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BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

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

Top Stories | May 26, 2022

Melon Season

Melon Season

  • Domestic melons abound this week, and we can’t get over how sweet they are this early in the season. Honeydew in 5- and 6-counts, cantaloupe in 9- and 12-counts, and both seedless, and seeded Sangria, watermelons are in. While they’re not all domestically grown, a reminder that we have a variety of prepped melons to help with the MDW rush.
  • On the specialty side, we already received and sold through our first shipment of Galias, but more are expected for this weekend. Golden honeydews and Orange Flesh are beautiful and in house. And, Crenshaws, while experiencing a small gap, are expected back very quickly. They’re all domestic and brixing very high, too.
Love to See Local

Love to See Local

  • While we’re saying a seasonal goodbye to Norwich Meadows Farm’s potatoes, this farm partner is more than making up for it with their new crops. Their full size and bronze fennels are fantastic, red & white kohlrabi is plentiful, spring mixed radishes began, and their anise hyssop continues.
  • Lancaster Farm Fresh is also producing in abundance with plenty of greens for salads, cooking & grilling. Look for their organic romaine, red & green leaf, little gems, green kale, spinach, baby bok choy, and Row 7 Seed Company’s Delfino cilantro, all grown on their PA farm. Amethyst, French Breakfast, and Easter Egg, all new and also locally grown, have arrived.

 

A Berry Holiday

A Berry Holiday

  • After weeks of talking about it, we’re finally seeing true strawberry relief; fruit is abundant, and much less expensive. Driscoll’s organics, while better, are still a bit tight; we’ve brought in lovely organic straws from Cal-Giant and Tomatero Farm, which we aim to carry throughout the summer. Driscoll’s Limited Edition Rosés are fantastic. Berry Big’s will gap until July.
  • Organic and conventional raspberries are still looking great and are an easy yes this week. Driscoll’s Limited Editions are looking wonderful, too. Conventional blackberries are tight, but organics are faring better, while blueberries are experiencing the opposite. When it comes to organic blues, there’s much more availability within the six-ounce packs.
Stones & More

Stones & More

  • Stone fruit keeps rolling in. We have hand-picked yellow and white peaches and nectarines from Galpin Family Farms, tart East Coast Southern clingstones, Eastern yellows, and organic yellow and white peaches and nectarines, all grown domestically. California cherries continue.
  • As for other fruits. By the end of next week, grapes are expected to be fully Mexico-grown, before transitioning to California crops, in about a month and a half. Lime prices are finally improving, but we are seeing greater availability on smaller fruit. We’ll receive one last Stem & Leaf citrus shipment this week, then they’re finished for the season. Champagne mango clamshells are plentiful.
Good Greens, Troubled Veg

Good Greens, Troubled Veg

  • Local baby greens, in clamshells and in bulk, are fantastic this week. Satur Farms has returned north; enjoy their baby mustard reds, mesclun spring mix, tatsoi, and baby kales. We don’t want to forget about indoor farms as warmer weather peaks: We have plenty from Gotham Greens, new Mixed Greens from Bowery Farms & GoodHealthy arugula clamshells are plentiful.
  • Unfortunately, celery’s still having a rough go, and is very tight across the board. Cauliflower’s also hard to come by right now, and what we do have is a bit pricey, with fair quality. Brussels sprouts are slowing down out of Mexico, and California’s fields have not started producing yet. Supplies are stretched, especially in the jumbo category.
Summer Specialty Produce Planner

Summer Specialty Produce Planner

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