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August 11, 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.
Heat and humidity in California's Salinas growing region have taken their toll on most commodities. We can expect this will continue for the duration of the growing season in Salinas. Most commodities have come ahead of planting schedules, leaving a supply gap; and the market is reacting very quickly. This looks to remain this way through next week.

Spring Mix, Spinach, Baby Spinach, and Arugula - These commodities have really taken a hit with the past and current weather in the Salinas Valley. This coupled with quality issues has caused limited supplies. Shippers have rejected raw product upon arrival to their facilities knowing that it will not hold up to and will not be up to the quality customers expect.

Iceberg - Yields continue to suffer. Internal burn is the big problem; puffiness and insect damage have also been reported.
Romaine - Quality issue persist with tip and fringe burn, as well as mildew damage. Weights are ranging from 30-38 lbs. 

Celery - California supplies have been limited. Less acreage has been planted this year, as celery takes a lot of water to grow.

Strawberries - Demand exceeds supply. Bruised, soft, and over-ripe strawberries is an industry-wide issue. If you need to order, only order what you're going to use; prices are climbing and they will not hold up like they do when they're in season.


Red and White Grapes - California grapes are at the peak of their season. Quality is excellent.
Raspberries and Blackberries -  California crops are peaking! Quality and shelf-life are good.

Oranges - California Valencia quality is excellent! Click here for more information on Valencia juicing oranges.
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Local Availability
Blueberries have finished.
Summer will be over before you know it, don't miss out on local peaches!
Now available: Peaches, Corn, Eggplants, and more!

Recipe of the Week


Grilled Peaches with Honey

A great summertime treat... especially when served it with a vanilla bean ice cream!  



4  medium ripe peaches

1/2 tsp  ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp  ground ginger

1/4 tsp  ground nutmeg

1/4 cup  butter, melted

2 tbsp.  honey (preferably local)



1- Heat grill to medium-high.

2- Cut peaches in half and remove pits.

3- Place in a large bowl and add spices. Drizzle with melted butter and toss gently to coat.

4- Place peaches cut-side down on grill and cook for about 90 seconds or until the begin to color. Turn over and cook for about another 90 seconds.

5- Remove from heat to a serving platter, drizzle with honey.



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