SPAGHETTI SQUASH PANCAKE
- 1 bag (16 oz) Spaghetti Squash
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 2 eggs
- 3 Tbsp Green Giant™ Fresh Green Onions (about 3 onions), finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
The market is fairly active for the Christmas holiday pulls. Mexico has light volume. Peru has good volume this week but we expect to see the Peruvian volume drop starting next week. Once we get through that inventory we will see the market move up quickly as supplies on both coast will be light for New Years and the first few weeks of January. It is not a good time to push promotions as supplies will be tight and arrivals sporadic.
There is plenty of availability out of Mexico that is good quality, but the market is on the slight decline. The market should be stable for this week.
^ Back to Conventional Vegetables
Broccoli – The market has adjusted down slightly this week due to increased supply out of Mexico. Georgia and California supply continue to be sporadic and limited. Increased demand leading into the holiday pulls should yield a steady market.
Cauliflower – Supply is expected to be sporadic and limited throughout the end of the month.
Markets remain elevated with limited supply across all regions. The southeast crop will start harvesting in a light way to start December. The Texas crop is also expecting to slowly start and ramp up volume the later we get into December. Expect the overall market to remain elevated in the upper teens for west coast loading and low 20s for east-coast product.
Heavy rains in the central California growing region have delayed harvest and supplies of celery are expected to be limited to start this week. Quality reports show fairly good overall quality with occasional frost damage. Some mud is to be expected on the cut end of the stalks given the wet field conditions. Oxnard and Santa Maria are the primary loading locations off the west coast.
Adverse weather in Mexico has made the market go up. More cold weather is expected so market should become a little tighter in the next couple days.
Heavy rains and cooler temperatures have stymied growth and delayed harvest. Expect extremely short supplies on kale and collard greens through January 1.
Iceberg lettuce availability continues to be very limited to start the week. The weather forecast calls for near-average temperatures with daytime highs in the upper 60s and overnight lows in the mid to upper 40s. Lighter weights and small sizing have been reported. Quality reports show mixed sizing with occasional leafy cap leaves and blister. Yuma and Brawley are the primary shipping points for Iceberg lettuce off of the west coast.
The weather forecast for the southern growing regions calls for near-average temperatures over the next 10 days. Markets remain active and supplies of green and red leaf lettuces remain limited. Quality reports from the Yuma area are listing small sizing, lightweights and occasional light blister or frost damage on the outermost leaves. Yuma, Brawley and Coachella are the primary shipping points for leaf lettuces off the west coast.
All Potatoes – special note to address the now realized shortfall of supply in certain areas such as Prince Edward Isle, Canada, and parts of Wisconsin. Following harvest, it was determined that due to excessive rains in these growing areas in late August, many fields had to be abandoned. As a result, the overall harvest is down 20-40% across all varieties. This may not cause an immediate impact to pricing, but it will start to materialize in the weeks and months ahead to the end of Q1.
Russets – Harvest is now complete in all areas (northern Canada just finishing 2 weeks ago). Colorado crop has sized up larger than normal, but still has good volumes on A-size bagging potatoes. Conversely, Eastern Canada had very little size in its crop profile this year, and has 10-15% more B-size and smaller potatoes than the past years. This note is also true across varietal potatoes such as the round red and yellow varieties. All areas are shipping, and with holidays fast approaching, packing time will be a bigger issue than availability of crop. Get your orders in early, and find your trucks even earlier.
Reds – The common round red is available from multiple states, pulling out of storage from Washington, Colorado, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Maryland New York and several areas of Canada. This will be your main source of red potatoes until mid-Q1, when Florida & Arizona come into play. Pricing seems to be holding firm, with Washington being highest and Colorado/Wisconsin areas representing the bottom of the market.
Yellows – Are still the consumer’s darling in the traditional potato set, supplies are decent (other than the shortfalls in Canada), but this potato does not store as well (or as long) as other varieties. Prices will start a steady increase from today and into late Q1 as packers shrink out higher percentages of product during the grading processes. Nevertheless, this will still be your cheapest yellow potato time period of the calendar year, as the spring time switch to California will see an increase in FOB cost.
Whites – n/a
Specialty – Specialty potatoes are in good supply in all areas, but are matched to the demand. Any sudden increase in consumption could find all varieties in gap before California starts next June. We have enjoyed a very nice harvest of Rooster potatoes, along with our Anya fingerlings, and are ready to ship from multiple locations in both conventional and organic varieties.
Cold weather in northern Mexico slowing production. Availability will become a little more difficult. Markets are starting to climb. This should be the trend the rest of the week.
Domestic apple supplies are significantly down this year. Expect markets to continue to strengthen as the year goes on.
The Mexico report on HAB came in at 1700 loads that crossed the border according to the Hass Avocado Board last week. There is uncertainty with respect to market pricing as supply exceeds demand coupled with low promotional activity by retailers in the USA. This week is projected to be around 1500 loads of avocados crossing into the US. Sizing is expected to be heavy to 48s and 60s. Transit temperatures are 40-42 degrees.
The California harvest is finished for the season and we should expect to see the next arrivals in the spring of 2019.
The Peruvian harvest is finished for the season and we should expect to see the next arrivals in the spring of 2019.
Under 100 loads were received last week. With Mexico supply coming on strong into the USA, Chilean growers will likely find other markets to send their fruit that are less competitive.
Sporadic shipments are being made to the USA.
Sporadic shipments are being made to the US.
Blueberries are starting to move up in pricing and supplies are down as Argentina winds down. Peru still is pushing with more containers arriving late in the week. Chilean vessel fruit will start arriving next week but supplies will be limited until around mid-December. The big question is still – how long with Peru be in the marketplace? Mexico continues to be light supplies after the rain last week and cold temps continue this week.
Blackberries are still coming in with heavy volume but we are starting to see crossing back away due to lower demand. Particularly on organic blackberries, with that market being as low as it has been the past 3 weeks with low demand, many farmers are pulling back on crossing to try and stabilize and find an equilibrium.
Raspberries are starting to tighten up due to the rain and cold temps last week. We should see that market start to increase this week. Amazingly, raspberries have been the most stable berry mix this year.
Cranberries continue to tighten as supply is declining quickly in all areas. We would suggest pre-booking now for December holidays as cranberries could be less supply with so many farms ending earlier than expected.
Cantaloupe is in very short supply. The domestic growing deal is finished and the Nogales cantaloupe deal is near completion as well. Offshore has begun from Guatemalan grown fruit. Quality overall is fair and demand exceeds supply. We anticipate light supplies on the east coast through next week. The first arrivals to the West coast will be in two weeks.
Quality has been excellent with higher color and brix in the 12-13 range. Sizing structure continues to be smaller in the 88/72/113 count peak with larger fruit more limited. Rains in the growing regions slowed harvest down for a few days, but could help size the fruit up in the coming weeks. There will continue to be strong availability through the holidays. Varietal oranges are starting to become abundant with Cara Cara and Bloods starting up. Much like navels, the cara cara and bloods follow the same, small, size structure.
The majority of the lemon availability is being harvested in D3 with less volume coming out of D1 and D2. Sizing is peaking on 140/165/115 count. Supply currently exceeds demand which is causing a slight softening of the market. Supply will continue to remain abundant through the holidays.
Supplies on the large sizing will continue to be limited as the majority of the pack outs have shown peak sizing of 56/48/40 count. The crop this season has been smaller this season, but we expect to see better availability on 36 count and larger as the crop matures into the end of December and into January.
Mandarins this season are in abundant supply and markets seem to be much softer this season. Satsumas, clemenules and clemenulas are the varieties being harvested. Fruit has been firm with excellent sugars and taste. Peak sizing is on 32/28/24.
The California grape season continues to wind down into mid-December, with many growers now having most of their remaining inventory committed for the season.
On green seedless grapes (Autumn Kings) in particular, market pricing continues to rise and has increased nearly $4-6/case in just the last 7-10 days. Storage volumes on green will wind down through the month and are expected to finish by early January.
On the other hand, red seedless varieties (Scarlet Royals/Allison/Crimson) remain plentiful and are still looking to ship into early January.
Black seedless grapes and organics of all colors are nearly finished for the year, with the only Red Globes available being the very first Peruvian imports. Look forward to imports from Peru and Chile, as both the East and West coasts will see their arrivals begin to pick up with each week as the grape industry transitions from domestic product to imports through the month.
Supplies are steady and demand is steady as well. Honeydews are peaking on larger sized fruit, J5s and 5s, with lighter supplies on 6s. Overall quality is very good with good sugar levels.
Our limes are grown in eastern Mexico, and the current crop shows excellent quality with good green color. Sizing is currently peaking on 175s with very good supplies of 110s and 150s. There is fairly good availability on 200s while 230s and 250s remain lighter in availability. Supplies are expected to remain steady for the next 10 days.
Most of the volume on mangos is arriving from Ecuador at this time. The Brazilian season has, for the most part, come to a close but it is possible to still see some fruit in the market. The Ecuadorian Tommy Atkins mangos are arriving with reasonable quality and good blush. Defects noted include sunken areas and some discoloration. The fruit is peaking heavily on 12 count with limited supply of larger sizes like 7s and 8s. This week many growers are beginning to harvest the Kent and Keitt varieties and as we transition away from Tommy Atkins it is expected the sizing will improve. In general, volume being shipped is beginning to decrease and in the next couple weeks this will be become evident as those containers begin to arrive.
Papayas are in high volumes with additional acreage being harvested. Weather in the growing region is ideal for growth and harvesting with warm days and cooler nights. Current volume is 12 loads per week with an anticipated 14 loads per week by mid-month. Sizing is distributed fairly evenly between 8s, 9s, and 12s. Additional sales are needed to keep up with the supplies. Promotions are welcomed and this is a good time to start thinking about holiday ads.
Domestic pears are available in promotable volume. Quality is very nice and will continue. Do not expect any gaps between domestic supply and imports.
There has been some improvement on weather conditions reported at the farms with better sun to rain ratio. Costa Rica will start moving into the dry season this month, and it should last until end of April. The heavier rains of recent weeks had a significant effect on large count yields with 5 count availability almost down to zero. Overall, yields are still at much lower levels than previously forecast. The European pull is winding down with this week packing the last of the heavy promos. Quality is reported as good, shell color at 0.5 – 1.00 with solid 13+ brix reported at all our farms. There is tight availability on 5 count and 6 count with some basal spotting reported on large count fruit. The USDA crossing report is showing a slight increase on inbound loads from Costa Rica into the USA with 48 at 690 loads into the USA vs week 47 at 650 loads inbound from Costa Rica. USDA is reporting moderate demand and a about steady market.
Isla, Veracruz is forecast for high temperatures in the low 80s with high chances of rain during the week. Volume from Mexico is increasing weekly. At the time of reporting, 70% of our fruit is arriving between 6 and 7 count followed by 8 count with limited supplies of 5 count. Quality is reported as good, shell color at 0.5 – 1.00 and brix over 13%. Market and demand conditions are stable compared to last week. Supplies from Mexico will continue to increase in production without interruptions until May/June 2019. Demand for Mexico pineapples is Moderate on all sizes, with good inventories on all sizes in the marketplace.
Supplies are a little tight on seedless and minis. Crossings will pick up in a couple weeks out of southern Mexico. Melons are coming from the Jalisco, Mexico area into Edinburg, Texas and Nogales, Arizona. Florida has limited supplies on seedless and minis for another couple of weeks. Offshore melons started and supplies are picking up.
The majority of the organic lemon availability is being harvested in D3 with less volume coming out of D1 and D2. Sizing is peaking on 140/165/115 count. Supply currently exceeds demand which is causing a slight softening of the market. Supply will continue to remain abundant through the holidays.
Organic minis are gapping in Nogales.
Our organic red onions are currently shipping out of Hollister, California. The crop has peaked with jumbos and minimal mediums are available. Organic shallots are limited this season but are available in 20 pound box or 4×5 pound sacks.
There is good availability on 72 count oranges and smaller with limited availability on 56 count and larger. Sugars and taste are good. Most of the navels are being packed in the central valley, with some in the Los Angeles area. We will continue to have good supplies on them through the holidays.
Domestic organic Bartletts, D’anjou and Bosc have started and quality is excellent. The crop looks significantly larger than last year.
Colorado Organic Potatoes are going strong. Loading in Center Colorado, we have Russets, Reds, Yellows, Roosters, and Fingerlings. Going into the holiday pull, demand has been good and we will continue to see an increase in demands. Quality has been very good on all the varieties. Currently, lead time is 2 or 3 days advance notice to get run time at the packing houses. We are looking to promote organic potatoes going into the holidays so please call for the opportunity.
Washington Organic potatoes are available as well and again we have Russets, Reds, Yellows and Rooster potatoes available from there. Quality has been very good as well. Again, a couple day lead time is needed to insure your order will be packed on time. We also have our Fingerling potatoes available out of our warehouse in San Bernardino, California for those that want to load in the LA area. Currently, we have Russian Banana, French Fingerling, Chef Blend, Buttercream and Crimson Goldfingers available.
The market is a little tighter this week. There has been change in growing areas and adverse weather in Mexico. We should see product become a little harder to find.
Organic sweet potatoes are currently shipping the new crop out of California. Skin sets are looking great on all sizes available. Our pack sizes available are 2 lb – 10lb bags, Mediums, US#1 and Jumbos.
Capacity is available and rates are stable now that the Thanksgiving Holiday has passed. The market should remain this way for the near future, but will again shift as demand increases for the December holiday seasons.
Northeast: Recommend 48 hours lead-time in Northeast
Southeast: Recommend 48 hours lead-time in Southeast
Midwest: Recommend 24-48 hours lead-time in Midwest
South: Recommend 24-48 hours lead-time in South Texas
Northwest: Recommend 48 hours lead-time in Northwest
West: Recommended 24 hours lead-time in West