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NEWS FROM THE FARM

BALDOR'S WEEKLY PRODUCE MARKET UPDATE

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

Top Stories | April 6th, 2023

Fresh Imports, Directly Sourced

Fresh Imports, Directly Sourced

  • Imported white asparagus and frisée are not new items for us, but as of this week, they’re two that we’re incredibly proud to offer. The white asparagus, from the Bordeaux region of France is not pearl white in color, but creamy, very clean, with an elevated flavor, and jumbo sizing, clocking in at over an inch. We’re receiving orders Fridays and Sundays. The frisée, from Mercia, Spain, is beautiful with enviable blanching, and a high-end chef’s dream. These heads, which are cut to order, arrive in two days, and come in ten/case. The asparagus and frisée are both directly sourced.
Tip of the Iceberg

Tip of the Iceberg

  • Transitioning fields often create temporary gaps, but this year's Arizona-to-California veg transition is especially tough due to Cali's cold, rainy winter season. This year’s first victims are broccoli, cauliflower, and iceberg, all experiencing shorter supplies while we wait for California fields come online. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning: Romaine, romaine hearts, red leaf, and green leaf, are all just a short time away from trickling supplies and a pricing uptick.
Jimmy Nardello & Morel Excitement

Jimmy Nardello & Morel Excitement

  • This spring, we've sourced ultra-popular Jimmy Nardello peppers from a Florida grower parter to jump start our supply ahead of the summer crops' arrivals later in the summer. We received the first arrival Tuesday, kicking off its three-to-four-week season. These are true Nardellos, grown from the same heirloom seed used during the summer months to produce this special frying pepper. First of the season California morels landed over the weekend and sold out immediately. More are expected tonight. As a reminder, Cali’s morels experience a short three-week season, before transition to the PNW fields with Michigan to follow.
Mango Mania

Mango Mania

  • As mangos rise in popularity amongst retail customers and diners, our team set a goal to bring in not only the best mangos out there, but also new varieties. We now offer Mingolo out of the Dominican Republic, and soon, new super cool Sugar Mangos from Goldenberry Farms in Colombia. Mingolos are super sweet and similar to champagnes, with very few fibers and equivalent sizing. The first cases came in last week, and sold out quickly with more arrivals o
 
Berry News: The Sweet and The Sour

Berry News: The Sweet and The Sour

  • We're still seeing the effects of the Cali rains in strawberries, with reduced supplies and an increase in quality issues. Blueberries are also short and what does arrive is expensive. Luckily, raspberries and blackberries are having their moment in the spotlight with good quality and supplies. In addition to conventional and organic, we also have stunning Driscoll’s Limited Edition Sweetest Batch raspberries and lovely Family Tree Farms blackberries, a relatively new arrival.
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.