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MOTHER NATURE’S DECISIONS Asparagus from MX is slowed by rain & has quality issues but other areas are producing in good volume. Broccoli quality is good & supplies are in good shape. There are good supplies of cauliflower. Celery is in good supply & quality. Eastern cucumbers are coming from several states so suppliers have options & steady prices. Western cucumber supplies are improving. Just like eastern cucumbers, green peppers are coming from many states in good supply. Western green peppers are fine but red & yellow are tight. Heat has caused some iceberg quality issues but no big deal. Supplies are steady. Leaf & romaine have the same quality issues as iceberg but supplies are good with low demand. New onion supplies from WA are helping hold prices steady. We expect potato prices to hold for now but by the end of August; they will come down some so September is going to be good. East squash is tight on low yields due to heat. There are tighter western squash supplies due to hot weather. Better eastern tomato supplies will not help much because there was less acreage planted, Western tomatoes are where most of the volume is coming from. Romas are better but remain on the tight side. CA avocados are just about finished & MX’s crop is tight. We’re waiting on Peru to start in early September but volume isn’t going to make a big difference until MX’s main crop starts. Raspberry production is getting better. Warn CA temps will affect strawberry quality but supplies are steady. There are some lemons coming from MX & Chile but overall lemons are tight & demand strong. Green grapes are plentiful but demand is strong. Red grape volumes have dropped due to heat. There are very good supplies of cantaloupes & honeydews but school demand will change that soon 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 steady, cherry are steady up some & grape are steady & plum prices are lower. Potatoes – bakers are steady to up a bit & red potatoes are steady. Lettuces – iceberg is higher. Romaine is up some & green leaf is a bit lower. Cauliflower – is lower and quality is decent. Broccoli – is down some this week. Grapes – Green & red are steady. Strawberries – prices are steady to up a bit. Melons – Loupes are lower & dews are a bit down. Lemons–demand is strong and prices are still high. Squash – yellow is much higher & green is up a lot also. Peppers – green are lower. Onions – prices are steady this week. Celery – prices are steady to down some on improved growing conditions and new areas. Apples- steady to down some this week. Cucumbers – prices are up a bit this week. Raspberries – prices are steady with decent quality. Cabbage – is steady this week. Avocados – Look Out … A good time to not buy. Asparagus – is lower this week on better volume and less demand. Yams & Sweet Potatoes I don’t know about you but I sure get the two of these confused & when I’m done here, you may be just as confused. Yams are not related to sweet potatoes & have a black or brown skin & yellow or red flesh. Now here’s where I get confused. Sweet potatoes are yellow or orange skinned. The paler skinned one has yellow flesh; it’s not sweet & has a texture like a white potato. Why is it a sweet potato? The orange skinned kind is orange to red flesh with a sweet moist texture. To me, that’s a sweet potato but it is most often thought of as a yam. I hope this helps you