January 13- January 19, 2019
The lettuce market continues to move up with lighter supplies. Freezing temperatures overnight and lettuce ice in the morning is slowing both plant growth and harvest. Quality has been very good this past week, but we are being warned to expect some minor quality defects.
The Romaine market is steady to slightly higher. Quality has been very good. The Green and red leaf markets are slightly higher. Quality has been good on leaf overall. We are told to expect some minor quality defects in the coming weeks.
The commodity broccoli market is much higher for next week. Cold temperatures are slowing product down. Quality has been looking very good.
The cauliflower market has really turned around. We’ve moved very quickly from an over-supply to lack of supply situation. Cold temperatures are keeping supplies very tight.
Quality has been good on inbound.
The carrot market is steady. Good quality Canada product in stock.
Celery costs have leveled off in California and costs are about steady for next week. Florida product is also available in light volume. We are seeing good quality.
Market remains strong overall, but is declining slowly with light supplies overall on California and Florida fruit. Quality has been fair to good on our inbounds.
The market on Idaho potatoes is a little stronger across all sizes. Very cold temperatures are hampering packing and transportation. Quality has been very nice on inbound.
The Western onion market is steady, but showing signs of strengthening on yellows and reds. Quality on onions has been good to very good.
The California lemon market is 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 stronger for next week with cold weather helping to move costs higher. Overall, we are seeing fair to good quality on inbound.
The market is steady to stronger especially out of Mexico. Quality has been very good especially on Mexican arrivals.
The green pepper market remains strong for next week with a wide range in quality and volume is light. Quality has been fair to good.
The round tomato market is steady with fair supplies in Florida. 5×6 and larger are on the short side. Quality has been good overall. Grape tomatoes are lower and cherries are a little stronger. Both are showing good quality. The Roma market has turned around and is a few dollars higher with light availability in Florida and Mexico.
Recipe of the Week
1 large jicama, peeled and finely shredded
1/2 Napa cabbage, finely shredded
2 carrots, shredded
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup canola oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves
Place jicama, cabbage, and carrots in a large bowl. Whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, ancho powder, honey, and oil in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the dressing over the jicama mixture and toss to coat well. Fold in the cilantro. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.