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BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

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

Top Stories | November 17, 2022

Brassicas in Trouble

Brassicas in Trouble

  • While we know they’re not a green bean, broccoli and cauliflower are still main players when it comes to Thanksgiving, and they've been facing some challenging weather on the West Coast. Cauliflower continues to struggle due to frost and extreme temps, preventing the heads from reaching full size. Broccoli is facing a similar hurdle.
  • Growers are still at least two weeks away from transitioning to their Yuma fields, so we're expecting some relief once they begin harvesting in December. Our team is flying cauliflower in from Holland to try to get you through. Two other great brassica options: Organic Romanesco from local Lancaster Farm Fresh and Holland’s purple baby Brussels sprouts.
Strawberry Strife

Strawberry Strife

  • We know strawberries are popular come Thanksgiving week, and we wish we had better news to deliver. Due to rain in California, extreme cold temperatures in Mexico, and early overnight frosts, strawberries are facing significant quality issues – think mold, small sizing, and bruising. On top of that, supplies are reduced.
  • Our team is exploring alternatives, including indoor-grown crops, but for now, it’s looking like things will not turn around until post-holiday, at which point the Florida season will pick up. Not an equal sub, but please keep in mind we have excellent quantities of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries.
The Vegetables to Feature

The Vegetables to Feature

  • In great vegetable news, two of our favorites are returning in a big way this week. County Line Harvest is sending Spigariello kale, radishes, and a few leafy greens, all expected to arrive Saturday. Meanwhile, fellow Californian, J. Marchini Farms, is really producing. Their smaller-pack Chef’s Mix, featuring Treviso, Castelfranco and Chioggia, and Winter Mix, which also includes Puntarelle, are perfect for chefs who operate smaller kitchens.
  • We’re starting to see green leaf vegetables rebound, thanks to their move into Yuma. Keep in mind that the cooler weather is resulting in smaller products and, still, lower quantities received. Alternatively, look for Texas’ Little Bear crate greens, like arugula, chards, and kale.
Winter Citrus is Coming

Winter Citrus is Coming

  • While it’s true that domestic citrus season is still ramping up, we’re off to a small start. Due to California storms and Florida’s hurricanes, first harvests are on the petite side but expected to size up as the season progresses.
  • Looking into the future, juicy things are coming. After one quick in-and-out kumquat shipment, a new one’s arriving by week’s end. This weekend, first of the season Sunkist Oro Blancos and Fruition’s Meyer and Pink Variegated lemons, will be here. Kishus are also expected over the next few days, with Rising C Ranches sending theirs, in two pack sizes, next week.
Truffle Turnout

Truffle Turnout

  • Always-anticipated winter truffle season is here! White Albas, the crème de la crème of the truffle world are expected to see a shorter season this year, due to European droughts earlier in the year. Freshly harvested whites are in now, so grab them while you can.
  • Alternatively, Perigords, the black winter truffle, are in good shape, a trend we expect to continue throughout the holiday season. As you prepare to use them in sauces, pâtés, and butters, know that they’ll be cutting very black next week on, a sign of maturity. For more info about ordering, storing, and prepping winter truffles, please visit our recent blog post.
Winter Specialty Produce Planner

Winter Specialty Produce Planner

  • Just in time for fall 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.