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Berry Exciting News

A combination of light demand and a steady pace of recovery has helped to push prices lower this week. California and Mexico have been able to catch up and you’ll see cheaper prices on broccoli, cauliflower, romaine and zucchini to name a few. Unfortunately the crops in Florida haven’t been so lucky. Florida had experienced an unprecedented amount of rain and below average temperatures this winter. The result is higher prices on their crops such as beans, eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers.

What you need to know this week:

Peppers are expensive so use more broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and zucchini. Plum tomatoes remain as the best value in tomatoes, round cherry tomatoes are ridiculously expensive and that’s even if you can find them – stick to grape tomatoes. Strawberries are terrific quality and are the best value in the berry department by far. Fresh tree fruit from Chile is finally here! We have nectarines, peaches and plums. The plums are the better choice for quality and price – take advantage while they last! They are a great alternative to the apples and pears that have been expensive lately.

What is your best buy:

Broccoli, beets (gold, red, striped), romaine hearts, plum tomatoes, grape tomatoes are much cheaper than round cherry tomatoes, all varieties of potatoes, white turnips, wax turnips, parsnips, yams and green zucchini. In the fruit section use avocadoes, figs, cactus pears, clementines, cantaloupes, honeydews, kiwi fruit, more limes than lemons, mangos, 113 count oranges, persimmons and pineapples. If you need berries stick with strawberries and try some fresh plums – they’re back in season!