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: February 15, 2018

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When I started cooking, a mixed green was iceberg, spinach, and romaine. Carrots and red cabbage would be thrown in if you wanted some color. Slowly, individual baby lettuces started to show up on the market, whole heads mind you. When I first laid eyes on spring mix, it was a game changer. Now it is ubiquitous. I get it­–it is low cost, fills the plate, healthy, colorful, zero labor, and customers recognize and eat it. Spring mix is generally a good deal for commercial kitchens.  It comes in many forms, but sometimes you want to liven up your plate and you need to take it up a notch from your traditional spring mix. That’s why I am so excited to talk about the Ruby Arcadian Harvest Mix from Mann Packing. Ruby Arcadian Harvest is a blend of petite whole leaf lettuces that are more robust than staid spring mix. They hold their height on the plate better, while having a rustic colorful appearance. The butter lettuces add a sweet note, so it can be used just about anywhere.

I was in the mood for a simple dinner over the weekend, so frittata it was. The plate needed something to lighten it up, something fresh. A generous handful of the Ruby Arcadian Harvest went into a large salad bowl. Aged Asiago cheese, tart apples, shaved red onion, Italian parsley, and olive oil were then tossed with the Ruby Arcadian Harvest. It needed something acidic to balance the flavors. My larder is blessed with a number of options. Cider vinegar? No, too strong. Sherry vinegar? Nope, not bright enough. Balsamic? Skip it, doesn’t go well with the apple. I remembered a holdover from my days in the kitchen­–Passion Fruit Vinegar. This is it! Dinner was consumed with gusto. It was delightful in its simplicity and full flavors.

Are you ready for a great salad? Ruby Arcadian Harvest is yours if you just use this item number 26756 and you will relish 6/2 lb bags.

 


NEXT WEEK’S LOCAL LIST

Item

Num

Pack

Grower

State

Organic Apples Fuji

24951

40#

First Fruits

WA

Organic Apples Gala

24055

40#

First Fruits

WA

Organic Apples Jonagold

24383

40#

Columbia Valley Fruits

WA

Organic Apples Golden Delicious

24296

40#

First Fruits

WA

Organic Opal Apples

24743

40#

First Fruits

WA

Organic Apples Granny Smith

24305

40#

Chelan Fresh

WA

Organic Apples Honeycrisp

24307

40#

First Fruits

WA

Organic Red Beets

20263

25#

Ralph’s, Dharma

WA

Organic Gold Beets

20250

25#

Ralph’s

WA

Organic Chioggia Beets

24353

25#

Dharma Ridge

WA

Organic Oca

25121

5#

Mustard Seed

OR

Organic Kalettes

25560

 5#

Mustard Seed

OR

Organic Purple Sprouting Broccoli

 20370

 18 ct

Mustard Seed

OR

Organic Leeks

21336

20#

Ralphs

WA

Organic Parsnip

22443

25#

Montecucco

OR

Organic Pear Anjou

24348

70/80ct

Chelan Fresh

WA

Organic Pear Bosc

22052

80/90ct

Chelan Fresh

WA

Organic Comice No1

26701

27#

Columbia Valley Fruits

OR

Organic Rutabaga

22570

25#

Montecucco

OR

Organic Turnip

23074

25#

Montecucco

OR

Organic Yellow Onions

21804

40#

Columbia Basin

WA/OR

Apples Braeburn 72/80

24449

40#

First Fruits

WA/OR

Apples Sugar Bee

25007

40#

Chelan Fresh

WA

Apples Fuji 80/88

19989

40#

First Fruits

WA/OR

Apples Galas 80/88

23847

40#

Oneonta

WA/OR

Apples Gold Delicious 80/88

20004

40#

Chelan Fresh

WA/OR

Apples Granny Smith VF

26175

34#

Kiyokawa Orchards

OR

Apples Granny Smith 80/88

20011

40#

Chelan Fresh

WA

Apples Honey Crisp VF

26174

34#

Kiyokawa Orchards

OR

Apples Honey Crisp 80/88

20024

40#

Chelan Fresh

WA/OR

Apples Opal 50/55

24754

27#

First Fruits

WA

Apples Jonagolds 72/80

24301

40#

L&M Company

WA/OR

Apples Red Delicious 72/80

20042

40#

Chelan Fresh

WA/OR

Leeks

21334

12ct

Sterino

WA

Mushroom Oyster

21621

5#

White Forest Mushrooms

OR

Mushroom Shiitake

21634

5#

Wespak

OR

Mushroom White Medium

21598

10#

Yamhill Co Mushroom

OR

Mushroom White Sliced

21645

10#

Yamhill Co Mushroom

OR

Nettles

20371

1#

Food In Season

WA

Rhubarb

25378

15#

Richter Farms

WA

Pears Anjous 70/80

24235

44#

Chelan Fresh

WA

Pears Bartletts 70/80ct

24994

44#

Chelan Fresh

WA

Pears Bartletts 110/120ct

23997

44#

Chelan Fresh

WA

Pears Golden Bosc 70/80ct

22051

44#

Chelan Fresh

WA

Pears Red Anjous

26124

44#

First Fruits

WA

Pears Seckels 90/99ct

24416

22#

Oneonta

OR

Pears Forelles

24415

22#

Oneonta

OR

Potato Russet 10/5

22351

50#

Amstad

OR

Potato Russet 50ct

22389

50#

Amstad

OR

Potato Russet 80ct

22394

50#

Amstad

OR


Hot & New

ARCADIAN HARVEST RUBY SALAD

New Salad! Arcadian Harvest Ruby is a blend of red and green sweet crisp lettuces paired with red butter lettuce.

Organic Purple Sprouting Broccoli

This colorful cousin of broccoli is leafier, darker, and adds a vibrant crunch to vegetable dishes. From our partners at Mustard Seed Farms in St. Paul, OR.

Nettles

We have fresh foraged Nettles available for a short window.

Sumo Tangerines

The current king of citrus is available now. You won’t believe the flavor in these robust Tangerines.

Hot House Rhubarb

Coming from Richter Farm in Puyallup, WA.

ORGANIC KALETTES

A hybrid between Kale and Brussel Sprouts, and has the best flavors from both. From Mustard Seed Farms in St. Paul, OR.

ORGANIC ROMANESCO Cauliflower

From Coke Farms, San Juan Bautista, CA.


Steady

Green Beans

Conventional Green Beans are looking great right now.

Fuji Apples

Fujis are looking and tasting great right now.


Coming soon

Kale & Cabbage Rabe

Overwintered Kale and Cabbage are crunchy, sweet, and excellent stir-fried.

Organic Kumquats

Tiny but filled with tart flavor.

Organic Mini Watermelons

Incredibly flavorful personal watermelons will be coming in next week from Dulcenea Farms in CA.

Mann’s Better Burger Leaf

A truly round shape, beautiful frilly edge and emerald green color provide an upscale appearance that is a perfect fit for buns and sandwich breads.

Padrons & Shishito Peppers

Coming soon.


Quality & Shortage Issues

STRAWBERRIES

Supplies are still tight in the aftermath of Valentines Day.


Out & Done

Organic Pears

Done.

Kapoho Solo Gold Papaya

Zero availability.


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