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April 27, 2015

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.

                                                

ALERT: Strawberries California growing areas received rain today. This would be a good thing, however the Mother's Day pull begins next week. (The Mother's Day pull is the biggest foodservice pull of the year for strawberries.) Quality issues will include: bruising, water damage, light decay, mold, white shoulders, and green tips. Expect these issues even from the best labels. It will take 7 - 10 days for the plants to recover from this rain. Order only what you will need as strawberries will not hold up like you are used to. We will make every effort to accommodate your orders.

 

Stone Fruits - Apricots are now available with good quality. Peaches and Nectarines should be available next week. Plums will be later.

  

For more updates on commodities:

Local Availability
In a Nutshell: Our long winter has delayed our local season and our cold, wet spring has resulted in production being several weeks later than usual (just like last year). Over-wintered produce such as cilantro, spinach, leeks, parsley, and kale have had a bit of a rough time over-wintering this year with lower volumes than normal starting to become available. Leeks and parsley have been particularly hurt. Most farmers didn't get started in their fields until about 4 weeks ago, planting spring greens, lettuces, and other cool season crops between cold snaps. From Bill Walker, NJ Dept of Ag. "Jersey Fresh" report.

Now Available:  Spinach, Cilantro, and Mushrooms.
 
We're forecasting...
Last week of April/early May - over-wintered items, Dandelion Greens, Spinach, Leeks, and Herbs.
Early May - Asparagus and Lettuces.

More than Veggies!

Seashore is you one-call source for refrigerated items.

 

NEW! Buscema

Imported Italian Specialties: Grilled & Roasted Vegetables, Dried & Semi-dried Tomatoes, Olives, Anchovy Fillets, Octopus Salad, and more. Click here to view our Buscema product list.

 

NEW! Retail Items

Now available to pre-order: Chopped Salad Kits, Grab N' Go Salads, and Snack Trays.

Click here to view Grab N' Go items.

Click here to view Retail Salad Kits.

 

Fresh, Gourmet Salads

Fresh, made-to-order: Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Cucumber Salad, Chicken Salad, Seafood Salad, and more. Click here to view Salads.

 

Gourmet Appetizers and Desserts

We have partnered with a local company to source a wide range of frozen gourmet appetizers and desserts. While we do stock some of these items, it is recommended that you give us advance notice.

Click here to view Asian-inspired Appetizers.

Click here to view Desserts.

  

Contact your sales representative for more information on these and other product lines.

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