Aside from a mid-March blip in the market, artichokes have enjoyed a routine spring with strong supplies and steady demand.
Total volume of pineapple for 2020 has dropped 50 percent from mid-February to mid-May compared to 2019.
Cauliflower prices are low, and volume and quality are strong. It looks to be another case of a crop planted before any pandemic knowledge, and now there are more supplies than demand.
Fresh carrots appear immune from the pandemic as domestic and import volumes have remained in normal ranges. Likewise, pricing has been steady from California and Georgia, while Mexican imports have seen prices double in the past month.
Mango prices struggle to reach pre-pandemic levels as spring sees a volume surge. In mid-March, as stay-at-home orders began and restaurants closed, prices dropped, but by mid-April, they showed a bump up.
California cherry season started strong with volume rising daily. Prices have dropped slightly since the start of May but remain higher than last year at the same time.
Sweet onion supplies appear normal and healthy, but unfortunately, the market is anything but.
Chile’s grape season is ending faster than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but prices have stayed steady this spring.
Even the avocado market was affected when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the economy in mid-March, but it appears to have resumed its normal season.
Romaine prices have struggled this year, particularly after mid-March stay-at-home orders closed restaurant dining rooms. Volume since early March has been below average, but it still reflects pre-pandemic plantings.
Aside from a slight volume and price blip in mid-March when lockdown orders began, mushrooms have enjoyed a strong 2020 at retail.
Even with meager volumes pre-dating the pandemic, lemon prices remain lower than previous seasons.
Late season pear volumes are dropping faster than normal, which may have helped keep prices stable during the pandemic.
Tomato prices are on the rise as spring volumes are well below average. F.O.B.s from Mexico have doubled in the past several weeks.
Garlic prices have doubled in the past few months, even before the pandemic, and now volume has crashed, likely the result of disrupted supply chains.
While Mexican lime volume has been inconsistent this spring, prices have been steadily below average, offering buyers a good opportunity.
With Mother’s Day less than two weeks away, strawberry volume looks to stabilize from California, while prices remain low but in a normal range.
After a mid-March stock-up spike, sweet potato volume has been steadily decreasing along with demand. Prices, however, have been steady the last few months.
Apple volumes are returning to normal levels after a panic-buy surge and then slump in March.
Cabbage prices have been low the past two months, and volume has dropped significantly from its pre-St. Patrick’s Day surge.
Stronger pricing has returned to the asparagus market, as volume has had a more dramatic drop.
Imported cantaloupes saw strong volumes and a rising market until a mid-March crash caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Onion and potato markets continue to struggle with too much product and not enough outlets.
About 175 pineapple producers are being affected by the drop in exports due to low worldwide demand, the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers (CANAPEP) told Diario Extra, a Costa Rican news agency.
Bell pepper prices dropped in half after the mid-March stay-at-home orders forced restaurants and institutions to close and consumers shifted almost exclusively to retail.
Blueberry prices dropped in late March as national stay-at-home orders affected consumers, but the market has been stable and volumes very similar to previous years.
Many fruits and vegetables saw plummeting demand followed by lower volumes as most Americans sheltered-in-place, panic bought at grocery, and then showed little demand with restaurants and institutions closed.
Strawberry marketers face an unprecedented market as supplies transition from Florida and Mexico to California.
Lettuce and tomato volumes and prices dropped in the past few weeks as consumer demand cratered following the shutdown of many of the nation’s restaurants.
This year’s Mexican lime crop has been large and high quality, and through the first half of March demand was keeping up.
Broccoli and cauliflower are two more vegetables that have seen consumer demand drop since the mid-March retail surge as cities around the United States issues shelter-in-place orders.
As millions of Americans were told to shelter-in-place in mid-March and grocery stores because one of the few food outlets available to them, people bought food at amazing levels.