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February 13 - 19, 2020

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New Specialty Citrus Arrivals

New Specialty Citrus Arrivals

Domestic Field Peppers Struggle to Color Up

Domestic Field Peppers Struggle to Color Up

  • Red and yellow bell peppers tighten due to harvesting gaps. Green a little better, while suntan are non-existent.
  • Red Fresno peppers are very pricey and limited: they can’t reach full color in the Florida cold.
Outstanding Offshore Delights

Outstanding Offshore Delights

Late Season Frost & Rain Stunt the Flow of Mexican Asparagus

Late Season Frost & Rain Stunt the Flow of Mexican Asparagus

Early Wild Surprises Thanks to Pockets of Pleasant Weather

Early Wild Surprises Thanks to Pockets of Pleasant Weather

  • The first west coast fiddlehead ferns are due in upcoming weeks.
  • Ramp bulbs are springing up in Virginia; ramps shoots are still weeks away.
Spring Specialty Produce Guide

Spring Specialty Produce Guide

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

This Week's Market Details

Apples

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Local Hudson Valley storage apples continue including McIntosh, SnapDragon, Cortlands, Romes, RubyFrost, Lady & Honeycrisps. Organic Granny Smiths, Braeburns, Galas, Honeycrisp & Fuji are all available. Imperfect McIntosh are in from upstate NY at value pricing.

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Region: South America Season: January - August Details:

Apples flourish in the colder areas of Central and Southern Chile. These regions grow more than 20 varieties, but their major exports are Gala, Braeburn and Fuji.

Region: Northeast Season: August - November Details:

New York is one of the country's top apple producers, second only to Washington State in annual production. The Northeast is also home to a number of small, family-owned farms that focus on rare heirloom varieties. 

Region: West Coast Season: August - December Details:

Washington State grows more than half of US apple production. Although harvest happens in the fall, storage crops from this region remains on the market almost year-round.

Prep & Storage

  • Optimum storage conditions for apples are a temperature near 32 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity between 90 and 95 percent.

Artichokes

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Small, loose artichokes are steady. Large loose, 12 CTS are now limited.

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Region: California Season: Year-Round Details:

California accounts for over 99% of commercial artichoke production in the United States. Though they are available year-round, peak growing season is March through May. 

Asparagus

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Last week's MEX frost spiked standard & large asparagus prices but supplies have regulated. Extra large & jumbo still very tight. Limited org asparagus in; quality very good. AAA jumbo white asparagus from Holland arrived; still expensive, pricing will drop by April/May.

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Region: California/ Washington Season: March - June Details:

Green asparagus pops up domestically before the official start of spring. It starts in southern California and gradually moves north. The stalks are generally thicker with purple tips, though still considered green asparagus.

Avocados

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Conventional Hass avocados are steady, with good supplies, but please note that markets are heading higher next week. Small-farm Hass avocados from Bernard Ranches in CA continue.

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The right size is always in season. Learn more here

Bananas

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Bananas from Ecuador are steady.

Beans

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Green beans have done an about-face, with short supplies, higher prices & some quality issues due to rain in FLA. Improvement expected in 2 weeks. Outstanding, recently dried Gigante, Cranberry, Borlotti & Butter beans are in from Iacopi Farm in CA. Dutch flat beans are a best buy.

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Region: California Season: Year-Round Details:

Shelling beans are in from August to October. Fava beans last from March through July and Mann Packing's stringless Tenderbite beans are available year round.

Region: Guatemala Season: Year-Round Details:

About three-quarters of Guatemalan production of snow peas, sugar snap peas and French beans is exported to the US. Guatemala is the most consistent supplier of these crops to the U.S. market.

Region: Mexico Season: September - March Details:

Fava beans and English peas move to Mexico in early fall and stay there until the following spring. They tend to be a little larger and starchier, but look great aesthetically. 

Region: Southeast Season: June - September Details:

String beans from the southeast are some of the best we see all year. When weather cooperates, they arrive sweet with strong vegetal flavors because they are only 2 days away in travel time.

Region: Northeast Season: May - September Details:

NJ has green beans into September and artisanal growers in NY grow varieties such as Maxibel, yellow wax, Flageolet, Fava and cranberry beans on and off into November. The volumes are small however, and most are organically grown.

Prep & Storage

  • For shelling beans - if you're going to use the beans within a couple of days, simply refrigerate them in the pods. If you're going to store them for a little longer, shuck them first.

Beets

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Large west coast sack red, gold, and candy cane beets are best buys. Local organic loose red storage beets are still in from upstate NY. Organic baby beet greens with roots attached are pretty, perfect for adorning salad plates. In 3 more weeks we'll have bunch Badger Flame beets in from Texas.

Berries

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Conventional CA strawberries (8 x 1 LB) arrive here in less than 2 days and are very nice. Raspberries & blackberries are tight now, with higher pricing. Blueberries are all Chilean now; MEX is not producing due to weather.

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Once you bring your fresh berries home, the key to keeping it fresh is to kill any spores on the fruit.  The pH of vinegar does that job. Wash them in a vinegar-water bath:  1 cup of white vinegar and 8 cups of water. Let the berries sit in the vinegar-water bath, gently moving them to help dislodge any dirt, grime and letting the vinegar kill spores and bacteria. Drain the berries in a colander and then thoroughly rinse the fruit (to remove any vinegar flavor).

Berries Specialty

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Driscoll's Sweetest Batch Jumbo blueberries are still hit & miss. Though market is very short, we have steady supplies of CA stemberries from the Santa Maria region. Well Picts label organic strawberries are excellent & well priced. Organic raspberries, blackberries & blues are tight, higher.

Broccoli & Broccoli Rabe

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Broccoli, crowns & broccolini are in good supply, best buys now, could head higher. Conventional rabe is steady, but organic is tight due to insect pressure. Sprouting Purple broccoli, organic CA Broccoli di Ciccio & Italian Broccolo Fiolaro continue. Organic Mixed Rapini is in from Knoll Farm.

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Region: California Season: May - October Details:

California grows over 90 percent of the broccoli in the U.S.There are many varieties of broccoli, the most common being the Calabrese variety, named for Calabria where it came from.

Region: Maine Season: June - October Details:

Research teams are working with growers in the East to determine if they are able to extend the growing seasons with some of the newer hybrids.

Region: Yuma, Arizona Season: November - April Details:

Arizona is the country's second largest broccoli grower. The desert area of Yuma grows 12, 000 acres of broccoli every year.

Prep & Storage

Store broccoli as close to 32 degrees Fahrenheit as possible without actually freezing the vegetable. At this temperature, given ideal airflow and humidity, broccoli lasts upwards of 21 to 28 days. The warmer the storage temperature, the shorter the shelf life.

Brussels Sprouts

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Conventional CA Brussels sprouts have done an about-face this week, with a drop in price & better availability. We have excellent organic CA Brussels sprouts in microwaveable bags (8 x 1 LB & 10 LBS). Large, baby purple & green Holland sprouts continue, as do stalk Brussels sprouts.

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Region Season Details
Region: California Season: May - October Details:

The Salinas region of California is the source for our summer supply of Brussels sprouts. We source from here when we can't get them from locations closer to us.

Region: Mexico Season: November - April Details:

Production comes from the Mexicali, San Luis and coastal areas of Mexico, where cool temperatures and the coastal fog that are characteristic of this district, are ideal.

Region: Holland Season: August - April Details:

Most of Dutch crop is grown in the province of Zuid-Holland. Large loose Holland Brussels are uniform in size. Green baby Brussels sprouts start in September, followed by a smaller crop of baby purples.

Region: Northeast Season: September - November Details:

Artisan Hudson Valley famers grow limited amounts of Brussels sprouts organically, both loose and still attached to their stalk, which makes a great autumn decoration.

Prep & Storage

Store Brussels sprouts in a plastic bag in your  crisper, where they'll keep for at least one week, if not a little longer. Sprouts still on the stalk will stay fresh longer than those sold individually.

Cabbage

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Napa cabbage still higher than other varieties; red, green & Savoy are all best buys. Hothouse Caraflex (pointed) cabbage is available year-round from Holland; it's great for braising, sauerkraut, slaws, or using as wraps.

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Region: George, Florida & Texas Season: December - May Details:

Although California grows most of the country's cabbage, we buy from these southern states in winter because they are closer and take less time to reach us by truck.

Region: Northeast Season: June - November Details:

New York and New Jersey grow most of the local cabbage we sell in the warmer months, including Nappa and Bok Choy varieties.

Prep & Storage

Keep your cabbage whole until you plan to use it. When you cut cabbage in half, it begins to lose its vitamin C. Store the cabbage in the crisper of your fridge. Keeping your cabbage cold will help it retain its nutrients and crisp texture.

Carrots

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Gorgeous red organic CA bunch carrots (ZCAR9R) are super fresh & flavorful, and cut red to the core. Local, organic storage carrots continue. Hand-peeled baby rainbow & orange carrots from GUAT/MEX are best buys. Baby yellow carrots are back in stock.

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Region: California Season: Year-Round Details:

California grows 80-90% of the US carrot crop and is our primary source for fresh carrots. Production is mainly in the southern and central coasts.

Region: Canada Season: July - August Details:

Carrots are grown in all regions of Canada, and enjoy long, cool growing seasons there. The majority of carrot production occurs in Ontario (44%) and Quebec (35%). This is where we source carrots for processing.

Region: Israel Season: March - June Details:

We source carrots from here during this period mainly for processing.

Region: Georgia + Mexico Season: June - August Details:

We source carrots from here during this period mainly for processing.

Region: New York Season: June - March Details:

Production is small in NY, mostly centered on small, independent farmers. Northeast carrots are grown both organically and conventionally. Their ten month availability window includes local storage carrots.

Prep & Storage

Once the greens are trimmed off, all you have to do to keep the carrots crisp and fresh is put them in a container of water and store in the refrigerator. Whole carrotsstay nice and crunchy in their cold water bath, and this is also a great way to storepackaged baby carrots.

Cauliflower & Romanesco

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Good news on all cauliflower — there's plenty of 9, 12 & 16 CT available. Colored cauliflower & large romanesco are also in good supply. Baby Romanesco is still unavailable.

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Region Season Details
Region: California Season: May - October Details:

California is the major cauliflower-producing state in the United States, growing about 90 percent of the nation's supply. In 2016, total U.S. cauliflower production was 666.1 million pounds.

Region: Yuma, Arizona Season: November - April Details:

The same growers who supply us in California move their fields to warmer Yuma for the rest of winter into early spring, with quality the same.

Region: Maine Season: July - October Details:

Cauliflower needs warm weather to grow and the Maine crop comes on in the height of summer. Both large and small heads come with full jacket on.

Region: New York Season: September - October Details:

We get beautiful cauliflower from LI and the Finger Lakes regions towards end of summer. Orange and purple varieties are available also in smaller amounts. Romanesco are steady from this region for the full two month window.

Prep & Storage

Transfer to a loosely sealed plastic bag, with a paper towel tucked in to absorb any excess moisture. Whole heads of cauliflower can be kept in a loosely sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for 4 to 7 days. Precut florets should be stored for no more than 4 days.

Celery

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Conventional & organic celery and celery hearts from TX & FLA are plentiful.

Citrus, Grapefruits

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FLA small red & white grapefruits are in good supply & best buys. Large FLA grapefruits are winding down for the season. Unwaxed red grapefruits & Oro Blancos from Bernard Ranches are in. We have organic cocktail grapefruits from Garcia Organic Farm.

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Region: Florida (Red Grapefruit) Season: October - April Details:

75% of Florida’s grapefruits are grown in the Indian River region of the state. It is considered the best growing region because of its built-in freeze protection from the nearby Gulf Stream and buffering swamp lands.

Region: California Season: January - April Details:

Most grapefruit orchards are located in the Coachella and Imperial desert regions. The San Joaquin Valley picks up in March and lasts into May. Pommelo, Oroblanco and Melogold hybrids from California run from November to March.

Region: Texas Season: October - April Details:

Texas Rio Star grapefruits love the sub tropical climate of the lower Rio Grande Valley. The dark red color and extreme juiciness and sweetness make is one of American's favorite grapefruits.

Region: Florida (White Grapefruit) Season: April - June Details:

Marsh white grapefruits account for 40% of Florida's entire grapefruit crop. With their pale yellow flesh, then have a mildly tart flavor and crisp aroma.

Prep & Storage

Store whole grapefruit at room temperature up to a week, or for 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. Tip: You'll find grapefruit to be juicier and sweeter if you return it to room temperature right before serving.

Citrus, Lemons

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Don't forget Italian Sorrento lemons from the Amalfi Coast — clean, pure tasting & unwaxed, ideal for making Limoncello. Pricing expected to drop in a week or two when they start arriving by boat. Lemons are steady across the board. Small farm organic Meyers continue from CA.

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Region: California/ Arizona/ Mexico Season: February - August Details:

Sunkist is our biggest supplier of lemons from all over the world. Demand increases during the summer months, often exceeding supply. Mexican and/or Chilean-grown lemons are then brought in to supplement.

Region: Mexico/ Chile Season: Year round Details:

These lemons tend to be a little less sweet than California lemons, but are otherwise similar in shape and juice content.

Region: California/ Arizona Season: December - early May Details:

A cross between a true lemon and a mandarin, thin-skinned Meyer Lemons are domestically grown in winter. They thrive in dry, temperate coastal climates and require little rainfall or irrigation.

Region: New Zealand Season: May - November Details:

Meyers move to the southern hemisphere during our summer months. Their skin color leans a little more towards orange and is similarly very thin skinned with abundant, mild juice.

Citrus, Limes

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Limes are lower, all sizers are best buys. Finger Limes continue from CA.

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Region: California Season: Year round Details:

The Persian lime is the most common variety, more resistant to disease and pests, and seedless with a thicker rind. Specialty limes now grown in California include Rangpur, Eustis Limequats, Finger Limes and Palestinian Sweet Limes.

Region: Mexico Season: Year round Details:

Limes account for 11.3% of Mexico's total fruit production and the United States is the world's largest importer of Mexican limes (640 thousand tons in 2017). The most popular cultivars in Mexico are the Persian and Key limes.

Region: Florida Season: June - August Details:

Key Limes are available from Florida duirng the summer months. These are small, extremely juicy limes, very aromatic and prized by bakers for their complex, acidic flavor.

Region: Mexico Season: Year - round Details:

Key Limes importee from Mexico are juicy, seed-filled and aromatic, prized for their complex, acidic flavor. They have a juice content of over 40%.

Citrus, Oranges

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CA Cara Cara, heirloom navels, kumquats, sour oranges & Sumo citrus are steady; navels are larger, sweeter Lane variety now. Org Valencias are darker with higher sugars. Orri FLA tangerines in, very sweet with thin skin. CA Moro blood oranges are a best buy; Italian bloods due 2 weeks.

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Region: California Season: late October - April Details:

Navels and Cara Caras are available all through winter and into early spring. Domestic Blood Oranges start in December with the Moro variety and ends in April with Tarocco and Sanguinelli varieties.

Region: California Season: February - August Details:

Valenicas become available in late winter and last through summer. Valencias make good juicing oranges, especially the organic variety that come from California during this period.

Region: Florida Season: November - February Details:

FL  juicing oranges are small, thin-skinned, and sweet. Late season juicing oranges in Florida are the Pineapple variety. AmberSweets, which start in January, peel and section easily and are even sweeter.

Prep & Storage

Oranges don't ripen any further once they've been picked and the refrigerator is the best place for maximimizing their shelf life. At room temperature, oranges usually keep for up to one week — in your fridge, they'll generally stay fresh for three to four weeks.

Citrus, Specialty

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Red Globe pomelos, Cross pomelo, mandarins & blood orange are incredible juicy, sweet treats. First Bergamot are in. Garcia Organic Farm mandarinquats & Meiwa kumquats are highly flavored & colored. Pixie mandarins, small farm Yosemite Gold & Tahoe Gold mandarins are available.

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Region: California Season: October - April Details:

The first Buddha's Hands and Kaffir limes start in early fall, and we receive a continuous flow of variegated pink lemons, Sumo citrus, Bergamot, Ruby Tangos, Yuzu, and many more right through early spring.

Region: Florida, Louisiana, Chile & Mexico Season: November - May Details:

The majority of kumquats in the U.S. are grown in California, with a small crop from Louisiana and Florida late in the year. Chile ships just a head of the Calif. crop and Mexico also ships sporadically.

Region: Italy Season: February - July Details:

Sorrento Lemons from the Amalfi Coast are becoming more popular and recognized in the U.S. every year. 

Region: California Season: December - April Details:

Bernard Ranch heirloom navels, Meyer lemons, tangelos, grapefruits and limes are exceptional-tasting citrus fruits grown by a family-owned farm in Riverside.

Prep & Storage

Buddha's Hand and Etrog can be stored at cool room temperature for up to two weeks or refrigerated for up to four weeks. Store Kaffir limes and yuzu citrus the way you would store limes. 

Cooking Greens

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New TX dark, curly, flavorful green Savoy spinach is in. Though more fibrous than flat or baby spinach, it wilts completely when cooked, while keeping more volume. Organic bitter red dandelion is exceptional. Green & Tuscan Kale, all Swiss chards, collards, chicory & escarole are best buys.

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Region: California Season: Year - Round Details:

There are always varieties of leafy greens available at one time or another from California. Bunch Spinach and Lacinato Kale are the major crops.

Region: South Season: November - March Details:

Mustards, collards, escarole, chicories and Lacinato kale move to the southeastern states of Florida, Georgia and Texas through winter.

Region: Ohio & Michigan Season: July - December Details:

Cabbage, spinach, chard, and heartier greens grow better in cooler weather. Once full summer hits in the northeast, we move to Ohio and southern Michigan for our late summer - early autumn supplies. 

Region: Northeast Season: March - November Details:

The first local greens to arrive are wild dandelion from N.J., followed by over-wintered spinach, parsley and leeks. New-crop cooking greens get going the second week of June.

Prep & Storage

Line a plastic storage container with paper towels, dump the leafy greens in an even layer on top, and covered it with another layer of paper towels before locking down the lid. The paper towels will absorb the moisture and allow your leafy greens to last longer! 

Corn

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Both yellow & bi color corn are still tight & high, with some quality issues. Improvement is exepcted in 2-3 more weeks when more growing areas come on.

Cucumbers

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MEX organic/conv field cucumbers are slowly recovering, but still tight. Prices are up slightly for the next 2 weeks. Honduran cucumbers are here to bolster supplies & comparable to Mexican supplies. Hothouse cucumbers are in good supply.

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Region: Canada & Mexico Season: Year-Round Details:

Hothouse-grown, these English-style cucumbers are classified as burpless cucumbers. They all have thin, edible skin, are sweet and crisp with good moisture content.

Region: South Season: September - May Details:

We source our field-grown slicing and pickling cucumbers from the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida when our local season ends in August.

Region: Northeast Season: late June - September Details:

NJ grows most of the field-grown table and pickling cukes in summer while smaller, family-owned farms in NY and PA grow specialty varieties in different sizes. Some have thin, tender, edible skin; others are for pickling.

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  • Wrap the cucumber in plastic wrap. Keeping thecucumber wrapped minimizes the amount of moisture on the cucumber, which slows the process of decay. After wrapping, put the cucumber in the refrigerator. This should keep it cold enough to stay fresh for one week to 10 days.

Eggplant

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Domestic eggplants are plentiful & a best buy. Holland-style eggplant is lower in price this week & we have better availabiltiy on baby purple eggplant.

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Region: Georgia Season: June - October Details:

Georgia is the second largest eggplant producing state in the country. Reasons for sourcing from Georgia might include lower pricing, or better availablity due to local weather/supply issues.

Region: Florida Season: November - June Details:

South Florida is the main region for eggplant production in Florida. Both Italian-style baby and large size eggplants are come from here during our winter.

Region: New Jersey Season: July - early September Details:

The large, regular "American" or "Harris" eggplant variety is the predominant type grown in southern Jersey, with smaller production of baby Italian, and slender Japanese varieties.

Region: New York, Pennsylvania, Season: July - early September Details:

Local growers produce many different varieties of organic eggplant for our region . Many are small, exotic Asian varieties.

Region: Holland Season: late March - October Details:

Holland hothouse graffiti, white and Italian style Holland eggplant plus baby varieties peak in spring and summer.

Region: Spain Season: November - February Details:

Hothouse style eggplant moves to Spain during the winter months. Graffiti and Italian style thrive here, but the white variety is more limited. Baby eggplant are not cultivated in Spain at all

Fennel

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Bulb fennel is steady and still a best buy; 12 CT are especially plentiful. Baby wild fennel, which is feathery and light, and intense in aroma, is just starting its season.

Figs

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Good availability and great quality on Black Missions in clamshells from MEX; they will last through spring.

Fresh Herbs

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New edible rose petals and tiny red roses are in for Valentine's Day. Both parsleys & cilantro are best buys. Gilbertie's organic arugula, chervil, chives & viola flowers are in. Koppert Cress Apple Blossoms are in short supply.

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Region: California Season: Year-Round Details:

Parsley, chervil and cilantro are harvested here year-round when available. Because fresh herbs are the most delicate of commodities, weather issues often cause shortages in one region - hence, our global network of herb suppliers.

Region: Middle East Season: Year - Round Details:

Israel and Palestine, with their arid climate, provide the ideal growing conditions for herbs such as basil, chives and thyme.

Region: Columbia & Mexico Season: Year - Round Details:

Columbia and Mexico have climates that are very suitable for herbs. We primarily source from these Columbia to supplement supplies when other regions are limited.

Region: Northeast Season: July - November Details:

Herbs that can withstand cool weather - tarragon, rosemary, parsley and oregano - last locally into October. Basil, chives and cilantro are local only through September. We source local herbs from family farms in NJ, NY, CT + PA. 

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The best way to store fresh herbs is to snip off the bottom of the stems, make sure the leaves are completely dry, fill a jar or a water glass partially with water and place the stem ends of the herbs into the water in the jar, and place in the fridge covered loosely with a plastic bag.

Garlic

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Nice organic green spring garlic is in from CA. Chinese garlic is getting tight; we have CA & Spain garlic to substitute, at higher pricing.

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Region: California Season: Year round Details:

Christopher Ranch garlic in Gilroy, is the country's most renowned producer of high quality whole heads and peeled garlic cloves.

Region: Northeast Season: April - Sept Details:

Green garlic arrives from several organic growers in our region at the same time. Garlic scapes and ramps peak during this period. Organic garlic heads becomes available from several small local farms during this time.

Region: China Season: Year round Details:

Chinese garlic is less costly than garlic from California, Spain and other producing countries. China is also a major producer of peeled garlic cloves.

Region: France Season: Year round Details:

Garlic braids, smoked over wood in a centuries-old tradition, are imported from the Basque region France for their unusual flavor, aroma and decorative appearance. They are available through special order only.

Grapes

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New Chilean pink Muscat grapes are lovely, available through spring. Conventional Chilean red Flames are in; they're available in more large sizes than small. Little green Chilean grapes have started, early Sugraone variety.Prices on black & white seedless grapes have come off a bit.

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Region: California Season: June - December Details:

From Coachella in June then San Joaquin Valley picks up and lasts into Dec. Specialty varieties start later in July and last into Nov. Jumbo, seedless red Scarlottas and white Autum Kings run from Oct through Nov.

Region: South America Season: December - May Details:

We usually switch over to Chilean supplies by mid-December. Chilean grapes arrive right before Christmas. We continue there until California starts harvesting late May.

Region: Mexico Season: May - June Details:

Baldor makes a short dip into the Mexican grape season before the California grapes are steady with good pricing. Red Flames and Thompsons comprise the largest import variety from Mexico.

Region: Arizona Season: July - September Details:

Champagne grapes, also known as Black Cornith or Zante Currants are the earliest domestic grapes to arrive every year. After a short, July run in Arizona, we start sourcing them from California through early fall.

Region: Northeast Season: late August - November Details:

The Finger Lakes of N.Y. state is a premier table and wine grape-growing region producing east coast varieties include Concords, Niagaras, Canadice and Purple Mars.

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Place grapes into a sealed plastic bag or airtight container without washing them. Store your grapes in the back of the refrigerator. Separate stacks of grapes when buying in bulk to promote air circulation. Grapes will stay fresh for up to three weeks if stored correctly.

Lettuce & Salads

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Romaine, hearts, iceberg, red/green leaf, Boston & red/white endive are best buys. Better volume on CA frisée. All arugula in good supplies except Organic Girl. T&A little gems & Mann Red/Green Leaf & Better Burger Leaf are all best buys. Babe Farms baby head lettuces are a little sandy. 10 x 6 Little Gems unavailable.

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Region: California Season: Year - Round Details:

Salinas supplies 1/2 of the country's lettuce crop. From Dec through March, production moves to the state's southern desert region. Small farms growing in Petaluma, Thermal and Riverside supply us throughout fall and winter.

Region: Arizona Season: November - early April Details:

Nationally, Arizona ranks second only to California in head, leaf and romaine lettuce production. 95% of the state's crop is grown in the Yuma Valley which enjoys moderate winters.

Region: Ohio, Michigan & Canada Season: July - September Details:

When it gets too hot in the height of summer, we briefly source field-grown lettuces from these three regions. Besides being only one day away in transit, these areas boast plenty, land, water and labor - factors.

Region: Northeast Season: late June - November Details:

NY, NJ, PA and MA are major salad producers throughout summer and fall. Along with commercial growers, there are many small, independent farms growing specialty and/or organic head and lettuce mixes for the region.

Region: Southeast Season: Year - Round Details:

B&W and Satur Farms grow in different regions throughout the year. Satur Farms moves from Long Island down to FL mid-December - May. B&W travels between Tennessee and Florida for steady supplies of their pre-washed baby greens.

Prep & Storage

  • Line a plastic storage container with paper towels, dump the lettuce in an even layer on top, and covered it with another layer of paper towels before locking down the lid. The paper towels will absorb the moisture and allow your lettuce and salads to last longer! 

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Italian frisée is plentiful, well-blanched & a good sub for tight CA frisée. Italian specialty radicchios are best buys. Boutique Little Gems, Spigariello Kale, from County Line Harvest. Organic arugula, baby spinach & spring mix are back from Blue Sky Organic Farms, AZ. Israeli rocat Arugula, 1 KILO is plentiful.

Mangos

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Organic & conventional Kent variety mangos from Peru are good quality & the lowest prices we've seen in some time.

Melons

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Offshore cantaloupes & honeydews are now both best buys; more 6 & 8 CT honeydews are available. Tara cantaloupes, with thin-skin and redder flesh, also best buys. More red seedless watermelons are coming in from MEX with sugars that are slowly improving. Kiwano & Pepino melons in.

Seasonal Transitions

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Region: California Season: June - November Details:

West Side Melons are considered the most fragrant and best tasting in the world. Desert melons from the south are harvested mid October to early December. Heirloom melons arrive from southern California in June.

Region: Yuma, AZ Season: November - mid December Details:

Melons transition to the Arizona desert for a brief one-month run before moving off-shore. Varieties are mostly honeydew and cantaloupes with a few specialty varieties in the mix,

Region: Central America Season: December - March Details:

Most of our winter melons come from Guatemala and Honduras with lesser amounts from Panama.

Region: Mexico Season: March - June Details:

Honeydews, cantaloupes, seedless watermelons, and yellow flesh watermelons from Mexico fill a late winter melon gap. They last into spring, before California and our own local melon season gets going.

Region: South Season: May - June Details:

We go to Texas during this period for their excellent honeydew, cantaloupes and watermelons. Melons are also pulled from Delaware and the Carolinas during this period.

Region: Northeast Season: August - September Details:

Local musk melons, true cantanoupes, Sugar Babies, yellow flesh and Sangria watermelons with seeds show up from the east in late summer.

Region: California Season: Early May Details:

The earliest Origami cantaloupes and honeydews start in Brawley, which is located in the Imperial Valley in southern California.

Mushrooms

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PNW Black Trumpet, Yellow Foots, Cauliflower & Hedgehogs are in & peak. We have our last shot of PNW Chanterelles 1 KILO in, before they move to Portugal. Pink Oyster Mushrooms (which lose color when cooked), Oakwood Shiitakes, Bluefoots,Asian Morels & South African porcini are steady.

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Region: Pennsylvania & Rhode Island Season: Year - Round Details:

When wild mushroom varieties are grown in a controlled environment, they are referred to as "cultivated wild" mushrooms. These include white, Cremini, Shitake, Portobello, Oyster, Maitake, and Pioppino, and several other varieties.

Region: Pacific Northwest Season: Year - Round Details:

Black Trumpets, Chanterelles, Hedgehogs, Matsutake, Porcini, Cauliflower, Chicken of the Woods, Yellowfoots and Lobster mushrooms pop up in the wild at different times throughout the whole year.

Region: France & Holland Season: Year - Round Details:

Bluefoots are medium-sized, cultivated mushrooms from Europe. They are a pretty lavender color, and are mild, clean, and firm with a low water content.

Region: Europe & Morocco Season: April - December Details:

Several wild mushroom varieties move to Eastern Europe, Spain, Morocco and France during the warmer months. Mousseron, St. George and Amanita Caesarea (Ovoli) are a few of the more exotic varieties we import in limited amounts.

Region: South Africa Season: October - April Details:

Fresh wild Porcini from here are grown at very high elevations and, therefore, are almost completely worm-free. They arrive whole and intact as they don't have to be split open to check for pests.

Prep & Storage

Prepackaged mushrooms should stay in the package. Keep fresh mushrooms in a paper bag or in a damp cloth bag in the refrigerator. This allows them to breathe so they stay firm longer. Avoid storing mushrooms in a plastic bag, which causes them to deteriorate quickly.

Onions

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Organic red spring onions & wild white onions are both in stock. Scallions are steady now, good volume this week, quality fair. Baby CA leeks are limited. Holland leeks are a best buy. Imperfect PA organic local sweet onions are a great value.

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Region: California/ Washington/ Oregon/Idaho Season: Year round Details:

Mild spring onion from California and the Pacific Northwest often pop us as early as late January and last into early Autumn. Yellow spanish onions start in June and continue through February.

Region: South Season: March - early June Details:

Spanish cooking Onions are sourced from Texas starting in March, finish early June, then move to New Mexico.

Region: Georgia/ Texas Season: late March - late September Details:

Full size Georgia Vidalia onions start in June and can extend in storage through November. 1015 sweet onions are available from south Texas from March through September.

Region: Peru Season: October - February Details:

Peru offers the same sandy soils and climate found in southeast Georgia, allowing the production of sweet onions during the off-season.

Region: California Season: April - May (onions) Year round (garlic) Details:

Knoll Farms Red Topedo Onions and Martin Farms Red Purplette Spring Onions are some of the more unique vaireites that sprout in early spring.

Region: Northeast Season: April - Sept Details:

Yellow spring onions and green garlic arrives from several organic growers in our region at the same time.

Region: Mexico Season: February - April Details:

Mexican grown sweet onions enjoy a brief two month run in early spring, allowing us to get a jump on the start of our own southern growing season.

Pears

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WA Boscs, Comice, Forelle, Seckle, D'Anjou & Red winter pears are all in good supply; WA Bartlett pears are winding down. WA & local Asian pears continue. Organic Bosc & D'anjou are plentiful. Argentinian organic Bartlett pears due in two weeks.

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Region: Pacific Northwest Season: September - April Details:

Oregon and Washington grow 80% of the country's crop. Organic and coventional pears thrive in the cooler climates of the northern, coastal regions. Comice, Bosc, D'Anjou, Seckels, Starkimsons, and Bartletts are some of the varieties.

Region: New York Season: September - December Details:

New-crop pears from the Hudson Valley are harvested fresh in fall and continue in storage through spring. We carry only fresh harvest local autumn pears in limited amounts.

Region: South America Season: April - July Details:

We bring South American pears in when domestic pears are all out of storage. Abate Fetal pears are now Chilean-grown and prized for their elegant elongated shape, sweetness and fragrance.

Region: Pennsylvania, California & Washington Season: September - December Details:

Local Asian pears start arriving locally from Subarashii Kudamono growers in mid-September, and then from Kingsburg Orchards in California. The latest arrival is from Washington in early October.

Prep & Storage

Unlike other fruits, pears ripen from the inside out so by the time they are soft on the outside, the inside flesh may be overripe and mealy. Ripe pears should be stored in a refrigerator set at 35 to 45 degrees. Leave unripe pears at room temperature in order to induce ripening.

Peas

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Celebrate the arrival of new English style peas from Italy, just south of Naples - big pods bulging with large AND sweet fresh peas! You will not be disappointed; available through June. GUAT sugar snaps & snow peas are a best buy.

Peppers

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Yellow & red field peppers are high & limited. No suntans available, green in better supply. Colored peppers (11 LB) from Spain are high, especially yellow & orange. Quality is very good on all 3 colors. Red Fresno & Cubanelles from FLA are tight & costly. Veggie Sweets are a best buy.

Seasonal Transitions

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Region: Holland, Canada & Mexico Season: May - November Details:

Colored peppers are native to Holland and their thick-walled, sweet, hothouse peppers are grown in a controlled environment from seed. Canada is also a major supplier. Mexico's crop runs year round.

Region: Israel, Dominican Republic & Mexico Season: November - April Details:

We dip into all three regions during the colder months of the year.

Region: Northeast Season: July - October Details:

Green peppers thrive in New Jersey, Long Island and Pennsylvania during the warmer months. Field-grown peppers display a more vegetal flavor than hothouse grown.

Region: South Season: November - June Details:

Field green pepper production moves to the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida once cooler weather arrives up north.

Region: West Coast Season: Year - Round Details:

Red and yellow field grown peppers start their season north in the Fresno area, then move down to Oxnard and San Diego. Packed 25 pounds, they are an indispensible utility pepper in every commercial kitchen.

Prep & Storage

Put peppers in perforated plastic bags and store them in the crisper of your refrigerator.

Pineapples

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Hummingbird Dream Pink Pineapples, (pretty pink flesh & crownless) are outstandinly sweet & tasty; made possible through bioengineering. Conventional golden 5 & 6 CT pineapples are in good supply and organic pineapples are plentiful. SA baby pineapples are back in stock.

Potatoes

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Market steady, GPODs tight; season will end early, please be size flexible. Red, yellow & white bagged potatoes from Prince Edward Island are winding down; new FLA crop will start in couple weeks. Local NY & PA organic specialty storage potatoes continue. Jumbo yams slightly higher.

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Region: Idaho Season: October - August Details:

GPOD Russet Burbanks start their new seaon every October and typically gap for 2-3 weeks in September. Idaho Russet Norkotahs harvested in early fall by various other growers are available during this gap and throughout the year.

Region: Pacific Northwest Season: June - November Details:

Weiser Family Farms comes out with their new heirloom potatoes every June. Kennebec fryers and new-crop creamers continue into fall. Organic creamer potatoes come from Oregon this time of year.

Region: South Season: June - September Details:

Florida new potato season peaks between late spring and late winter. Reds, whites, yellows and chef's varieties arrive in a, b, and c sizes.

Region: Massachusetts, Carolinas, Virginia & Delaware Season: July - October Details:

New red, white and yellow potatoes arrive from all these states in the height of summer.

Region: Canada, Maine & New York Season: September - March Details:

Prince Edward Island is the largest potato producer in Canada. U.S. chefs anxiously await their start in early Autumn because the island's rich, red, sandy soil produces extremely flavorful, earthy-tasting potatoes.

Region: Pennsylvania Season: June - November Details:

Local organic potatoes from Lancaster Farms include Beauregard yams, Fingerling sweet potatoes and purple sweet potatoes.

Prep & Storage

Potatoes keep best when placed in a well-ventilated container and stored in a dry location, away from sunlight, and at temperatures between 45 and 55 degrees F.

Root Vegetables

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CA cello radishes, parsnips & white turnips are best buys. French Breakfast & Easter Egg radishes are tight, higher. Organic baby French Breakfast radishes with greens are in. French Crosnes and NY organic rutabaga, turnips & parsnips continue. CA baby turnips & PA baby Hakureis continue.

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Region: California & Oregon Season: Year - Round Details:

Baby colored beets and variety radishes are a staple in south central California. Sunchokes move between both states, keep availability nearly year round.

Region: Michigan & Ohio Season: Year - Round Details:

This region of the midwest is a major supplier of the loose large colored beets, sack beets, parsnips, turnips, and radishes we carry all year.

Region: Northeast Season: September - November Details:

Radishes, beets, turnips, rutabaga and sunchokes thrive locally in fall and early winter, then go into storage. Most organic root vegetables come from small, artisan farms in NY, PA and NJ.

Region: South Florida Season: November - April Details:

Bunch and cello radishes move to Florida as winter approaches.

Region: Belgium Season: October - April Details:

The new season for celery knob and salsify starts in autumn and last through late spring. From May on, storage crop is available right through the year.

Prep & Storage

Place unwashed turnips in a perforated plastic bag and store in the crisper. They should keep for at least 1 week and up to 3. Parsnips tend to lose moisture quickly when they are exposed to air. To store them, wrap them in paper towels and place in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper.

Rhubarb

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Region: California Season: October - December Details:

Mandarin is the name given to all types of small, zipper skin citrus fruits with easily separating segments. Satsumas are the first to arrive. Other common varieties include clementines, Page, Pixie and Honey. 

Region: Spain & Morocco Season: November - January Details:

Considered to be the best clementine mandarins, often shipped in gift box wooden crates for the holiday season. Supple and sweet with zipper skin.

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Squash

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MEX org & conv yellow & green squash are now high due to MEX frost & erratic weather in FLA. We expect 2-3 weeks before markets improve. Check out the new Delica pumpkin/squash hybrid from Italy, which is slow-cured for sugars to increase & stays firm and dense when cooked.

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Region: Mexico Season: November - April Details:

Mexican growers have perfected the cultivation of summer yellow and zucchini in addition to hard shell squash and their native chayote. Today Mexico is a leading year-round suppliers to the U.S. 

Region: Ohio & Michigan Season: Late June - August Details:

Soft summer squashes flourish here in conjunction with our own local growing season. Winter squash varieties run from mid-Sept to mid-Oct in Ohio which is our greatest supplier in fall. They last in storage through winter.

Region: Northeast Season: Late June - December Details:

NJ is a major commercial grower of summer squash, here within a day of harvest. Local squash - both hard and soft shell, as well as zucchini blossoms. Summer squash ends locally in August and winter squash lasts into December.

Region: Holland Season: May - October Details:

Round 8 ball, gold bar, zucchini flowers and, occasionally, green zucchini are all imported sporadically from Holland during this period. Mini zucchini with blossoms attached are imported in limited amounts.

Region: California & Israel Season: Year - Round Details:

California is a leading supplier of fresh zucchini blossoms in summer when Israel gets too hot. Israeli zucchini blossoms are mainly a winter crop grown hydroponically and individually cello wrapped.

Prep & Storage

Frost shortens shelf life, so keep hard squash at room temperature and dry. 

Stone Fruit

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Region: California/PNW Season: May - November Details:

Hundreds of stone fruit varieties are grown in the San Joaquin Valley of California and shipped to many locations around the world. White peaches are the first to arrive and late fall pluots last into November.

Region: Chile Season: November - April Details:

The U.S. is the world's largest importer of Chilean stone fruits during our winter season. The quality of Chilean fruits, including cherries, has likewise improved, keeping pace with increased production.

Region: Australia/New Zealand Season: February - March Details:

These southern hemisphere countries have a short season for some of the most perfect fruits you will see anytime of year. Apricots start first, followed by Greengage plums, Omega plums, Fortune plumsand colossal 10 row cherries.

Region: South Season: July - August Details:

Peaches and nectarines from Georgia and the Carolinas have a slightly different shape and acidity level than west coast peaches. Crop volumes are inconsistent from year to year due to weather variables.

Region: Northeast Season: July - early Sept. Details:

Local peaches in our region come mainly from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with smaller amounts from NY. The Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes regions produce sweet and sour cherries which appear for a few fleeting weeks in early July.

Tomatoes

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Shady Lady hydroponic tomatoes are here - the best outdoor winter CA tomato now. MEX plum, round & grapes from MEX higher due to rain, cherry tomato prices down. Campari, cocktail & brown tomatos are still tight, not sizing up due to cold in CAN. Heirloom tomatoes & FLA tomatillos are costly.

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Region: Florida Season: October - June Details:

Florida is the second-largest tomato-producing state next to California, and supplies most of the nation's winter crop. Commercial volume drops and prices are lowest from August to September when local tomatoes become availabile.

Region: Mexico Season: Year - Round Details:

Mexico now accounts for 71% of the U.S. import market for greenhouse tomatoes. The Baja peninsula is the greatest supplier of organically grown field tomatoes in the country.

Region: Canada Season: Year - Round Details:

Outdoor production is limited in Canada by the cool and short summer season. Innovative growers, and proximity to the biggest markets in North America, have resulted in the explosion of Canada's hothouse tomato industry.

Region: Northeast Season: July - October Details:

Long Island and the Hudson Valley of NY, NJ, and Pennsylvania produce the greatest amount of local tomatoes including heirlooms for our region. Several of our regional tomato growers are certified organic.

Region: South Season: June - August Details:

The Carolinas, TN, GA, and AL supply field-grown tomatoes for the commercial market starting in late spring. Edisto Island, off the coast of South Carolina, grows exceptional micro cherry and grape tomatoes that arrive early June.

Region: California Season: Year - Round Details:

We source small quantities of specialty organic tomatoes from here sporadically throughout the year. Organic Tasti Lees and Dry Farmed tomatoes are two examples.

Prep & Storage

Keep unripe green tomatoes, stem side down, in a paper bag or in a cardboard box in a single layer. Place in a cool area until they turn red in color. Perfectly ripe tomatoesshould be kept at room temperature on the counter away from sunlight

Tropical & Exotic Fruits

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NZ Kiwi Berries are in. CA. Super large pomegranates are in from Israel, lots & lots of arils. CA Cherimoya & Sharon fruit from Israel are new. FLA passion fruit & star fruit both best buys. Look for the first NZ greengage plums next week. Pomegranate seeds are now from Peru; pricing is stable.

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Region: Florida Season: Year round Details:

Florida star fruit (carambola) season last from May through February. Florida is a major year-round supplier of Passion Fruit when there are no prohibitive weather issues.

Region: New Zealand/Chile Season: Year round Details:

Feijoa grows in these two regions between March and May.Passion Fruit arrives late December and lasts until September. Golden Kiwi comes from the southern hemisphere May through November.

Region: Thailand Season: June - December Details:

In 2007, the USDA approved imports of irradiated Mangosteens from Thailand. Each fruit containes 4-8 lobes of very fragrant, pearly flesh that tastes like lychee and peaches combined.

Region: Taiwan/South Africa Season: Year - round Details:

Star Fruit is usually available year round from Taiwan. We source fresh lychee from South Africa between December and January. Tawainese Star Fruit season is from February through April

Region: Vietnam Season: Year round Details:

For much of the year, white/yellow fleshed Dragon Fruit comes from Vietnam. Domestic red fleshed Dragon Fruit is available from late summer through early fall. Rambutan runs from March through November.

Region: California Season: Year round Details:

Cherimoya runs from October to February. California Passion Fruit is usually in from January through September. Domestic Golden Kiwi is only around in fall.

Region: Central America Season: Year round Details:

Golden pineapples and bananas are primarily shipped from Costa Rica and Panama. Maradol papayas are from Guatemala year round.

Region: Italy Season: November - January Details:

Golden Kiwi from Italy are grown primarily in the Piedmont region and arrive on our shores in early November.

Region: South America Season: Year round Details:

Red papayas are available from Brazil year round. Bananas and Pineapples also come from Ecuador, Brazil and Colombia at different times throughout the year.

Region: Mexico Season: Year round Details:

Pineappleas and Bananas ship from our southern neighbor sporadically throughout the year.

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First wild ramp bulbs from VA & fiddlehead ferns from PNW are in. Wild Miner's lettuce, stinging nettles, watercress & bay leaves have sprung in the PNW. Europen black winter truffles continue. We have Chilean red currants (12 x 1/2 pint). Italian Grumolo chicory is gorgeous, outstanding!

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Region: California Season: Year - Round Details:

Sour Armenian plums, Murray berries, orange Blossoms, fava leaves, spigarello, fresh garbanzo beans, green blueberries, mustard flowers, purslane and wild seabeans are early spring arrivals. Coraline frisee is year round.

Region: Pacific Northwest Season: February - July Details:

Spring Onions, Grape Blossoms, Maple Leaf Blossoms, and mountain huckleberries are just some of the exotic and/or unique crops that pop out between late winter through early summer.

Region: Belgium & Holland Season: Year - Round Details:

Friseline, Pineberries, strasberries are available at one time or another throughout the year.

Region: Northeast Season: June - October Details:

Organically grown edible weeds, flower, and seeds such as fennel flowers, oxalis, anise hyssop, spruce shoots, juniper berries and Autumn berries arrive in spring from MA and st into autumn. 

Region: Mexico Season: March - May Details:

Purslane is known to be one of the most nutritious plants on the planet. It grows wild in a spreading fashion in the summer months and can also be cultivated vertically.

Prep & Storage

Ripen star fruit at room temperature until you can smell their aroma then refrigerate for up to a week.