March 4- March 10, 2018
The lettuce market is active. Cooler weather in the growing region is having an adverse effect on supplies. Quality has been good on inbound. Shipping point reports blister and peel on iceberg.
Romaine is active and costs are moving up daily. Romaine Hearts are much higher and in short supply. Quality has been mostly good on all Romaine items. Green leaf is much stronger and Red leaf is a few dollars higher. Quality has been good, but we are being warned to expect some minor blister and peel damage.
The commodity broccoli market is moving higher due to much colder temperatures in both Arizona and California. Quality has been looking good.
The cauliflower market is much higher for next week with shippers coming up very short on supplies. Quality has been good on inbound.
The carrot market is steady but strong for next week. We are seeing good arrivals on Canadian product.
The celery market remains steady at the lower end with Western shippers. We are seeing good quality out of both Oxnard California and Yuma Arizona. Florida celery is available and the market remains strong relative to the Western product.
Market will be steady for next week. Florida is in an over- supply situation and there are many only fair quality berries in the marketplace. Quality has been fair to good on our inbounds. Customers can expect to see some minor bruising.
The costs on Idaho potatoes is just slightly lower as we move into next week. Freight rates are leveling off. Quality remains good.
The Western onion market is about steady as we head into next week. We are seeing great quality onions.
The California lemon market is a little lower for next week and quality has been very nice. We are seeing good quality over all on navel oranges with small fruit remaining tight. The Lime market is much higher for next week with fruit availability coming up very short. Freight remains on the higher side. Overall, we are seeing fair to good quality on inbound.
The cucumber market is much higher for next week. Mexico and Honduras shipments both declined this week. We are seeing good quality overall.
The green pepper market remains soft and peppers are a good value. Quality has been very good overall.
The round tomato market is up slightly with some shippers in a 2week gap. We are seeing good quality. The grape tomato market is steady near the bottom with good quality. Cherry tomatoes are steady in cost and showing good quality. The Roma market is about at the bottom with great supplies from Florida and an abundance of Mexican fruit available.
Recipe of the Week
Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
4 – 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup of buffalo wing sauce
1 package of Ranch seasoning
1 can of pineapple chunks
1 head of Boston Lettuce
In a slow cooker place the frozen chicken breasts with some water. Let the chicken breasts cook on low for 8 hours. After 8 hours shred the chicken and drain the water. Add the chicken back to the slow cooker with the buffalo wing sauce and Ranch seasoning.
Make the lettuce wraps by adding by placing some chicken in the center, and then top it with pineapple chunks, parsley, and feta cheese