Wow! Are we ever going to see the end of wintery weather this year? I’m skeptical at this point but I am encouraged after getting an excellent report on how spring crops are shaping up. Once a quarter, cooperative produce managers get to chat to each other on the phone about the availability of current crops, forecast for anticipated crops, trends, and of course, the weather. So to get you even more excited for spring I thought I would share some of the good news.
For fruit you should know that we are moving out of the domestic apple and pear season. So the next week or so will be about it for some of our favorite varieties of each, including the honeycrisp, pink lady, and concorde pear. Just a head’s up, as I know we have all gotten used to them being on the shelf. Citrus is at its peak season right now and the flavor on the minneola tangelos and golden nugget tangerines is phenomenal right now. For everyone who has been enjoying the fresh berries, I am happy to relay that we will be able to get you a good deal on strawberries next week! The much needed rain in California interrupted the harvest a little but the crop is still going strong. For tropical fruit, I want to particularly draw your attention to the HUGE mangoes available right now. The flavor is spot on and for $2.29/ea, you are getting a great deal on one of my favorite fruits.
On the vegetable side of things, you can look forward to good pricing and availability of kale, cauliflower and asparagus! Those are some of my favorite spring crops, especially the asparagus. It always makes me think of spring and harvesting it from my mother’s garden growing up. This is another item that owners will be able to save on as we launch into the end of winter. For the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday, our red potatoes will be on sale for owners for only $0.99/lb! And if you are preparing some Irish Stew, we are saving you some trouble by already chopping up our green cabbage. Finally, we have a special surprise appearance right now of broccoli rapini for those of you who have been asking.
We ended our call by talking about the items we think of first when we think of spring. For me it is garlic scapes, ramps, radishes, asparagus, rhubarb, green garlic, mint, and perhaps my favorite, fresh spring onions with green tops. Any variety really, Egyptian walking onions, shallots, sweet candy, green…you name it. I love the intense flavor of onions that were planted for storage crops and harvested when they are green. And it only encouraged me to hear that fresh sprouting onions and especially green garlic are now thought to have higher levels of antioxidants.
I hope this news encourages you and reminds you that spring is just around the corner. I know I am ready for it!