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Weather, Weather, Weather;
It’s usually Western weather patterns that get our attention in the produce business but lately it’s all happening in the East. Severe weather patterns have created local tornadoes, micro bursts, and torrential rains. So far the eastern crops have been able to sustain themselves through it all but things could get rough if these weather patterns continue.
Local Maryland Produce: Up till this point the, substantial zucchini and yellow squash deal was just getting cranked up. Cabbage is also expected from a few pockets on the Eastern Shore. Cucumbers are due next week along with Beets, and some lettuces. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes….
Western Markets: Warming trends, (market that is), Lettuce, Green Leaf and Romaine and once again Celery are active. Seasonal demands for fresh salads is beginning to kick in with the fourth of July pull. Red peppers could turn out to be the hot item of the week because the California deal is winding up quickly and Mexico isn’t ready yet. Strawberries are also on a rising market due to the additional demand.
Arizona melons are plentiful and for now reasonably priced. California Red and White seedless grapes and Mexican Grapes are also in good supply and reasonably priced.
Eastern Tomato markets: Rounds, are down and grape tomatoes, cherry Tomatoes as well as Roma’s are up. South Carolina tomato crop is in the deal now and market is easing.
Eastern Blueberries: a bright spot. Great quality and reasonable pricing
Eastern Peaches: volume is increasing and the quality is great!