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September 23- September 29, 2018

Market Outlook   


The lettuce market is active and supplies are tightening up. Costs will be higher for next week. Salinas quality has been mostly very good on inbound.


Romaine is a little higher for next week and the romaine heart market is steady. Demand is good. Quality has been mostly good on all Romaine items. Green leaf and Red leaf are up slightly. Quality has been good on leaf overall.


The commodity broccoli market is higher for next week. Crowns seem especially short.  Quality has been looking good.


The cauliflower market has continued to decline with better availability for next week. Quality has been good on inbound.


The carrot market is a little softer. Canada seems to have better volume. Good quality Canadian product in stock.


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


Market is steady and on the strong side with light supplies on California fruit. Quality has been fair to good on our inbounds.


The market on Idaho potatoes is slightly 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 declining and supplies are slowly improving. Quality has been fair to good. Import arrivals are steady and that market is softening. Mexico is shipping more lemons, and we are starting to see some costs decline. We are seeing good quality over all on oranges and the market remains very strong especially on small fruit. The Lime market is stronger for next week. Overall, we are seeing fair to good quality on inbound.


The market is very unsettled and active. 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 active with fewer supplies in New Jersey. Michigan and Canada also light in volume.  Quality has been good overall.


The round tomato market is steady to up slightly for next week. Supplies in California have improved. The East is producing very few tomatoes. Good quality California product in stock. The grape tomato market along with Cherry tomatoes are stronger and showing good quality. The Roma market is higher with fair availability in California.


Recipe of the Week

Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnut Walad with a Maple Syrup Vinaigrette


2 generous handfuls rocket (leaves of your choice)

2 pears, sliced

150g blue cheese, broken into chunks

50g crushed walnuts for sprinkling


60ml olive oil (4 Tbs)

30 ml red wine vinegar (2 Tbs)

20ml maple syrup (1 Tbs and 1 tsp)

1/2 tsp Dijon mustard



Place the salad ingredients in a bowl or arrange on a platter.

Mix the vinaigrette dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake well before drizzling over the salad.


Its best to make the salad just before serving as the pears go brown very quickly