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NEWS FROM THE FARM

BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

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

Top Stories | December 2, 2021

Long & Short

Long & Short

  • This week, enjoy good pricing on standard asparagus, string beans, baby Brussels sprouts, long-stemmed artichokes, 18- and 12-count artichokes, organic frisée, and lots of tomatoes: on the vine, beefsteak, cherry, and grape.
  • Broccoli remains short due to quality issues affecting much of the Yuma crop. 14-count will be tight for another week; crowns are easier to come by. Organic broccoli di ciccio is hard to find. Sweet organic baby broccolette, broccolini, and broccoli rabe look good for now.
Fickle Fungi

Fickle Fungi

  • Mushrooms continue to prove difficult to source. Rain and mudslides in the Pacific Northwest have dampened chanterelle supplies, literally and figuratively. White, oyster, maitake, cremini, and portobello mushrooms are short.
  • Domestic black trumpets start up this weekend; Polish blacks are here now. California morel season is starting early. Domestic hon shimeji (aka fried chicken), cauliflower, lobster, and yellowfoot mushrooms are in. Matsutake remains a best bet.
There's Still Time

There's Still Time

  • Sunday is the eighth night of Hanukkah, which means you’ve still got time to fry up latkes made from GPODs as well as beets, rutabagas, parsnips, and more roots. Don’t forget scratch-made applesauce made from local apples.
  • This weekend, we’ll receive our final shipment of honeynut squash; domestic delicata squash will be winding down soon after. Norwich Meadows Farm will stop harvesting caraflex for one or two weeks to allow the cabbage to size up.

 

Chilly Chiles

Chilly Chiles

  • Expect to feel the heat in more ways than one when prepping spicy foods this holiday season. Hurricanes in Mexico earlier this year stumped the growth of most chiles, while wet weather has Florida’s season off to a slow start.
  • We’re seeing high prices for Anaheims, Fresnos, jalapeños, serranos, long hots, cubanelles, poblanos, and shishitos, as well as tomatillos. Hothouse-grown bell peppers are pricey. You can still order organic, local Row 7 Seed Company habanadas, but not for long.
The Time Is Ripe

The Time Is Ripe

  • Covetable California fruits include Wonderful Halo mandarins and organic Buck Brand satsumas. As Australia’s season winds down, we expect our first domestic Cara Caras and Moro bloods as early as next week.
  • High-brixing honeydews from Guatemala and Honduras, flavorful red and Rainier cherries from Chile, and the first figs sweeten the December table. It’s now or next year for heirloom Niagara grapes from Buzzard Crest.
Winter Specialty Produce Planner

Winter Specialty Produce Planner

  • Just in time for winter 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.