Produce gone wild

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by chefjess606, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. chefjess606

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    Is anyone else experiencing a crazy produce jump right now? I'm in NE and my romaine is now $99 a case. It's supposed to only get worse over the next 4-6 weeks. Anyone else dealing with this as well?
     
  2. internetbandito

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    We are in Colorado, we had a big jump too. We are now at about $65/case. Up from $35ish a case last week. (for romaine that is).
     
  3. capecodchef

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    New England here...and I thought the jump to 49 per case was crazy! 99 is nuts.

    (Wait...are you in Nebraska or New England?)
     
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  4. roch

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    I'm cutting mine with iceberg.....
     
  5. capecodchef

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    Can't do that with a caeser salad.
     
  6. roch

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    No, but I do with the house blend, and chicken Cesar wraps... Leaf has gone up subsequently,  ...
     
  7. someday

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    I got an alert from a purveyor that romaine, leaf lettuce, broccoli, and several other things, are spiking right now due to availability. Didn't realize they were spiking that high tho. 
     
  8. roch

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    106.00 for a case yesterday..I passed....I live near a big grocery store .  They have it on for a lot less per head. I cleaned out the Romain section two days in a row by 8 a.m.. The old lady who stocks the produce hates me...She'll likely be waiting for me this morning...
     
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  9. pete

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    Even Iceberg has jumped dramatically.  In two weeks I've seen it go from $24 a case to $56 a case.
     
  10. peachcreek

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    ...as I used to say to my salesguy: 'Thats a lotta cabbage for lettuce'. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/crazy.gif
     
  11. perkinsj7007

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    Our Romaine went up to $80/case. As previously mentioned, I too cut the romaine with iceberg for the house blend, but that is simply not an option for caesars, one of our best selling appetizers. 
     
  12. capecodchef

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    86 it and offer kale caeser instead.
     
  13. mini chef

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    I work for a major food distributor now. We've had crazy prices with all greens. Its because of the rain & crazy stuff going on in California that is driving the cost up.
     
  14. roch

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    It's hard to support your local producers when they drive the price up any chance they get...We've been getting lettuce at 110 bucks a case that somebody has been growing and I'm sure it didn't cost them any more because some "crazy rains" someplace. They take advantage of the increased demand, and then when something cheaper comes on the market they cry about how we should support our local producers..where is our support when we need it? It is hypocritical as far as I am concerned
     
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  15. dectra

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    Not on the Kale bandwagon. Taste like lawn clippings. I'd rather go with damn near anything else, as it seems "kale" is the new IN thing on so many menus.
     
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    I LOVE kale! Eaten raw, not so tasty. I like it slightly charred to give it a slight crunch and tossed in a nice jalapeño or citrus vinaigrette.
     
  17. capecodchef

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    Now it's navel oranges (we use for garnish at breakfast) and celery that's gone hunts which seems kind of random. Avocados are no bargain either!
     
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