availability tightened considerably at the end of last week.
Arriving now in limited amounts, possibly more at the end of
Purple Asparagus from MX is arriving twice weekly, the pricing
and quality remain good. Imported product remains unavailable
at this time.
Beans & Peas
Green Beans are in good supply through the month with a few
incoming from South Carolina. Snap Peas from MX are expected at
the beginning of next week in limited amounts.
and Red Beets w/ tops remain available. Good pricing and
promotable amounts are expected, pre-orders are welcomed. Bulk
red and gold beet is available in two convenient case sizes, 10
and 25 lb.
Broccoli & Cauliflower
Broccoli market from CA remains strong. Pricing is coming off
peak levels but remains on the high side. Local Broccoli from
SC is currently available with some arriving from NC as well by
next week. Sweet Baby Broccoli is a great alternative at this
time of year. Available in 18 ct case size, these tender spears
wrapped in bunches are both nutritious and delicious. We expect
to have fair amounts on hand but ordering ahead assures you will
receive this and all items promptly, and when expected.
Cauliflower availability has been improving on both 12 and 16
counts with prices falling slightly. We expect some FL and CA
Romanescu to be available within 10-14 days.
Cabbage & Bok Choy
currently carrying Green and Red Cabbage from Organic Valley in
45 lb cases. If a smaller amount is needed, both colors are
available wrapped or unwrapped (naked) in a 25 lb case size. We
expect these to be a little higher in price over the next 7-10
days as availability tightens. Savoy and Nappa Cabbage have
been arriving 2 to 3 times a week as well, pricing is sharply
higher and availability is limited. Bok Choy has become more
readily available from FL over the last several days and Baby
Bok Choy will be arriving from Lady Moon's operations in nearby
Punta Gorda. Amounts are improving but remain limited at the
beginning of the week. Brussels Sprouts are available from
sevearal CA growers including Cal Organic, pricing remains
strong due to demand.
Carrots w/tops and bulk 25 lb from both Cal-O and Lakeside
Organic Gardens are available. Pricing has relaxed but remains
well above our Orange Carrots w/tops which are also available
from both growers mentioned earlier in the category. All other
bagged/cello carrots remain in steady supply with pricing in
line with quality.
pricing remains at previous levels. Lower pricing and promotable
amounts are expected at the end of the week. 24, 30 and 36 count
case sizes are expected to remain stocked throughout the
remainder of the year. Higher pricing is expected in
mid-December as product availability will tighten. 25# Celery
root as well as 12ct Root w/tops are available in limited
production continues to increase and remains a great local item
to promote. Lady Moon cucumbers are available with volume
pricing, ask your salesperson. Promotable amounts of MX
cucumber are also expected this week.
12 ct case
size from MX is available with good pricing and quality. FL
Eggpant from The Family Garden in Bell has fair amounts of 22 lb
cs sizes arriving Wednesday afternoon.
Garlic & Ginger
Colossal Garlic is available from CA, and the pricing is lower.
The price of Peruvian Ginger has risen as rain has slowed
harvest and availability.
Greens & Lettuces
continue to see Collards and Kale from NC and SC. We expect to
see availability increase on Kale and Collards from FL as
several growers begin to harvest these popular leafy vegetables.
LM may even have some Swiss Chards by the end of week.
Meanwhile, CA Chards and Dandelion remain in good supply from
multiple growers. Spinach is available from a few different CA
growers including Cal-O, Lakeside and Boskovich with prices
falling from their recent year round highs. Lettuce remains
limited and Romaine supply will also tighten by the end of the
week. Pricing on all leaf is expected to remain high for the
next 7-10 days 9 at a minimum). One bright spot concerning
lettuce, Rock Garden has begun harvesting Green Butter Lettuce
as well as Green and Red Salanova lettuces in Okeechobee, FL.
The Salanova lettuces are available in 6ct resealable bags, the
butter is available in 24ct bulk as well as 6ct clamshells,
supply is limited and preorders are reccomended.
Cilantro market has tightened this week with growers producing
less and pricing going up. Curly and Flat (Italian) Parsleys
remain in good supply and pricing. Don't
forget to preorder herbs for Thanksgiving!
Ask your salesperson about this year's offerings including a
larger 2.5oz Turkey Roasting Kit and holiday shippers in display
ready cases. Fennel is promotable and Dill is arriving several
Cippolini, Shallots and Pearl onions are all available. Red,
Yellow, White and Sweet Onions are all here and arriving with
good to very good quality from several onion growers in multiple
locations throughout the country. Domestic Green Onions are
again available from Cal-O but we'll continue to have MX
available with lower pricing. Leeks remain available with good
pricing and quality.
Bells are arriving locally from SC and FL. Colored Bell Peppers
are coming from Mexico, the pricing is good but availability is
limited. Expect Israeli product to arrive at the end of the
week (beginning of next) to supplement MX incoming. Sweet Mini
Peppers are tight while MX growers are gapping. Local Jalapeno
peppers remain available from Hoover Farms in Live Oak FL.
potatoes continue to be highly promotable through the month. Prebook now with sales to lock in
the best pricing for Thanksgiving displays!
Stokes Purple Flesh Sweet Potatoes from CA are here! These are
an absolute must see - must try! Bagged and Bulk Fingerling are
available in various varieties. Reds, Russets and Yukons are
currently from OR and WA, we expect CO to be added to those
locations on Red, Yellow and Russet Potatoes shortly. White
Avalanche Potatoes continue at a great price from Cal-O.
Easter Egg Radishes are currently available from Blumenberry
Farms in Sarasota, FL. Expect fair amounts thoughout the week
for these local gems. Parsnips, Daikon Radish (NC), Rutabaga and
Turnip from WI are currently available in 25 lb cases.
Watermelon, Burdock Root, Horseradish and Black Radish are
available in a 10 lb case size. 20x1 lb Parsnips are expected
from Cal-O Farms next week.
Summer & Winter Squash
Zucchini and Yellow Squash production hasn't been as prolific as
cucumber but fair amounts are still expected and available. CA
and MX Zucchini continue to be priced lower and offers needed
value; the quality has been good on all squash. Sunburst squash
is arriving in limited amounts from FL. Hard squash pricing is
expected to rise after current promotional periods. MX product
expected to begin in 7-10 days.
Grapes and Cherries are available from Lady Moon. Domestic
Romas are done but available from MX. A few slicers are
arriving from SC but the majority of the product is from MX (2
layers and 15 lb cases size). Tomato on Vine are available and
is product of USA. Clamshell Red and Yellow Mini Roma on Vine
continue and are product of MX. Heirlooms also available from