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MOTHER NATURE’S DECISIONS Baja asparagus is in good supply but some MX areas are finishing & Peru supplies remain steady. Broccoli supplies have gotten tighter & there are some quality issues. Cauliflower is steady with decent quality. Jumbo carrots are steady but demand is strong. There are good supplies of celery with good quality. There are also good supplies of eastern cucumbers but rain has caused some quality issues. Western cucumbers are a bit on the tighter side & demand has increased. Eastern green pepper supplies are better but rain has caused some quality issues in some growing areas. Western green peppers are moving growing areas but supplies are fairly steady. Iceberg lettuce is getting tighter & quality has some issues. Romaine & leaf lettuce are both in decent supply but there are some quality concerns. Eastern squash is coming from many areas but the most eastern areas have rain caused issues but OH, MI & Canada have good supplies & quality. Western squash quality is better, supplies are steady & demand is slower. Eastern tomatoes are fighting rain which is slowing harvesting but western tomato production is very strong. Extreme heat will affect the quality of western tomatoes. Heat has hurt CA avocado quantity & MX is moving growing areas with new areas slow to increase. There are tighter supplies of raspberries. Strawberries are in good supply but there are quality issues. Lemons are extremely tight & the imports we have received aren’t near enough to make prices move down at all. Don’t look for improvement until October. Both red & green grapes are in good supply with good quality & color. Hot temps are producing good quality cantaloupes & honeydews & good 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 steady & grape are up a bit & Roma are up on larger fruit. Potatoes – bakers are steady & red are steady. Lettuces – Iceberg is much higher & leaf & Romaine are steady. Cauliflower – prices are steady this week. Broccoli – is steady this week with quality good. Grapes – Green & red are steady. Strawberries – prices are steady but quality issues. Melons – All markets are steady with good quality. Lemons– supplies are tighter & prices are extremely high. Squash – yellow is up some & green is steady with lower volume due to rains. Peppers – green supplies have improved with no quality issues. Onions –yellow are steady with some quality issues. Celery – prices are lower again this week. Apples- prices are steady this week with new crop shortly. Cucumbers – prices are fairly steady. Raspberries – Prices are higher Carrots – are steady. Canada is starting. Avocados – Continues to have pricing challenges. Asparagus – prices are higher w/ better sizing Sustainability Sustainability can mean many things too many people but when it comes to produce we all think about the carbon footprint and chemicals. How about these facts and how we address them concerning sustainability? 10 million tons of produce goes to waste every year because it is imperfect or unharvested. 40% of all harvested produce in the US is wasted every year. 25% of fresh water is wasted every year growing that wasted produce. 23% of all methane gas is from composting food in landfills. What is there was an answer to all of these challenges and more. Stay tuned