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July 28, 2015


Commodity Updates
Keep up-to-date on how weather and other conditions across the country and the globe affect the quality, availability, and pricing of your fresh fruits and produce.


Raspberries -  Volumes are increasing. The California crop is lining up to peak in early August. Quality is good; shelf-life is consistent.


Oranges - California Valencia quality is very good.


Lemons - Demand exceeds supply due to summertime demand and lighter production as a result of the California drought. Expect lighter supplies though the summer and into the fall. 


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Local Availability
May 2015 was the 3rd warmest and 3rd driest since 1895; drought concerns were looming large. New Jersey farmers weren't used to having to irrigate so much in May and irrigating distracting them from other work and cost them money. June was quite the opposite; it was 4.19" above the 1981-2010 normal and ranked 4th wettest since 1895. Harvesting produce during times of excessive rainfall is tough. Many times farmers will have to choose which crops to harvest during breaks from the rain and choose crops that need to be harvested. Rain can cause some short-term supply and harvest gaps. (Source: NJ Dept of Ag. "Jersey Fresh" report)
Summer Squashes - limited due to past weather-related issues. 
Cucumbers - harvesting in light volumes due to weather issues.
Peaches - volumes are increasing; quality is excellent.

Recipe Corner



Great for a zesty seasoning or finishing salt. Enjoy sprinkled over vegetables.



2 tbsp. lemon zest

2 tbsp. orange zest

1/2 cup kosher or coarse sea salt



Combine all ingredients in a baking dish. Let them sit out in a warm, dry place uncovered for about a week or until the citrus zest is totally dried. Crumble up to mix in the citrus. Store in a tightly covered jar.



For a spicy salty mix, add in 1/2 tsp of crushed red chilies.


(Source: www.Sunkist.com)




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