Week 26, 2022
California Organic Verry Cherry Plums are now in season, and California Organic White & Yellow Peaches and Nectarines are in steady supply until the end of July. Growing regions in Reedley, Fresno, and Cutler, California received rain this past week, uncommon for this region at this time of year. The fruit could show staining which will limit the overall supply of number one fruit. California Organic Donut Peaches are still in a varietal gap but should be back in stock by the first of July pending any weather disruptions. The first Washington Organic Cherries are expected to arrive the last week of June, in very limited supply with extremely high prices. Organic Apricots are in excellent supply and are expected to stay that way until Washington production begins next week. California Organic Plums are starting to ramp up and will be in good supply through July.
Organic Cantaloupes and Honeydews continue in season, with Organic Hami and Galia Melons also available. Organic Mini Watermelons will be available out of CA and GA with excellent quality and steady volume should be steady. Seedless Watermelons will be very tight heading into the 4th of July holiday weekend. Growers in Georgia are planning to begin harvesting this upcoming week.
Prices have skyrocketed on Organic Hass Avocados as many growers are struggling to find any remaining old crop fruit and counting the days until the Flora Loca crop in Mexico will be ready. In the meantime, limited fruit from Columbia and Peru will be available, and pricing has already started to jump higher.
Organic Grape and Cherry Tomatoes from GA are in peak production and will be very promotable heading into July. Organic Beefsteak and Cluster Tomatoes out of Canada will be ending in July and gapping until the fall. This gap will be filled with primarily local tomatoes and supplementing with Mexico when necessary.
Organic Bi-Color Sweet Corn from California is finishing and a seamless transition to East Coast production in North Carolina is expected. Promotional opportunities will be available heading into the 4th of July.
Organic Lettuces production is ending in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As these growing regions finish, expect a seamless transition to production from New York, Vermont, and Quebec. Pricing should remain steady, but as volume begins to grow in July, pricing will begin to fall. Organic Romaine Hearts and Iceberg Lettuce have fully transitioned back to California. Both commodities remain steady, with Organic Iceberg priced to promote. Quebec suppliers have begun harvesting in late June and product will be available during July along with California supplies.
Organic SunGold and Green Kiwifruit from New Zealand are available in both bulk and clamshells in promotable volume.
Organic Mango prices are beginning to open a bit as fruit is starting to come on, resulting in promotable volume through the summer. Organic Ataulfo Honey Mangos will also be available. Organic Fair-Trade Francique Mangos are promotable right now from Haiti.