March 21, 2019

  Market Notes
March 21, 2019




      Well, it couldn’t last forever. We had mentioned that there was an uptick in the use of our fingerling assortment and we were meeting the needs, but one very standard guarantee in our business is that you can always depend on change. We are experiencing our first bump in distribution of this product.  Our Colorado facility has run out of purple fingerlings. So a three color mix with purple is no longer available in Colorado.  We do have a three color with purple mix in Edison, California and we considered shipping some purple to Mosca so Colorado could continue but the net result is cost prohibitive, raising the price over $6.00 per case. We do, however, have a three color mix in Colorado.  They include Russian Banana, Amarosa, and Ruby Crescent.  The Ruby Crescent are a light pink and do not stand out as much different when compared to the Russian Banana. It is a much lower contrast as compared to the purple. Upon close inspection it is obvious but the overall look is different. We have pictures available upon request.  We also have one pallet of assorted available for our just in time delivery program bin PA.  We can also offer FOB up at our facility in Edison, CA or LA consolidation. It will not be until late August until we have the three color mix with purple in Mosca, but we are making plans with new growers to shorten that gap next year. Please contact your Culinary rep for solutions.



According to the calendar, spring was yesterday, so now we get nor’easters with rain instead of snow.  Morel mushrooms, which are a sure sign of the brighter weather, are available in limited quantity but they are from China. We have yet to see any Orchard morels but we should real soon.  Fiddlehead Ferns are on the market in LA and these are they greyer ones that taste the same but do not look as good.  Fresh Ramps, the feral frond that cannot be cultivated is expected to begin during the last week of April or the first week of May.  There is usually a late snow or cold snap that slows down the growth once they peek out of the ground. So, if you want to pay the price and be the first boy on your block, pan on March 28th.  If you are looking for volume and normal pricing, plan on the ides.



     In American style mustard, I am what make that golden yellow color.  I am over 200 years old, originating in India, China, and the Middle East.  Today you’ll find me flourishing in all tropical regions of the world.  In biblical times I was used to make perfume, and I have long been exploited for the purpose of making dyes.  It was tough to be one of the Persian yellow spices that were associated with sun worship.  Above ground I am a reed-like plant that grows 3 feet tall.  Externally I look similar to my older Aunt Ginger, as we are both underground rhizomes in the same family.  Compared to my Aunt I am milder mannered and intensely more colorful.  Some folk refer to me as Indian saffron, which is an indication of similar color, not taste.  I am very popular in Indian dishes, considered a mild digestive and a remedy for liver ailments.  I am used as a powder, ground, dried, fresh, and as a pickling and coloring agent.  I am also popular in poultry, fish, and vegetable dishes.  You will find me in candy, butter, cheese, Worcestershire sauce and liqueurs.  I am a good source of potassium. These days, I have superfood status!


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