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May 6- May 12, 2018

Market Outlook  


The lettuce market is active and costs are up from last week. Salinas quality has been mostly good on inbound.


Romaine and romaine heart market has softened considerably. Demand is soft. Quality has been mostly good on all Romaine items. Green leaf is much higher and very short. Red leaf is higher again and availability is light. Quality has been good on leaf overall.


The commodity broccoli market is steady for next week and a pretty good value. Quality has been looking good.


The cauliflower market is a few dollars higher with fair supplies in Salinas. Quality has been good on inbound.


The carrot market is steady for next week. Nice product from Mexico in stock and looking sharp.


Celery costs are a little lower on Western product. We are seeing good quality. Florida celery is available but winding down.


Market is steady with better supplies coming on in California. Quality has been fair to good on our inbounds.


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


The Western onion market remains steady as we head into next week. The western storage

crop is coming to an end and we expect markets to move higher in coming weeks.  We are seeing great quality onions.


The California lemon market is steady and high for next week and quality has been very nice.  We are seeing good quality over all on navel oranges and the market remains active with supplies very short especially on small fruit.  The Lime market has declined for next week. Freight remains on the higher side. Overall, we are seeing fair to good quality on inbound.


The market is steady for next week.  We are seeing mostly good quality on Florida product.


The green pepper market is higher with lighter supplies in Florida.  Quality has been good overall.


The round tomato market is just off the bottom with the spring crop in Florida, however freight rates are driving costs up. We are seeing good quality. The grape tomato market is a few dollars higher as well and showing good quality. Cherry tomatoes are just slightly higher and showing good quality. The Roma market is steady with good availability in both Florida and Mexico.



Recipe of the Week

Nana’s Nearly Naked Pasta

 with Sausage and Greens

1 pound cooked pasta

Nearly Naked Sauce (below)

1 bunch sautéed broccolini drizzled with olive oil and chopped garlic roasted

1 pound ground Italian sausage browned

Grated pecorino cheese


Nearly Naked Sauce

Heat ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil with ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper and 4 large, thinly sliced garlic cloves in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook until garlic is pale golden and fragrant, 7-8 minutes. Stir in hot pasta, ½ cup reserved pasta-cooking water, ¼ cup chopped parsley and ¼ teaspoon salt.