Happy Friday the 13th!
Asparagus – Pricing is down, with much less demand Post-Mother’s Day and our domestic farmers getting into better harvests. Quality is also improving with the better harvests.
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.
Cucumbers – Harvests are improving in Florida and Georgia is poised to begin their season. Quality has been kind of so-so, but will improve dramatically as soon as the new Georgia fields begin production.
Eggs – Markets don’t seem to be changing very much as fears of Avian Flu effecting flocks and supply chain challenges keeping prices at record levels. Surprisingly, cage free eggs which are set on long term contract pricing are a better bargain than white eggs currently. You can save big $$ by switching to brown eggs temporarily.
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 the heavy supplies of imports available.
Lettuce – Lettuce is going through its twice yearly transition to new growing regions and things are always a little rocky during this time. Further complicating the transition is the fire that destroyed the Taylor Farms packing plant, putting pressure on other lettuce and salad producers to cover the shortfall. Supplies are limited currently on many items.
Potatoes – Florida’s new crop red potatoes have been absolutely gorgeous with soft, bright red skins. Greater Tater, our fingerling potato supplier, and one of the largest Fingerling potato shippers in the country has just had a crop failure, and are expecting a 7-8 week gap in production. Supplies are suddenly in very short supply, especially on red and purple fingerling potatoes.
Squash and Zucchini– Is beginning locally this week and always signals the start of the NC vegetable crop. We’re looking forward to a great summer crop.
Strawberries – Local strawberries are wide open and everyone seems to have them at once. Quality has been beautiful and flavor even better!
Q: Why is milk the fastest liquid on the planet?
A: It’s pasteurize before you even see it.