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August 24, 2015 

Local Availability
 
Blueberries have finished.
 
Summer will be over before you know it, don't miss out on local peaches!
 
Now Available: Peaches, Eggplants, 
Squash, and Tomatoes!
  
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.
                                                
COMMODITY ALERTS...
Heat pressure continues out west with generally above average temperatures especially in Mexico and the southwest desert growing regions.

Bell Peppers - Demand exceeds supply. Production has slowed and weather has been affecting yields. Red bell pepper demand is pressing markets higher as supplies are getting shorter. We expect Red Bells to be short for the next month or two due to weather, gapping supplies, and upcoming transitions from California to the Desert. Green bell demand still exceeds supply but the market has softened slightly as some production is increasing; expect them to get short again as transitions are slated to begin.

Broccoli - Supplies will be extremely light for the next couple weeks. Bunched will have better availability compared to crowns. Suppliers are dealing with yellow and brown beading, as well as a rubbery texture. These defects are due to the warm weather in all growing areas. Shippers have been harvesting 10-14 days ahead of schedule and now there are production gaps.

Cilantro - Demand exceeds supply due to planting gaps in northern and southern California growing areas and light production from Baja. This will continue through the week.

Iceberg - Yields continue to suffer. Internal burn is the big problem; puffiness and insect damage have also been reported. With schools starting, demand is stronger. Weights average 40-46 lbs.

Romaine - Issues continue to be fringe and internal burn, dehydration, and insects. Weights average 31-36 lbs. The market has not reacted to higher pricing like other lettuces. Chopped and hearts continue to show pinking upon arrival.

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. Availability is begininning to improve. Quality is still a concern. Maintaining the Cold Chain is very important; berries must be maintained at 32-34.

PEAK SEASON...

Red and White Grapes - California grapes are at the peak of their season. Quality is great.
 
Blackberries -  California volume is increasing. Quality and shelf-life are good.
 
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Recipe of the Week

 

Grilled Corn on the Cobb

Once you try grilled corn, you will never boil it again!


 

Ingredients:

4 ears of [local] Corn

Oil (for the grates)

1 tbsp. butter, cut into 4 pats

Coarse Salt and Ground Pepper

Chili Powder or Paprika

 

Instructions:

1- Peel back husks, leaving them attached at the base of the ear. Remove and discard silk. Pull husks back over the corn. Place ears in a large bowl or pot with cold water. Soak for 10 minutes.

2- Preheat grill to high; lightly oil the grates. Drain the corn. Arrange ear on the grill. Cover and cook, turning occasionally, using tongs, until the husks are slightly charred and the corn is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

3- Remove ears from the grill. Holding the base with a towel, peel back the husks with a knife, coat kernels with butter. Season with salt, pepper, and chili powder or paprika to taste. Enjoy!

(from Martha Stewart)

       

 

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