If you’ve read the last couple of produce reports,then you already know about the severe crop loss in Northern Mexico. This week we are starting to feel the effects. Many desert-grown crops are coming up short and experiencing big price jumps,including Organic Cucumbers ($3.49 lb) and Organic Tomatoes ($2.99-4.49 lb). We’ve still got a good supply of Organic Avocados at a reasonable price (99¢-$2.29),but have been warned about upcoming shortages,so enjoy them now! Organic fruit from more tropical regions are doing fine. Enjoy “personal size”Organic Pineapple from Costa Rica and Southern Mexico ($1.29 lb),Organic Tommy Atkins Mangos from Ecuador ($1.19 lb),and Thai Young Coconut from Thailand ($3.69 each).
Washington-grown Organic Apples are getting shorter in supply as fall storage crops run out. Brownfield Orchard will be making their final delivery this week,bringing us the last of their Organic Granny Smith,Organic Pink Lady,and Organic Fuji Apples. Washington Growers of heirloom Organic Lady Alice Apples did a smart thing this year. They put their entire crop into climate controlled storage and are just now releasing them into the market. For our customers,this means a crisp,excellent quality,locally grown apple is available just when other varieties are running out. Lady Alice Apples are a good all-purpose fruit:tart,firm,and hold up to cooking. I personally think they are a little too tannic to really enjoy eating out of hand,but are perfect for pies,apple cake,and tossing in the juicer with other fruits and veggies. Argentinian-grown Organic Pears will start rolling in this week. Look for a fresh batch of Organic Green Bartlett Pears at the great price of $1.69 lb.
Hedlin Farm in LaConner will start picking Organic Brussel Sprouts this week. The recent cold snap will have sweetened them up,so we expect them to be really good.
Mushrooms are in good supply and have been really excellent quality. We currently have Organically Grown King Oyster Mushrooms from British Columbia via Twin Sisters Mushroom Farm. Produce Manager,Ben,told me he made a truly delicious pot roast with sliced King Oyster Mushrooms. These guys are gigantic,thick-stemmed,small-capped white beauties that are known for their immune-boosting properties. Organically grown Oyster Mushrooms (the smaller,gray-brown clusters we are used to) are coming from Cascadia in Bellingham. Kurt from Grandview Mushrooms has been bringing us Shiitake Mushrooms. They aren’t Certified Organic,but he’s got a really clean operation and the quality has been awesome.
This Week’s Top Produce Deals:
Organic Cameo Apples 99¢ lb
Organic Bacon Avocados 99¢ lb
Organic Red &Green Leaf Lettuce $1.79 each
Organic Broccoli $2.49 lb
Organic Bok Choi $2.69 lb
Organic Pineapple $1.29 lb