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BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

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

Top Stories | September 29, 2022

More About Lettuce

More About Lettuce

  • For farmers impacted by incurable INSV, there’s only one option: To wait it out. Unfortunately, that means that to produce viable greens, they need to hang on until their fields transition to Yuma. But, Yuma’s fields just are not ready yet. Even though farmers tried to utilize a midway point, in Huron, to bridge the gap, there most likely will not be enough of those crops to go around.
  • Our team is actively trying to source iceberg, romaine, and romaine hearts from other regions, including Ohio and Canada, but many other suppliers are attempting the same. Thanks to our established relationships, we have been able to bring in extra product through these outlets, but supplies are obviously limited, and prices are significantly higher than what we’re used to seeing.
Green Picks

Green Picks

  • While Salinas’ struggles are creating serious worries, we’re grateful for our baby greens selection to fill the salad gap. Three-pound Mesclun is great right now. We’re loving GoodHealthy’s prolific organic Superfood Blend, Micro Mix & Spring Mix. Thanks to Little Leaf Farms opening their Pennsylvania greenhouse, Baby Spring Mix & Baby Red & Green Leaf are plentiful. Bowery Farming’s Crispy Leaf Lettuce and Butterhead Lettuce are always top notch.
  • Organic Hydro Boston lettuce is a double treat: It’s looking beautiful and supplies are more than sufficient. While quantities are not exactly what we hope for, between Church Brothers Farms, Norwich Meadows Farms, and Organic Girl, we do have some Little Gems. Mache is back.
Local’s Still Got It

Local’s Still Got It

  • We’re nearing the end of the road for several local items, including eggplant, shelling beans, and anise hyssop, but the farms are flush with incoming peak items to make up for the loss. Look for young ginger and a variety of cabbages from Norwich Meadows Farm and Caraflex cabbages coming in from Kitchen Garden Farm.
  • Radishes, including watermelon and daikon, are coming in from several local partners. Honeynuts from Taproot Farm and Lancaster Farm Fresh are in. By the each pumpkins, in all the sizes, are in. And, we’re proud to say that our fall décor is coming from New Jersey’s Tranquility Farms. Remembrance Farm's Badger Flame Beets are expected early next week.
It's Hot Out West

It's Hot Out West

  • Tough conditions in California, Mexico & South America are resulting in diminished product, across the board. Organic and conventional strawberries are sparse; blackberries are showing lots of red cells and their quality isn’t great. Melons are tight and high; domestic figs are bowing out early. Pink pineapples are still short.
  • Local Empires & Cortland apples are strained; our team’s looking into Pennsylvania fields, but their farms are having the same problems. Due to dry heat, Valencias are very tight, and navels will not return until November. New Zealand Meyers are gapping; we’re waiting for Coachella to begin. On the savory troubled front, scallions, chive, cilantro & white cauliflower, are hurting, too.
Too Good to Miss

Too Good to Miss

  • On top of the fall charts are, ready for their closeup, pie pumpkins, Evergreen Orchard Farm's well-loved Asian pears, and Lady Fuji apples. Also lovely: Most blueberries, including Family Tree Farms’ jumbos, which are still going strong, and raspberries. Limes with the exceptions of 175s, have finally dropped down in price. Australian blood oranges are slowly starting up.
  • After such a rough two months, it’s wonderful to be able to put potatoes back on this list. 120 count bakers are copious and perfect. High-quality broccoli is steady and is anticipated to remain so for the next two months; broccoli rabe quantities are a dream. Tri-color cauliflower is an excellent sub for the shortage on white heads.
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.