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BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

[Please note: Availability & sourcing are subject to change.]

Top Stories | June 30, 2022

Fruit-iful

Fruit-iful

  • Very Cherry plums, which can be eaten out of hand, but really come alive when cooked or baked, have arrived. Frog Hollow Farm’s Santa Rosa plums are winding down, but we’re looking forward to their pluots, on the horizon. Their organic white and yellow nectarines, and yellow peaches, are here. Washington Rainier cherries are expected in next week.
  • Grapes are improving overall. We’re anticipating our first arrival of California bunches the middle of next week, which we hope means bigger fruit, better flavor, and better texture. Lime supplies are decent; we’re now offering organics in a new 40-pound box. Dulcinea Mini Yellow Watermelons are gapping, but we’re bringing in Neon Moon baby seedless to cover.
Local Veg to Love

Local Veg to Love

  • While carrots from out west are struggling, we’re fortunate that Norwich’s offerings are thriving; we’re also loving their newly landed yellow wax beans & Japanese cauliflowers. Norwich’s cucumbers — ranging from Middle East and Suyo Long Japanese to mild Salt & Peppers — as well as Lancaster Farm Fresh’s first organic Kirbys of the season, are impressive.
  • Taproot’s beautiful mixed squash and other artisan varieties continue. Lady Moon Farms organic fennel is in great supply.
4th of July Berry Pies

4th of July Berry Pies

  • Bet on local blueberries. Taproot Farm organic blues are in! We’re seeing plenty of conventional N.J. retail-ready pints, both from farms we work with seasonally, and lighter in supply, from Driscoll’s. While their Limited Editions are gapping, we’re looking forward to their next batch, also Jersey-grown, in a few weeks. Conventional blackberry supplies are better.
  • Strawberries are still plentiful, but with a higher than average bruising rate, leading to increased rejections on our part, and higher pricing. Local Pell Family Farm straws should be plentiful for the weekend. Harry’s Berries season is winding down. Please note: Starting with tomorrow’s shipment, Driscoll’s Limited Editions will change to a 16 x 10 oz. pack size. Raspberries are steady, but Driscoll’s Limited Editions are ending early.
‘Shrooms & Greens

‘Shrooms & Greens

  • Mushrooms are really having a moment. PNW’s delicate Blonde & nutty Conica morels are plentiful, and their pricing is remarkable; same goes for meaty domestic porcinis. Bulgarian chanterelles are also lovely. Our first arrival of Martha Vineyards Mycological Wild Harvest Shiitakes went quickly, but we expect another today. Grab Dutch AAA White asparagus now, before it disappears for the season.
  • Lacinato kale is tight, but we have plenty of Lady Moon Farms organics green kale. Mache was short early in the week, but should be plentiful now, along with Boston & radicchio heads. Our local greens catalog continues to grow, including uber clean and fresh clamshells, like Gotham Greens’ Romaine & Gourmet Medley, and Bowery Farming’s Mixed Greens & Baby Green kale.
Potato & Pineapple Probs

Potato & Pineapple Probs

  • Potatoes continue to bring heartache. Florida’s multi-colored spuds have wrapped up for the season due to quality issues. While we wait for Canada’s product to start up, we’ll be sourcing new crops from North Carolina & California, which means better quality, but also, higher pricing. Fingerlings are still very tight; look, thankfully, for New York’s new crop in a few weeks.
  • Pineapple drinks & desserts might need to be put on hold this week, a problem that traces back to December’s weather, which led to a good portion of Costa Rica’s fruits now flowering and ripening early. An entire container was recently lost to a failed inspection, and we’ve been forced to reject deliveries based on inconsistent quality. Supplies are tight and prices are rising.

 

Summer Specialty Produce Planner

Summer Specialty Produce Planner

  • Just in time for summer menu planning, we’ve put together a Summer Specialty Produce Planning Guide! Based on arrival dates from previous years and ETA’s from our farm partners, these are our best predictions for summer arrivals.