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June 29th, 2020 Supply Update: Russet potatoes from Idaho remain a very good value

Russet Potatoes

Lots of local products are beginning to come to market. We have cabbage, corn, cucumbers, blueberries, peppers, squash, zucchini all getting started. We’re looking forward to a great growing season, and with the weather finally drying out the farmers are able to harvest all of the products that are coming off now. This is a great time of year to feature NC produce.

Local farmers are beginning their tomato season and we should begin seeing local heirlooms this coming week!

Russet potatoes from Idaho remain a very good value. Quality has been exceptional and prices are very low for this time of year. North Carolina has just begun our potato season, with gorgeous new crop white, red and chef potatoes now available.

Green pepper is short nationwide with Georgia finishing their season a bit early and other areas coming on slowly. High green pepper prices always push red and yellow pepper prices up as farmers elect to sell colored pepper as green to reap the higher markets. As NC and New Jersey increase their production prices should begin easing down.

Locally grown sweet corn has been gorgeous, though nationally supplies are very light and prices are staying strong on the product available. This is great news for our local farmers who’ve had such a tough spring season.

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.

Lemons have begun their yearly climb as we get into summer. More demand for lemonade and iced tea with lemon during the warmer months always drive them up. 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 or substitute them for lemons!

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