February 24th, 2022

  Market Notes

February 24th, 2022



   The world is on the verge of war. Right now, it’s just two countries, but if a NATO country is attacked then we have WWIII. China and Taiwan, North and South Korea are just a few of the other invasions that can make the globe hotter. But no matter what happens the distribution of oil and petroleum products are going to shift, and being for better or worse, trucking is going to go up. Fingerling potatoes are getting very tight. Colorado will finish earlier than expected and other western growers are winding down quickly. While there may or may not be gaps, the price is going to go up. Frisee is very tight. Like the fingerlings, the frisee suffered from the Covid flip flop. There’s just not enough planted to cover the demand until the deal moves north. Blanched or green, it is going to go up. Other greens and row crops dealing with rain and frost in Yuma will be going up as well.  


   While pandemic illness and Covid related hospitalizations continue to drop the facemask is starting to come down. So is rain, ice, and snow. The east coast is preparing for another whopper over the two days. While there is little accumulation expected the bitter cold temps combined with the predicted rain, ice, and snow, a nice layer of black ice is expected to develop creating delays for planes, trains, and trucks. This will affect on-time deliveries  for Fed-Ex, UPS, airfreight, and daily truck stops.  We don’t know how much precipitation we will get, but we do know it’s gonna come down.    


  We have all been through some interesting times over the past year and we all have bragging rights because we are still here, still doing. That’s not going to change.  Culinary will stay on top of every cross-dock, every truck load, every cargo pickup, every truck delivery, for every order. Floods, fires, frost, and late loading have challenged us all but we continue to provide information with integrity, and situation resolve 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We see service as an art evolving to your needs when and as necessary, regularly presenting options for efficiency and cost savings. We appreciate the opportunity to serve and are thankful to our customers and providers every day.  


  There are more than a thousand varieties in my family.  A child of the seventies, I’m American born and bred, but I’ve settled-in worldwide.  My mother was English and my father was Chinese, originally from the Mediterranean.  I got my mama’s sweetness and plumpness, and my father’s skin.  I grow on a herbaceous annual plant with weak, hollow stems and can climb as high as 8 feet.  If you pick my flowers, I’ll never form.  You’ll value eating all of me, because my seed hull lacks the stiff papery parchment that is not edible on my mother’s side of the family.  I grow in cooler climates, so please leave my jacket on.  Firm, smooth, crisp, 2 to 3 inches long — select me when I’m fully turgid, but before I bulge; and eat me right away, before my seeds turn starchy.  You’ll enjoy me topped and tailed and always unstrung, eaten raw or lightly cooked.  Like many legumes, I am a high-energy food source, but if large quantities are consumed, I’ll cause flatulence.  I’ll add vitamins A and C, iron, niacin and fiber to your diet.  Some of my varieties are even resistant to powdery mildew disease.  The child of two cultures, I’m unique, but sometimes suffer an identity crisis with others of my father’s family.  

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