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October 21- October 27, 2018

Market Outlook   


The lettuce market is moving up as the Salinas season begins to wind down. Some shippers will transition to Huron next week. Salinas quality has been mostly very good on inbound, but we are being told quality is starting to slip.


Romaine has declined slightly for next week and the romaine heart market is a little lower as well. Demand is very good on both items. Quality has been mostly good on all Romaine items. The Green leaf market is lower but remains on the strong side. Red leaf is steady and a great alternative to green leaf for next week. Quality has been good on leaf overall.


The commodity broccoli market is a little stronger for next week. Crowns still on the short side.  Quality has been looking good.


The cauliflower market is a little higher with good availability for next week. Quality has been good on inbound.


The carrot market is steady to stronger. Canada into good volume. Good quality Canadian product in stock.


Celery costs are steady with adequate supplies in Salinas. Michigan and Canadian product winding down and costs are up. We are seeing good quality.


Market is a little higher for next week with light supplies overall on California fruit. Quality has been fair to good on our inbounds.


The market on Idaho potatoes continues to firm up on most sizes. Quality has been very nice on inbound.


The Western onion market is steady on yellows and reds for next week. Quality on onions has been good to very good.


The California lemon market continues to decline and supplies are improving. Quality has been improving as well. Chilean lemons are higher with the season winding down. Mexico is shipping steady volume and the market is firming. We are seeing good quality over all on oranges and the market remains very strong especially on small fruit. We should see some relief with navels starting next week. The Lime market is steady for next week. Overall, we are seeing fair to good quality on inbound.


The market is unsettled and on the strong side. Light volume from Georgia and New Jersey is winding down and very light on supply. New York and Canada are finished for the season. Quality has been good.


The green pepper market unstable with a wide range in quality and costs are elevated. New Jersey has very light volume. Georgia with light volume.  Quality has been fair to good, mostly only fair.


The round tomato market is much higher. Supplies in California are winding down. Virginia is done and Tennessee is very light in volume. Florida early fall crop basically lost due to hurricane Michael. Good quality California product in stock. Grape tomatoes along with Cherry tomatoes are steady and showing good quality. The Roma market is higher with very light availability in California and Mexico.


Recipe of the Week

Easy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus


2 cloves garlic, minced

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

1/3 cup tahini

1/3 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup roasted red peppers

1/4 teaspoon dried basil


In an electric food processor, combine garlic, garbanzo beans, tahini, and lemon juice. Process until the mixture is smooth. Add roasted peppers and basil; process until the peppers are finely chopped. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer hummus to small bowl, cover and chill until you are ready to serve.