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MOTHER NATURE’S DECISIONS Cooler temps in Northern Peru will slow asparagus production but Southern Peru has warmed up. CA has cooler temps but demand is slower. Broccoli supplies are on the tight side due to cool temps. Cauliflower has loosened up some. Carrots are holding steady until the growing areas switch later this month. Celery supplies are tighter but quality is good. Use the larger sizes for the best deal. Eastern cucumbers from GA are pretty good but growing areas are moving to FL & they are starting to improve from there. Western cucumbers from MX are increasing in good supply. We are seeing green peppers moving south from GA to FL but there are some later than normal supplies coming from GA due to late plantings held till after hurricane Michael. There are steady supplies of western green peppers. Iceberg supplies are on the light side & case weights are also lighter than normal. Heavy Romaine demand will push prices higher & leaf lettuce supplies are tighter. Romaine hearts are very tight. Potato demand will increase for the Thanksgiving holiday. Eastern squash production from GA is slow but FL is going very well with good quality. Western squash has moved to MX with steady supplies. Main FL tomato growing areas are starting but are slow to begin with & Romas remain tight. Western rain & heat might affect tomato yields, stay tuned. MX avocados will be affected by growers striking to get higher prices. Packers are resisting since there is a lot of fruit on the trees but we can expect higher prices until things get resolved. Strawberries are in a “you get what you pay for” market. There are decent supplies of good quality red & green grapes. Cantaloupes & honeydews are on the tight side & have some color issues but the fruit tastes good 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 steady, cherry are up a bit & grape are higher & Roma are high but steady. Potatoes – bakers are steady & red are steady. Lettuces – Iceberg is down a bit & leaf is up some & Romaine is higher. Romaine hearts are much higher. Cauliflower – prices are lower this week. Broccoli – is steady to down some this week. Grapes – Green & red are steady to a bit higher. Strawberries – prices are steady. Melons – Dews are steady & loupes are higher. Lemons– prices are up some this week. Squash – yellow is down some & green is lower. Peppers – green are higher this week. Onions –yellow are steady with good quality & good storage supplies. Celery – prices are much higher this week. Apples- prices are steady this week. Cucumbers – demand is good & growing areas are moving south but prices are down some. Raspberries – Supplies & prices are steady. Carrots – are steady this week. Avocados – are higher this week. Asparagus – prices are steady to down a little this week Strawberries Can Be A Boost To Overall Health! Strawberries are one of the most popular fruits with 32% of those surveyed listing them as their favorite fruit. 90% of the US production comes from CA at reasonable prices. But, did you know that they not only great in strawberry shortcake but they are nutrient dense; provide 110% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, they have bloodregulating potassium, contain heart-healthy fiber and chronic disease-preventing antioxidants. They contain 50 calories and 8 grams of sugar per cup so they are a good snack food. And, they taste great!