Market Notes
June 29th, 2023



    If you do not order tomorrow for Saturday delivery for any overnight products, your next opportunity to receive product will be Thursday, July 6th.   If you do not order tomorrow for Saturday delivery for any overnight products, your next opportunity to receive product will be Thursday, July 6th.  Yes, we wrote that sentence twice to make sure you know. For micro greens, foraged greens and fungus, truffles, and herbs, the previous sentences apply. We can take orders on Wednesday, July 5th for Thursday delivery. All sales offices are closed on Tuesday the fourth, and many loading docks have adjusted hours.  Don’t be late for Monday pickups because you will have to wait until Wednesday to recover. From us and our to you and yours we wish you a happy, healthy, safe, and reflective holiday.



   While the excessive rains did wreak havoc on root vegetables, the saturated ground provided exceptional growth for many fruits and veggies above ground, especially melons.  This year’s crop is big, bountiful and unusually sweet. So much so that the heightened brix (sugar%), may detract from shelf-life.  Small price to pay for 5 star eating quality,  The varieties available right now are incredible.  Let’s play; Piel de sapo, Canary, Galia, Orange Flesh Honeydew, Dino, Charentais, Asaki, Golden Hami, Casaba, Orange, Yellow,  Sunshine, and Midnight Watermelon, Tuscan,  Picasso, Lemon Drop, Sugar Kiss, Korean and Gaya!  That’s quite a selection for early summer melons.  Melons load out of Southern California.  Please contact your Culinary rep for pack sizes, prices and consolidation, cross docking, and delivery.



  Our wonderful exclusive Buttonwillow fingerling potato program was short lived this year due to the same issues we have been moaning about for weeks now. Lots of water no sun, soil affected, yields down, heavy sort.  Next week we will be shipping out our last load of yellow fingerlings.  We still have the three color rainbow mix in stock as they held back some yellows for the mix. So we are going to have a gap from late next week to the following week.  We won’t be out but pick up days will be moved forward and there will be allocations.  Have no fear, the week after we will have product shipping from two locations, Colorado via New Mexico, and Oregon via Washington State.  As we empty and refill the pipeline please be patient, this is just a brief interruption.



  One of my earliest appearances is estimated to have been around 3400 BC.  My first sighting was in Tehuacan that is south of Mexico.  Almost immediately someone was spotted me in Peru.  Today I am primarily cultivated in South America and Europe.  For the most part I am a long trailing or climbing plant, but a few of my relatives do the bushy thing.  Yellow flowers and large shallowly lobed leaves protect me from the elements and snoopy passers-by.  As a member of the cushaw family I have a smooth, nutty taste that is well complimented by cinnamon or nutmeg.  By category, winter is in my name, but I am harvested during two other seasons.  When harvested in summer I am tender and best suited for stewing, boiling, or baking in a pie.  When I am harvested in autumn it is often fashionable to split me in half, parboil me (yooouch!), then stuff and bake me.  My second harvest yields good meat for jams, preserves, or pickles.  I am best when 10 to 12 inches long and about 5 inches in diameter.  With a body shaped like a pear, my pale, tan, smooth skin peels easily to reveal my beautiful, finely textured, sweet, orange flesh (stay away if my skin is tinted green; it means I’m not yet ready).  I am a great source of beta-carotene I am also a good source of Iron Riboflavin along with vitamins A & C. Most likely you will enjoy me in one form or another on your turkey table.

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