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BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

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

Top Stories | September 15, 2022

Apple Arrivals

Apple Arrivals

  • While we still have plenty of ways to go with this season’s apples, the beginnings are looking very good. Most fruits are domestic, with the notable exception of Fujis, which are gapping and will continue to be sourced offshore. Hudson River Fruit’s 100-count Galas are here. McIntosh will be in by the end of this week; 80-88 Honeycrisps are expected by the middle of next week.
  • This year, in addition to west coast no-sticker galas, this year, we’ve added no-sticker 100 count Granny Smiths and Honeycrisps, all in now. On the heirloom front, Scott Farm Orchard’s Holstein and Lamb Abbey Pearmains, and Champlain Orchards’ Mollie’s Delicious, Silken, and Rambour Francs are in, all available packed 18 pounds to an order.
Just Pearfect

Just Pearfect

  • Pears are beginning to make their presence known, both here and on the west coast. On the standard variety front, we’re offering domestic Bartletts, D’Anjous, and Boscs, all California-grown. Bartletts are transitioning to Washington fields by the end of this week, Boscs are still 2-3 weeks out from moving north, and D’Anjous won’t move for another month.
  • Right now, conventional and domestic Asian pears are all coming in from California, but that will soon change. Look for specialty Pennsylvania-grown Subarashii Kudamonos pears in less than two weeks, and New Jersey’s Evergreen Orchards Farm’s really spectacular, conventional 10-17 counts by October 3.
Squash Season

Squash Season

  • One of the easiest parts of the season? Transitioning into hard squash, especially since many locals are officially back for the season. Lancaster Farm Fresh is flush in Honeynuts, butternuts, Red & Green Kabocha, Sweet Dumpling, Spaghetti, Carnival & Delicata, while Norwich Meadows Farm is offering Delicata, too, as well as Lodi and 898s.
  • Our commodity butternut squash will now be coming from John B. Martin and Sons Farm, in Brockport, New York. Additionally, we're new codes we’re bringing in include Blue Hubbard, Red Kuri, Dumpling, and Turban, all from Superior Farms. If you’re seeking others, please reach out to your sales rep who would be happy to connect with our buying team.
Fruit, Good & Bad

Fruit, Good & Bad

  • A good chunk of California fruit is struggling following last week’s intense heat. Strawberries & blackberries, in particular, were hardest hit; quantities are steady but, we don’t expect to see quality to return until at least the end of this week. Similarly, figs could not handle the heat and inventory is spotty at best. Valencia’s aren’t great; we’re waiting for navels to start up again.
  • The bright spot while fruit shoulders seasons: Grapes. Premium, unrivaled local bunches are back from Buzzard Crest Vineyards. Their Green Himrod, Niagra, Red Somersets, Venus Blues & Concords have begun and will be picked up every Saturday. Eden Valley’s Concord, Thomcord, and organic Thompson grapes are expected in, Monday.
Indoor/Outdoor Farming

Indoor/Outdoor Farming

  • As we further our dedication to carrying products grown on indoor farms, we’re proud to introduce six new varieties. Our team’s very excited about Agbotic SmartFarms’ Super Food Blend, Micro Mix, and Spring Mix, as well as Bowery Farming’s 3-pound Spring Mix, and Spring Blend.
  • Unfortunately, chanterelles news, isn’t nearly as good. Due to extreme heat in Europe and in the PNW, these fall favorites are nearly non-existent, and the little we do have are very pricey. Our mushroom buyer, who’s been in the biz for over 25 years said this is the worst chanterelle season he’s seen. West coast matsutakes are here; European porcinis will be in today.
Fall Specialty Produce Planner

Fall Specialty Produce Planner

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