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Our Latest Produce Market Report: July 1, 2022

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Produce Market Report for July 1, 2022


Red and Yellow Bell Peppers are extremely limited right now due to a gap in the growing season. High temps in Southern California has caused them to cut their season short – the new region is not up and running yet.


A gap in the season for
potatoes has led to shortages. We are currently able to source, but being open to substitutions is encouraged during this time.

Problems and Issues:
Asparagus: Up $5, the larger sizes are in short supply, but the overall quality has improved.
Cauliflower: Up $6
Colored Peppers: Up $5-6
Potatoes: Gap in growing season
Romaine/Romaine Hearts: Market tight, prices steadily increasing
Caution:
Avocado: Shortages continue, market is easing some
Blueberries: limited supply and higher pricesBrussels Sprouts: Easing off, harvest numbers up
Corn: Up $5
Cucumbers: Up $5
Steady Items:
Bananas, Broccoli, Celery, Eggplant, Grapes, Green Bell Peppers, Lemons, Limes, Melons, Onions, Peaches, Potatoes, Shallots, Squash, Strawberries
Prices coming down:
Tomatoes: Down Slightly

More Market News

The cold and wet weather in the Pacific Northwest this spring has set the 2022 potato crop back a good 10 days to 2 weeks. As a result, the remainder of the 2021 crop is moving out slowly and is limited. Purchasers are working hard to make sure we have potatoes – we encourage you to be flexible with substitutions on sizes.


We are in a tough spot with colored peppers. Southern California has halted harvest due to high temperatures. There will be a 1-2 week gap before the new growing region takes off.


Romaine Hearts continue to be elevated as harvest numbers are very light. Supply will likely become increasingly tighter and prices continue to rise.


Several items are transitioning to new growing areas this time of year. Squashes, cucumbers, greens etc. are moving out of Georgia to more northern areas. This is leading to a mixed market but overall great produce. We all love when the fruits and veggies are grown a little closer to home!

Item of the Day: Vegan Cream Cheese

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Vegan Cream Cheese

A message from Violife – 

We are a vegan-dedicated community based in the beautiful surroundings of Thessalonica in Greece. We’ve been committed to making amazingly tasting, 100% vegan, non-dairy, non GMO foods since the 90’s, in our production plant in Drama, and we are proud and humbled to be a favourite brand for so many Vegans, Vegetarians and Flexitarians in over 50 countries around the world.

We make great tasting vegan alternative to cheese products, and more… All our 100% Vegan foods are free from: dairy, lactose, GMO, gluten, nuts, soy, preservatives and cholesterol. So, you’re guaranteed allergen-free eating!

Item 28601 – 6.6LB Tub 

Item of the Day: Swordfish Steaks

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Swordfish Steaks (Frozen)

Swordfish has a firm, meaty texture and is a good source of selenium, niacin, vitamin B12, and zinc. Bright white or pink swordfish meat with a bright red bloodline denotes freshness. 


The textures lends itself to several cooking methods – grilling is an excellent choice this time of year!

Item 48486 – 6oz Steaks 10LB Case

Item of the Day: TiNDLE Chicken Patties

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TiNDLE Chicken Patties

Chicken made from plants. Made with chefs, for chefs. TiNDLE is the delicious, award-winning sensation that has taken the world by storm and will keep you wanting for more. TiNDLE is so versatile you can swap it out for any protein. You now have a whole menu of dishes more people can enjoy – easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Item 28527 / 8LB Case 

Check out their website for recipe inspiration and other great resources! 

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Item of the Day: IQF Blackberries

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IQF Blackberries

It is the time of year for cold, refreshing desserts and beverages. Our IQF fruit is a convenient and delicious option. Frozen at peak ripeness – blackberries brighten any dish with their tart sweetness!

Item 36928 – 12/1LB Case


Check out this recipe from Bon Appetit for a Blackberry Granita

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/blackberry-granita

Our Latest Produce Market Report: June 24, 2022

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Produce Market Report for June 24, 2022


Jumbo asparagus will be very limited with sizing smaller than normal.  Large asparagus sizing is also going to be a bit smaller than normal.  Domestic asparagus is done and Peru is transitioning growing regions.  Probably no consistent relief for this for another 3-4 weeks.  

Reminder: The gap in the growing season for fingerling potatoes continues till at least mid July. Romaine Hearts continue to be difficult as the harvest numbers are low and prices are increasing.

Asparagus:  Up $2

Avocados:  Up Significantly

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Up $5

Cauliflower: Up $6

Celery: Down $2

Corn: Up $2

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Down $3

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Up $2-3

Limes: Steady

Melons: Steady

Onions: Steady

Peppers: Green Steady – Colored Peppers up $5-6

Potatoes: Up $3-4

Shallots:  Steady

Squash: Up $3

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes:  Steady to down slightly

More Market News

Unfortunately, no changes in the avocado market – supply continues to be tight and prices remain high. There are not any signs of this changing any time soon.

Reminder: the gap in the growing season for fingerling potatoes continues till at least late summer. Potatoes are typically harvested during the late summer/early fall. This harvest is intended to supply the remainder of the year – there is not a second round of harvest. The 2021 harvest has been depleted which has resulted in the gap in availability.

Romaine Hearts continue to be elevated as harvest numbers are very light. Supply will likely become increasingly tighter. The same for Iceberg lettuce.

We are in a tough spot with colored peppers. California has halted to harvest due to weather. There will be a 1-2 week gap before the new growing region takes off. Green peppers are looking steady.

Italian Parsley harvest numbers are steadily improving – hopefully the cost will improving soon too!

Strawberries are looking great – expectational taste and color at great prices.

Item of the Day: Salmon Bratwurst

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Salmon Bratwurst

From Shuckman’s Fish Co. & Smokery – “Since we began in 1919, we have taken great pride in the high quality of the products we offer, and we prepare our gourmet smoked fish and caviar to the level of quality our customers have come to expect.”

Ingredients: salmon, sugar, salt, spices, rice flour.

Links are 5 per lb.

Item 95045 – 8-9LB Case

Item of the Day: Gourmet Gluten Free Buns

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Gourmet Gluten Free Buns

Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger Buns are dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free – so you can feel good about this gourmet favorite. Customers won’t have to skip the bun again! These soft, golden buns are perfect for to have on hand for grilling season. 

Item 90719 – 32CT Case

https://www.udisglutenfree.com/breads/classic-hamburger-buns

Our Latest Produce Market Report: June 17, 2022

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Produce Market Report for June 17, 2022


The ongoing issues with Avocados continue. Due to a plant temporarily shutting down the supply is less than in past weeks. The market will be tight and prices elevated. Blueberry harvest numbers are down – supply is tight. Green peppers are down significantly!

Asparagus:  Up $3

Avocados:  Up Significantly

Bananas: Steady

Broccoli: Steady

Cauliflower: Steady

Celery: Down $4

Corn: Steady

Cucumbers: Steady

Grapes: Down $3

Lemons: Steady

Lettuce: Steady

Limes: Steady

Melons: (Cantaloupe) Down $3

Onions: Steady

Peppers: Green Down Significantly

Potatoes: Steady

Shallots:  Steady

Squash: Steady

Strawberries: Steady

Tomatoes:  Steady

More Market News

The avocado market has been in disarray for some time now, but due to recent events we are anticipating it to worsen this week. An avocado processing plant was temporarily shut down leading to less availability and a significant price increase.

As things are warming up, the growing regions for several items are in transition. Melons continue to mature in their new region which will increase the harvest numbers – and the taste will continue to improve! Grapes have settled into their new region – prices and flavors are great. Yellow squash and zucchini are moving north. Yellow squash harvest numbers are down and prices are up. The zucchini market remains steady.

Grapefruit are limited to a couple varieties this time of year. You may notice they are not the vibrant, deep pink that we all love but, don’t worry, the flavor is still fantastic!