Catch up on the weekly market report from Produce Alliance
In South Florida we are seeing lighter supply and firmer markets on green pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, and cucumbers remain very limited until we have sufficient supply from Honduras. Color pepper supply is improving, and we should see more pepper crossing over the next 7-10 days. Tomato production continues to improve as Florida and Mexico scratch new blocks, but we are nowhere near normal for this time of year as temperatures are below normal, causing lower production but nothing too concerning. We are still seeing some very high pricing on Serrano and Anaheim peppers due to cold weather in the growing regions in Mexico. Updates on Sinaloa due to the violence last week, we are seeing a vast improvement on harvesting and border crossings should be back to normal by the end of the week. Honeydew and cantaloupe have become quite a challenge due to cooler weather and should improve over the next 10-14 days; its critical to be flexible on size during these times where we are short and managing very limited inventory. In California, heavy rain events will continue through the weekend and into the first part of next week. These rain events are not affecting and product in the Desert regions of the Imperial Valley and Yuma but are impacting growing areas of Oxnard, Santa Maria and the San Joaquin Valley including Bakersfield. By Mid-week next week, the rain is supposed to stop, and good weather is in the forecast through the end of January.