Primo

August 19- August 25, 2018

Market Outlook   

 Lettuce: 

The lettuce market is very active and costs will be significantly higher for next week. Salinas quality has been mostly very good on inbound.

Leaf: 

Romaine and romaine heart markets are a little stronger. Demand is good. Quality has been mostly good on all Romaine items. Green leaf is a little stronger and Red leaf is steady. Quality has been good on leaf overall.

Broccoli:

The commodity broccoli market is active and short We’ll see costs up a few dollars for next week. Quality has been looking good.

Cauliflower:

The cauliflower market is slightly higher for next week. Quality has been good on inbound.

Carrots:

The carrot market has leveled off, but remains on the strong side. Canada is just starting and producing very few large carrots. We are seeing good quality from Mexico.

Celery:

Celery costs are steady with good supplies in Salinas. There is also Michigan and Canadian product available. We are seeing good quality.

Strawberries: 

Market is steady with light supplies on California fruit. Quality has been fair to good on our inbounds.

Potatoes:

The market on Idaho potatoes is steady overall with new crop on the way. #2 potatoes are tight as new crop is not producing many #2’s. Quality is fair to good.

Onions:

The Western onion market is steady and on the strong side on yellows. Reds are steady.

Quality on onions has been good to very good.

Citrus

The California lemon market is strong and remains in very short supply. Quality has been fair to good. Import arrivals are very light and overall the supplies are extremely short. Mexico is just starting. We are seeing good quality over all on oranges and the market remains steady and strong. The Lime market is stronger again for next week. Freight rates remain strong. Overall, we are seeing fair to good quality on inbound.

Cucumbers:

The market is steady at the lower end and a good value.  Product is being sourced from multiple growing regions along the East Coast, New York and Canada. Quality has been good.

Peppers:  

The green pepper market is steady with adequate supplies in New Jersey. Michigan and Canada also harvesting now.  Quality has been good overall.

Tomatoes:

The round tomato market is much stronger for next week. Supplies in California are lighter and the East is producing very few tomatoes. Good quality California product in stock. The grape tomato market is steady. We are seeing mostly good quality. Cherry tomatoes are steady and showing good quality. The Roma market is steady to slightly higher with fair availability in both California and Mexico.

  

 

Recipe of the Week

Grilled Eggplant Panini

(makes 4 sandwiches)

Ingredients:

2 zucchini (sliced)

1 eggplant (sliced)

* olive oil

oregano, salt and pepper

to taste

4 roasted red peppers

1 cup feta (crumbled)

4 tablespoons hummus

8 slices of bread

balsamic vinegar

Directions:

  1. Lightly brush the zucchini and eggplant in olive oil and season with oregano, salt and pepper.
  2. Grill the vegetables until tender and nice and golden brown.
  3. Assemble sandwich including a slash of balsamic vinegar.
  4. Lightly brush the bread in olive oil and grill until golden brown on both sides.