July 12, 2018

  Market Notes
July 12, 2018

POTATO MARKET UPDATE

Our New Mexico product has begun exactly on schedule, actually one day early. We have received the new fingerlings at our Mosca, Colorado facility and are running and packing as you read this. We will be shipping on schedule to the east coast and will be able to deliver as early as Wednesday. We have sold out of our expensive California lot and we are pleased to report that the crop shipping out of Colorado will be about eight dollars less per case. Plus the potatoes are real nice. These are truly new potatoes and maintaining proper temperature is important to finish their “cure”. We will advise each customer at time of purchase what the best temperature is for the 6 day old fingerlings. Unfortunately there are no colors or mixes available for this first load, but we should have both for loads shipping after July 23rd. Our New Mexico/Colorado partnership will continue through September at which time we will switch back to our San Luis valley crop where we will stay through next May. That’s our story and we are sticking with it! We do have enough product now for a few new customers, so if you are looking for a year round specialty potato program with woke service, give us call. From Organic retail to truckloads with dirt we offer a wide variety of exceptional potatoes.

THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN HILL

For those of you doing any of the Monterey, California foods shows or just touring the amazing agriculture that defines the California central coast there is a stop that is now offering stone fruit from heaven. On the front side of Salinas, past the green fields of Hollister, the berry fields of Watsonville and the garlic of Gilroy lies the sleepy little bedroom community of Morgan Hill. A stone’s throw from San Jose, farm land is immediately traded up for housing with incredible profit. Except for an unassuming country store, few 4 acre lots and some half acre back yards that is the ethereal stone fruit of Andy’s Orchards. Now featuring several varieties of yellow peaches, yellow nectarines, white nectarines, plums, pluots, and if you catch Andy on a good day some samples so sublime your eyes won’t stay dry. While Monterey is always there, now begins a scant six to eight week program of the best stone fruit in the world. If you go, tell Andy that Culinary sent ya, and he’ll probably charge you double. You can also get Andy’s Orchards fruits at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market on Wednesday’s.

NEW PRODUCE QUIZ – – WHAT AM I??

While a rose by any other name, would smell the same, my color is the only thing the queen of our family and I share. Perhaps not. Like her thorn, I can be sour yet like her scented petals I can be sweet. We sweeties prevail, with about 900 varieties as compared to the 300 sour types. First described by Theophrastus in 300 BC, I was blossoming in all the hot spots along the Mediterranean well before that. How well I remember those early days when the beauty of my spring blossoms would awe the town’s folk into a wide-eyed drooling silence. Now they’ve just come to expect it every year with picnics, my pies, and festivities. That’s just the first act, after the blossom comes the fruit. Like Jacob’s coat I am the fruit of many colors. While predominantly dark red, I vary in shade from pale to black but also look great in yellow or white. Technically I am a stone fruit and I‘ve often thought we got that name from the effect we have on birds. When our feathered friends get their beaks on our fermented seniors, the result was drunken birds falling to the ground. That definitely rattled our pits. Anyway, you use our different varieties for different reasons. From meat sauces to pies, from drink garnishes to liqueurs, even candied in your fruitcake. I am a good source of potassium, vitamin A, as well as providing fiber. Just try eating me out of hand and see if you can stop. Bet ya can’t eat just 100.

 

Answer To Last Week’s Quiz:…MANGOSTEEN…Congrats To All Winners

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