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What to Expect This December in Your Produce Department

The holiday season is upon us and for many, this means more food. Between baking holiday treats and cooking large meals for family and friends, grocery lists are getting longer this time of year. Find out what you can expect in your produce section this December so you can make your grocery list and check it twice.

Peddler’s Son has over 30 years of experience providing grocery retailers, restaurants, healthcare facilities, and schools with wholesale produce. With a 54,000 square foot warehouse and over 30 delivery trucks feeding all of Arizona, we’re the go-to source for produce distribution. 

Broccoli Supply Will Grow In December

Supplies of broccoli were extremely short in the end of November due to plants not reaching maturity level for harvest. As the plants mature in early December, growers are expecting the supply to rise.

Celery Supply Fair and Quality Good

Supplies of celery continue to be lower than usual with higher demand due to the holidays. Supplies are expected to be short until growing transitions to Yuma in mid-December, but the quality is good and expected to remain there through the end of the month.

Corn Prices are Dropping

Prices for corn are trending down this month. While supplies are still tight, growers are looking for better supplies and prices to be available in the month of December, after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Shitake Mushrooms in Short Supply

Due to an uncontrollable rise in the cost of imported shitake logs from China, shitake mushroom supplies will be short this month. Prices will be changing almost weekly as labor shortage and limited freight availability cause long delays to unload shipments at the ports.

Price Drop for Chili Peppers but Jalapeño Supplies are Tight

Prices for chili peppers are trending down this week while jalapeño peppers are at very elevated price levels. Growers in Mexico are expecting tight supplies in jalapeños through January due to the hurricane that hit the area in October.  

Strawberry Harvest is on Schedule

Just like every year, strawberry supplies were tight through November. At the beginning of December, strawberries are expected to pick up out of Mexico and Florida has strawberry plants in the ground that are on schedule for harvest early in the month. 

Stock Your Produce Department with Peddler’s Son Wholesale Produce

Peddler’s Son has provided Arizona businesses with quality wholesale produce for over 30 years. We are committed to customer service, quality, and honest pricing to ensure our customers get the best products and provisions possible. As a family-owned wholesale produce distributor, we provide our services to everyone from the produce department to the hospital cafeteria. No matter your industry, Peddler’s Son is here for you! Contact us today and learn what a partnership with us can mean for your business.

A woman is cutting the leg of her Thanksgiving turkey

A Delicious Origin Story of Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Next week many of us are going to sit around the dinner table with our families and friends to devour a feast of large pro-portions (pun intended).  But, as you eat that turkey leg and plate of mashed potatoes and stuffing, you may be wondering, why do we eat these things for Thanksgiving? What’s the story behind our holiday favorites and why do we serve them every year?

Peddler’s Son is one of Arizona’s leading wholesale produce suppliers for quality products and on-time delivery. We serve a wide range of industries, including those in healthcare, education, catering, restaurants, and grocery stores. We take pride in our services and look forward to nurturing incredible relationships with our clients. Read our article below to learn the origins of our Thanksgiving dinner staples. 

Why Do We Eat Turkeys for Thanksgiving?

Since the very first Thanksgiving by the Pilgrims of Plymouth, turkeys have been the heart and soul of the holiday dinner table. William Bradford described in his journal how the colonists had hunted wild turkeys during the autumn of 1621 and since turkey is a uniquely American (and scrumptious) bird, it gained traction as the Thanksgiving meal of choice for Americans after President Lincoln declared the day a national holiday in 1863.

Today, turkey production in the U.S. is nearly a $5 billion industry. According to Tosh Farms, nearly 254 million turkeys were produced in 2016 alone in preparation for the holiday. Most of the turkeys we eat on Thanksgiving come from Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

Why Do We Eat Cranberries on Thanksgiving?

Another food item dating back to the pilgrims of Plymouth, cranberries are a uniquely North American fruit. Native Americans used them not only as a food source but also to dye fabrics and craft medicine. Due to their abundance and delicious flavors, it is believed that the pilgrims and Native Americans ate them on the first Thanksgiving.

While commercial farming of cranberries exists in many states and regions, the most common areas are those in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Quebec.  

Why Do We Eat Yams? 

A holiday favorite, the sweet potato gained popularity in the late 1800s when southerners replaced sweet potatoes with yams. Since then you can find the vegetable in many holiday side dishes and desserts.

The main difference between sweet potatoes and yams is their exterior texture, inner coloring, and flavors. For example:

  • Sweet potatoes are typically sweeter in flavor, while yams are more neutral
  • Sweet potatoes have thin reddish-brown skin, while yams are rough, textured with brown skin

It’s also important to note that the two are often mixed up. You’ll find that sweet potatoes are labeled as yams. Some folks insist they eat yams every year at Thanksgiving, even though they’ve never seen a true yam. 

In the early 20th century, potato growers in the Southern US adopted the African word for yam to market their orange-colored potatoes and distinguish them from regular potatoes. The nickname “yam” stuck, and many producers use the name on their products to this day. Because these yams are technically sweet potatoes, the US Department of Agriculture requires that the label “yam” be accompanied by an additional label of “sweet potato”. 

Peddler’s Son Offers All The Ingredients for a Delicious Thanksgiving Meal

Peddler’s Son has provided Arizona businesses with quality wholesale products for over 30 years. We are committed to customer service, quality, and honest pricing to ensure our customers get the best products and provisions possible. 

As a family-owned wholesale produce distributor, we provide our services to everyone from the produce department to the hospital cafeteria. No matter your industry, Peddler’s Son is here for you! Contact us today and learn what a partnership with us can mean for your business.

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What to Expect This August in Your Produce Department

We just broke the halfway mark of the year, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s in store for produce in August! Your produce department will be stocked full with some delicious and nutritious goodies, but there are a few bad apples to watch out for

Peddler’s Son has over 30 years of experience providing grocery retailers, restaurants, healthcare facilities, and schools with wholesale produce. With 54,000 square feet of warehouse space and over 30 delivery trucks feeding all of Arizona, we’re the go-to source for produce distribution. Read our article below to learn what you can expect this month in your produce department.

Apples

Inventories are reaching very low numbers while demand for apples remains high. It is possible we may experience some shortages in sizes and varieties, which may result in prices rising in your produce department. Golden, Reds, Honeycrisp, Granny, and Galas are the varieties that are being hit the hardest. Fortunately, Fuji is still widely available, so we recommend going to it for your apple needs. 

Berries

The main berries being hit this month are blackberries and raspberries. Blackberry prices are trending up with production coming out of California. However, growers are reporting challenges with all the heat in the West.  Raspberry prices are high but remain fairly stable. This is due to the tight supply which is expected to be even tighter in the next few weeks. Like blackberries, growers are experiencing challenges due to the heat.

Brussels Sprouts

Supplies continue to be light for Brussels Sprouts, while demand continues to be steady. Quality has improved from the previous month, but we’ll have to wait and see if it remains steady for the remainder of August.

Honeydew

Having a hard time finding any honeydew in your produce department? Well, production continues to remain very low at all growing regions with no end in sight. You might want to consider other melons as other varieties seem to be thriving.

Mushrooms

The mushroom industry continues to face a labor shortage, as well as cost inflation increases in raw materials. Additionally, the price increases in freights have significantly impacted the cost to mushroom producers. Pricing on mushrooms may increase at this time due to labor, transportation, and packaging costs. 

Potatoes

We are currently at the tail end of last year’s crop. Some shippers are in a gap for a couple of weeks due to a strain on supply. Additionally, FOBs are up another dollar entering the low $20s. Produce departments will see a decent supply of products, but a fair level of quality.

Tomatoes

Prices for all tomato varieties, except grape tomatoes, are trending up this week. Grape tomatoes are trending down. Growers are reporting some challenges with quality due to past weather conditions. However, produce departments can expect supplies and quality to pick up later in the month. 

Stock Your Produce Department with Peddler’s Son Wholesale Produce

Peddler’s Son has provided Arizona businesses with quality wholesale produce for over 30 years. We are committed to customer service, quality, and honest pricing to ensure our customers get the best products and provisions possible. As a family-owned wholesale produce distributor, we provide our services to everyone from the produce department to the hospital cafeteria. No matter your industry, Peddler’s Son is here for you! Contact us today and learn what a partnership with us can mean for your business.

Dining

The Drive to Create Better Dining Experiences for Hospital Patients

Hospital food deserves to be memorable. Hospital patients and visitors often hate visiting hospitals for a number of reasons, but the cafeteria can help alleviate some of those negative impressions. Organizations should create dining experiences that satisfy people’s hunger and create a sense of comfortability during a patient’s stay. 

Peddler’s Son is one of Arizona’s premier wholesale food distributors. For over 30 years we’ve provided healthcare centers, schools, restaurants, and caterers with quality wholesale ingredients to elevate their menus and drive better dining experiences. But, how does one exactly invigorate the dining experience in a hospital? Read our article below to learn more.

Hospital Patients Need Food That Feeds AND Heals

Not only does food nourish our hunger, but it can play an important role in the healing process. It has the potential to heal our wounds, gain our strength back, and avoid nasty infections. According to Hospital & Health Networks Magazine, nutrition intervention can reduce avoidable readmissions by 28% and the patient’s overall stay. 

Incorporating menu items that work with people’s medical conditions is imperative. For instance, someone who is experiencing cardiovascular disease will need heart-healthy items. Somebody who lives with diabetes will need low-carb menu items. Additionally, post-surgery patients may need to be on a liquid diet. As a healthcare center, it is important to meet these needs.

Up Your Game with Home-Cooked Meals

Much like airplane food, hospital food is often associated with being of poor quality. But, it doesn’t have to be. As we mentioned, incorporating menu items that meet people’s medical conditions is important. Another element to that is adding fresh ingredients and delicious menu items that not only promote recovery but satisfy the soul. 

Instead of reheating items or bringing in frozen items, why not incorporate fresh fruits and veggies. We all know how fresh items can elevate a dish. Why shouldn’t you expect that from your hospital food? St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is reimagining the hospital dining experience by offering home-cooked meals that not only help treat patients but actually look and taste good.

Some of their menu items include:

  • Naan paratha
  • Enchiladas
  • Korean-style chicken stew

And much more

Collaborate With Your Hospital Patients and Staff

If you’re not sure where to begin on improving your cafeteria menu, it’s always good to get feedback from your community. Your staff will likely eat in the cafeteria for lunch and probably have some ideas on what items can be added to the menu. Additionally, hospital patients may have some feedback as well.

Work with dietitians and staff to brainstorm menu items that excite your community. They’ll be able to evaluate the healthiness and costs associated with adding them to your menu. Additionally, dietitians can act as a liaison between the hospital and patient dining staff to resolve any nutritional concerns.

Improve Hospital Patient Room Delivery Service

Another important aspect for patients in a hospital setting is the room delivery service. Hospital stays can be stressful and unpleasant, partially due to patients having no control of their schedule. That is why many facilities are incorporating exciting hotel-style room service programs to help alleviate some of the unease of scheduling. The option to have a more flexible way to order food on your own schedule helps facilitate patient satisfaction. 

Reimagine Hospital Food with Peddler’s Son

For over 25 years, Peddler’s Son has been one of Arizona’s top food distributors providing quality produce & provisions, service, and delivery. To serve the best food to your customers, you need the best ingredients and products. We work with a variety of schools, hospitals, and restaurants to ensure their meals meet the quality standards of their chefs and customers. Contact us today to learn how our products and services will enhance your dishes.

Cherry

It’s Cherry Season! Why and How to Add Them Into Your Diet

Cherries are one of the most beloved fruits on the planet for their delicious, juicy flavor. We look forward to stone fruit season all year, and the cherry is one of the many reasons. But, a lot of people underestimate that they’re an excellent source of nutrition. So as you relax and enjoy the warmer weather, why not buy a bag from your local grocery store and take a bite into a summer favorite.

When they’re available, Peddler’s Son carries delicious cherries that restaurants, caterers, healthcare facilities, and schools can incorporate into their menus. We bring in quality produce from around the world to ensure your business is stocked with the best food in Arizona. 

The Nutritional Benefits of the Cherry Fruit

While cherries may be small, they are packed with flavors and nutrients. All varieties of cherries are highly nutritious. According to Healthline, one cup of sweet, raw, pitted cherries contains:

  • Calories: 97
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 25 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Vitamin C: 18% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Potassium: 10% of the DV
  • Copper: 5% of the DV
  • Manganese: 5% of the DV

Additionally, the cherry is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Molecules conducted a study and found that they reduced inflammation in 11 out of 16 studies and oxidative stress in 8 out of 10 studies. It’s also been shown that increasing your intake of fruits is beneficial to one’s heart.

The cherry fruit is also an incredible resource for people seeking help in improving sleep quality. This may be attributed to the fruit’s high concentration of plant compounds. Not to mention cherries contain melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates our sleep-wake cycle. A study was conducted that showed that subjects who drank cherry juice for 7 days experienced a significant increase in melatonin levels, resulting in better sleep quality.

Cherries Are Easy to Add to Your Diet

The cherry fruit is an incredibly versatile, delicious fruit that can be easily added to your diet. Both tart and sweet varieties pair well with many different foods. Plus, there are an array of products, like dried cherries, cherry powder, and juice to freshen up your recipes. The possibilities are endless, and you won’t regret adding these delicious flavors into your diet.

We Promise with a Cherry On Top, These Recipes Are Worth It

Looking for a dish that blends the flavors of sweet and spicy? Why not try this incredible Cherry Chutney recipe? All you need is 3 cups of pitted cherries, some bell peppers, ginger, cardamom, balsamic vinegar, and other basic ingredients. This recipe is perfect on grilled chicken or as a side to your favorite summer dish. 

What about the perfect summer salad? When you add cherries into this amazingly fresh recipe, you’ll never look at leafy salads the same again. All you need is a watermelon, 2 cups of cherries, blueberries, an English cucumber, feta cheese, mint leaves, and other easily obtainable ingredients. 

In the mood for dessert? Why not go with an American classic. The cherry pie is a summer staple that’s always a hit at dinner parties or backyard barbeques. Taste of Home has a delicious recipe that is bound to please your guests or your party of one.

These are just a few recipes that use cherries to enhance their flavors. It’s such a versatile fruit, we bet you can find countless other ways to incorporate it into your favorite dishes. 

Peddler’s Son is the Go-To Source for Quality Produce Distribution

At Peddler’s Son, we work with a variety of vendors to ensure they receive products that their customers want. Whether you are a local restaurant, healthcare food service provider, grocery store, or school, our team is committed to your food needs. Contact us today to learn what products and services we can provide you.

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