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February 10- February 16, 2019

Market Outlook 



The lettuce market is up just slightly from last week and remains a good value. Overall quality has been good this past week, but we are being warned to expect some minor quality defects, including blister and epidermal peel.


The Romaine market is steady at the lower end. Romaine hearts are a little stronger. Quality has been very good. The Green and red leaf markets are pretty steady. Quality has been good on leaf overall. We are told to expect some minor quality defects in the coming weeks.


The commodity broccoli market has cleaned up the over- supply and is moving up. Broccoli is still good value for next week. Mexican product is available. Quality has been looking very good.


The cauliflower market is up a few dollars. Quality has been good on inbound.


The carrot market is slightly lower. Good quality Canada product in stock.


Celery costs remain very strong in California and costs are high for next week. Florida product is very light in volume.  We are seeing good quality.


Market remains strong overall, with light supplies on both California and Florida fruit. We expect strong markets heading towards Valentines day.  Quality has been fair to good on our inbounds.


The market on Idaho potatoes remains strong across all sizes. This trend is expected to continue at least for the near term. Very cold temperatures are hampering packing and transportation.  Quality has been very nice on inbound.


The Western onion market is steady on yellows and reds. Quality on onions has been good to very good.


The California lemon market is steady to lower with good availability. Quality has been good overall. We are seeing good quality over all on navel oranges and that market is steady. The Lime market is slightly lower for next week with supplies light overall.  We are seeing fair to good quality on inbound.


The market is moving up as the oversupply has cleaned up. We are seeing both Florida and Mexico product and quality has been very good overall.  


The green pepper market is a little lower for next week with a wide range in quality. Mexico is starting to come with some volume. Quality has been fair to good.


The round tomato market is lower with better supplies in Florida. Mexico is starting with volume and forcing the market to decline. Quality has been good overall. Grape tomatoes and cherries are steady.  Both are showing good quality. The Roma market is steady with good supplies crossing from Mexico. Availability in Florida remains light.



Recipe of the Week

Portabella Pizzas

  • 6 portobello mushroom caps , stems removed, washed and dried with a paper towel
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 6 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 30 miniature-sized pepperonis
  • 6 cherry or grape tomatoes , sliced thinly
  • Salt and pepper , to taste
  1. Preheat oven to broil / grill settings on high heat. Arrange oven shelf to the middle of your oven.
  2. Combine the oil, garlic and 4 teaspoons of the seasoning together in a small bowl. Brush the bottoms of each mushroom with the garlic oil mixture and place each mushroom, oil side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet / tray.
  3. Fill each mushroom with 2 tablespoons of the pizza sauce per cap, 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese, 6 pepperoni miniatures and tomato slices. Broil / grill until cheese has melted and is golden in colour (about 8 minutes).
  4. To serve, sprinkle with the remaining Italian seasoning (or mixed herbs), and season with salt and pepper to taste.