Peppers – Supplies on green and colored bell peppers are much improved and pricing has become much more favorable.
Asparagus – Market has stabilized somewhat with supply meeting most of the demand. We’re currently seeing a little better flow of volume coming from Peru, but Mexico is still low in volume. Prices are still high due to the coming Labor Day holiday which is increasing the demand. Quality continues to be good.
Celery – Michigan continues their celery season, and prices are way down on this kitchen staple. With celery being a heavy product, freight rates from Michigan are a big savings.
Corn – Better volumes from Michigan, NJ and NY farms are seeing increased production and lower pricing on some really gorgeous corn. A few local farmers are starting to harvest a small amount again.
Cucumbers – We’re getting some beautiful cucumbers out of the western part of our state right now, and cooler more northern states are in peak production for the season, keeping markets lower. We expect to see increases toward the end of the month as heat becomes a factor for them.
Lettuce – High field temperatures and soil borne diseases have caused extreme supply shortages in California’s lettuce fields. Prices are soaring on the short supplies both for all lettuces and other vegetables are expected to rise for the same reasons.
Potatoes – A few Idaho potato shippers are back harvesting again, but due to empty barns and packing houses, prices are way up starting the season. It will take a while for the market to drop because of the high demand for the limited potatoes. It might be a wise choice to push other starches on your menus for the short term. Supplies on other potatoes remain limited with many switching to round potatoes to save money.
Strawberries – Strawberry demand exceeds supply this week. The California growing regions continue to navigate heat- and humidity-related growing cycle challenges. Santa Maria’s “new crop” availability should start increasing week over week. Watsonville/Salinas growing areas are past their peak production levels. Markets remain strong due to the limited supply.
Tomatoes – Summertime means local tomatoes and this year is no exception. Every farmer is harvesting and everybody with a tomato vine in their backyard is picking their own tomatoes right now. Feature this versatile fruit right now! We also have local heirloom tomatoes in stock.
Q: Why was the child’s blanket arrested?
A: For being an accessory to a kid napping.