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April 17- April 23, 2016

Market Outlook


The market is up again slightly from last week. Shippers that have a spring Huron deal will be finishing and shipping from Salinas beginning next week. We are seeing good quality on inbound.


Romaine, green, and red leaf markets are also up slightly again this week. Romaine hearts are up $2-3. We are seeing mostly good quality on inbound.


The broccoli market is steady and near bottom with most shippers. Quality has been good on inbound.


The cauliflower market is about steady, but elevated, with light availability. Quality has been very good.


The carrot market has not changed and has been very steady with very nice sizing and quality for the past several weeks.


The celery market is mostly steady in California. We are seeing good quality on inbound.


California experienced rain in the berry growing areas and the quality of the fruit has been affected. We are seeing the occasional bruised berry, along with some white shoulders. These issues should be relatively short lived (7-10 days). Costs will be higher again on California fruit as demand continues to strengthen.


Idaho potato market is steady, with some deals being made on the smaller counts. Quality has been very good over the past several weeks.


The yellow storage crop will finish up this week with new crop onions ready to load for next week. We will update on new crop when they arrive. Markets are mostly steady on both reds and yellows.


The California lemon market is higher with supplies tightening. Quality on the fruit has been very nice. California Navel oranges are in good supply and we are seeing great quality on inbound. Valencia’s are just starting. Lime market is significantly higher again with very few crossings from Mexico. We are seeing mostly good quality on inbound, with some occasional scarring.


The cucumber market has come off this week, with plenty of product around and with much improved quality.


The green pepper market has been falling over the past few days. Look for pricing to level off by Monday of next week. Quality has been fair to good.


The round tomato has fallen off with better supplies coming on in Florida. Quality has improved along with overall supply. Grape tomato availability is improving and costs are lower. Cherries have turned up a few dollars. The Roma market is steady to lower with supplies improving out of both Florida and Mexico.



Recipe of the Week

Asian Style Sugar Snap Peas Recipe


2 teaspoons oil

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon Garlic Pepper Seasoning

1/4 teaspoon Ginger, Ground

16 ounces sugar snap peas


Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes until tender.

Stir in soy sauce, garlic pepper seasoning and ginger. Add sugar snap peas; toss to coat well. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 5 minutes or until peas are heated through. Season with additional garlic pepper seasoning, if desired