Fair Trade certified blueberries being harvested for Interrupcion
Agrovida Coop mango growers in Piura, Peru.
Domingo Guzman in his avocado orchard. He is part of the La Grama Coop in Peru.
Rafael Rodriguez holding a bunch of freshly harvested radishes from his field in Mexico.
Bruce Miller from Across the Creek, harvesting potatoes in Pemberton.

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Stefan Misse - February 18, 2015
Category: Produce Update

Jodi: We have Californian Valencias! They’re about 5 weeks early this year which is totally nuts, but we’ll take ‘em! The prices are higher as the season starts, but they are traditionally tastier and juicier than the Mexican vals and worth the extra shekels. We have lots of specialty citrus in stock right now. The gold nuggets and blood oranges from Sundance are stand-over-the-sink juicy and so incredibly sweet. We have both choice and fancy grades of almost everything. The choice are only a tiny bit scarred on the outside, but exactly the same on the inside (where it counts) and will save you a few bucks per case.

Carrots are slim pickin’s right now as Kern transitions further south and they wait for their crop to size up. Cello packs should be stable, but juice carrots are a precious commodity right now. Table carrots are a pretty good alternative, though not as girthy as the juicers. Spuds are doing good in the red/yellow/russet departments, but the others are all running low. Fingerlings finished as soon as they came on in the South, and nuggets are a thing of the future.

Stefan: Origino starts up this week with their first harvest of Long English cucumbers. These will arrive to us on Friday in limited supply for the time being. We will still have backup with Mexican grown Long English for the time being. Origino TOVs should be about 2 weeks away depending on the sunshine and daily temperatures. We have a new apple in stock that was developed in Europe and is now being grown in Washington at Broetje Orchards. This apple is a cross between a Gold Delicious and a Topaz. For more info about this new treat check with www.opalapples.com

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