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Update on Leafy Lettuces

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Romaine, Iceberg, and Leaf Lettuce Report

Last week in the growing regions, there were several days of freezing temperatures that resulted in lettuce and leaf ice. In the past two months, there have been multiple days with ice.

What does this mean? Ice in the fields will lead to lighter weights, smaller sized heads (as the outer, more damaged layers have to be removed), blistering, epidermal peel, and discoloration. Although the producers are removing several outer layers, it is not possible to completely remove 100% of the quality issues.

Here are some pictures from the field of the damage we are seeing.

We are already seeing allocations and higher prices on chopped and shredded romaine, iceberg, and lettuce blends. We expect this trend to hit whole heads of romaine, iceberg, and leaf lettuces as well. Unfortunately, this situation will not be alleviated for approximately 2 months.

We strongly suggest transitioning menu items to spring mix, arcadian mix, or spinach wherever possible.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and continued business.

What Chefs Want Team

Our Latest Produce Market Report: March 4, 2022

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Produce Market Report for March 4, 2022

Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Remains very high

Avocados: Pricing remains strong

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Steady

Cauliflower: Up $4

Celery: Steady

Corn: Down $5

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Coming down

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Up $10

Limes: Remain very high

Melons: Up $2-3

Onions: Up again, higher pricing expected for the next several weeks

Peppers: Green up $4

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Stabilizing some

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes: Steady

Our Latest Produce Market Report: February 25, 2022

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Produce Market Report for February 25, 2022

Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Remains strong

Avocados: Very high, short supplies

Bananas: Up $2

Broccoli: Steady

Cauliflower: Steady

Celery: Steady

Corn: Steady

Cucumbers: Up $4

Grapes: Remain higher

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Up $3-5

Limes: Remain very high

Melons: Cantaloupe stable, Dews are strong

Onions: Up $4

Peppers: Green down $3, reds up $4

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Stabilizing some

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes: Steady

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Our Latest Produce Market Report: February 18, 2022

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Produce Market Report for February 18, 2022

Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Remains strong

Avocados: Very high, short supplies

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Steady

Cauliflower: Down $5-6

Celery: Up $6

Corn: Down $3

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Remain high

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Steady

Limes: Remain very high

Melons: Cantaloupe stable, Dews are strong

Onions: Up $4

Peppers: Green down $3, reds up $4

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Stabilizing some

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes: Steady

Our Latest Produce Market Report: February 11, 2022

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Produce Market Report for February 11, 2022

Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Remains strong

Avocados: Market remains strong

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Steady

Cauliflower: Up $10

Celery: Steady

Corn: Down $6

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Remain very high

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Steady

Limes: Remain very high

Melons: Cantaloupe stable, Dews are strong

Onions: Up $4

Peppers: Up $2-4

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Remains strong

Strawberries: Up $1-2

Tomatoes: Steady

Our Latest Produce Market Report: February 4, 2022

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Produce Market Report for February 4, 2022

Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Remains strong

Avocados: Market remains strong

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Steady

Cauliflower: Steady

Celery: Steady

Corn: Up $12

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Remain very high

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Steady

Limes: Remain very high

Melons: Cantaloupe stable, Dews are strong

Onions: Up $4

Peppers: Up $2-4

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Remains strong

Strawberries: Up $1-2

Tomatoes: Steady; Watching cold weather in Florida

Our Latest Produce Market Report: January 28, 2022

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Produce Market Report for January 28, 2022

Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Jumbo up $3

Avocados: Market remains strong

Bananas: Up $2

Broccoli: Down $5

Cauliflower: Down $10

Celery: Down $5

Corn: Up $6

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Remain very high

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Steady

Limes: Up again, $10!

Melons: Cantaloupe stable, Dews are strong

Onions: Up $4

Peppers: Down $2-3

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Remains strong

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes: Steady – Watching cold weather in Florida

Our Latest Produce Market Report: January 21, 2022

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Produce Market Report for January 21, 2022

Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Down $2

Avocados: Remain Strong

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Remains stronger

Cauliflower: Up significantly

Celery: Up $5

Corn: Down $5

Cucumbers: Up $2

Grapes: Remain very high

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Steady

Limes: Up again, $10!

Melons: Cantaloupe stable, Dews are strong

Onions: Steady

Peppers: Down $2-3

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Remains strong

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes: Down $2

Our Latest Produce Market Report: January 14, 2022

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Produce Market Report for January 14, 2022

Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Remains higher

Avocados: Remain Strong

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Up $5

Cauliflower: Up Significantly

Celery: Steady

Corn: Up $15!

Cucumbers: Up $2

Grapes: Remain very high

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Up $2-4

Limes: Up again, $10!

Melons: Cantaloupe stable, Dews are strong

Onions: Steady

Peppers: Green up $3

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Up $10

Strawberries: Up $2-3

Tomatoes: Up $3-4

Our Latest Produce Market Report: January 7, 2022

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Produce Market Report for January 7, 2022

Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Remains higher

Avocados: Up $7-8

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Up $2

Cauliflower: Up Significantly

Celery: Steady

Corn: Stabilizing

Cucumbers: Up $2

Grapes: Remain very high

Lemons: Up $2

Lettuce: Up $2-4

Limes: Up $10!

Melons: Cantaloupe stable, Dews are strong

Onions: Steady

Peppers: Green up $3

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Very high

Squash: Up $3-4

Strawberries: Stabilizing some. Florida kicking in

Tomatoes: Stable