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On the Fly – Cavalier Produce supports the Autumn Olive Farms Dodgeball Tournament

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We are excited to share that Cavalier Produce will sponsor and participate in “On the Fly,” a dodgeball tournament created by Autumn Olive Farms that supports the culinary community by contributing to The Holli Fund, which provides financial assistance and resources for food service industry employees in the metro Richmond area recovering from accident, illness, or disaster. Read more about the tournament in Richmond Magazine. And come out and show your support this...

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Market Report for the week of March 18, 2019

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We are on the verge of so many varieties of produce coming into season. Now is the time to start planning your late spring and summer menus. Florida Sweet Corn has started to harvest and we are expecting peak volumes in early April to mid-May. These will be non-GMO super sweet varieties, including bi-color. Spring crop of Florida Watermelons are expected to peak in early April through June. These are typically very juicy with great color. Blackberry and Raspberry production will begin to increase as we head into April. Strawberries however...

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Market Report for the week of March 11, 2019

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We are seeing good supplies of Red Delicious, Gala, and Fuji Apples. Demand has been solid with steady pricing. More limited have been Granny Smith and Golden DeliciousApples – especially on smaller sized fruit. The market has gone down slightly on Asparagus. We are seeing plenty of available supplies with good quality. Production has returned closer to average for this time of year. Markets are continuing to stay steady with smaller sized Hass Avocados. Supply should stay steady. According to growers, the issues that we have been seeing...

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Market Report for the week of March 4, 2019

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Select Cucumbers are steady. European Cucumbers are coming from multiple regions with excellent quality. Prices will ease down in the next week. Strawberry prices will start to come up as Florida berries have finished with their flush of product. Quality has been nice. Blueberry supplies are beginning to tighten a little as import supplies are dwindling. Raspberries and Blackberries remain in good supply with nice quality. Green and Yellow Squash fields are transitioning  so we may see a slight decline in quality and supply availability....

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Ingredient Spotlight: Raddichio

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HISTORY Radicchio is a storied green known for its vibrant, variegated burgundy and white markings. A member of the chicory family, radicchio was revered in antiquity for blood purifying and curing insomnia. Farmers cultivated the annual crop in the Veneto region of Italy in the sixteenth century, and some three hundred years later, a Belgian agronomist engineered the plant to exhibit the pigment we now associate with the leafy vegetable. Radicchio is anchored by its place of origin, with several varieties, including the beautiful Variegato...

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Market Report for the week of February 25, 2019

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photo: Savory Tooth After a dismal season for Florida Strawberries, weather is finally cooperating to create good volumes for late February. Strawberries are in excellent supply with good quality. Grape Tomatoes are looking very good with good volumes and great color and flavor. Roma Tomato prices continue to be on the lower side with exceptional quality.  Hothouse Beefsteak Tomatoes are very promotable this week with outstanding quality. Blueberries continue to be solid supply. This market is poised to shift however, with higher pricing as...

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Market Report for the week of February 25, 2019

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After a dismal season for Florida Strawberries, weather is finally cooperating to create good volumes for late February. Strawberries are in excellent supply with good quality. Grape Tomatoes are looking very good with good volumes and great color and flavor. Roma Tomato prices continue to be on the lower side with exceptional quality.  Hothouse Beefsteak Tomatoes are very promotable this week with outstanding quality. Blueberries continue to be solid supply. This market is poised to shift however, with higher pricing as the growing regions...

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Market Report for the week of February 18, 2019

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New Crop Asparagus is now in peak season. Despite some cooler weather in the growing region, product quality has been excellent and pricing remains steady. Look for increased volumes as the month progresses. Now is time for Cluster Tomatoes, Beefsteak Tomatoes, Grape Tomatoes and Roma Tomatoes. Quality, sizing and pricing have been excellent across the board with product coming from multiple growing regions. Import Blueberries are abundant. Pricing will be very affordable for late February and early March. Raspberries are in steady supply...

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Ingredient Feature: Blueberries

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HISTORY The family of blueberries, Vacinnium, includes over 450 species. Native to North America, wild blueberries were used for food and medicinal purposes for centuries by the native population and colonists. “An important step in the development of the highbush blueberry industry came in the turn of the century. Efforts in the early 1900’s by Elizabeth White and Dr. Frederick Coville to domesticate the wild highbush blueberry resulted in today’s cultivated highbush blueberry industry.” (foodreference.com) Currently...

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Market Report for the week of February 11, 2019

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ALERT! Strawberries will be extremely tight this week as all growers from all growing areas have been prorating all orders due to weather. This shortage isn’t coming at the best time, but cool weather and rain has really had an impact on yields and quality. Look for pricing to be higher through mid-February. Late February should bring improved volumes and more affordable prices. Roma Tomato markets are rising up a bit as harvests begin to slow down. Look for a slight increase in pricing, however still a great item. Quality remains...

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