These market reports are compiled by MFT and MOFGA for the purpose of supporting farmer and buyer communication and creating clarity in a rapidly changing market. Observations are collected biweekly with crucial and insightful input from the same group of wholesale buyers and diversified farmers concentrated in the Portland and Mid-Coast markets– huge thanks to those folks for taking the time. This information is solely for informational and observational purposes, and is likely most helpful for small, diversified farms selling to the local wholesale marketplace, such as stores that are committed to purchasing local foods, and at farmers’ markets. We hope their insights from week to week, and over the course of the season, help you assess and gauge your own experience and observations about supply and demand trends.
Current report: June 26th
- Background info: Responses each week are coming from the same group of farmers and buyers concentrated in the Portland and Mid-Coast markets. Use this report to assess and gauge your own experiences and observations.
- Demand seems to be holding steady, much less variation than previous months. Consumers are looking for strawberries and anticipating early season field crops (zucchini, summer squash, new potatoes, cherry tomatoes).
- Supply of main summer crops starting to come in, and should be steady for the next couple weeks. Dry weather has some, but not all, folks concerned.
- Oversupply of head lettuce in most markets remains.
View the full report HERE.