Marc Bybee, president of Fiesta Farms in Nyssa, OR, reported that demand is very good this week and FF has been very busy. Demand and requests are on all items, colors and sizes. There has been higher demand for medium yellows, “higher demand than normal,” Marc said.
Quality is still good, and Fiesta has slowed its production to assure quality is excellent. Marc also reported that this year’s onion from FF tastes “phenomenal.” Regarding transportation, he said, “Trucks are getting tighter and tighter partially due to the Christmas trees also due to no flatbed transportation and the fact that the railroad’s timing on delivery continues to get worse and many shippers are not utilizing rail at this time.”
Dan Phillips, sales manager of Central Produce Distributors in Payette, ID, said he is seeing an unstable market, but he added he has continued optimism that the instability will be short-term. With reports of supplies looking short in the long run, he foresees a push on the market.