Apples, Cherries, & Pears

New crop gala apples are being harvested in Washington and California. There is still good volume on storage granny smith apples out of the northwest. California granny smith apples will start around August 25th. Here are the northwest apple start dates:

Honeycrisp - September 3rd

Golden - September 7th

Fuji - September 7th

Red - September 21st

Jonagold - September 28th

Braeburn - October 12th

Granny - October 15th

Pink Lady - October 15th

 

California starkrimson, bosc, and bartlett pears are now available! We also have new-crop bartlett pears out of the northwest. Here are the other northwest pear start dates:

D’Anjou - September 9th

Bosc - September 17th

Fun Fact: One of the most incredible natural features of the Opal Apple is that it does not brown after cutting!

Melons

Domestic cantaloupe and honeydew, out of the west side, are in full production. The watermelon market will firm up in two weeks as the East Coast begins to pull for the Labor Day ad. Mixed melons are finishing up quickly, and their production will only continue to decrease.

 

 

 

Citrus: California & Imported

California lemons are extremely tight.

California star ruby grapefruit will go for a couple more weeks, then we will transition to California marsh ruby grapefruits.

California valencia oranges will continue for the next 7 weeks or so.

Peruvian and Chilean clementines are ramping up on the East and West coasts! Their coloring is medium orange, and sizing is small to medium.

Chilean lemons have started off in a light way, with higher prices at the moment.

Australian daisy tangerines are moving quickly, and we should have good availability for the next few weeks. These are a summer favorite for citrus lovers!

Chilean navel oranges have begun! Their sizes are peaking on 88/72’s for first arrivals. Fukumoto are the opening variety, and they look great!

Both Australian and Peruvian minneola tangelos are in full swing! Minneolas from both places look great, and taste even better, but the Peruvian product is a better value with more volume available. We have plenty of volume for ads on Peruvian minneolas!

Large Peruvian W.Murcotts are a deep orange, and they taste incredible! W.Murcott supply with increase over the next few weeks.

Fun Fact: Lemons are believed to be a hybrid between a sour orange and a citron.

 

 

Potato and Onion Update

Hearty and wholesome!

Stockton, California is packing new-crop red, white, and yellow potatoes. Stockton has had an optimal growing season and the potato quality out of Stockton is excellent! Demand for these perfect Stockton potatoes continues to grow. Supplies are steady, but the Stockton crop is selling out daily.

Fun Fact: Many people think Potatoes are vegetables but, in fact, potatoes are legumes! A legume is plant that is able to fix nitrogen from the air and put it into the soil, and potatoes do just that.

 

New-crop russet potatoes are shipping from Washington. Their quality is excellent, and we have plenty available!

Fun Fact: Idaho, the present-day largest producer of potatoes, actually did not begin growing potatoes until 1836!

 

Central California is packing red, white, and yellow onions. Onion quality has been good, but their sizes are running a bit larger due to hot weather. California red and yellow onions are steady in both supply and quality. White onions, however, are on the short side and their pricing is reflecting that shortage. Direct-seed onions from Washington are around the corner from production! We will start shipping yellow and red direct-seed onions on Monday.

Fun Fact: The pungent juice of onions has been used as a moth repellent and can be rubbed on the skin to prevent insect bites
 

 

Tropicals

Kent and keitt mangoes, out of Mexico, are in season. We have good supply on 8/7 sizes followed by 9/10. We have promotable supplies on larger sizes. Ataulfo mango volume is wrapping up.
Fun Fact: Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D

New-crop limes are starting. Their volume is tight, with sizes peaking on 175’s and larger. Lime prices are up for the time being.

Fun Fact: India is the greatest producer of limes in the world.

Melons

Domestic cantaloupe and honeydew, out of the west side, are in full production. The watermelon market will firm up in two weeks as the East Coast begins to pull for the Labor Day ad. Mixed melons are finishing up quickly, and their production will only continue to decrease.

Latin Products

Flavorful and colorful!

All hot peppers, including pasilla, jalapeno, serrano, tomatillo, and red peppers, are coming out of Baja, Mexico. California is in full harvest on all varieties of chili peppers. Other states have also started with their local peppers. New Mexican hatch peppers have arrived in Los Angeles, and began roasting them on August 11th. Here’s the 2018 hatch pepper August roasting schedule:

August 18th: Albertsons store #6358 

August 18th: Albertsons store #6158 

August 25th: Albertsons store #6355

August 25th: Albertsons store #6753 

August 25th: Albertsons store #6305 

September 1st: Albertsons store #6181 

September 1st: Albertsons store #6559 

Fun Fact: Serranos are the hottest peppers commonly available in the U.S.