The market remains very tight on small size Valencias and we anticipate that it will remain tight for the balance of the Summer season.
Currently, Sunkist has houses out of production. Houses typically will shut down for normal maintenance during the summer months and then come back on line in late summer. We anticipate that these houses will come back on line next week. This will add needed supplies, but will only help a little as demand always remains high this time of year as schools get back in session.
Labor is always tight this time of year, but especially this year. Compounded by heat, picking crews will only harvest a limited amount of time during the heat.
On the lemon front, demand exceeds supply. We are really feeling the extent of the drought conditions over the past couple years. Fruit that has been harvested is 10-20% undersized, which means that it goes straight to juice. The supply of larger fruit is dropping quickly.
We anticipate that the lemon supply situation will improve in mid to late September as the new crop of lemons will start in the Desert.
After an exciting summer filled with amazing heirloom tomato dishes, a winner has been announced for the 2015 Tomato Trek. Chef Brannon Florie of The Granary’s dish was the overall winner of this year’s competition: Geechie Boy tomatoes, watermelon radish, Daikon radish, breakfast radish, English cucumber, pickled red onion, house mozzarella, house basil, baby arugula, white balsamic, and Watermelon, Heirloom Tomatoes, Radish, Pickled Red Onion, Basil-Arugula-Mint pest, Goats Milk Feta. The dish was selected by compiling votes from a panel of judges and online votes. Florie received a special trophy to acknowledge the honor, along with 100lbs of tomatoes.
The 2015 fan vote was presented Chef Aaron Lemieux of Michael’s on the Alley who received the most online votes for his dish: Smoked Tomato, Tomato consommé braised farro, roof top garden basil, Rosemary & green onion flowers. Lemieux received 50lbs for the win!
The participants for the amateur competition all received gift certificates to The Veggie Bin or Boone Hall Farms for their participation, and one lucky winner was selected to receive $100 gift card to The Granary just for taking a photo and tagging it with #tomatottrek.
A big thanks to everyone’s support and we look forward to another great trek in 2016!
Due to President Obama’s presence at the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, we will not be making afternoon deliveries on FRIDAY, JUNE 26th. Our warehouse will be open as normal, but there will be an abbreviated delivery schedule for all downtown customers.
We anticipate all routes being completed by 11:00 AM on Friday June 26th so we ask your help in making sure someone is available to receive orders during these hours.
As part of the campaign, restaurants, chefs and bartenders submit photos and details on their dishes or drinks featuring local/heirloom tomatoes. Patrons can then vote on their favorite posted items and the dish/drink with the most votes in each category will receive 100lbs of tomatoes from Limehouse Produce and a special tomato trophy. New this year, is a judging panel. Chef Frank Lee, food writer Eric Doksa and farmer Greg Johnsman will be selecting the top entries for the campaign, and along with the fan vote will select the overall winners.
Check out the results from out 2015 Tomato Trek here.