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 remain in season and they’ve been really gorgeous. NC Blueberries started this past week also, and prices went way down as a result. Quality is exceptional on both.
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 and should stay that way as we transition to Georgia fields.
Lettuce – California lettuce is at a real bargain price now, but freight rates are keeping prices about the same.
Limes – Remain extremely tight but volumes are increasing slowly and prices are easing downward with the increased production.
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 also showing some strength and pricing is rising.
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 this coming week.
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.
Q: What is brown and sticky?
A: A stick.
Q: What is orange and sounds like a parrot?
A: A carrot.