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BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

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

Top Stories | May 19, 2022

Sweet Beginnings

Sweet Beginnings

  • We started the domestic season with Murray Family Farms and, are happy to see even more of California stones — these grown on Galpin Family Farms — come in by the end of this week. We’re expecting their yellow and white single layer peaches. And! Frog Hollow Farm is back with organic clamshell & bulk apricots, as well as organic clamshell cherries. Rainiers continue.
  • Domestic melons have begun landing consistently, and if the first arrivals are an indication of the season ahead, this summer’s looking sweet. The honeydews, in particular, are brixing super high right now. We’re expecting an influx of mixed melons next week, including Galia, Crenshaws, Orange Flesh honeydews, and Canaries.
Local Produce Begins

Local Produce Begins

  • A host of local vegetables have started to arrive, many grown in New Jersey. This week, we’re seeing purple and white kohlrabi, Japanese Negi scallions, and spring onions from Norwich Meadows Farm. Rhubarb’s in from Lancaster Farm Fresh. Look for local beets, soon.
  • New Jersey’s fields are really starting to produce, as well. Whether you’re braising, sautéing, or salad making, you can do it locally because dandelion and organic collards, spinach, and green and red leaf lettuces are here. We’re also seeing local herbs making their way in, starting with dill and parsley.
The Veg Update

The Veg Update

  • When it comes to spring vegetables, there are two worth focusing on this week: Local, organic feathery Bronze fennel from Norwich Meadows Farm, and asparagus, which we’re fortunate to be receiving from New Jersey, Michigan & California, at better prices than last week. But if Delta Queen is your jam, make sure to order soon; their season is very quickly winding down.
  • While Norwich’s Bronze fennel is in excellent shape, we’re unfortunately not having the same luck with full size fennel when it comes to availability and sizing. Right now, we have supplies, but we’re anticipating small gaps soon. Celery is also a source of concern due to growing issues. While both organic and conventional are tight, the former is really struggling. Prices are high.
Crops of Concern

Crops of Concern

  • Planning Memorial Days menus? We have two important ingredients to keep an eye on. First, corn. We’re expecting crops to tighten up over the next two weeks, but we do have white ears back in stock, organic bi-color will be available in bulk and in 4-pack packages this week, and Violet corn from Georgia is expected back on Friday.
  • Sadly, the fingerling potato situation is not showing any signs of improvement and our growers are telling us that they don’t expect changes on that front, until the beginning of July. As a reminder, multi-colored fingerling packs are coming without purple for the time being.
Best of the Best

Best of the Best

  • Fruit favorites include raspberries, which rank as the best quality berry this week and Big Berries, which will be back in on Friday. Driscoll’s blueberries are still coming from Oxnard, but next week, look for them out of Georgia. Organic green grapes are expected Friday.
  • Following South Africa’s Porcini finish, take heart because we have porcinis coming from the west. For now, they’re a bit high, due to limited availability and demand, but they’re looking great. Our favorite mushrooms for this week, are Chanterelles out of Morocco. And if you’re looking for tomatoes, don’t sleep on organic Darklooms, with their sweet, earthy flavor. 
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.