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April 2- April 8, 2017

Market Outlook


The lettuce market is higher with very light supplies. We are seeing a wide range in quality and weight from fair to good.


Romaine and romaine heart markets are active and stronger again with very light supplies. Costs will be at historically high levels. Quality has been mostly good on Romaine with some minor fringe burn. Shippers holding to averages and pro-rating. Green leaf is much higher and red leaf is about steady. Quality has been good overall.


The broccoli market is rebounding, especially on crowns. Shippers are holding to averages on processed. Quality has been good on inbound.


The cauliflower market is strong and availability is spotty. Shippers holding to averages/ pro-rating on both commodity and processed. Quality has been good overall.


The carrot market has gone up slightly now with supplies getting tighter in Canada. Quality over all has remained good.


The celery market is active and costs are up again for next week. We are seeing good quality on inbound.


We are seeing mostly good quality on Florida berries. The Florida season is about done with good quality fruit. We will have our first arrivals of California fruit on 4/1.


The Idaho potato market has moved up slightly again for next week. We are seeing good quality on inbound.


The onion market is still on the low side with very good sizing and quality. Pricing will likely start to increase over the next few weeks as Oregon/Idaho wrap up.


The California lemon market is about steady overall. Small lemons (165’s and 200’s) remain in very short supply and cost is very high. We are seeing very nice quality. Navel orange availability is good and the market remains steady overall.  The Lime market is lower for next week. We are seeing good quality on inbound.


The cucumber market is steady for next week.  Overall, product has been very nice.


The green pepper market has declined slightly for next week. Peppers are running to the large side with light availability on smaller pepper.


The round tomato market is up a few dollars. Overall, supplies and demand are light. We are seeing excellent quality. Grape and cherry tomatoes are also higher. Both are showing good quality. The Roma market is steady with supplies from Mexico and Florida. We are seeing excellent quality across all tomato lines.


Recipe of the Week

Roasted Brussel Sprouts


1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts

3 tablespoons good olive oil

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow outer leaves. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly. Sprinkle with more kosher salt(optional), and serve immediately.