Asparagus – Asparagus market has been increasing for the last couple of weeks due to a couple of factors that are important to keep in mind. First, the end of the season in Mexico was transitioning to California and it was not strong enough to provide the volume to supply the demand. Secondly, the political issues in Peru affected the rotation of the fields causing many fields to close early which translated to the low volumes that we are seeing now and the rapid increase in prices. Washington State has begun their production also, and we’ll get our first shipment from there this week.
Broccoli – We’re stocking and shipping local broccoli now and quality has been gorgeous. Good color and fresh curds at a great price.
Corn – Beautiful, sweet and plump ears from fresh fields. Quality is excellent and pricing is very favorable on the heavy supplies.
Eggs – Though they are still high, pricing is seeming to ease back down. Uncertainty over the effect of Bird Flu is the main culprit, but more sluggish demand after Easter has slowed down sales, so maybe farmers can catch up soon.
Grapes – Will remain in abundance for the next month or so and right into the transition to California’s season. The switch to a new growing area is sometimes rocky, but prices will likely remain flat as we change over due to he heavy supplies of imports available.
Lettuce – Though weather issues haven’t improved very much for them, sluggish demand at the higher prices is forcing lower markets. Quality remains iffy, with smaller heads and light case weights for the little bit of lettuce that they’re able to bring to market.
Squash – Squash seems to be coming from everywhere at once. Mexican and Florida growers have plentiful harvests and Georgia should start in two weeks and NC farmers start in three weeks. Prices are very favorable right now.
Strawberries – Local strawberries are wide open and everyone seems to have them at once. Quality has been beautiful and flavor even better!
We’re kicking off our growing season here in NC and things are definitely happening. Lots of local products available now and many more just on the horizon. Showcase our local farmers on your menus and specials!
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