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March 29, 2016

Locally Sourced Outlook
Our local farmers are beginning to start their planting. Here is how spring is shaping up.

Jersey Asparagus will be available mid-April through June!

Early May: 
We will have locally grown and packed greens from Dan Graiff Farms in Newfield, New Jersey ("Five Star" brand)-- Baby Arugula, Baby Spinach, Baby Kale, and Spring Mix! Hard work, quality product, and consistency are the three ingredients for success at Five Star. Every leaf is inspected three times before it is packed and shipped under the Five Star label. They are fastidious in their desire to make sure every item is of the finest quality, uniform in size, fresh, packed, and stored at the optimum temperature.
Locally grown greens will become available from New Jersey growers-- Escarole, Romaine, Leaf Lettuce, Bok Choy and more!

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.

Supplies are slowly decreasing. Quality is excellent with minimal seeding and spreading of the tips.

ALERT! Blueberries:   
Supplies are very limited, exceeding demand. Chile has ended major production for the season. Central Mexico and Baja are in steady production. Florida and California are beginning to produce on a small scale, but domestic production is not coming on quick enough to avoid a supply gap. Supplies will continue to be short over the next 2-3 weeks.
The market has stabilized with several growing regions still packing. Supplies are also steady as well. Quality is really nice with tights beads and limited yellowing. Demand is also fallen off creating more supplies than the shippers expected with transition
ALERT! Brussels Sprouts: 
Brussels sprouts continue to be in extremely short supply coming from Mexico. Domestic Brussels are not set to start in Salinas until mid to late-June.
Demand and prices fell. Supplies remain steady with a lack luster demand. Quality is good with nice white color and little to no bruising.
The kale market is steady at lower levels and will remain that way for the week. Supplies are really good from both growing regions. Also there doesn't look to be a gap once we transition to Salinas. Quality is excellent with little dehydration.
Leaf Lettuce:
Production on leaf items are coming out of Yuma, Salinas, Santa Maria/Oxnard, and Huron. All leaf items are good to promote for the week. Some defects continue to exists. These defects include slight ribbing, dehydration, discoloration, tip burn, and insect damage. Weights are averaging 32-36 pounds on romaine; red and green leaf are averaging 21-24 pounds.
Stone Fruits:
Markets on Chilean fruit are expected to remain steady. Most of the late season fruit fall into the larger size profiles. Domestic tree fruit is expected to begin mid-April with early variety peaches, nectarines, and apricots. Cherries will follow shortly after.
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