Strawberries remain extremely limited, with shippers cutting back or not accepting orders right now. Heat in the fields caused a lot of damage, which was then followed by chilly weather slowing down growth. The fall season is beginning in a small way, but they expect demand to exceed supply for the next few weeks.
Green pepper is winding down in Michigan, with Georgia growers about 3 weeks out from better volume. Prices are staying elevated on the short supplies.
Baking potatoes continue to be a great value as farmers harvest their new crop spuds. Quality has been really nice and the harvest is going great with plenty of nice potatoes coming into the packing sheds. All indications point to a great season to feature potatoes on your fall menus.
Squash and zucchini continue to be a struggle in Georgia and North Carolina. Warmer temperatures over the weekend did help, but we are expecting cooler weather toward the end of this week. Scarring and scuffing caused by wind continue to be a problem. Expect squash to
remain in short supply until Georgia really cranks up.
Fresh limes from Mexico are much more available now and prices are lower with the strong harvests. Quality has been gorgeous.
Many California vegetables have been badly harmed from the heat wave of the past few weeks. Broccoli and most lettuces in particular have been hard hit. Quality has been marginal at best and prices have soared with the shortages.
With the temperatures locally taking a dip, Fall is definitely in the air. We have all kinds of delicious items for your fall menus. We have several varieties of hard squashes, pomegranates, pie pumpkins, root vegetables and new crop apples and pears! Heartier fall menus and dishes will be welcomed as the temps stay chilly.
Our NC State fair has of course been cancelled for this year because of the beer-bug. Though we’ll miss it, I think it’s a good thing for our local restaurant customers as so much money typically leaves the Triangle that week. Hopefully it will drive some more business to all of our local restaurants that would have been lost.
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