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The latest on market factors that effect price, quality, and supplies.

February 14, 2018

Market News

The Ultimate Seasonal Produce Guide

The Ultimate Seasonal Produce Guide

  • Our comprehensive market outlook flags seasonal items, new farmers, and general trends that should be on your radar January - April. 
Quality, Availability and Pricing All in Positive Territory

Quality, Availability and Pricing All in Positive Territory

Bananas Still a Sticking Point

Bananas Still a Sticking Point

  • Strikes in Honduras will limit supplies  three more weeks
  • Shippers struggle to meet our ripening specs; please be color-flexible

Produce Pat's Valentine's Day Favorites

The weather has been so agreeable out west, down south and in Yuma, that we’re now in a virtual vegetable glut. Growers are ahead in their fields and harvesters are pulling like crazy. Prices, as a result, are on the floor for most leafy greens, broccoli, all colors cauliflower, asparagus, row lettuces, fennel and more. Even broccoli rabe is back on track with steadier supplies. The flip side to these glad tidings is the gapping that awaits us 2-3 weeks down the road. But why worry about that now? Enjoy the buyers’ market while you can and get these items on your menu now!

Commodity Updates

Apples

Locally Sourced

Current Market

Locally Sourced

Great organic apples now are Jonagolds and Braeburns. Organic Granny Smiths are gapping until the weekend and organic Opals return next week. Local apples include NYS Macs, Fujis, and Red Ruby Frost. Honeycrisps continue but are big bucks as the season winds down. We still have a few Champlain Orchard specialty apples in.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: South America Season: January - August Details:

Apples flourish in the colder areas of Central and Southern Chile. These regions grow more than 20 varieties, but their major exports are Gala, Braeburn and Fuji.

Region: Northeast Season: August - November Details:

New York is one of the country's top apple producers, second only to Washington State in annual production. The Northeast is also home to a number of small, family-owned farms that focus on rare heirloom varieties. 

Region: West Coast Season: August - December Details:

Washington State grows more than half of US apple production. Although harvest happens in the fall, storage crops from this region remains on the market almost year-round.

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

  • Optimum storage conditions for apples are a temperature near 32 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity between 90 and 95 percent.

Artichokes

Current Market

All sizes continue to be plentiful and priced right. Expect some frosting on skin that disappears when chokes are cooked, and only improves flavor anyway.

Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: Year-Round Details:

California accounts for over 99% of commercial artichoke production in the United States. Though they are available year-round, peak growing season is March through May. 

Featured Growers

Avocados

Peak Season

Current Market

Peak Season

Market has inched up with limits on #1, 48 CT already being felt. #2, 48 CTt are getting tighter as well. The best conventional value this week is in 60 CTS, all from Mexico. There is also good value this week on organic 40 and 60 CTS.

Featured Items

  • Looking for a cheaper avocado option? We carry avocado pulp

Prep & Storage

The right size is always in season. Learn more here

Beans & Peas

Best Buy

Current Market

Best Buy

Florida green bean prices are down and Guatemalan French beans are also pretty cheap. Mexican Favas and fresh Garbanzos are in. Sugar Snap and Snow peas are steady and Spanish runner beans continue.

Featured Items

Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: Year-Round Details:

Shelling beans are in from August to October. Fava beans last from March through July and Mann Packing's stringless Tenderbite beans are available year round.

Region: Guatemala Season: Year-Round Details:

About three-quarters of Guatemalan production of snow peas, sugar snap peas and French beans is exported to the US. Guatemala is the most consistent supplier of these crops to the U.S. market.

Region: Mexico Season: September - March Details:

Fava beans and English peas move to Mexico in early fall and stay there until the following spring. They tend to be a little larger and starchier, but look great aesthetically. 

Region: Southeast Season: June - September Details:

String beans from the southeast are some of the best we see all year. When weather cooperates, they arrive sweet with strong vegetal flavors because they are only 2 days away in travel time.

Region: Northeast Season: May - September Details:

NJ has green beans into September and artisanal growers in NY grow varieties such as Maxibel, yellow wax, Flageolet, Fava and cranberry beans on and off into November. The volumes are small however, and most are organically grown.

Featured Growers

  • Guatemala 

Prep & Storage

  • For shelling beans - if you're going to use the beans within a couple of days, simply refrigerate them in the pods. If you're going to store them for a little longer, shuck them first.

Berries

Current Market

California strawberries are clean, large, tasty. Market is firm on excellent Mexican raspberries. We have decent blackberries with minimal red cells. Season's Finest blackberries from Mexico are due in two weeks. Nice blueberries are pints and 6 OZ sizes from Mexico. Harry's Berries are back.

Featured Items

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

Once you bring your fresh berries home, the key to keeping it fresh is to kill any spores on the fruit.  The pH of vinegar does that job. Wash them in a vinegar-water bath:  1 cup of white vinegar and 8 cups of water. Let the berries sit in the vinegar-water bath, gently moving them to help dislodge any dirt, grime and letting the vinegar kill spores and bacteria. Drain the berries in a colander and then thoroughly rinse the fruit (to remove any vinegar flavor).

Broccoli & Broccoli Rabe

Current Market

Good prices on West coast and Florida organic broccoli continue. Conventional broccoli and rabe are steady along with broccolini and crowns. Andy Boy's new organic broccoli rabe is a must-try.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: May - October Details:

California grows over 90 percent of the broccoli in the U.S.There are many varieties of broccoli, the most common being the Calabrese variety, named for Calabria where it came from.

Region: Maine Season: June - October Details:

Research teams are working with growers in the East to determine if they are able to extend the growing seasons with some of the newer hybrids.

Region: Yuma, Arizona Season: November - April Details:

Arizona is the country's second largest broccoli grower. The desert area of Yuma grows 12, 000 acres of broccoli every year.

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

Store broccoli as close to 32 degrees Fahrenheit as possible without actually freezing the vegetable. At this temperature, given ideal airflow and humidity, broccoli lasts upwards of 21 to 28 days. The warmer the storage temperature, the shorter the shelf life.

Brussels Sprouts

Current Market

Conventional Brussels sprout are still a best buy. Baby green Brussels continue from Holland though Dutch baby purple are done. If you must have purple, we're bringing some in domestically from Babe Farms in California, but they will be priced higher.

Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: May - October Details:

The Salinas region of California is the source for our summer supply of Brussels sprouts. We source from here when we can't get them from locations closer to us.

Region: Mexico Season: November - April Details:

Production comes from the Mexicali, San Luis and coastal areas of Mexico, where cool temperatures and the coastal fog that are characteristic of this district, are ideal.

Region: Holland Season: August - April Details:

Most of Dutch crop is grown in the province of Zuid-Holland. Large loose Holland Brussels are uniform in size. Green baby Brussels sprouts start in September, followed by a smaller crop of baby purples.

Region: Northeast Season: September - November Details:

Artisan Hudson Valley famers grow limited amounts of Brussels sprouts organically, both loose and still attached to their stalk, which makes a great autumn decoration.

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

Store Brussels sprouts in a plastic bag in your  crisper, where they'll keep for at least one week, if not a little longer. Sprouts still on the stalk will stay fresh longer than those sold individually.

Cabbage

Current Market

Prices are down on cabbages this week. Excellent Napa and Bok Choy is here from Little Bear in Texas. Try T & A's new Dew Drop petite cabbage heads - sweet, cone-shaped, softer, less bitter. Baby bok choy is steady from Satur Farms in Florida.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: George, Florida & Texas Season: December - May Details:

Although California grows most of the country's cabbage, we buy from these southern states in winter because they are closer and take less time to reach us by truck.

Region: Northeast Season: June - November Details:

New York and New Jersey grow most of the local cabbage we sell in the warmer months, including Nappa and Bok Choy varieties.

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

Keep your cabbage whole until you plan to use it. When you cut cabbage in half, it begins to lose its vitamin C. Store the cabbage in the crisper of your fridge. Keeping your cabbage cold will help it retain its nutrients and crisp texture.

Carrots

Current Market

Hand peeled baby carrots from Guatemala and Mexico are steady. The market remains high on new-crop Israeli cooking carrots. Baby round carrots are still limited. Hothouse organic bunch carrots are very clean with good pricing.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: Year-Round Details:

California grows 80-90% of the US carrot crop and is our primary source for fresh carrots. Production is mainly in the southern and central coasts.

Region: Canada Season: July - August Details:

Carrots are grown in all regions of Canada, and enjoy long, cool growing seasons there. The majority of carrot production occurs in Ontario (44%) and Quebec (35%). This is where we source carrots for processing.

Region: Israel Season: March - June Details:

We source carrots from here during this period mainly for processing.

Region: Georgia + Mexico Season: June - August Details:

We source carrots from here during this period mainly for processing.

Region: New York Season: June - March Details:

Production is small in NY, mostly centered on small, independent farmers. Northeast carrots are grown both organically and conventionally. Their ten month availability window includes local storage carrots.

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

Once the greens are trimmed off, all you have to do to keep the carrots crisp and fresh is put them in a container of water and store in the refrigerator. Whole carrotsstay nice and crunchy in their cold water bath, and this is also a great way to storepackaged baby carrots.

Cauliflower & Romanesco

Best Buy

Current Market

Best Buy

Cauliflower and Romanesco are both plentiful with good pricing. Orange and purple cauliflowers are more limited, not as much around as last week.

Featured Items

Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: May - October Details:

California is the major cauliflower-producing state in the United States, growing about 90 percent of the nation's supply. In 2016, total U.S. cauliflower production was 666.1 million pounds.

Region: Yuma, Arizona Season: November - April Details:

The same growers who supply us in California move their fields to warmer Yuma for the rest of winter into early spring, with quality the same.

Region: Maine Season: July - October Details:

Cauliflower needs warm weather to grow and the Maine crop comes on in the height of summer. Both large and small heads come with full jacket on.

Region: New York Season: September - October Details:

We get beautiful cauliflower from LI and the Finger Lakes regions towards end of summer. Orange and purple varieties are available also in smaller amounts. Romanesco are steady from this region for the full two month window.

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Prep & Storage

Transfer to a loosely sealed plastic bag, with a paper towel tucked in to absorb any excess moisture. Whole heads of cauliflower can be kept in a loosely sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for 4 to 7 days. Precut florets should be stored for no more than 4 days.

Citrus, Grapefruits

Peak Season

Current Market

Peak Season

Red Heller grapefruits are steady. We have small red grapefruits from Murray Farmily Farms and organic and conventional Oro Blancos. Tiny cocktail grapefruits continue.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: Florida (Red Grapefruit) Season: October - April Details:

75% of Florida’s grapefruits are grown in the Indian River region of the state. It is considered the best growing region because of its built-in freeze protection from the nearby Gulf Stream and buffering swamp lands.

Region: California Season: January - April Details:

Most grapefruit orchards are located in the Coachella and Imperial desert regions. The San Joaquin Valley picks up in March and lasts into May. Pommelo, Oroblanco and Melogold hybrids from California run from November to March.

Region: Texas Season: October - April Details:

Texas Rio Star grapefruits love the sub tropical climate of the lower Rio Grande Valley. The dark red color and extreme juiciness and sweetness make is one of American's favorite grapefruits.

Region: Florida (White Grapefruit) Season: April - June Details:

Marsh white grapefruits account for 40% of Florida's entire grapefruit crop. With their pale yellow flesh, then have a mildly tart flavor and crisp aroma.

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Prep & Storage

Store whole grapefruit at room temperature up to a week, or for 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. Tip: You'll find grapefruit to be juicier and sweeter if you return it to room temperature right before serving.

Citrus, Mandarins

Peak Season

Current Market

Peak Season

Don't miss out on incredible Ruby Tangos. They are a new blood orange/mandarin hybrid that are so zesty, they sizzle in your mouth! Organic Tahoe Gold, Kishu, and organic Page mandarins continue. Mini Me mandarins are golf-ball sized, perfect for kids, piling in fruit bowls, serving after meals.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: October - December Details:

Mandarin is the name given to all types of small, zipper skin citrus fruits with easily separating segments. Satsumas are the first to arrive. Other common varieties include clementines, Page, Pixie and Honey. 

Region: Spain & Morocco Season: November - January Details:

Considered to be the best clementine mandarins, often shipped in gift box wooden crates for the holiday season. Supple and sweet with zipper skin.

Prep & Storage

  • Satsumas can be stored at room temperature for a couple of weeks or refrigerateSatsumas for up to several weeks. 

Citrus, Oranges

Peak Season

Current Market

Peak Season

New heirloom 48 CT Reserve navels are in. Tree-ripened and hand-picked, they have amazing flavor. Cara Cara, blood oranges, Sumos in 22 CT box, Minneola Tangelos and sour Sevilles continue. Organic minneolas are steady and organic juicing Valencias are brixing a crazy-sweet 12-14!

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: late October - April Details:

Navels and Cara Caras are available all through winter and into early spring. Domestic Blood Oranges start in December with the Moro variety and ends in April with Tarocco and Sanguinelli varieties.

Region: California Season: February - August Details:

Valenicas become available in late winter and last through summer. Valencias make good juicing oranges, especially the organic variety that come from California during this period.

Region: Florida Season: November - February Details:

FL  juicing oranges are small, thin-skinned, and sweet. Late season juicing oranges in Florida are the Pineapple variety. AmberSweets, which start in January, peel and section easily and are even sweeter.

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

Oranges don't ripen any further once they've been picked and the refrigerator is the best place for maximimizing their shelf life. At room temperature, oranges usually keep for up to one week — in your fridge, they'll generally stay fresh for three to four weeks.

Citrus, Specialty

Peak Season

Current Market

Peak Season

Bergamot, Mandarinquats and Etrog Citron continue with a few Buddha's Hands left. Jamaican Ugli Fruits have juicy segments that taste like tart tangerines. We have both organic Meiwa kumquats with fewer seeds, and regular kumquats in from California.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: October - April Details:

The first Buddha's Hands and Kaffir limes start in early fall, and we receive a continuous flow of variegated pink lemons, Sumo citrus, Bergamot, Ruby Tangos, Yuzu, and many more right through early spring.

Region: Florida, Louisiana, Chile & Mexico Season: November - May Details:

The majority of kumquats in the U.S. are grown in California, with a small crop from Louisiana and Florida late in the year. Chile ships just a head of the Calif. crop and Mexico also ships sporadically.

Region: Italy Season: February - July Details:

Sorrento Lemons from the Amalfi Coast are becoming more popular and recognized in the U.S. every year. 

Region: California Season: December - April Details:

Bernard Ranch heirloom navels, Meyer lemons, tangelos, grapefruits and limes are exceptional-tasting citrus fruits grown by a family-owned farm in Riverside.

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

Buddha's Hand and Etrog can be stored at cool room temperature for up to two weeks or refrigerated for up to four weeks. Store Kaffir limes and yuzu citrus the way you would store limes. 

Cucumbers

Current Market

Select cucumbers are good from Florida and Mexico. Market is stronger on hothouse cucumbers as Mexican production is light and Canada still has weather issues that result in low greenhouse lighting. There are good deals to be had this week on mini Persian cucumbers.

Featured Items

  • Our top pick are these persian cucumbers - smooth, thin skin, crispy and juicy with mild flavor. Few tiny edible seeds, enjoy skin and all.

Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: Canada & Mexico Season: Year-Round Details:

Hothouse-grown, these English-style cucumbers are classified as burpless cucumbers. They all have thin, edible skin, are sweet and crisp with good moisture content.

Region: South Season: September - May Details:

We source our field-grown slicing and pickling cucumbers from the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida when our local season ends in August.

Region: Northeast Season: late June - September Details:

NJ grows most of the field-grown table and pickling cukes in summer while smaller, family-owned farms in NY and PA grow specialty varieties in different sizes. Some have thin, tender, edible skin; others are for pickling.

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

  • Wrap the cucumber in plastic wrap. Keeping thecucumber wrapped minimizes the amount of moisture on the cucumber, which slows the process of decay. After wrapping, put the cucumber in the refrigerator. This should keep it cold enough to stay fresh for one week to 10 days.

Fresh Herbs

Current Market

Organic and conventional basil are extremely tight, but no worries. Sub with local greenhouse Genovese and Thai basil from Sky Vegetables right here in the Bronx. Pricing is close to what you're paying right now.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: Year-Round Details:

Parsley, chervil and cilantro are harvested here year-round when available. Because fresh herbs are the most delicate of commodities, weather issues often cause shortages in one region - hence, our global network of herb suppliers.

Region: Middle East Season: Year - Round Details:

Israel and Palestine, with their arid climate, provide the ideal growing conditions for herbs such as basil, chives and thyme.

Region: Columbia & Mexico Season: Year - Round Details:

Columbia and Mexico have climates that are very suitable for herbs. We primarily source from these Columbia to supplement supplies when other regions are limited.

Region: Northeast Season: July - November Details:

Herbs that can withstand cool weather - tarragon, rosemary, parsley and oregano - last locally into October. Basil, chives and cilantro are local only through September. We source local herbs from family farms in NJ, NY, CT + PA. 

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

The best way to store fresh herbs is to snip off the bottom of the stems, make sure the leaves are completely dry, fill a jar or a water glass partially with water and place the stem ends of the herbs into the water in the jar, and place in the fridge covered loosely with a plastic bag.

Grapes

Current Market

All are Peruvian now with dark red Crimsons, in the 700 size series, being the pick-of-the week. Jumbo white sweet Globes are another special option for cheese and fruit platters. Black Globes, Thompsons and Cotton Candies continue. Purple Sapphires are finished.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: June - December Details:

From Coachella in June then San Joaquin Valley picks up and lasts into Dec. Specialty varieties start later in July and last into Nov. Jumbo, seedless red Scarlottas and white Autum Kings run from Oct through Nov.

Region: South America Season: December - May Details:

We usually switch over to Chilean supplies by mid-December. Chilean grapes arrive right before Christmas. We continue there until California starts harvesting late May.

Region: Mexico Season: May - June Details:

Baldor makes a short dip into the Mexican grape season before the California grapes are steady with good pricing. Red Flames and Thompsons comprise the largest import variety from Mexico.

Region: Arizona Season: July - September Details:

Champagne grapes, also known as Black Cornith or Zante Currants are the earliest domestic grapes to arrive every year. After a short, July run in Arizona, we start sourcing them from California through early fall.

Region: Northeast Season: late August - November Details:

The Finger Lakes of N.Y. state is a premier table and wine grape-growing region producing east coast varieties include Concords, Niagaras, Canadice and Purple Mars.

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

Place grapes into a sealed plastic bag or airtight container without washing them. Store your grapes in the back of the refrigerator. Separate stacks of grapes when buying in bulk to promote air circulation. Grapes will stay fresh for up to three weeks if stored correctly.

Leafy Greens

Peak Season

Current Market

Peak Season

Collards, conv. bunch spinach, green and Lacinato kale, Veggie Power Blend, Satur's Florida Asian greens and baby kales in excellent supply. Good week for cooking greens - take advantage of improved quality and pricing. Only org. bunch spinach is tight and west coast baby kale is gapping.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: Year - Round Details:

There are always varieties of leafy greens available at one time or another from California. Bunch Spinach and Lacinato Kale are the major crops.

Region: South Season: November - March Details:

Mustards, collards, escarole, chicories and Lacinato kale move to the southeastern states of Florida, Georgia and Texas through winter.

Region: Ohio & Michigan Season: July - December Details:

Cabbage, spinach, chard, and heartier greens grow better in cooler weather. Once full summer hits in the northeast, we move to Ohio and southern Michigan for our late summer - early autumn supplies. 

Region: Northeast Season: March - November Details:

The first local greens to arrive are wild dandelion from N.J., followed by over-wintered spinach, parsley and leeks. New-crop cooking greens get going the second week of June.

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

Line a plastic storage container with paper towels, dump the leafy greens in an even layer on top, and covered it with another layer of paper towels before locking down the lid. The paper towels will absorb the moisture and allow your leafy greens to last longer! 

Lettuce & Salads

Peak Season

Current Market

Peak Season

Romaine and hearts, leaf lettuce, Gilberties arugula, Florida tray arugula, and Little Bear arugula all terrific this week. Italian chicories continue, and we have Coraline and Friseline to add white frills to your salad mixes. New Boggiatto loose PK romaine Salad Hearts are beautiful!

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: California Season: Year - Round Details:

Salinas supplies 1/2 of the country's lettuce crop. From Dec through March, production moves to the state's southern desert region. Small farms growing in Petaluma, Thermal and Riverside supply us throughout fall and winter.

Region: Arizona Season: November - early April Details:

Nationally, Arizona ranks second only to California in head, leaf and romaine lettuce production. 95% of the state's crop is grown in the Yuma Valley which enjoys moderate winters.

Region: Ohio, Michigan & Canada Season: July - September Details:

When it gets too hot in the height of summer, we briefly source field-grown lettuces from these three regions. Besides being only one day away in transit, these areas boast plenty, land, water and labor - factors.

Region: Northeast Season: late June - November Details:

NY, NJ, PA and MA are major salad producers throughout summer and fall. Along with commercial growers, there are many small, independent farms growing specialty and/or organic head and lettuce mixes for the region.

Region: Southeast Season: Year - Round Details:

B&W and Satur Farms grow in different regions throughout the year. Satur Farms moves from Long Island down to FL mid-December - May. B&W travels between Tennessee and Florida for steady supplies of their pre-washed baby greens.

Featured Growers

Prep & Storage

  • Line a plastic storage container with paper towels, dump the lettuce in an even layer on top, and covered it with another layer of paper towels before locking down the lid. The paper towels will absorb the moisture and allow your lettuce and salads to last longer! 

Mushrooms

Peak Season

Current Market

Peak Season

Pink Oyster mushrooms are a bit snug, but we have plenty yellow Oysters. New arrival of Rhode Island Pioppinos. South African Porcini are abundant again. Domestic mushrooms from PNW include Black Trumpets, Yellowfoots and Hedgehogs. Orchard Morels continue from California.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: Pennsylvania & Rhode Island Season: Year - Round Details:

When wild mushroom varieties are grown in a controlled environment, they are referred to as "cultivated wild" mushrooms. These include white, Cremini, Shitake, Portobello, Oyster, Maitake, and Pioppino, and several other varieties.

Region: Pacific Northwest Season: Year - Round Details:

Black Trumpets, Chanterelles, Hedgehogs, Matsutake, Porcini, Cauliflower, Chicken of the Woods, Yellowfoots and Lobster mushrooms pop up in the wild at different times throughout the whole year.

Region: France & Holland Season: Year - Round Details:

Bluefoots are medium-sized, cultivated mushrooms from Europe. They are a pretty lavender color, and are mild, clean, and firm with a low water content.

Region: Europe & Morocco Season: April - December Details:

Several wild mushroom varieties move to Eastern Europe, Spain, Morocco and France during the warmer months. Mousseron, St. George and Amanita Caesarea (Ovoli) are a few of the more exotic varieties we import in limited amounts.

Region: South Africa Season: October - April Details:

Fresh wild Porcini from here are grown at very high elevations and, therefore, are almost completely worm-free. They arrive whole and intact as they don't have to be split open to check for pests.

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Prep & Storage

Prepackaged mushrooms should stay in the package. Keep fresh mushrooms in a paper bag or in a damp cloth bag in the refrigerator. This allows them to breathe so they stay firm longer. Avoid storing mushrooms in a plastic bag, which causes them to deteriorate quickly.

Pears

Current Market

New crop Bartletts are all Chilean in two sizes. Storage Bosc, Red Anjou and Seckels continue from Washington and the season for excellent Subarashii 9 CT brown Asian pears is extending a couple more weeks than expected.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: Pacific Northwest Season: September - April Details:

Oregon and Washington grow 80% of the country's crop. Organic and coventional pears thrive in the cooler climates of the northern, coastal regions. Comice, Bosc, D'Anjou, Seckels, Starkimsons, and Bartletts are some of the varieties.

Region: New York Season: September - December Details:

New-crop pears from the Hudson Valley are harvested fresh in fall and continue in storage through spring. We carry only fresh harvest local autumn pears in limited amounts.

Region: South America Season: April - July Details:

We bring South American pears in when domestic pears are all out of storage. Abate Fetal pears are now Chilean-grown and prized for their elegant elongated shape, sweetness and fragrance.

Region: Pennsylvania, California & Washington Season: September - December Details:

Local Asian pears start arriving locally from Subarashii Kudamono growers in mid-September, and then from Kingsburg Orchards in California. The latest arrival is from Washington in early October.

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Prep & Storage

Unlike other fruits, pears ripen from the inside out so by the time they are soft on the outside, the inside flesh may be overripe and mealy. Ripe pears should be stored in a refrigerator set at 35 to 45 degrees. Leave unripe pears at room temperature in order to induce ripening.

Peppers

Current Market

The market is slightly higher on Mexican tri-colored bells. Field-grown red and yellow 25 LB peppers are a best buy. Field green peppers are steady out of Florida and Mexico. Suntan peppers are still unavailable and Poblanos are steady from Mexico and Florida.

Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: Holland, Canada & Mexico Season: May - November Details:

Colored peppers are native to Holland and their thick-walled, sweet, hothouse peppers are grown in a controlled environment from seed. Canada is also a major supplier. Mexico's crop runs year round.

Region: Israel, Dominican Republic & Mexico Season: November - April Details:

We dip into all three regions during the colder months of the year.

Region: Northeast Season: July - October Details:

Green peppers thrive in New Jersey, Long Island and Pennsylvania during the warmer months. Field-grown peppers display a more vegetal flavor than hothouse grown.

Region: South Season: November - June Details:

Field green pepper production moves to the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida once cooler weather arrives up north.

Region: West Coast Season: Year - Round Details:

Red and yellow field grown peppers start their season north in the Fresno area, then move down to Oxnard and San Diego. Packed 25 pounds, they are an indispensible utility pepper in every commercial kitchen.

Prep & Storage

Put peppers in perforated plastic bags and store them in the crisper of your refrigerator.

Potatoes

Locally Sourced

Current Market

Locally Sourced

GPOD 40, 50 and 60 CTS are a bit tight; 70, 80 and 90 CTS are more plentiful. PEI Isabella brand chef, red and white A's and B's are good. Florida new potatoes start in 2 weeks. Red and white yams are steady. Mixed color fingerlings are a best buy.

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Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: Idaho Season: October - August Details:

GPOD Russet Burbanks start their new seaon every October and typically gap for 2-3 weeks in September. Idaho Russet Norkotahs harvested in early fall by various other growers are available during this gap and throughout the year.

Region: Pacific Northwest Season: June - November Details:

Weiser Family Farms comes out with their new heirloom potatoes every June. Kennebec fryers and new-crop creamers continue into fall. Organic creamer potatoes come from Oregon this time of year.

Region: South Season: June - September Details:

Florida new potato season peaks between late spring and late winter. Reds, whites, yellows and chef's varieties arrive in a, b, and c sizes.

Region: Massachusetts, Carolinas, Virginia & Delaware Season: July - October Details:

New red, white and yellow potatoes arrive from all these states in the height of summer.

Region: Canada, Maine & New York Season: September - March Details:

Prince Edward Island is the largest potato producer in Canada. U.S. chefs anxiously await their start in early Autumn because the island's rich, red, sandy soil produces extremely flavorful, earthy-tasting potatoes.

Region: Pennsylvania Season: June - November Details:

Local organic potatoes from Lancaster Farms include Beauregard yams, Fingerling sweet potatoes and purple sweet potatoes.

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Prep & Storage

Potatoes keep best when placed in a well-ventilated container and stored in a dry location, away from sunlight, and at temperatures between 45 and 55 degrees F.

Root Vegetables

Current Market

Easter Egg and French Breakfast Radishes are still showing top leaf problems. The roots themselves are fine, but expect leaves to be a bit ragged with some white mildew showing. Colorful Watermelon and Purple Ninja radishes are better options this week.

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Region: California & Oregon Season: Year - Round Details:

Baby colored beets and variety radishes are a staple in south central California. Sunchokes move between both states, keep availability nearly year round.

Region: Michigan & Ohio Season: Year - Round Details:

This region of the midwest is a major supplier of the loose large colored beets, sack beets, parsnips, turnips, and radishes we carry all year.

Region: Northeast Season: September - November Details:

Radishes, beets, turnips, rutabaga and sunchokes thrive locally in fall and early winter, then go into storage. Most organic root vegetables come from small, artisan farms in NY, PA and NJ.

Region: South Florida Season: November - April Details:

Bunch and cello radishes move to Florida as winter approaches.

Region: Belgium Season: October - April Details:

The new season for celery knob and salsify starts in autumn and last through late spring. From May on, storage crop is available right through the year.

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Prep & Storage

Place unwashed turnips in a perforated plastic bag and store in the crisper. They should keep for at least 1 week and up to 3. Parsnips tend to lose moisture quickly when they are exposed to air. To store them, wrap them in paper towels and place in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper.

Squash

Current Market

Green zucchini is a best buy, but yellow is still tight from Mexico. Guatemalan baby green zucchini and yellow pattypan squashes are plentiful and cheap; green pattypan is short. Israeli zucchini flowers are gapping for a month while fields re-set. Sub with California 50 CT or Fresh Origins 25 CT.

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Region: Mexico Season: November - April Details:

Mexican growers have perfected the cultivation of summer yellow and zucchini in addition to hard shell squash and their native chayote. Today Mexico is a leading year-round suppliers to the U.S. 

Region: Ohio & Michigan Season: Late June - August Details:

Soft summer squashes flourish here in conjunction with our own local growing season. Winter squash varieties run from mid-Sept to mid-Oct in Ohio which is our greatest supplier in fall. They last in storage through winter.

Region: Northeast Season: Late June - December Details:

NJ is a major commercial grower of summer squash, here within a day of harvest. Local squash - both hard and soft shell, as well as zucchini blossoms. Summer squash ends locally in August and winter squash lasts into December.

Region: Holland Season: May - October Details:

Round 8 ball, gold bar, zucchini flowers and, occasionally, green zucchini are all imported sporadically from Holland during this period. Mini zucchini with blossoms attached are imported in limited amounts.

Region: California & Israel Season: Year - Round Details:

California is a leading supplier of fresh zucchini blossoms in summer when Israel gets too hot. Israeli zucchini blossoms are mainly a winter crop grown hydroponically and individually cello wrapped.

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Prep & Storage

Frost shortens shelf life, so keep hard squash at room temperature and dry. 

Tomatoes

Current Market

Best picks - organic Tasti Lees single LYR; field-grown heirlooms 10 LBS from Valdivia Farms, CA, and Village Farms' orange, oblong Lorabellas. All tomatoes cheaper this week, except field rounds. No yellow vine tomatoes. Del Cabo cherry, grape and mixed medleys also cheap. Tomatillos are higher.

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Try Sweet Campari tomatoes from Village Farms. 

Seasonal Transitions

Region Season Details
Region: Florida Season: October - June Details:

Florida is the second-largest tomato-producing state next to California, and supplies most of the nation's winter crop. Commercial volume drops and prices are lowest from August to September when local tomatoes become availabile.

Region: Mexico Season: Year - Round Details:

Mexico now accounts for 71% of the U.S. import market for greenhouse tomatoes. The Baja peninsula is the greatest supplier of organically grown field tomatoes in the country.

Region: Canada Season: Year - Round Details:

Outdoor production is limited in Canada by the cool and short summer season. Innovative growers, and proximity to the biggest markets in North America, have resulted in the explosion of Canada's hothouse tomato industry.

Region: Northeast Season: July - October Details:

Long Island and the Hudson Valley of NY, NJ, and Pennsylvania produce the greatest amount of local tomatoes including heirlooms for our region. Several of our regional tomato growers are certified organic.

Region: South Season: June - August Details:

The Carolinas, TN, GA, and AL supply field-grown tomatoes for the commercial market starting in late spring. Edisto Island, off the coast of South Carolina, grows exceptional micro cherry and grape tomatoes that arrive early June.

Region: California Season: Year - Round Details:

We source small quantities of specialty organic tomatoes from here sporadically throughout the year. Organic Tasti Lees and Dry Farmed tomatoes are two examples.

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Prep & Storage

Keep unripe green tomatoes, stem side down, in a paper bag or in a cardboard box in a single layer. Place in a cool area until they turn red in color. Perfectly ripe tomatoesshould be kept at room temperature on the counter away from sunlight

Unique & Specialty

Current Market

Apple Blossoms are gapping but we have plenty pansies, nasturtium, orchids and confetti flowers in. New Zealand skinless Kiwi berries arrive next week. Driscolls Sunshine raspberries also arrive in a week. They have great, pale apricot coloring, nice flavor, and are a terrific display berry.

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Region: California Season: Year - Round Details:

Sour Armenian plums, Murray berries, orange Blossoms, fava leaves, spigarello, fresh garbanzo beans, green blueberries, mustard flowers, purslane and wild seabeans are early spring arrivals. Coraline frisee is year round.

Region: Pacific Northwest Season: February - July Details:

Spring Onions, Grape Blossoms, Maple Leaf Blossoms, and mountain huckleberries are just some of the exotic and/or unique crops that pop out between late winter through early summer.

Region: Belgium & Holland Season: Year - Round Details:

Friseline, Pineberries, strasberries are available at one time or another throughout the year.

Region: Northeast Season: June - October Details:

Organically grown edible weeds, flower, and seeds such as fennel flowers, oxalis, anise hyssop, spruce shoots, juniper berries and Autumn berries arrive in spring from MA and st into autumn. 

Region: Mexico Season: March - May Details:

Purslane is known to be one of the most nutritious plants on the planet. It grows wild in a spreading fashion in the summer months and can also be cultivated vertically.

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Prep & Storage

Ripen star fruit at room temperature until you can smell their aroma then refrigerate for up to a week.