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MOTHER NATURE’S DECISIONS Peru is the main source for asparagus & they are in good production. We are in a gap with broccoli until the end of November & there are some quality issues. We will have supply issues with cauliflower with very tight supplies. Carrot quality is good & supplies steady. The Thanksgiving draw will affect celery supplies which are on the light side already. As the eastern cucumber crop moves from north to south, supplies are tightening until FL picks up. Western cucumbers are increasing from MX but Baja is way off. Eastern peppers are down but less was acreage planted so supplies won’t significantly improve until December. Western green peppers are improving & MX is providing some. Iceberg is lower & there are only minor quality issues. New areas are starting in a small way. Romaine & leaf lettuces also have minor quality issues but growing areas are moving & supplies are starting up. Onion growing has finished in the northwest with low demand so prices are steady. Potatoes are holding steady with good quality. Squash production has moved to FL & is picking up some. Western green squash is in very good supply but yellow is tighter. Irma hurt the FL tomato crop by as much as 50% & cooler temps have slowed production so prices are really going in the wrong direction. MX is helping CA with tomatoes. Avocados are fairly steady from MX. Raspberries are shifting from CA to MX with good supplies. Rain is hurting strawberry production. Imported lemons are finishing up so we are depending on the improving supplies from the dessert. Domestic red & green grapes are coming to an end so supplies will start to tighten up. Loupes & dews remain tight as we wait a week or so more for offshore supplies. 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 & “Pics Worth a Look” will give an approximate up or down % for the week. Tomatoes – Globes are higher, cherry are also & so are grape & plums are fairly steady. Potatoes – bakers are steady & red potatoes are also. Lettuces – iceberg is lower with minor quality issues, Romaine & green leaf are down some. Cauliflower – is higher again this week. Broccoli – is steady to lower with some quality issues. Grapes – Green & red are pretty steady. Strawberries – prices are higher. Melons – Loupes & dews are steady to down some. Lemons– demand is strong & prices are high. Squash – yellow is down some & green is steady. Peppers – green are lower this week. Onions – prices are steady this week. Celery – prices are higher with some quality issues. Apples- steady this week. Cucumbers – prices are higher this week. Raspberries – prices are steady to down a bit with better quality. Mushrooms – South & southeast supplies hurt by Irma. Avocados – Steady to down some. Asparagus – is higher this week. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Was introduced in the House on June 8, 2009, passed the Senate on December 19, 2010 and signed into law on January 4, 2011.First major piece of federal legislation addressing food safety since 1938. Allows the FDA new authorities to regulate the way foods are grown, harvested & processed. It addresses the fact that 1 in 6 Americans get food poisoning every year. 31 pathogens are known foodborne bacterium. This is a direct result of 9-11-2001. Farmers, Ranchers and local processors are exempt from Feds oversight. Under $500,000 In sales exempt from act.