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MOTHER NATURE’S DECISIONS Asparagus volume is limited due to cool night temps & rain. We’ll have to wait another week or so. Broccoli & cauliflower supplies are only ok but demand is on the light side. Hot CA temps are slowing carrot production. Eastern green peppers are tight as we wait for MI & OH to kick in. Heat is affecting western green pepper quality & supply. The celery market remains active due to light supplies & quality issues from CA but MI has started with some supplies. Several eastern states are producing eastern cucumbers. Western cucumber supplies are steady. Iceberg supplies are tight due to issues caused by past heat & current cool temps. Leaf & Romaine demand is slow compared to iceberg. The supply of both is decent to good with good quality. Idaho potatoes are in better supply on 70ct & larger. Other states are more limited with strong demand. Overall, red potatoes are up some on all sizes. Eastern squash is up some even though states all over the northeast are producing small supplies. Western squash is in good supply. There are regional deals from many states as growing areas move north. Western tomatoes are coming from CA & they are the bulk of the national supply. CA avocados are declining & MX needs time to ripen. Strawberry quality & size are improving & prices are decent on improved supplies. Raspberry supplies are dropping & it’ll be August before better supplies. Lemons…strong demand, limited supplies & high prices. Valencia oranges have strong demand & high prices. Red & green grapes are done in MX. CA has started up with good quality grapes. Honeydews are lower & cantaloupes are fairly steady to down a bit with new areas kicking in supplies with very good quality. PRODUCE EXCHANGE TRENDS This section of the Newsletter is designed to give a quick overview of the trends of individual items. “Mother Nature’s Decisions” gives more info on the market and “Pics worth a Look” will give approximate up or down % for the week. Tomatoes – Globes are up some, cherry are a bit higher & grape are steady & plum prices are higher. Potatoes – bakers are steady & red potatoes are up a bit. Lettuces – iceberg is steady. Romaine is steady & green leaf is also. Cauliflower – is down some and quality is decent. Broccoli – is steady this week. Grapes – Green are up & red are lower. Strawberries – prices are steady to down a bit. Melons – Loupes are a bit lower & dews are lower. Lemons –demand strong and prices are still high. Squash – yellow & green are a bit higher. Peppers – green are higher. Onions – prices are steady to up some this week. Celery – prices are down some on improved growing conditions and new areas. Apples- steady this week. Cucumbers – prices are lower this week. Raspberries – prices are steady to higher with decent quality. Cabbage – is steady this week. Avocados – are steady to lower. Asparagus – is higher again this week. Eating Fruits & Vegetables to Gain Weight is Really Difficult All fruits & vegetables are low in calories. You can eat two pounds of vegetables and barely crack 300 calories. That’s why the professionals tell you to eat them for snacks. A bag of chips contains fat, oil and a lot of calories. A pound of carrots contains none of those things. It’s crazy how much fruit & vegetables you can eat before the calories add up to the average 2,000 calorie diet. For instance, one stalk of celery equals about ten calories. You’d have to eat 200 stalks of celery to get to 2,000 calories! Good luck with that