The national carrot market shows higher volume and pricing than the previous two years. While those two things don’t usually go hand-in-hand, two factors may be leading unusual strength to the market.
Bell pepper prices are significantly higher than last year as the crop transitions from Mexico and desert areas to Central California.
Lemons continue to ride the citrus pandemic demand wave that is keeping strength in the wholesale market.
Grape prices are relatively low as supplies transition from Mexico to California. Retail demand has been weak so far this summer as scan data shows grape sales about 10 percent below last year in June.
Squash volumes typically drop in the summer as domestic producers supply the market, but this summer is seeing even lighter volumes.
July typically marks the start of Central California’s cantaloupe season, and hopes are high for a better season than spring.
The boom in home cooking has boosted the demand for garlic, and volume increases show suppliers are up to the challenge.
The North American apple market has settled into a normal pattern of steady prices and heavier-than-normal summer volume after the March pandemic spike and drop.
The avocado market has reached stability as summer begins. Supplies are growing from California, which is having a strong rebound year from last year, and Mexican exports are doing their best to meet demand but not exceed it.
Sweet potato volume is at its lowest levels in five years as the 2019-20 crop winds down. However, consumer demand remains strong, keeping pricing steady.