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BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

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

Top Stories | October 14, 2021

Let's Twist Again

Let's Twist Again

  • The season’s first arrivals include Buddha’s Hands, pink variegated lemons, kaffir limes, etrog citron, yuzu, and finger limes from Shanley Farms (also, make a note, because this is your last chance to order their amazing Morro Bay avocados this season).
  • Florida grapefruit and juicing oranges arrive soon. Further down the pipeline: all kinds of mandarins and tangerines, blood oranges, Cara Cara oranges, Meyer lemons, and much more. Valencias are winding down, and navels start early next month.
Falliday Favorites

Falliday Favorites

  • Make space for Big Mac pumpkins, which weigh upward of 100 pounds. Other fall decoratives, like pumpkins, gourds, and hay bales, will help you set the stage for Halloween, and take you through to Thanksgiving, which is in just six weeks.
  • It’s never too early to pre-order your turkeys! It’s also time to work on holiday menus. We’ve got lots in stock, including chestnuts, Ocean Spray cranberries, apples, pears, sweet potatoes, local new potatoes, leeks, celery knob, and more.
The Skinny on Squash

The Skinny on Squash

  • Whatever kind of squash you want, chances are, we have it (please note, though, that honeynut quantities are still limited). Save yourself a bit of time by checking out our numerous Fresh Cuts. Don’t forget pumpkins and decorative gourds.
  • Warmer weather this week has helped our friends at Norwich Meadows Farm extend the season on their thin-skinned, organic mixed squash. Conventional yellow and green squash offer good value right now. Taproot Farm's squash blossoms have finished for the year.

 

All about Asparagus

All about Asparagus

  • In the fall, we usually rely on Peruvian asparagus, but port delays have increased lead times and driven up costs. Fortunately, the current Baja harvests are far surpassing yearly averages, so we have excellent availability and pricing.
  • Small, medium, large, and jumbo green asparagus, all in-house, freshen up fall dishes. Quality white asparagus continues to arrive from Peru. We expect purple stalks to be in by the end of the month.
Berry Transitions

Berry Transitions

  • NorCal strawberry season is slowing as SoCal ramps up. Conventional volume is on the rise, while organic availability is light. Rain in Mexico has dampened raspberry and conventional blackberry crops, but they should rebound within a week.
  • Organic blackberries are still mostly domestic and should be consistent through October. Conventional blueberry production out of Baja and Peru is strong and steady. Organic blueberries will remain tight for several weeks. 
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.