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NEWS FROM THE FARM

BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

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

Top Stories | August 5, 2021

Tomato, Toma-Doh!

Tomato, Toma-Doh!

  • Exciting tomato varieties abound this August. We’ve got our eyes (and mouths) on clementines, mini artisan cocktails, suncocholas, organic golden rave mini romas, and gorgeous, multicolored, new Brad’s Atomic Grape Tomatoes (set to arrive, in about a week, from Norwich Meadows Farm). Red cherries and grapes are holding steady, with prices dropping a bit on tasty local red grapes. Jersey plums look great.
  • Red beefsteaks are very short, due to weather and water issues, as well as the rugose virus affecting Canadian plants. Eckerton Hill Farms mediums and sungolds remain limited because of chilly nighttime weather; a second planting should boost availability soon. The heirloom market has remained strong, but we’ll be adding lots of local tomatoes into the mix soon, which should alleviate pricing.
Fab Figs & Great Grapes

Fab Figs & Great Grapes

  • Syrupy black mission figs, jammy tigers, honeyed white figs, and robust brown turkeys are all in stock. Organic whites, blacks, and browns have just come in from Maywood Farms, a certified organic family farm that specializes in the fruits.
  • Gorgeous California grapes are here. Tiny champagnes, old-fashioned Concords, and juicy Thomcords are all in stock, along with reds and greens. From Grapery, plummy Sweet Surrender and super-sweet Gum Drops are in house; we hope to receive our first Cotton Candies from them early next week.

 

Give Peach a Chance

Give Peach a Chance

  • Organic Masumoto Family Farm peaches arrive soon, and this may be our last shot for the year, so don’t wait; their nectarines are in stock now. Other great choices out of Cali include Peach Pie clamshells from Family Tree Farms, as well as peaches and nectarines from Galpin Family Farms. We’re counting the days ‘til Galpin’s Indian Blood peaches arrive at the end of the month.
  • Locally, we’ve got lots of peachy keen picks. Current obsessions include yellow clingstones from Fralinger Orchards in New Jersey and yellow freestones from Scholl Orchards in Pennsylvania.
Summer Specials

Summer Specials

  • Flavorful faves this week include exceptional strawberries from Tomatero Organic Farm in California, where only the best hand-picked berries get packed. Asparagus, mostly under the Baja Sun label, is very good quality. Sweet Jimmy Nardello peppers are ready to fry. The market on hothouse cukes has finally cooled down.
  • Norwich Meadows Farm has bountiful organic offerings, including super-sweet bi-color corn, fresh shelling beans, melons, and eggplants, New potatoes arrive this weekend; the skins haven’t completely set yet, but the potatoes are tender and flavorful.
Oh Shii…Take

Oh Shii…Take

  • Container ships moving mushroom logs are delayed, which means that almost all cultivated mushrooms—especially shiitakes—are very tight and will be for at least 2–3 weeks. Cremini and cauliflower mushrooms remain short; morel season is winding down. Hot, dry weather has slowed growth of European chanterelles, while an enoki recall abroad is pushing up prices.
  • Fortunately, some supplies have improved. This week, maitakes are easier to get a hold of, and blue foots are back in stock. Domestic chanterelles and porcinis arrive this week, although Colorado porcini prices will be high.
Fall Specialty Produce Planner

Fall Specialty Produce Planner

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