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BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

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

Top Stories | May 12, 2022

Big Berry Landings

Big Berry Landings

  • All signs pointed toward a better strawberry market this week, but unfortunately, it didn’t pan out. Next week’s looking better, conventionally, but we’re not sure when we’ll see organic improvements. However, cardboard-packed Driscoll’s Berry Big™ Strawberries, which make a huge impact, are landing for the season. Rosés and Harry’s Berries are back.
  • Central Mexico raspberries are in their peak week, but we’ll see a lull over the next 7-14 days as their supplies decrease and California’s begins its pickup. We’re in a transition period with blackberries, but organics should be steady through May. Florida’s conventional blues are quickly winding down; organics will be tight for the next 2-3 weeks as they transition fields. 
Domestic Fruit-for-All

Domestic Fruit-for-All

  • Since May’s begun, we’ve welcomed back so many stone favorites, including white & yellow peaches, and excellent white & yellow nectarines. The good news continues this week with Euro apricots, Rainier cherries, and organic cherries, which we expect weekly, at the beginning of the season.
  • Also, moving back to the United States after a long hiatus: Florida-grown passion fruit, which is not yet consistent, but creeping closer every day. While we're still receiving imported melons, we’re beginning the transition back to home soil for honeydew and cantaloupe, thanks to Arizona and California fields filling in. Hoping they'll size up, soon.
Ramping UP

Ramping UP

  • We cannot believe the number of high-quality, beautiful ramps landing in house lately. Thoughtfully foraged by our friends at American Delicacy, they’re an onion lover's dream right now. This week, we’re also wild about new arrivals of west coast sea beans, wood sorrel, mustard greens, and onion flowers.
  • Blonde and French white morels are finished for the season, but we do still have Conicas in from California and the Pacific Northwest. Velvety Blue Foots from France have started back up again. Cauliflower mushrooms are a bit short this week. 
New & Wonderful

New & Wonderful

  • After months of grim squash news, we’re loving the greens & yellows coming out of Florida and Georgia. They’re still showing a bit of scarring, but otherwise, pricing and quality is great, and laying the groundwork for when New Jersey’s is available next month. And, we’re bringing in gold bars from Holland – a first for us. Also improving? Avocado prices.
  • California’s asparagus crops are winding down, but New Jersey is prolific; we’re receiving fresh arrivals four times a week. Also, a reminder: It’s not too late to sign up for our Local Pledge, to ensure that you receive as many local products, as available, on each order. Another item you could receive with the Pledge? New on-the-vine tomatoes from N.Y.’s Intergrow Greenhouses.
Tough Crops This Week

Tough Crops This Week

  • Following many years of working with them, and offering their raisins-on-the-vine, Mojave Gold told us that they’ll be closing up shop mid-May. While we’ve loved their unique product and will miss it, we wish them well. Other fruit news: Due to green Meyer lemons coming in from our contracted vendors, we’ve sourced from others, leading to higher pricing.
  • Fingerlings are very tight, a result of low storage and a rough current season. Frozen fava beans are back, but supplies will remain tight until June, and prices are not expected to level until at least the third week. Israel’s Jumbo carrots are being intermittently held up at ports, forcing us to sometimes choose California’s harvests, which makes prices rise. Alfalfa sprouts are short.
Spring Specialty Produce Planner

Spring Specialty Produce Planner

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