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MOTHER NATURE’S DECISIONS More areas are producing asparagus but warm temps are causing some minor quality issues. Early year rain has caused some broccoli planting area gaps so it’s on the rise again. Celery demand is very strong & supplies aren’t keeping up. Even those that contract are finding cost escalators are in effect. In other words, forget the original contract price. Eastern cucumbers are getting tight as Southern FL finishes & Central FL & GA are just getting started. MX is limited but expected to improve soon. Green peppers will go up as southern FL is tapering off & reduced plantings. Western green pepper supplies are steady. Romaine, leaf & iceberg demand have dropped but there are some minor quality issues remaining. Onions are remaining fairly steady with good quality. Largest potatoes are tight & will remain so for the foreseeable future. Be aware that there are some quality issues like hollow & black heart. Squash from south FL is pretty much done & northern FL has less area planted & GA had an early season freeze so supplies are lighter. Western squash is moving growing areas & is tighter especially yellow. More demand & fewer supplies of FL tomatoes have caused higher prices. Tomatoes will start coming from more northern areas in a few weeks. MX is supplying the west with globes but CA won’t start for at least a month. Tight supplies & strong avocado demand will keep prices high. Raspberry prices will increase but supplies will improve soon. Lemons will continue to be most available in largest sizes. Green grape quality isn’t great & prices are very high; avoid. Red grapes are higher but if you have to have grapes, use red. MX is producing loupes & dews so supplies are improving. Oranges are tight as we switch to Valencias. 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 and “Pics worth a Look” will give approximate up or down % for the week. Tomatoes – globe are higher, cherry are up a bit & grape are also & plum prices are much higher. Potatoes – bakers are steady & red potatoes are also. Lettuces – iceberg is lower. Romaine & green leaf are also both much lower. Cauliflower – is lower but still on the high side. Broccoli – is up some this week. Grapes – Green are down some on less demand & expensive & red are higher. Strawberries – prices are lower with better quality. Melons – Loupes & dews are lower. Lemons –demand strong and prices are up some. Squash – yellow & green are higher this week & yellow is becoming a bad buy. Peppers – green are higher & red/yellow are decently priced. Onions – prices are steady to a bit higher. Celery – prices are higher. Apples- steady this week. Cucumbers – prices are higher. Raspberries – prices are trending higher. Cabbage – is up a bit this week. Avocados – are fairly steady but expensive. Asparagus – is steady this week. Peppers can encourage proper clotting Peppers are great even if most people use them as a spice rather than using them as a food. Here’s a scary fact; cayenne peppers can promote the clotting of blood over wounds. According to experts, you can sprinkle some cayenne pepper into a small wound where it will act as gauze. This will help stop the bleeding. Eating cayenne pepper can also help equalize blood pressure and promote clotting from the inside. That means it doesn’t matter if you eat it or literally put it on the wound, it will help it heal faster. Still sounds a bit scary to me