Primo

July 26- August 1, 2015

Market Outlook

Lettuce:

The Iceberg market is just about at bottom. California shippers are in an oversupply situation and there is also pressure from Canada and other regional deals. Quality has been very good on inbound.

Leaf:

California leaf market is steady at lower levels across all items. Market is in about the same shape as Iceberg. We are seeing internal tip burn and fringe burn on some lots of romaine.

Broccoli:

The broccoli market is turning around as growers have moved through the oversupply. Look for higher markets in the coming weeks. Quality has been very good.

Cauliflower:

The cauliflower market is steady. Quality has been good to very good.

Carrots:

The Carrot market has remained on the steady side for next week, we will start to see Michigan come into play in about 10 days.

Celery:

The celery market is a few dollars stronger out of California. Look to Michigan or Canadian product as an alternative. Quality has been very good.

Strawberries:

The berry market is higher. California is experiencing very warm weather which is affecting berry harvest and quality. Customers should be advised to expect to see some minor bruising on arrival.

Potatoes:

Idaho potato market has come off a bit more on the bigger sizes, and the smaller sizes remain steady. New crop Norkotah crop looks to start around August 3rd.

Onions:

Market has remained steady on onions this week, not much relief quite yet, we should see this market start to come off over the next week or so. New York has started up this week with a very strong market.

Citrus:

The California lemon market remains high, especially on larger sizes. Off shore lemons from Chile are arriving in bigger volume, which should put pressure on the domestic market to come off. The orange market is steady. Quality has been good overall. Lime market is terending upwards. Quality has been very good.

Cucumbers:

The market will start to come off some finally for next week, with a couple different growing areas starting to get more and more quantity, quality has only been fair.

Peppers:  

The green pepper market has remained on the stronger side for weeks now, but finally start to show some relief but still not where we should be for this time of the year.

Tomatoes:

The round and plum tomato market is stronger with poor availability on the East coast and California very tight as well. Cherry tomatoes are in very short supply and there will be gaps in availability. Costs are higher. Grapes are steady to a little higher. Quality has been good on inbound.

 

Recipe of the Week

 Fingerling Potatoes with  Rosemary & Thyme

1 1/2 lbs. fingerling potatoes

1/4 cup + 2 T. kosher salt

several sprigs of rosemary and thyme

2 cloves garlic, smashed

olive oil

kosher salt

a few more sprigs rosemary and thyme, leaves removed and minced

  1. Place fingerlings in a pot. Cover with approximately one inch of water. Add the salt, herbs and garlic. Bring the pot of water to a boil, then turn off the heat. Let the potatoes cool completely in their liquid before proceeding.
  2. Once cool, you can eat the potatoes as they are or you can brown them.