Primo

November 24 – November 30, 2019

Lettuce: 

The lettuce market has declined with better supplies available in Yuma. Costs remain on the

higher side next week, but have come off the very high levels of the last few weeks. There will likely be some minor quality issues as we navigate through transition to Yuma. Overall, we are seeing mostly good condition on arrival.

Leaf: 

Costs on Romaine are steady and on the higher side for next week. Romaine Heart markets remain very active and costs are elevated. The Green and Red leaf markets remain strong. Quality on green is fair to good and red leaf has been very nice. We will likely see some minor quality defects on leaf items. Quality has been good on recent inbounds.

Broccoli:

The commodity broccoli market is a little lower for next week. Overall, quality has been looking fair to good.

Cauliflower:

The cauliflower market has declined and product is in better shape for next week. Quality has been good on inbound.

Carrots:

The carrot market is steady and a good value on Canada product. Quality has been sharp.

Celery:

Celery costs are a few dollars higher again for next week. This market will likely continue to strengthen as we move towards the Thanksgiving holiday pull.  We are seeing good quality on inbound.

Strawberries: 

The market is high on California fruit heading into next week. Overall, volume remains very light. Quality has been good to very good. we will have our first of the season Florida berries arriving next week.

Potatoes:

The market on Idaho potatoes remains strong and #2 potatoes are in very short supply. Product is extremely tight and shippers are slow to get product out. Freight rates are elevated due to the Thanksgiving pull on the retail side.  We expect this trend to continue at least through the Thanksgiving holiday. Quality has been good to very good on inbound.

Onions:

The Western onion market is steady on both yellows and reds. Quality on onions has been good to very good overall.

Citrus

The California lemon market continues to trickle down and supply is in better shape with the desert region into full production. Quality has been good overall. We have Mexican fruit available in some sizes. We are seeing good quality on new crop Navel oranges. The Lime market is steady for next week.  We are seeing fair to good quality on inbound.

Cucumbers:

The market is stronger for next week with very cold weather in the southern states slowing things down. Quality has been good to very good on recent arrivals.

Peppers:

The green pepper market is stronger due to cold weather in the growing regions. Quality has been sharp on recent arrivals from the south.

Tomatoes:

The round tomato market is steady for next week with cool weather in Florida slowing things down. Quality has been good to very good overall. Grape tomatoes are a little stronger. Cherries are also stronger heading into next week. Both are showing good quality. The Roma market is steady but remains on the stronger side with supplies from Mexico and Florida light in volume.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

Garlic Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 fresh onion chopped
  • 1 pound fresh medium or button mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the butter and oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sauté the onion until softens (about 3 minutes).
  • Add the mushrooms and cook for about 4-5 minutes until golden and crispy on the edges.
  • Stir through thyme, 1 tablespoon of parsley and garlic. Cook for a further 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Season generously with salt and pepper (to your taste).
  • Sprinkle with remaining parsley and serve warm.