December 6- December 12, 2015
Supplies on Iceberg are extremely tight. We are in a demand exceeds supply situation. Quality has been fair to good. Case weights are on the lighter side.
Romaine supplies have improved this week, and costs are coming down. Leaf market is still strong with only fair quality. We have seen tip and fringe burn and some pink rib on inbound.
The broccoli market is very active, with crowns in especially short supply. Processors are very short on raw product. Quality has been good on inbound.
The cauliflower market remains at historically high levels. Product is very short and we will not meet demand. Quality has been good to very good.
The Eastern loose carrot market has come up a little for next week. Quality has been very good this year.
The celery market remains high as demand exceeds supply. We are seeing good quality out of California.
The berry market will be lower, but still strong on California fruit for next week. Growing regions in California are very light on supplies and quality has been fair to good. We should have our first of the season Florida berries arriving week 50.
Idaho potato market has pretty much stayed the same with not much change in costs. With the holiday pulls and Christmas around the corner truck freight has already begun to head upwards.
The yellow onion market has not changed for next week, pretty steady go on the yellow side this year so far, reds are still high and will remain that way for the near term.
The California lemon market is steady. We have Mexican and Chilean product in stock and the quality is very good. The Chilean and Mexican supply will finish over the next week and we will transition back to California. The California navel orange deal is into full swing with good availability. Lime market is steady to a little higher. Quality has been good overall.
The cucumber market remains on the higher side with quality only fair at this point.
The green pepper market has remained steady for next week, still showing some tightness in the large and medium sizes.
The round tomato market is stronger for next week, especially on larger fruit. Cherry tomato and Grape tomatoes are steady at lower levels. Romas are just a bit stronger. Quality has been good on inbound.
Recipe of the Week
Pomegranate Hazelnut Salad with Maple Bacon Dressing
FOR THE SALAD:
8 cups Mixed Greens
12 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
¾ cups Chopped, Toasted Hazelnuts
1 whole Pomegranate, Peeled And Arils Removed
FOR THE DRESSING:
3 Tablespoons Warm Bacon Grease (reserved From Cooking The Bacon)
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
Salt And Pepper, to taste
Directions: Toss all ingredients for the salad together in a bowl. Place all ingredients for the dressing into a small jar and shake until combined. Pour dressing over salad, toss and serve immediately.