Oranges and Lemons

Oranges and Lemons

Mon, Feb 12th, 2024

Dear Ole Tyme Produce Customers:

Update: Oranges and Lemons, please see below the market conditions.

California Navel Oranges

  • Fruit is peaking on 72ct and larger; 88/113/138ct are incredibly scarce and will be this way through the navel season.
    • Fruit will continue to size up as the season progresses due to low fruit sets and rain events.
  • Please be flexible with size and grade as we navigate this extremely tight Navel season.
    • Lead time is crucial; please send orders 5-7 days before.
      • Same-day or next-day orders will be subject to placement availability.
    • Contracts are a main priority.
  • Quality is good; Brix is in the 12-14 range.
    • Zero gassing at this time.
  • On top of the extremely scarce availability on 88ct and smaller navels, we have another rain event that’s hitting the Central Valley this weekend .
  • Suppliers will be working hard to harvest in advance to fill the barn in preparation for this wet weather.
    • Fruit supply will be a struggle through next week as there will be minimal to NO harvest due to the inclement weather.

Florida Juicing Oranges

  • Valencia is the current variety.
  • Sizing is 100ct and larger.
    • Very few 125ct available.
  • The season is expected to run through April.


  • All 3 districts are shipping right now with peak sizing being 140ct and larger.
    • Markets on 165ct and smaller are ticking up due to less availability.
    • District 3 (CA Desert/Yuma) is nearly done with some scraps left as that season comes to a close.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to your Sales Representative or our Customer Service team.

Thank you,

Ole Tyme Produce

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