February 22- February 28, 2015
The warm weather trend continues in Yuma bringing supplies forward and forcing markets down. Lack of demand from the East Coast is also helping to lower markets. Overall, quality has remained good considering the weather challenges in Yuma. Shippers are advising that we will likely see some blister and epidermal peel on arrival.
California leaf market is steady on Green and Red leaf. Romaine has strengthened by a few dollars. Overall, quality has been good. We are seeing some blister, tip and fringe burn on inbound.
The broccoli market remains depressed for the most part. Shippers feel this will be short lived as forecasts drop in coming weeks. Quality has been very good.
The cauliflower market is steady. Quality has been good to very good.
Carrot market has not changed much, pretty steady go coming out of Texas. Georgia has not picked up any volume.
The celery market is steady on Eastern product. Western product is about at bottom. Quality has been very good.
Strawberry market has not changed, product overall has been only fair but quality this week has improved.
Market has come off again going into next week, overall product has been very good.
The market on onions has gone as low as they will at this point, quality has been good and plenty of product for now.
The California lemon market is steady. 165’s and smaller remain higher than bigger fruit. The Navel market is steady with very nice fruit. Lime market is much stronger as Mexico shippers are holding back product to force market up. Quality has been good overall.
Cucumbers have remained on the high side going into next week, Florida still experiencing cold weather.
The Green pepper market has remained on the higher side for next week, again cold weather has been an issue, overall good quality.
The round tomato market is much higher. Cold weather is affecting the overall tomato deal. Grapes and cherries are very tight in Florida and the market is higher for next week. Romas are steady to higher with product out of Florida and Mexico.
Brussels sprouts are very tight at shipping point and cost is high.
Very cold weather is expected in Florida in the coming days and this could affect multiple products.
Recipe of the Week
1 pesticide-free, food-grade orchid
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain
3/4 ounce white cranberry juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
Place orchid in a 2-inch round ice ball mold; fill with filtered water and freeze.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add vodka, elderflower liqueur, cranberry juice, and lime juice; shake vigorously to combine and strain into a small carafe.
Place orchid ice ball in a coupe; pour vodka mixture over ice ball. Serve immediately.