May 24, 2018

  Market Notes
May 24, 2018


While we take a national and federal day off in appreciation and remembrance of those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces it has also come to be recognized for pool openings and seasonal grill initiations. While most weekday services are closed, some have limited schedules. Culinary Global Headquarters will be closed from four pm on Friday 5-25-2018 to eight am on Tuesday 5-29-2018. Our west coast office will handle all calls orders and management services during this period so other than accounting functions operations will be on going. The New York and Los Angeles markets are both closed. All Monday drops for LA Consolidation need to be changed to Saturday or Tuesday. Our potato sheds in Arvin, Edison, and Bakersfield will close precisely at noon and will cover all trucks in the lot at that time. Our Colorado potato operations are completely closed for the holiday and will resume normal operations on Tuesday 5-29. There is no Fed-Ex or any other overnight service available for pick up or drop off on Monday 5-28. There are no air shots on Monday 5-28. Salinas area sales offices are either closed or on half day and surprisingly many of the Salinas area coolers are open into the evening. Florida sales offices are mostly closed and most of the Monday trucks won’t load until Tuesday. From us and ours to you and yours we wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday weekend. Please eat fingerlings.


The peak has past and fresh ramps are few to be found. The product we have to sort through leaves little to be packed. We will start packing fresh ramp bulbs for the next few weeks then freeze thousands of pounds to hopefully supply ramp fanatics until the 2019 season begins. Many of the other wild greens are fading away. Fiddle head ferns have a few weeks remaining. While there are great prices on fresh Porcini and fresh Morel mushrooms, the specialty and wild berry season is upon us. Think black raspberries, Saskatoon berries, boysenberries, Marian berries, Elderberries and more. No need to stick a blueberry in a raspberry with flavors like these available. For the conventional types organic strawberries are at an all-time low while raspberries are huge and abundant. Please check with your Culinary rep for daily availability and delivered prices.


I was enjoyed in the dark ages, often mentioned in the Bible, cultivated by the Egyptians who turned me on to the Romans who introduced me to the Celts, and I ended up as the national vegetable of Wales. Not too shabby for an allium, but it wasn’t always that easy. We still harbor dark memories, the 16th thru the 18th centuries, when the aristocracy turned up their nose at me and I had to rely on the common folk for acceptance, but let’s no go there. I finally shed the label of “poor man’s asparagus”, and rightfully so. I can go almost anywhere, can be used in just about anything or make a hearty dish on my own. Known as the king of soup onions I have been seen in the finest of soups, the best of sauces and the savoriest of broth. My family is large, but we all act about the same, except for the enormous elders. They’re nasty, but I guess that can’t be helped when your insides stiffen up like a tree. I range from 9 to 11 inches in height and I am best when I am about one inch in diameter. My behavior is not wild or rampant so my delicate sweet mild flavor imparts from my white base, which remains underground until harvest. Sublime in potatoes, pies or casseroles, I also excite when braised in cream or simmered in butter. Soups and towns are named after me, but after that 250 year snuffing, I just want to be everywhere. From babies for garnish to woodies for display, you’ll enjoy using me in your daily preparations as well as a dinner for Royalty. I provide an excellent source of folic acid, a good source of iron, potassium, B6 and I make Mother Nature Proud.


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