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May 10th, 2021 Supply Update: NC strawberries started strong last week and they’ve been really gorgeous.

NC Strawberries

Asparagus – Our local growers have a small amount still available, but California and Washington are harvesting good volumes of beautiful asparagus right now. Quality has been excellent, but prices have been higher for the domestic product than we’ve seen out of Peru.

Berries – NC strawberries started strong last week and they’ve been really gorgeous. Heavy demand for Mother’s Day kept the market strong, but we’re expecting pricing to fall this coming week. Georgia should begin very soon adding much needed volume to the market.

Cucumbers – Remain extremely limited and prices are staying strong. Quality has been nice on the product coming out of Florida.

Corn – Harvests are coming in strong and supplies are very good. Prices have stayed low this week.

Limes – Remain extremely tight and prices are staying very high.

Onions – Vidalia onions have started! We have our first Vidalia Sweets in stock and are looking forward to a great season for them. Feature them on your menus while they’re available.

Peaches – We received our first peaches of the season last week and they were on the smaller side but beautiful with dark color and fuzzy skins. Production should improve as the weather warms.

Peppers – After a couple of months of rock bottom prices, the green pepper market started showing some strength with short supplies driving prices up. Red, yellow and orange peppers are all at bargain pricing right now.

Squash – Are more than plentiful, with Florida packing lots of pretty squash and Georgia staged to begin this coming week with new fields. Quality has been beautiful. Our local NC growers will be getting started in just a couple of more weeks.

Trucking/ Freight Rates – Have gone through the roof as a result of higher diesel prices, a shortage of drivers, and increased DOT oversight. The price of everything in our economy has increased. This is a long term problem for us all that’s not going to change without some better legislation. Everyone in the foodservice industry is struggling to hire workers and find enough labor to run their businesses. We can help by offering our fresh-cut products that will help your kitchen staff serve more food with fewer people. Give us a call to talk about your needs.

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