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February 9, 2015

The Grapevine                            
 

The Source:  Commodity Updates
Your source for learning how weather and other conditions across the country and the globe affect the quality, availability, and pricing of your fresh fruits and produce.

                                                

Quality issues continue to come up on many row crop items due to past weather conditions.

 

Avocado - supplies and quality are good.

 

Limes - rising market due to rain last week and cool temperatures. Supplies should be good through February, but are expected to lighten in March and April.

 

For more updates on commodities:

 
Avocado Facts       
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Avocados are everywhere-- salads, smoothies, healthy wraps, burgers, flatbreads, even in breakfast foods!
 
Did you know? Uniform softness is the best indicator of ripeness, not color. Avocadoes are perfect when the have the softness of a stick of butter.
 
Avocados must be picked to initiate ripening. The leaves supply a substance that prevents ripening. If left on the tree, avocados will store for 7+ months.
 
More than 5 percent of all avocados sold are sold 2 weeks prior to the Super Bowl.
   
People with a serious allergy to latex may also react to avocados. 
  
Click the flyer for information on handling and ripening avocados.

Recipe of the Week
  
Smashed Cauliflower
 
Ingredients:
4 cups Cauliflower florets (1 med. head)
1.5 oz Cream Cheese
Salt
Black Pepper, fresh ground 
Pinch Nutmeg, ground
1 tbsp. Scallions, sliced
 
Directions:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower florets and cook about 8 mins, or until a fork can easily pierce the cauliflower. Drain out the water and put the cooked cauliflower back into the hot pot. Cover and let stand about 2 mins (off of the heat). Add cream cheese, a pinch of salt, and ground pepper. Smash with a potato masher. Add a pinch of nutmeg. Stir. Top with scallions. Enjoy.
 
Serves 4.

Message from Seashore     

  

We are anticipating high volumes at the end of this week... We will certainly to our best to accommodate each of our customers and their needs. To help us to better serve you, we would like to encourage all of our customers to plan ahead. Please order your staple items and items that need to be prepped for delivery earlier in the week; and save more delicate items for delivery at the end of the week. This will help to reduce the volume in our trucks, reduce time spent at each scheduled stop, and allow you to begin prepping right away in the event of a delay. Thank you for your continued business.


Your feedback is always welcome. Feel free to send your questions or comments to: LizG@seashoreeast.com