May 8- May 14, 2016
The lettuce market is significantly higher. Product is coming up short, and demand is very strong. We are seeing good quality on inbound this week.
Romaine, Romaine hearts, along with green and red leaf markets are up significantly as well. We are seeing mostly good quality on inbound, but occasional pink rib on romaine products.
The broccoli market is steady to up slightly. Quality has been good on inbound.
The cauliflower market is about steady. Quality has been very good.
The carrot market has started to move upward out of Texas with Georgia finishing up, quality and sizing remains good.
The celery market is mostly steady in California. We are seeing good quality on inbound.
We continue to see both good quality on some inbounds and only fair on others. We should see overall supply and quality improve in the coming weeks. Costs will be about steady for next week.
Idaho potato market has been increasing on the larger sizes 40 through 80 for next week, and moving into the next couple of weeks we will likely see the smaller sizes follow that trend as well.
The onion market is steady for next week; market has slid a bit with more volume and California coming on full swing. Overall product has been very nice.
The California lemon market is higher again with supplies continuing to tighten up. Quality on the fruit has been fair to very good. California Navel oranges are in good supply on large fruit, but small fruit is very short. We are seeing great quality on inbound. Valencia’s are available, but at higher costs. The Lime market remains high with very few crossings from Mexico. We are seeing mostly good quality on inbound, with some occasional scarring.
The cucumber market has tightened up over the past couple of days with rain in Florida. We are seeing mostly good quality on inbound.
The green pepper is remains steady for next week with no reported issues. Quality has been improving.
The round tomato market is about at bottom with very good supplies and quality coming on in Florida. The Grape tomato market is depressed and costs are on the bottom. Cherries are steady and near the bottom. The Roma market is steady with good supplies out of both Florida and Mexico.
Recipe of the Week
Canola oil for frying
1/4 cup flour
About 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
2 large eggs, beaten to blend
1 1/4 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
2 firm-ripe medium avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced into 1/2-in. wedges
- Preheat oven to 200°. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 1/2 in. oil until it registers 375° on a deep-fry thermometer.
- Meanwhile, mix flour with 1/4 tsp. salt in a shallow plate. Put eggs and panko in separate shallow plates. Dip avocado in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in egg, then panko to coat. Set on 2 plates in a single layer.
- Fry a quarter of avocado slices at a time until deep golden, 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer slices to a plate lined with paper towels. Keep warm in oven while cooking remaining avocados. Sprinkle with salt to taste.