Category

Produce

Our Latest Produce Market Report: April 1, 2022

By | Chef's Feed, Produce, Produce Market Report, Products, What Chefs Want

Produce Market Report for April 1, 2022


Leafy Greens Update:

The iceberg, green leaf and romaine lettuce market is starting to soften some. Romaine hearts are still expensive. Unfortunately, we don’t expect this to ease for another week. Transitioning to Salinas has begun. This is helping to drive down the market price for these items. Most green leafy item prices are starting to trend downwards.


Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Remains steady, good value

Avocados: Pricing remains strong, starting to ease

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Steady

Cauliflower: Remains strong

Celery: Up $2

Corn: Up $10

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Steady good quality

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Starting to ease some. Better quality

Limes: Remain very high

Melons: Up $2-3

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

Peppers: Green up $2

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Yellow remains higher

Strawberries: Up $5

Tomatoes: Up $3

More Market News:

Some great veggies that are in good supply with a stable market are Brussels sprouts, trimmed green beans, asparagus, and broccoli.

Red and green grapes are looking great. Supply is good and sizing is up.

Vegetables that are getting more expensive are squash, zucchini, green peppers, and corn.

Limes will stay in an extreme market for 2-3 weeks until a completely new crop area opens up.

Cauliflower is short in supply making supplies tight and expensive.

Celery is on the rise with higher pricing.

Cucumbers are starting to show up from Florida, this is a good sign that the crop looks heathy and will be available.

Our Latest Produce Market Report: March 25, 2022

By | Chef's Feed, Produce, Produce Market Report, Products, What Chefs Want

Produce Market Report for March 25, 2022


Leafy Greens Update:

The iceberg, green leaf and romaine lettuce market is starting to soften some. Romaine hearts are still expensive. Unfortunately, we don’t expect this to ease for another 2 weeks. Transitioning to Salinas has begun. This is helping to drive down the market price for these items. Most green leafy item prices are starting to trend downwards.


Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Remains steady, good value

Avocados: Pricing remains strong, starting to ease

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Steady

Cauliflower: Remains strong

Celery: Up $2

Corn: Up $6

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Steady good quality

Lemons: Down $2

Lettuce: Remains high, possible quality issues

Limes: Remain very high

Melons: Steady

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

Peppers: Green up $2

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Up significantly

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes: Steady

More Market News:

Some great veggies that are in good supply with a stable market are Brussels sprouts, trimmed green beans, asparagus, and broccoli.

Red and green grapes are looking great. Supply is good and sizing is up.

Vegetables that are getting more expensive are squash, zucchini, green peppers, and corn.

Limes will stay in an extreme market for 2-3 weeks until a completely new crop area opens up.

Cauliflower is short in supply making supplies tight and expensive.

Celery is on the rise with higher pricing.

Cucumbers are starting to show up from Florida, this is a good sign that the crop looks heathy and will be available.

Our Latest Produce Market Report: March 18, 2022

By | Chef's Feed, Produce, Produce Market Report, Products, What Chefs Want

Produce Market Report for March 18, 2022

Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Remains steady, good value

Avocados: Pricing remains strong, starting to ease

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Steady

Cauliflower: Up $8

Celery: Up $2

Corn: Up $2

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Coming down more

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Remains high, possible quality issues

Limes: Remain very high

Melons: Steady

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

Peppers: Green up $8

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Up significantly

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes: Steady

Our Latest Produce Market Report: March 11, 2022

By | Chef's Feed, Produce, Produce Market Report, Products, What Chefs Want

Produce Market Report for March 11, 2022

Apples: Steady

Asparagus: Down significantly

Avocados: Pricing remains strong, starting to ease

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Steady

Cauliflower: Up $4

Celery: Up $5

Corn: Down $3

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Coming down more

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Up $30! VERY HIGH, Possible quality issues

Limes: Remain very high

Melons: Up $2-3

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

Peppers: Green up $8

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots: Stable

Squash: Stabilizing some

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes: Steady

Update on Leafy Lettuces

By | Produce, Produce Market Report, Product Alert!

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

By | Chef's Feed, Produce, Produce Market Report, Products, What Chefs Want

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

By | Chef's Feed, Produce, Produce Market Report, Products, What Chefs Want

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

Produce - What Chefs Want

Our Latest Produce Market Report: February 18, 2022

By | Chef's Feed, Produce, Produce Market Report, Products, What Chefs Want

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

By | Chef's Feed, Produce, Produce Market Report, Products, What Chefs Want

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

By | Chef's Feed, Produce, Produce Market Report, Products, What Chefs Want

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