February 7- February 13, 2016
The supply situation continues to improve along with quality and weights. The market is declining. We are seeing good quality on inbound.
Romaine, Romaine hearts, green, and red leaf markets are coming off as well with better availability. Expect to see some epidermal peel on romaine for a few weeks.
The broccoli market is about at bottom with much better availability. Quality has been good on inbound.
The cauliflower market has rebounded a few dollars with great availability and quality.
The Eastern carrot market has remained steady for next week, Georgia still high and very little left in Canada. We now have product arriving from Mexico for the weekend.
The celery market is unsettled and should move lower as supplies are improving. We are seeing good quality out of California.
Growing regions in California, Mexico, and Florida are coming up very shorty on product, and quality has been only fair to good. We are in a demand far exceeds supply situation and expect the current trend to continue until after the Valentines holiday.
Idaho potato market has remained quiet for next week but we do look for pricing to move up in the next couple of week, deals can be made on #2 paper or burlap at this time.
The yellow onion market has remained steady for next week, but as expected the red market remains very tight with quality only fair at best. The red onion market is expected to be very troublesome for the near term.
The California lemon market is up a few dollars on some sizes, with great quality fruit. California Navel oranges are in good supply and we are seeing great quality on inbound. Oranges are starting to size up. Smaller oranges are moving up in cost. Lime market is steady with good quality overall.
The cucumber market has come down for next week, with availability and quality are improving.
The green pepper market has stayed strong in Florida for the most part with more rain coming this week peppers will remain on the high side from the south. We will look to bring some Mexican product in for next week.
The round tomato market is declining, but remains strong for next week. Quality is only fair to good. Cherry tomatoes along with grapes are about steady at elevated costs. The Roma market has bounced back up with increased demand due to pressure on rounds. Quality has been good on inbound.
Recipe of the Week
Blood Orange Sangria
6 blood oranges 2 (750ML) bottles of pinot grigio 1 cup club soda 1/2 cup brandy 12 ounces of strawberries, sliced 1 pint of raspberries 1 apple, chopped 1/2 cup sugar, for glass rimming
Zest one of the blood oranges and combine it with the sugar in a small bowl. Rub the sugar and zest together with your fingers until fragrant. Juice four of the blood oranges (I simply did this by hand), discarding any seeds or pith. Chop the remaining blood oranges into pieces.
In a large pitcher, combine the wine, brandy, blood orange juice, club soda, apples, strawberries, raspberries and blood oranges. Stir well to combine. Place the orange sugar on a plate, then run a lemon, lime or orange slice around the rim of each glass. Dunk each glass in the sugar, coating well. Fill each glass with a few ice cubes, then add some of the fruit from the sangria. Pour the sangria into each glass and serve!
Note: this definitely gets better as it sits, so you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge.