WHAT’S HAPPENING IN PRODUCE:
We had a late start to the growing season this year and we are feeling the repercussions
of that right now. August arrives at the end of next week and we still do not have any
locally grown carrots, onions (Spanish or cooking), or potatoes of any kind. We’re
paying high prices for imported substitutes right now. We would normally have local
crops available at this time to bolster the supply and keep prices down. The weather
has been great for the growers so we’ll see the crops coming on soon but it’s never soon
enough. Keep in mind that the local favorites such as field-grown tomatoes, peaches
and peppers will also be late in coming this summer. Locally grown sweet corn is around
but not in great volume (or sizing) and prices are still very high.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEK:
We can’t say enough about the California fruit season this summer. Apricots, cherries,
nectarines, peaches, and plums are all fantastic quality. Prices are reasonable and this
makes all of the great values this week. Blackberries are short in supply and prices have really shot up.
Blueberries and strawberries are much cheaper alternatives.
Prices on lettuce have fallen drastically across the board and prices on the chopped and
shredded iceberg lettuce have fallen off as well. As usual, there are some items that have
PRICE ALERTS – Asparagus, red cabbage, carrots, corn, cooking and Spanish onions,
mini and new potatoes (red/white), baking potatoes (larger sizes especially) and pineapples.
YOUR BEST BUYS:
Cauliflower, English cucumbers, green/yellow beans, green peppers, romaine lettuce,
then grape tomatoes, cluster tomatoes (on the vine) and zucchini (green/yellow). In
the fruit section use apricots, cherries, red grapes are much cheaper than the green,
cantaloupes, kiwi, honeydews, mangos, nectarines, peaches and watermelons.