May 5, 2016

  Market Notes
May 5, 2016



All good things must come to an end and in produce all good seasons have come to an end. This year we have had an exceptional season with fingerling potatoes out of the San Luis Valley in Colorado. By comparison last year we were through in March. Now, in mid-May, we are finally winding down on the most delicious of all varieties. Amazing we will still have organic russets for another month but the fingerlings are showing their age and it is time to move on. So how do we continue? That’s actually easy but expensive. As a SPA partner we don’t miss a beat with the cooperation of our SPA associate in California who has been running beautiful product in Edison. For west coast FOB loaders and L.A. market consolidation customers, nothing changes. For our Colorado FOB customers and east coast forward distribution customers there will be changes. FOB will now be in Edison, California and while forward distribution will remain the same logistically, the cost of transportation will go up and so must the delivered price. We will be in contact with our current receivers in reference to this increase which will start in about two weeks. While we expect grunts, grumbles and growls, wait till you see the quality of the California product!


Right in the middle of today’s Cinco de Mayo (happy that), and Sunday’s Mother’s Day, is the newest and least known celebration day. International Culinary Day is celebrating its third year of celebration. As the global economy grows new foods and ingredients abound. International Culinary Day is a time to update your knowledge and taste buds. Celebration is simple. On this day, Saturday, May 7th, you are encouraged to try a dish or an ingredient that you have never tasted before. Maybe it is time for that first shot of wheat grass or maybe you are ready for crickets. Whatever you choose we hope you participate, and if your endeavor is particularly interesting please let us know and we will inform our public. Munch on!


She kept you inside her for almost a year. She nursed you and dressed you and settled your fear.

She bathed you and raised you and gave you great care. Whenever you cried she would always be there.

She taught you and bought you, took care of your needs. She mended and tended to all of your bleeds.

She praised you and dazed you with the golden rule. She brained you and trained you when you were a fool.

She drove you and drove you and drove you and drove. She drove you and drove you and drove you and drove.

She gave you her heart she did all that it took. So please, this Sunday, don’t make her cook.



Ancient and Asian, I’m larger and more revered than my western counterparts, and my long, white (sometimes green-shouldered), shape distinguishes me from American and European varieties. My earliest existence is documented in archeological remains of northern China; it’s believed that I traveled westward following the path of human migrations. I was introduced to Japan only one thousand years ago and am now the country’s most widely grown vegetable. In England, in the Middle Ages, I was prescribed as a remedy for “woman’s chatter” and depression. Early on, sailors ate me to prevent scurvy and as a remedy for colds. In addition to lots of vitamin C, I have only 10 calories per half cup. Raw, I’m fresh and snappy, with a juicy crispness; I can be sweet and mild to fairly hot and pungent. Peel me like a carrot, cook me like a turnip, grate me or foam me, pickle me, or carve me into decorative shapes. I’m loved in tempura dipping sauces, with sushi, or call me Mooli and cook me in Indian food. You may use my black Spanish relative because he’s the same size and shape, but only I can be gift-wrapped as a token of esteem in Japan.

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

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