Lots of local products are beginning to come to market. We have cabbage, corn, cucumbers, blueberries, squash, zucchini all getting started. We’re looking forward to a great growing season, but here locally we’ve seen a deluge of rain for almost 2 weeks straight, flooding our rivers and our agricultural fields. Many products should be hitting peak availability but instead are extremely limited due to the temperatures falling and an overload of rain. Hopefully things will dry out and get back to normal soon.
Local farmers are beginning their tomato season if they can get a spell of dry weather. They’re telling us heirlooms should be available around the end of the month!
Russet potatoes from Idaho remain a very good value. Quality has been exceptional and prices are very low for this time of year. New crop red and white potatoes have begun in Florida but they’re starting at typical higher prices like they do every spring. They sure are gorgeous though, with bright thin skins perfect for making mashed potatoes!
Limes are hitting peak season in Mexico and prices are falling quickly on the heavy volumes. Great time to feature them on your drink menus!
Cabbage supplies have been extremely limited for the past month, with heavy rains in many areas giving the farmers a tough time. When the fields are wet, tractors and the trucks to load the cabbage on are unable to get in the fields without getting stuck. Cabbage is a bulky, heavy commodity and mechanical help is needed to move any significant amount of it. This past week dried up a bit and our local farmers are getting started so we are seeing prices easing downwards.
Grapes from Chile are finished for the season and everyone is looking to Mexico and then California to supply their needs. Fortunately, they’re having a great year and prices are starting out moderate and will likely fall soon with more volume. Quality has been beautiful.
Q: What do you get when you eat 3.14 cakes?
A: You get fat. What, were you expecting a pi joke?