Primo

December 9- December 15, 2018

Market Outlook   

Lettuce: 

The lettuce market remains active and very short on supply. Very cold temperatures and ice in the fields is hampering harvest and overall supply. Costs are higher again for next week. Demand far exceeds supply on all Iceberg items

Leaf: 

The Romaine market is slightly higher and strong. Quality has been very good.    The Green leaf market is very active and supply is short. Costs are higher as demand far exceeds supply. Red leaf is short and costs are strong. Quality has been good on leaf overall.

Broccoli:

The commodity broccoli market remains elevated for next week. Product is very short. Shippers are pro-rating off of average purchases. Quality has been looking very good.

Cauliflower:

The cauliflower market has declined a bit, but remains strong with very light availability. Shippers are pro-rating on florets. Quality has been good on inbound.

Carrots:

The carrot market is steady to slightly higher. Good quality Canada product in stock.

Celery:

Celery costs are higher with light availability in Oxnard.  We are seeing good quality.

Strawberries: 

Market is strong for next week with very light supplies overall on California and Florida fruit. Quality has been fair to good on our inbounds.

Potatoes:

The market on Idaho potatoes is a little stronger across all sizes. Quality has been very nice on inbound.

Onions:

The Western onion market remains steady on yellows and reds for next week. Quality on onions has been good to very good.

Citrus

The California lemon market about steady with good availability. Quality has been good overall. We are seeing good quality over all on navel oranges and that market is steady. Small fruit is a great value. The Lime market is steady for next week. Overall, we are seeing fair to good quality on inbound.

Cucumbers:

The market is much higher with cold weather in Florida. Light volume from Mexico as well. Quality has been good.

Peppers:  

The green pepper market remains strong for next week with a wide range in quality. Georgia with light volume.  Quality has been fair to good.

Tomatoes:

The round tomato market has declined slightly with light supply in Florida, especially on the larger tomatoes. 5×6 and larger remain short. Quality has been good overall. Grape tomatoes are steady/ strong. Cherry tomatoes are steady and showing good quality. The Roma market remains strong with light availability in Florida and Mexico.

  

Recipe of the Week

Broccoli Rabe Stuffed Chicken with Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

4 skinless chicken breast halves
2 bunches Andy Boy broccoli rabe, trimmed
4 slices prosciutto
6 sun-dried tomato halves, julienned
1 small shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 C olive oil
2 C homemade or jarred tomato sauce
2 T capers finely chopped
1/3 C sliced Italian olives
2 T finely chopped Italian parsley
Salt and freshly ground parsley

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat up 2 T olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Sauté Andy Boy broccoli rabe, along with shallots, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.

Pound chicken breast (skin side down) until flat. Top with prosciutto and add 1/8 of the broccoli rabe mixture. Roll up and tie. Brown in 2 T of olive oil and then bake for 25 minutes or until done. Let set.

Warm the tomato sauce and add the capers and olives. To serve, Spoon 4 T sauce onto plate. Make a bed of broccoli rabe mixture and set sliced chicken breast on top.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley.