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.
Georgia growers are currently the only source on green peppers and they remain extremely limited. Better supplies should be on the way in another week or two as their harvests improve. Red, yellow and orange are having better availability and prices are lower.
Cooler weather is wrapping up many of the local products for the season. Cucumbers, squash, zucchini and other vegetables are winding down. We do still have plenty of freshly harvested local sweet potatoes! They’ll get more popular as we get closer to Thanksgiving. Also the cooler weather is great for greens like kale, collards, turnip and mustard greens. Quality has improved with the warmer weather passing.
Lettuce farmers in California are still struggling to fill orders. Romaine, Green Leaf and Iceberg are staying in very short supply with good quality very difficult to come by. Pricing remains higher on the very limited supplies.
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.
Mexican Avocados are reaching their peak and shippers are lowering prices to move product. Now is a great time to feature them with prices very attractive.
Cooler weather in the north has slowed cabbage growth to a crawl. Supplies are very tight and pricing is staying strong. We’re hoping for relief once Georgia fields start producing but that’ll be late October or early November. Just in time for Thanksgiving demand.
Idaho potato growers had a great harvest and are anticipating a great fall. Quality is gorgeous on the potatoes they’re packing right now and pricing is lower than normal. Onions from the same area have been beautiful too.
Q: What did the pirate say when he turned 80?
A: Aye matey.