The Source

The Source is our weekly produce update, including our list of locally grown items and a spotlight on changes within the global market. The Source is published every Thursday afternoon.


The Latest Source: May 17, 2018

The array of fresh locally grown produce that starts coming on with a vengeance this time of year changes the way I cook for my family. Wintertime is a workout for the crockpot and the oven—thick with casseroles, pasta, and hearty amounts of fat to make the wintertime vegetables tasty. But spring? Oh spring, there are tender vegetables aplenty! Firing up the BBQ and being able to cook a whole meal over an open flame is the best way to celebrate the warm weather.

Long stem artichokes perform well on the BBQ, with a little trimming and peeling beforehand. If you love artichoke hearts, these are an extra helping of the tender heart. I peel the stalk with a vegetable peeler to remove the fibrous skin and rub a lemon on it to prevent oxidation. Prepare the globe as normal, trimming off the thorns, and removing the namesake center choke. While I wait for my charcoal to mellow out to an even moderate heat, I soak the peeled and trimmed artichokes in lemon water. Grill until they turn tender and a sage green color throughout, being careful not to overcook the globe.

To offset that earthy Artichoke flavor, I take sweet Walla Walla salad onions and grill those too. These sweet onions from a little town in Washington need little to no preparation before hitting the flame. Just rinse, cut in half, and grill away. Back in the kitchen I cut them down into bite-size pieces, place into a mixing bowl, and toss with chunks of feta, olives, pickled peppers, and dress with good olive oil, more lemon juice and a bit of fresh oregano. That gives me a nice little Greek salad, which goes right on top of chopped romaine, and a slice of crusty bread. Enjoy!

26976, Long Stem Artichokes, 12 ct case

25660, Walla Walla Salad Onions, 24 ct case

-Sara Strong, Assistant R&D Chef


Next Week’s Local List

Description

Num

Pack

Vendor

State

Org Apple Fuji Bag

19984

12/3# BG

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Fuji Usxf

19985

64/72CT

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Org Apple Fuji Pre

19988

80/88CT

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Fuji Pre

19989

72/80/88

First Fruits Of Washington

WA

Apple Fuji Usxf

19992

113/138CT

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gala Usxf

20001

125/138CT

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gold Del Waxf

20005

88ct

Ew Brandt & Sons Inc

WA

Apple Gr Smith Pre

20011

80/88CT

Ew Brandt & Sons Inc

WA

Apple Gr Smith Usxf

20018

125ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Honeycsp Pre

20024

80/88CT

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Honeycsp Usno1

20025

64/72CT

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Apple Fuji  Usxf

20027

163CT

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Apple Red Del Pre

20042

80/88

First Fruits Of Washington

WA

Apple Red Del Waxf

20044

125CT

First Fruits Of Washington

WA

Apple Red Del Xf

20046

150/175CT

First Fruits Of Washington

WA

Apple Gala Pre

23847

80/88CT

First Fruits Of Washington

WA

Apple Gr Smith Waxf

23848

100CT

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Org Apple Gold Del Pre

24296

80/100CT

First Fruits Of Washington

WA

Apple Fuji Waxf3

24691

72/80/88CT

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Pacific Rose

24738

56/64ct

David Oppenheimer & Co

PA

Apple Pink Lady Pre

24746

72/80/88ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Opal Euro 55/60Ct

24754

27#

First Fruits Of Washington

WA

Apple Pink Lady Usxf

24958

125CT

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Fuji Wax#1

24959

48ct

Columbia Marketing Intl

WA

Apple Honeycsp Pre

24961

125CT

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Honeycsp Usno1

25276

56ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Honeycsp Waxf

25349

72/80CT

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gala

25436

12/3# BG

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gold Del Wa Fcy

26128

72ct

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Apple Gr Smith Usxf

26129

64/72CT

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Apple Fuji

26335

12/3# BG

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Granny Smith

26530

12/3# BG

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Org Apple Fuji Us#3

26585

80/88CT

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Org Apple Granny Smith Wxf

26593

80/88/100c

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Red Del Uxsf

26659

64/72CT

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Apple Kiku Euro 50/55Ct

26677

27#

Columbia Marketing Intl

WA

Apple Fuji Usxf

26796

125CT

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Apple Red Del

26808

12/3# BG

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Apple Gr Smith

26811

12/3# BG

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gold Del

26812

12/3# BG

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Org Asparagus Std/Lrg

20091

11/1#

Anderson Organics

WA

Org Asparagus

20094

20#

Living Rain Farm

WA

Org Beet Red

20263

25# BG

Braga Fresh Family Farms

CA

Leek

21334

12CT

Mosby Brothers Farm Inc

WA

Org Leek

21336

20#

Mosby Brothers Farm Inc

WA

Org Leek Scape

21337

12CT

Ralphs Greenhouse

WA

Pear Bosc  120Ct

22054

40#

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Pear Anjou Fcy

24235

70/80CT

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Pear Red 50/60Ct

24424

22#

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Pear Anjou Fcy

25583

100/120ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Org Rhubarb

22562

15#

Living Rain Farm

WA

Spinach Bnch

22722

24CT

Hilltop Produce Farms

OR


HOT & NEW

Organic Chard

Beautiful Chard in Rainbow, Green & Red varieties.

Organic Leek Scapes

The edible shoots and flower buds of leek plants that emerge in the spring as the leeks attempt to go to seed.

Organic Nappa Cabbage

Add crunch to your salads and stir-frys.

Walla Walla Salad Onions

Salad Onions were delayed but are here now, perfect for frying and grilling.


STEADY

Local Asparagus

Fire up the grill and cook some Asparagus grown in the Pacific Northwest.

Long Stem Artichokes

We’re getting into the fun season with Long Stem Artichokes. You can prepare the stems and use them similarly to how you use artichoke hearts. Ocean Mist has a great video on how to prepare this specialty item.

California Stone Fruit

The first crop of Peaches, Apricots, & Nectarines are here and delicious! Sunset Apricots and White Peaches in now.

Vidalia Onions

Just in.

Organic Red Spring Onions

Huge and beautiful, from Coke Farms.

Fiddleheads

We have a good supply of these curly crunchy foraged treats. Treat them like asparagus when you’re cooking and enjoy.

Organic Green Garlic

Available for the next week or so in 10# cases from Coke Farms.

Organic Green Dandelion Greens

To complement the Organic Red Dandelion (still in stock!), we have some delicious green-greens from coke Farms.

Ramps

Ramps were slow to start, but they are here in force now! Expect to have availability for the next month or so.


COMING SOON

Local Cherries

NW Cherry season starts the first week of June.

Local Fava Beans

Here late next week.

Local Radish

A week or so out.

Local Spinach

A week or so out.

Organic Apples

Organic Braeburn & Organic Granny Smith Apples are coming soon.

Passionfruit

We’ve had requests for Passionfruit, but don’t expect the season to start till June.

Corn

Diamond brand corn from Brentwood coming in about a week, and Organic Sweet Corn will be here Monday.

LOCAL BLUEBERRIES

Oregon blueberries should be starting mid-June.


Quality & Shortage Issues

Broccolini

Tight supplies.

Green Strawberries

Last 3 cases.


Out & Done

Nettles

Done.

Sunchokes

We have 1 case left and then the season is over.


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