Tuesday’s visit out to the local stores revealed that the seasonal wind down of some summer favorites is underway, along with some shifts in product origin which indicates a decline at the store level in local volumes of hothouse product. Weather in the Mexico and Southwest desert regions of the US might get some help with their harvesting issues, with the high temperatures forecasted being complemented with a chance of rain. Local harvest season is underway and we may see trucks out of the Eastern WA area tighten up in the coming weeks. Here’s some highlights of the month in the produce department:

peppersBell Peppers – there were still adequate volumes of green and colored local bell peppers in the stores, with many labelled as field crop. However, experts note that nationally, there continues to be a demand exceeding supply situation due to slowing production and weather that has affected some yields. Transitions are slated to begin soon, but until then experts are expected supplies (particularly for reds) to be short for several weeks due to these weather issues, production gaps, and upcoming seasonal shifts.

tomatoes1Tomatoes – there a noticeable lack of volume of both hothouse beefsteaks and vine tomatoes in the area. This is due to most retailers shifting away from local production and looking for California or Mexico volume. From these areas, experts note that the market is steady and both CA and MX should have adequate volume to keep the market that way. They expect September to tighten up due to past high temperatures that have affected crops, along with lighter plantings due to water availability issues.

220px-Raspberry_jewel_pluot.jpgStone Fruit
– retailers were showing a marked decline in plum volumes; while peaches and nectarines were still available in adequate volumes, much of the fruit was ripe.  Experts say that the nectarine market is winding down rapidly, with harvest set to end in the first week of September.  Reports note that the peach market is steadily continuing and will stay strong as pressure from the nectarine deal ending makes itself felt. Reports say that many plum shippers are gapping on some varieties and the range of sizing at harvest tightening up; harvest is expected to finish mid-September.

So, that’s what we saw out at our local retail stores for the end of August. Remember, you can always contact our sales team   to discuss any of these noted changes to buying patterns, expectations and demand for new crops, and how we can help you with your operations and shifts in truck capacity.

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