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BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

[Please note: Availability & sourcing are subject to change.]

Top Stories | January 27, 2023

Goodbye Rain, Hello Citrus

Goodbye Rain, Hello Citrus

  • As California rains clear, they’re making way for the specialty citrus we’ve been waiting for: We have lots of first of the season certified organics due in from Garcia Organic Farm, including Page and Satsuma Mandarins, Meiwa Kumquats, and Mandarinquats. Bernard Ranches Valencias are due in; we’re expecting a few more new-for-the-season shipments of other unwaxed varieties soon. Deer Creek Heights Ranch Heirloom Navels and Mango Oranges continue. Sumos are plentiful.
  • On the grapefruit front, we’re absolutely loving Texas’ Ruby Stars, which rank up there as the best we’ve tasted in years, and organics, also mostly Texas-grown. Specialty Oro Blancos are due in from Garcia Organic Farm. Specialty pomelos are on the horizon.
Bring On Spring

Bring On Spring

  • With the first snow of the season on the ground now, it may sound early, but we’re seeing signs of spring make their first appearances. Spring onions are here now, along with baby artichokes, wild mustard greens, and wild watercress. Fresh green garbanzos are in. California’s first of the season green garlic is expected next week.
  • While we wait for ultra-premium Delta Queen asparagus out of Stockton, California to start its season, we’re bridging the gap with a new exciting pilot program, featuring Farmer’s Best Label, Mexican asparagus, which will begin by the end of the month. This particular high-quality asparagus will be available for only about six weeks, ending mid-March.
Valentine Favorites

Valentine Favorites

  • As you finalize your Valentine’s Day menus and displays, here’s news to love. Strawberries and stemberries are both looking good for the holiday, while organics should improve by then. MandaRosa Red Mandarins, a natural Tarocco blood and clementine hybrid, are in now. Pink muscats should be here by the end of the week; our team’s working all their magic, to bring in Rising C Ranches Valentine Pomelos.
  • Edible rose petals and red roses, as well as mini roses, are returning in very limited quantities. A new pre-order program is in place for some Fresh Origins’ holiday blooms, including Micro and Edible Begonia Flowers Valentines Hearts and their Apple Blossoms Pink Begonias.
February Holiday Veg

February Holiday Veg

  • Italian radicchio will still be here for Valentine’s Day, as well as J. Marchini Farms Rosa Mix Chicory, boasting garnet Treviso, coral-y pink radicchio rosa, and pink-speckled Castelfranco. Black morels from China have made their return, in abundance. Black Winter Périgord Truffles are still here for transforming into butters, cooking, and shaving.
  • The big game's just two weeks away, and this year’s guac situation is looking great. Tomatoes out of Mexico are ramping up in quantity, and quality. Of course, we’ll have plenty of Urban Roots’ salsas on hand, too. For dipping, we’re thrilled to welcome a new California carrot vendor who will be supplying us with 25-pound jumbos, starting this weekend.
On the Horizon

On the Horizon

  • With the Southern Hemisphere's growing season ramping up, some exciting arrivals are on the horizon. Kiwiberries from New Zealand and Chile are due to us in mid-February. Greengage Plums are also headed our way from New Zealand, along with Apricots and Cherries, just in time for Valentine's Day.
  • If that's not enough to look forward to, Italian Sorrento Lemons are due in the next couple of weeks. And we can't give all the details just yet, but stay tuned for updates on a sweet spring favorite that we know you're BERRY excited to see.
Winter Specialty Produce Planner

Winter Specialty Produce Planner

  • Just in time for fall menu planning, we’ve put together a Winter Specialty Produce Planning Guide! Based on arrival dates from previous years and ETA’s from our farm partners, these are our best predictions for winter arrivals.