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September 2- September 8, 2018

Market Outlook   


The lettuce market continues to drift downward and we will see lower costs for next week. Salinas quality has been mostly very good on inbound.


Romaine and romaine heart markets are steady. Demand is good. Quality has been mostly good on all Romaine items. Green leaf and Red leaf are steady. Quality has been good on leaf overall.


The commodity broccoli market is declining and costs will be lower for next week. Quality has been looking good.


The cauliflower market is slightly higher again for next week. Quality has been good on inbound.


The carrot market is steady, but remains on the strong side. Canada is producing very few large carrots. Michigan underway with light volume. We are seeing good quality from Mexico.


Celery costs are steady with good supplies in Salinas. There is also Michigan and Canadian product available. We are seeing good quality.


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


The market on Idaho potatoes is a little lower with new crop looking very sharp. #2 potatoes are still on the tight side as new crop is not producing many #2’s. Shippers sending 100 count to fill #2 orders.


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 is strong and remains in very short supply. Quality has been fair to good. Import arrivals are very light and overall the supplies are extremely short. Mexico is shipping more lemons, so we hope to see some pricing relief in coming weeks. We are seeing good quality over all on oranges and the market remains very strong especially on small fruit with Schools business ramping back up. The Lime market is softer for next week as crossing from Mexico have improved.  Overall, we are seeing fair to good quality on inbound.


The market is very unsettled and there is a wide range on cost and quality.  Product is being sourced from multiple growing regions along the East Coast, New York and Canada. Quality has been good.


The green pepper market is steady with adequate supplies in New Jersey. Michigan and Canada also harvesting now.  Quality has been good overall.


The round tomato market is steady for next week. Supplies in California are light and the East is producing very few tomatoes. Good quality California product in stock. The grape tomato market is steady to stronger. We are seeing mostly good quality. Cherry tomatoes are steady to stronger and showing good quality. The Roma market is higher with fair availability in both California and Mexico.


Recipe of the Week

Jalapeno Crisps


1 Cup finely shredded Parmesan

1/2 cup shredded cheddar

1 jalapeno, thinly sliced

4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Black pepper


Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spoon about a tablespoon of parmesan into a small mound on the baking sheet. Top with about half tablespoon of cheddar. Carefully pat cheese down flat and place jalapeno slice on top. Sprinkle with bacon and black pepper over each mound. Bake until crispy and golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool slightly before transferring to serving dish.