Friday, May 08, 2015

Hello Everyone- 
More local produce this week. 
Beautiful bunched spinach, asparagus, rhubarb and radishes from Lancaster Ramps galore, from Hepworth, Regional Access, Irwin Mushrooms, and Angello's. 

Tomorrow we'll be getting the FIRST Organic Baby Arugula Cup for the season from Blue Moon. No more Satur. 
Local salad season will be in full bloom the first or second week of June. Organic Cantaloupe, Honeydew and watermelon started this week with surprising good flavor. 

We expect to see Florida sugar babies at some point next week. 

 Non-GMO corn is as sweet as it can be... Organic supplies are low and we will run out by the end of the weekend. 

Banana containers have been held at the port making it hard to ripe correctly or received the greener kind we like. Still this week we are in route to sell 13,200 pounds of bananas!!! 
Want more cool numbers? 
This week we'll sell almost 4000 strawberry cups and 4056 Broccoli Bunches... 

The organic Blueberries are AMAZING! and the apricots started with a bang, great taste and texture.

Georgia peaches and Cherries are right around the corner. 

California Valencia Oranges will be here next week. Celery prices continue to rise and availability is getting tight. 
You may see some PALE (or White) grapefruit here and there, they are Desert Grapefruit. 

 -Ambrosia Lady Alice 
To keep the members that like organic apples happy we have added Bagged Pink Lady. 
- Bartlet, but tried Pacham from Argentina. 
- Purple sweet potatoes 
- Campari Tomatoes, maybe... we haven't been able to find more information.  
- Mineolas 

- Cherry del Cabo.  
- Baby Spinach continue to have quality and mildew issues, we might run out of 1lb bags. 
- Mustard Greens 

 Happy Mothers Day!

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Sumo's are ending- otherwise known as Dekopon.  One of the most popular citrus varieties in all of Japan.  :( 

It's ok though, because the Tangelos are getting goooood! Joe Holtz said that they'd get good in March and, of course, he was right.  

What else is good in the world of citrus?  Navels.  Both the organic and non-organic are excellent.  

Allen says: "sure, those are all great, but forget about all other citrus except the Melogold."  

Let's talk cheap.  

We started the week with VERY cheap (and tasty) non-organic strawberries.  By the weekend we'll have sold over a pallet and a half of them- over 25 cases per day.  We tried to get more, but the price doubled, so we won't be ordering anymore for now.  

Organic Blackberries are very cheap and very good.  If you've been avoiding organic berries lately because of the price, now's the time to jump in.  

Let's talk pears...  USA bosc are done.  We're waiting for South America to come online. 

Organic Globe Grapes...  We ran out, but will get good quality on Monday.  

No More Oro Blanco, but it's ok, just eat the Melogold.  They're better, anyway.

Organic Grapefruit- we WILL run out this weekend.  The Florida grapefruit crop has been cut in half by citrus greening.  We will be able to get more from California on Tuesday.  

We have a different type of Mango.  It's from Puerto Rico and it's a mango called pango.

Trouble in salad land.  Word from the growers is that there are problems with mildew in some of the fields.  We had to soup a lot of spring mix (cups, bags and loose) this week because they were going bad well before the dates on the bags.  We do have some salads, including spinach and arugula, but there will be shortages this weekend.   

What else might we run out of this weekend?

-Bunched spinach
-Organic Shishito peppers
-Bok Choy
-Sweet peppers in cups

Organic Papaya will be back next week.  

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Current Local Produce Offerings

Click here to view pics of some of our local produce offerings:

Minimally treated: 
pink lady
stayman winesap
Asian pears

Loose chioggia, gold and red beets
green and red cabbage
purple and white carrots
elephant garlic
loose kohlrabi kale
arugula and red mustard microgreens
maitake cup
white cup and white loose mushrooms
red and yellow onions
dried hot peppers
red, yukon, keuka gold, and some of the fingerling potatoes. The local fingerlings are the irregular gnarly shaped "papa cacho"
black, watermelon, muu, and green meat loose radishes
rutabaga (wilhelmsburger, if you like knowing things)
purple top, red, and two white (hakurei and hinona kabu)
turnips. Sold out of yellow 'neeps around Burns Nigh
red and yellow shallots
alfalfa, mung, broccoli, crunchy mix, spicy, sweet pea and 2 packs of sunflower cut or trays of wheatgrass

Pesticide-free or IPM:
Oyster mushrooms
heirloom beefsteak and rainbow cherry tomatoes from Flora
basil, iceberg and butterhead lettuce from Gotham Greens
Asian mix, green sampler, petite mix, and primavera mix microgreens

Friday, February 20, 2015

Produce Weekend notes 2.20.15

-We have a new (to us) Apple. It's called Lady Alice. Eric V says it tastes like a grown up Honeycrisp.  


 -We've moved the organic and non-organic lemons back to the top shelf of the final cart in the middle of the aisle. It's a legacy spot for the lemons. They're unrefrigerated, yet happy to be there. This gives us more space for the bounty of citrus we're currently carrying. 

-Speaking of citrus... The TDE and the Florida navel are ending. They'll run out by the end of the weekend. For the TDE, we can spread the grapes to cover the spot.  The Florida navel are our juicing orange right now. If they run out, we think the best juicing alternative is the moro blood orange. 

-Bunched Spinach. We're having trouble getting anything worth getting. We're going to run it down and wait until we can our hands on something that our members would be interested in buying. 

-Green Bean bags. Our supplier was shorted from their supplier and therefore so were we. Anjou pears from Washington are ending. Bartlett from South America are starting soon. Likely from Argentina. 

-For all of you Napa cabbage fans... sorry, we couldn't get any for the weekend. Try savoy, eh? Same deal with shishito peppers. Tight supply. More on Monday.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Weekend Produce Updates - 02/13/15

Here we go... 

Pixie Tangerines. They're new (to us), they're small, they're seedless and they're very good. 

Cara Cara are back and we love them as well. 
Wikipedia has some nice things to say about them: 
 This medium sized navel is sweet and low in acid. The flavor is more complex than most navel varieties and has been described as evoking notes of cherry, rose petal, orange, and blackberry. 

My plebian palate is dull and sadly I couldn't detect the notes of rose petal. Not so dull though that I don't know a good cantaloupe when I taste one- or when Janet tells me it's good. 
It's actually called the MAG Cantaloupe, short for Magnificent. The name itself has notes of presumptuousness. Luckily, it lives up to it's name and is quite good. From Costa Rica. 
We also have some Guatemalan Golden Honeydews. They're also very good. 

The price for organic asparagus has fallen as the season progresses in Mexico and we're now carrying it alongside the non-organic asparagus. 

Watercress. We've stopped carrying the pesticide free watercress because it is no longer pesticide free. We're now carrying an organic watercress. It comes in bags and is kept near the salads. 

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Thanksgiving, by the numbers!

For the 2 week period (a few exceptions are noted) ending 11/30, the Sunday after Thanksgiving we sold:

15,000 lbs Minimally treated Apples, not including..
5,700 lbs of Honeycrisp
1,768 5lb boxes of Clementines (only had for 12 days)
800 3lb bags of Halos (only had 7 days)
325 5lb boxes of organic Mandarin Satsuma (only had y days)
5400 lbs organic Lemons
10,100 Avocados
17,600 lbs organic Bananas (this is our annual low! 20,000 is more typical)
1,616 bags organic Cranberries
1,989 bags conventional Cranberries
2,220 Pomegranates
3,228 lbs of various organic Baby Greens
900 bags of organic Green Beans (with occasional out of stocks)
1,700 lbs conventional Green Beans
2,750 lbs of organic Cabbages
6,533 lbs of all Brussels Sprouts
9,668 lbs Carrots
4,172 lbs of various organic Cauliflowers
5,000 lbs of organic Celery
1,100 bunches of Collards
6,024 bunches of various organic Kales
4,060 lbs of Mushrooms
10,250 lbs of Onions
3,270 bunches of Parsley
12,400 lbs of organic Potatoes
1,150 lbs of organic Parsnips (which was not enough)
6,195 lbs of organic Winter Squash, not including...
3,220 lbs of organic Butternut
11,040 lbs of organic Sweet Potatoes
1,560 pints of local organic Cherry Tomatoes (yes, local-thank you, Hepworth Farms!)

We're still counting the herbs....

We sold an approximate total of 12,875 cases of produce, 
more than one per minute , 
every minute that we were open, weighing 257,500 lbs.
Thank you, thank you receiving coordinators and receivers who lifted all of these tons (over and over and over again). Bravo!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Have you ever wondered which non-organic produce items have the most / least pesticides?

This EWG "Dirty Dozen" list, in order of most-to-least contaminated, offers a helpful way to prioritize which fruits and veggies to buy organic.We suggest keeping this guide with your grocery list — especially if you’re trying to economize on food or have trouble finding organic versions of some produce. If you especially love one or more of these fruits or vegetables and eat them frequently, all the more reason to buy organic whenever you can!

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
4. Peaches
5. Strawberries
6. Nectarines
7. Grapes
8. Spinach
9. Lettuce
10. Cucumbers
11. Blueberries
12. Potatoes

So which produce is of least concern in terms of pesticides? The EWG reports that these 12 fruits and vegetables tested lowest in pesticide residue:

1. Onions
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocado
5. Cabbage
6. Sweet Peas (frozen)
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Eggplant
10. Kiwi
11. Cantaloupe
12. Sweet Potatoes