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May 5 – 11, 2013

Market Outlook

Good supplies and quality out of Salinas has the market trading at lower levels. Quality has been very good.
Romaine / leaf market is plentiful and very reasonable in cost.
Broccoli availability is very good along with quality.
Cauliflower market has adjusted down with better availability. Quality has been very good.
Market has remained steady out of Georgia. Quality has been very good.
Celery market has continued to climb as shippers are running into seeder issues. Market remains very active.
We are having good arrivals on California fruit and the cost is reasonable.
Idaho market is on the rise. Smaller sizes are very tight.
Onion market on new crop onions has remained steady for this week.
Market is steady to up slightly again on both Oranges and lemons. Quality has been good on lemons and very good to excellent on oranges. Navels are winding down and Valencias are starting.
The market on cucumbers is steady to slightly lower this week.
Market is steady to lower. Supply on medium and off grade is limited. Red Pepper market is active, with costs much higher as Mexico is crossing less product and domestic product is just starting.
Tomato market is stronger on rounds, with larger sizes in short supply. Romas and cherries are steady, grapes up a few dollars.

Feature of the Week

This week Primo is featuring Watermelon! For a long time, watermelon has been taken for granted as a sweet, tasty summertime fruit, made of sugar and water, and nothing more. Over the past years, nutritionists, medical professionals, scientists and researchers have taken an interest to find out more about watermelon’s health benefits. As it turns out, watermelon is incredibly healthy! Nutritionists have long appreciated the health benefits watermelon provides. Watermelon not only boosts your “health esteem,” but it is has excellent levels of vitamins A and C and a good level of vitamin B6.

Recipe of the Week

Cajun Chicken Watermelon-Mint Salsa

2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 cup diced seeded tomato
1 minced seeded jalapeno to taste
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
1/2 cup chopped fresh scallions

Cajun Chicken Cutlet Ingredients:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
2 tablespoons mild chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Salsa Instructions:
Toss ingredients together, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cajun Chicken Instructions:
Mix together the spices. Coat the chicken cutlets with the spice mixture. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat and place chicken breasts in pan. Blacken on both sides and sauté just until cooked through. Top with Watermelon Mint Salsa and serve.

Fun Facts of the Week

 • Vitamin A found in watermelon is important for optimal eye health and boosts immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells called lymphocytes.
• Vitamin B6 found in watermelon helps the immune system produce antibodies. Antibodies are needed to fight many diseases. Vitamin B6 helps maintain normal nerve function and form red blood cells. The body uses it to help break down proteins. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need.
• Vitamin C in watermelon can help to bolster the immune system’s defenses against infections and viruses and can protect a body from harmful free radicals that can accelerate aging and conditions such as cataracts.