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NEWS FROM THE FARM

BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

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

Top Stories | January 20, 2022

Local Love

Local Love

  • We love a local farm that makes it easy for us to support them year-round. Lady Moon Farms, a certified organic PA farm, has established growing regions throughout the east coast, to ensure that their fantastic product is always available.
  • While many of our oft-soured organic farms are on a forced hiatus — a result of weather, labor, and transportation issues — this is a great time to give Lady Moon’s fennel, cabbages, kales & lettuces a try. They’re also a good January source for mixed, cherry, and grape tomatoes.
Specialty Citrus

Specialty Citrus

  • This is the optimal time to highlight specialty citrus, including Buddha’s Hand, Etrog Citron, bergamot, and due in next week, Rising C Ranches, Seville sour oranges, on your menus and in displays. Conventional and organic lemons and navels, Meyers, and Halo mandarins are in steady supply, with good quality.
  • In tougher straits, limes and Sumo citrus. The former are receiving a one-two punch from high winds, which are resulting in less usable fruit, and a lack of labor, which means fewer hands to pick the fruit that is available. As for Sumos, heavy rains out west have led to subpar fruit, forcing a strict rating system and less availability. What we do get in now, is local.
Grape News

Grape News

  • For weeks, we’ve been watching grapes struggle, mostly a result of continuing cargo issues. One major problem is that due to lack of labor and rising costs, vessels are not released until completely full. This week, ten containers missed the send, adding strain to the conventional red and green market. Black grapes have long been suffering.
  • There are highlights: Pink muscat grapes have made their first arrival, and organic green grapes, while otherwise hard to find right now, are in-house. Candy Snaps are expected the first or second week of February.
Roots Breakdown

Roots Breakdown

  • We have plenty of fresh, good quality GPODS, in several sizes and count-size, in house right now. While yellow and red beets from Babé Farms are not readily available, we’re loving their Candy Cane and mixed bunches. Baby turnips are here.
  • Hand-packed peeled baby carrots from Bolthouse Farms are very hard to come by right now, due to labor shortages. Our team is dedicated to finding a suitable replacement to get us through this gap, but at the moment, most hand-packing vendors are facing the same problems.
Favorites & Flops

Favorites & Flops

  • While traditional winter veg like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts have seen better days, more exciting choices, like cardoons, baby fennel, baby leeks, Casper kale, and micro gold pea shoots are all plentiful and so pretty right now. Hothouse peppers continue to be an excellent inexpensive choice.
  • Organic basil has been difficult but should be in by the end of the week. Both conventional and organic cilantro and parsley are hard to find. Wild fennel’s a bit tight, and ginger, while here and OK for now, looks like it’s about to get pricier. Pineapple, blueberry, fig, and pink dragon fruit shortages continue to cause headaches. 
Winter Specialty Produce Planner

Winter Specialty Produce Planner

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