Primo

July 8- July 14, 2018

Market Outlook  

 

Lettuce: 

The lettuce market has softened. Freight rates remain high. Salinas quality has been mostly good on inbound.

Leaf: 

Romaine and romaine heart markets are steady to a little higher. Demand is good. Freight costs are high. Quality has been mostly good on all Romaine items. Green leaf and Red leaf are steady. Quality has been good on leaf overall.

Broccoli:

The commodity broccoli market is steady to a few dollars higher. Quality has been looking good.

Cauliflower:

The cauliflower market is steady for next week. Quality has been good on inbound.

Carrots:

The carrot market remains strong for next week. We are seeing lighter crossings and some quality issues at the border from Mexico along with strong freight rates. Quality has been very good.

Celery:

Celery costs are stronger with light supplies in Salinas. We are seeing good quality.

Strawberries: 

Market is stronger with light supplies on California fruit. Quality has been fair to good on our inbounds.

Potatoes:

The market on Idaho potatoes is about steady from last week. Freight rates are strong. Quality remains good.

Onions:

The Western onion market is steady and strong on yellow onions and red onions continue to move higher. Freight costs are high. Quality on onions has been good to very good.

Citrus

The California lemon market is strong and in very short supply. Quality has been fair to good. We have seen very limited arrivals on Chilean fruit and overall, the supplies are extremely short. We are seeing good quality over all on oranges and the market remains steady and strong. The Lime market is steady for next week. Freight rates remain very high. Overall, we are seeing good quality on inbound.

Cucumbers:

The market is steady near the bottom on selects, but supers are in short supply and the market is strong.  We are seeing mostly good quality on Southern and New Jersey product.

Peppers:

The green pepper market is higher with light supplies in Georgia and the Carolinas. Quality has been good overall. New Jersey is just starting with light volume and are strong on cost.

Tomatoes:

The round tomato market is steady to a little lower. The North Florida and Carolina season is just about done.  Freight rates are very high and keeping overall costs up. We are seeing fair to good quality out of the East. California has started and we have good quality product in stock. The grape tomato market is lower and showing mostly good quality. Cherry tomatoes are also lower and showing good quality. The Roma market is steady with fair availability in both Florida and Mexico.

 

 

 

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. These potatoes are wonderful to have on hand — they are truly delicious cooked as they are, sliced and tossed into salads or just eaten straight out of the refrigerator.