, white, and red potatoes- all grown in Bakersfield
Cauliflower – supplies continue to increase. Quality overall is descent to good.
Celery – Quotes are higher with lighter supplies. Quality overall is OK.
Spinach – Limited but supplies are improving.
Brussel sprouts – Remain very limited and will be extremely high on anything that is available. No relief on either availability or quality until we move to new growing districts in Mexico.
Asparagus – Higher as the Mexican production winds down, leaving us limited supplies of domestic grass from CA or WA.
Hass Avocado- 60ct is the best deal through Cinco de Mayo, the larger fruit will be as much as double the price.
Tomato- Roma are great quality and price. 5x5 is also a great buy. 4x5 are more expensive.
California is starting up on Corn, Bell Peppers, Fava Beans, Bluelake Beans, English Peas and Egg Plant.
Mangoes are still high. Price should be coming down with better quality soon.
Limes are still tight with high price.