Week 15, 2021
Organic Fair Trade Haitian Mangos are slated to arrive the last week of April. These Francique variety mangos are some of the most juicy and delicious you will taste all year. The skins are light green, and the flesh is a deep orange, with distinct notes of caramel sweetness. Supplies of Organic Tommy Atkins Mangos are starting to slowly pick up steam and should be more promotable at the end of the month as we head into Cinco de Mayo. Organic Ataulfo Honey Mangos had a dip in supply earlier this month with 14ct and 16/18ct pack sizes in steady availability. Quality is excellent.
Production of Organic Vidalia Sweet Onions should get started this week with first loads arriving later next week.
Premium USA grown Organic Zucchini is in full stride from Florida. Expect consistent pricing, steady supplies, and superb quality throughout the season. Mexican grown Organic Zucchini continues to be available at a value price point. Organic Yellow Squash from Mexico is available with steady supplies. Pricing and quality will continue to improve, with promotional opportunities available.
Organic Apples are set to transition from Washington storage crop to import fresh crop fruit the beginning of May. The first varieties expected to arrive are Organic Braeburn, Diva, Gala, and Granny Smith Apples from New Zealand.
Organic Raw Drink & Eat Coconuts and Organic Young Thai Coconuts from Thailand will be in good supply starting this week. Organic Formosa Papayas continue with great April promotional pricing available on excellent quality. Organic Hass Avocado pricing is down slightly on steady volume. Organic Yellow Pitahaya Dragon Fruit is now in stock from Ecuador.
Organic Eggplant from Florida continues to have excellent yields, with excellent quality and promotional pricing available. Combine warm vegetable items, like Zucchini and Eggplant, on display as weather improves and capitalize on early grilling season!
Organic Mini Seedless Watermelons are available out of Mexico. Quality has been very nice, but harvests are limited, causing higher markets. Organic Seedless Watermelons are coming into season, but prices are extremely high as there is very little supply around. Quality looks good out of Mexico. Prices are expected to ease off towards the end of this month as more product is harvested.
Organic Romaine Hearts and Iceberg Lettuce are continuing steady yields in mid-April. Both items remain stable in pricing after shippers completed their transition to northern growing regions. While Organic Romaine Hearts are a good value, Organic Iceberg Lettuce has a few less shippers growing it, which is keeping pricing steadier on solid demand. Expect consistent supplies and excellent quality on Organic Romaine Hearts and Iceberg Lettuce for the remainder of the month with promotional opportunities increasing on Romaine Hearts.
Organic Red, Orange, and Yellow Bell Peppers are now in season from Canada, joining Mexico and Israel. The Israeli season will wind down throughout April as importers ramp up on Holland production. Expect pricing to slowly climb, as transition begins to new crop. Organic Mini Sweet Peppers from Mexico remain stable in pricing and availability. Organic Green Peppers remain in steady supplies from Mexico. Expect stable supplies and pricing to improve in coming weeks.
Organic Grape Tomatoes will be promotable as Florida continues to increase production on great quality product. Organic Cherry and Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes also continue to be promotable from Florida on outstanding quality. Organic Beefsteak and Cluster Tomatoes continue to be promotable on steady supplies. Canadian greenhouses are in peak season, and quality is excellent. Organic Darkloom and Mixed Heirloom will be unavailable as harvests have experience gaps in production.