Round Tomatoes – Florida’s volume continues to improve; weather permitting, production will slowly be making its way back to normal numbers by March end. Quality is very nice. Mexico’s volume is good and quality is very nice. Reminder…DO NOT store tomatoes in the refrigerator, doing so causes a loss of flavor and creates a mealy texture.
Strawberries – Rain in all growing areas of California are causing shortages and increasing prices; anticipating lighter-than-normal supply through the month of March.
English Cucumbers – Good volume and good quality.
Asparagus – Mexico has very good quality and ample supply.
Cranberries – After the classic cranberry sauce is made to serve with your turkey, expand your use of the seasonal berry…puree 1/4 cup classic cranberries, then add 1/2 cup softened butter and a pinch of sea salt. Spread on bagels, bread or scones. Enjoy!
Navels/Valencias – These oranges are an excellent size, peaking on 72/56s. High solids-to-acid ratio.
Asparagus – Volume is steady, quality is good.
Cabbage (green) – There is heavy supply this week. Quality is good.
Items on the Extreme List to be aware of: all berries, garlic, green beans, melons and potatoes. Keep an on your costs and quality of shipments.