January 17, 2018

  Market Notes
January 17, 2018


          We tried this once before and it worked so we’ll give it another go and hope for the same. Our California facility is a little long on colored fingerlings. Specifically we are just a little heavy on two varieties; Purple Peruvian and Red Amarosa.  Not enough to move truck loads but enough to offer a super deal on our three color fingerling assortment.  We can pack these in fifty pound or twenty pound cases. We offer FOB pickup in Bakersfield or nightly delivery to the Los Angeles market area for pallet volume. Of course we can combine them with our yellow fingerlings, red, white, and yellow creamers and chefs. Please contact your Culinary Rep for details, samples or photos. We are looking to move an additional five to six pallets to keep us on course.  Great opportunity, the phone lines are open.


           Rain and hurricanes created some of the worst growing conditions in the southeast for decades. While maybe not the chart toppers, the continual pounding destroyed crop, nurseries, sheds and equipment to the point where several growers simply gave up for the summer season and had to close shop. Some growers with great tenacity survived and now have a beautiful winter crop. Packed in twenty-five pound cases loading out of Florida we have three sizes to offer. First are the five by six, the money makers, followed by regional favorites six by six and six by seven. This particular grower should have product through mid-May. We also offer LTL service from Florida up the east coast and to the west coast on a weekly basis for these low acid fruits. Eight cases on a pallet and please allow three to four days prior notice.


         Popular throughout the ages in Europe, you may have seen us in paintings by the Dutch and Flemish masters.  But, we got a bum rap in the U.S. in the 1920’s and are still recovering from that tarnished reputation (we’re actually quite shiny, have beautiful taut skin, and travel well). Federal prohibition resulted from fears that we spread a fungus (which doesn’t really bother us fruits, but is murder on white pines).  The law was changed in 1966, although some states and counties still ban our growth.  (“Honest Ag officers, it wasn’t even us; it was our relative, the gooseberry.”)  We come primarily from three species of deciduous shrubs and we fruit in reds or whites. (You may also know our black relative.)  Our flowers and fruits are born near the bases of first year stems, and then higher up on more mature plants. We’re relatively little fruits, but you’ll find a whole bunch of us hanging out together.  Pick our entire sprig to enjoy our sweet tart firm berries.  If you want to eat us out of hand, leave us on the bush for a few extra weeks to sweeten.  Now that we’ve escaped the law, we’re harvested in the States from June to August and we arrive from New Zealand from December to February.  Believe us when we say we’re unmatched for jelly, pie, and sauces, as well as mixed with other fruits. Our whites make sweet summer table wine; our reds make hearty English mead.  In Early America, we could be found preserved and dried in many a pantry.  We’re low in calories and sodium and contain vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.  Don’t confuse us with the minute dried guys who look like raisins and come from Greece.  (Oh, and that small-sized tomato borrowed its name from us.)


Answer to last weeks quiz…SUGAR SNAP PEAS…Congratulations to all winners!

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