North Carolina farmers have finished up the first harvest of many items, like cucumbers, squashes and are winding up blueberries. They’ll have a second round of harvests in a couple of weeks as new fields come to maturity.
Asparagus – Remains VERY short right now, but availability is increasing from imported sources and we’re starting to see some softening in the market and expect lower prices over the coming weeks.
Berries – Blueberries are still going here in North Carolina, but supplies are dwindling fast. Our northern neighbors will be the source for the next month. Quality has been beautiful.
Cabbage – Our local growers have finished and the season has moved up north. Good supplies are still readily available and quality is great.
Corn – We’re seeing more and more local corn come to the market every day now. Strong harvests are keeping pricing low and the corn has been big, sweet and juicy.
Lemons – Are doing their normal summertime thing, with soaring prices showing the short supplies in the lemon groves. High heat in growing areas is also limiting picking hours in the field and further shortening supplies.
Limes – Prices are staying low as Mexican growers have lots of volume harvesting right now. Quality is better also. If you can substitute limes for lemons right now you can save some big $$.
Potatoes – Are coming in from Eastern North Carolina now. Red and white New Crop potatoes are being dug and shipped this week. Bright and clean skins on new crop potatoes don’t even need peeling.
Peppers – North Carolina is at the tail end of the season, but Jersey did start harvesting last week and volume will only get better. Michigan is scheduled to start the end of this week. We expect markets to remain affordable as New Jersey will start to have volume.
Squash – After several weeks of rock bottom, glut pricing, the market is swinging back upwards. Rains from Elsa finished many of our local growers, and we’re pulling product from nice new fields in Michigan. Quality has been really nice.
Tomatoes – Are in full swing in NC and supplies are very strong. Vine-ripened, Romas, and heirlooms have been plentiful. Quality has been gorgeous. Caprese Salad anyone?
Watermelons – Are in full swing locally and seem to be everywhere at once. Explore ideas for your menus to feature them while they’re plentiful.
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