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May 19, 2016
Strawberries: California strawberry production continues to increase in Watsonville and Salinas. Santa Maria has passed peak production and has now diverted some ranches into freezer/ processing due to weaker demand and weaker markets over the past few weeks following Mother’s Day. We should see demand increase next week as Memorial Day ads break and retail demand will increase through the first of June. Quality has been good out of all areas.
Broccoli: The broccoli supplies have finally hit their planting gap due to previous weather in the Salinas and Santa Maria growing regions. Shippers are walking in today being sold out and taking the market up. Look for this trend into next week. At the same time quality remains nice out of Santa Maria and Salinas but Mexico is still quoting hallow stem.
Cauliflower: The market continues to be active as we enter this week. Extremely short supplies from all suppliers and we are experiencing fill rates. This trend will continue through the week. Supplies look to be better by mid next week. Quality remains good despite the current market conditions.
Cherries: The Californian cherry harvest is coming to an end. The rain that hit in the beginning of the month has cut the estimated crop numbers in half. There will be limited availability through the end of the CA season. Most shippers will be done this weekend with a handful of shippers expecting some very light harvest in the front part of next week. Quality has been an issue with most fruit showing splits and discoloration. Washington production is expected to start at the end of May with Dark Sweet Cherries. Demand will be very strong and market prices will be expensive in the beginning, then gradually decline as volume increases in June.
Grapes: Green grape supplies continue to remain steady coming from California and Mexico. Quality has been strong in both areas. California fruit is shipping out of Coachella. Perlette and Sugarone varieties are available. Mexican fruit is available to load in Nogales as well as LA. Perlette and Early Sweet varieties are available. Market prices adjusted down slightly at the beginning of the week, but have remained steady since then. Production will continue to increase and we expect to see another slight drop in price next week.
Red grape supplies continue to increase. Coachella and Mexican production numbers are going up with the warm weather. Quality and size has been excellent. Fruit is available to load in Coachella, Nogales and LA. A split market has developed for loading the end of this week. Mexican fruit shipping out of Nogales and LA has seen a big drop in market price since Monday. Coachella fruit, however, has remained fairly consistent this week on price. Next week as volume continues to climb, we expect to see California price be in line with Mexican prices as shippers face a declining market.
Tomatoes: Rounds - The market is steady. Mexico supplies look to be lightening up a bit, with the Baja region a bit short. Limited supplies crossing through the Nogales area. Rains in Florida have decreased production and supplies look to be lightening up as well. Quality is Good. Roma - The market is steady. Supplies continue to be good with plenty in the pipeline. However, look for supplies to lighten up with some areas at the tail end. The market is steady / higher. Supplies looking to continue to be lighter out west. Quality is Good.
May 18, 2016
Foliage in Glass Basket with Dragonfly
Make sure to check your foliage & learn when they need water & how much; test the soil by feeling if it is moist to the touch. Lift the pot to see if it feels light & needs water. Look for early signs that water is needed, such as dull or pale leaves, or slight drooping buds & stem tips. Avoid over watering; roots in waterlogged soil or certain plants that sit in standing water can get root rot. Ask our floral staff about ordering these awesome plants for your floral department.
May 18, 2016
Fajita Stir Fry Bowl/Stir Fry Vegetable Bowl
The Fajita Stir Fry Bowl contains a mix of flavorful sliced red and yellow onions, blended with sweet red, green, and yellow peppers, and accompanied by a zesty sauce made with tart lime juice and smoky chipotle peppers. The Stir Fry Vegetable is a colorful blend of broccoli, carrots, celery, yellow onions, red peppers, snow peas, yellow squash, zucchini, bok choy, red, green, and napa cabbage with a flavorful sauce containing ginger, toasted sesame oil, and fresh garlic. Either one of these is a great convenience item allowing customers to purchase their protein of choice and easily cook as soon as they get home. These bowls give them a great blend of vegetables without cleaning or cutting a thing and a tasty sauce all-in-one.
May 18, 2016
Yellow watermelon has a bright yellow flesh with the same green striped rind as common red watermelon. Typically, these melons are seedless and have a tender flesh with a sweet refreshing flavor. These melons come in different shapes and sizes depending on the variety. Yellow watermelon tends to weigh between 10 to 30 pounds. This uniquely colored melon is mostly available in the summer months. The melon’s lack of lycopene is what gives it its bright yellow color. Grab some of these bright melons for an exciting addition to your watermelon set and see them increase your sales.
May 18, 2016
A Mix of Everything
This awesome sliced mushroom medley comes with a variety of mushrooms including crimini, oyster, shiitake, and white. Crimini mushrooms are a more immature version of a portabella mushroom. Oyster mushrooms gained their name due to their visual similarities between them and fresh-shucked oysters. Shiitake mushrooms are the second most commonly consumed mushroom in the world. Add these mushrooms to your mushroom set and see your cross promotional sales grow.
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