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Market Outlook - June 14, 2018

local white corn & beans

The first harvest of Dwelley Farms white corn arrived this week, along with fresh beans! Dwelley Family Farms is located in Brentwood, CA and is fortunate to be in a region that experiences hot days and cool nights. Their climate results in ideal growing conditions for a variety of fruits and vegetables including beans, squash, corn, stone fruit, and much more!

  • White Corn– while corn is available year-round, local summer corn usually tastes sweeter– from fresh off the cob to succotash, soups, and more. Sold by the 48ct case or per piece. (We expect yellow corn by late next week.)
  • Blue Lake Beans– often called snap or string beans, these beans are bright, sweet and tender. Sold by the 30# case or pound.
  • Yellow Wax Beans– another variety of snap bean that is crisp and meaty. Available by the 15# case or pound.
  • Romano Beans– also called Italian flat or broad beans, romanos lend well to braising and are perfect for summer minestrones. 15# case or pound.
  • French Beans (untrimmed)– please specify whether you want local beans or the trimmed variety from Mexico. Also known as haricot verts, French beans are longer, thinner, and more tender and complex in flavor than Blue Lakes. 15# case or per pound. 

local fresh pasta

Paragary Bakery produces fresh handmade pasta daily in midtown Sacramento. They use high quality ingredients like Guistos stone ground duram flour and farm fresh eggs. We pick up fresh pasta six days per week. We will deliver fresh pasta Tuesday through Saturday. We are proud to partner with Paragary Bakery to offer the following fresh pastas:

  • Pasta Sheets– made to fit a full-size hotel pan, these sheets can be cut into desired size and shape. Perfect for lasagna, cannelloni, tortellini, agnolotti, and other stuffed pasta. Approximately 2 sheets per pound. $4.95/ pound.
  • Tagliolini– long, cylindrical ribbons of pasta that are best served with smooth, light bodied sauces. $4.95/pound.
  • Fettuccine- “little ribbons” of pasta traditionally served with slow cooked meats but also pairs well cream sauces. $4.95/pound.
  • Pappardelle– a 1-inch wide, flat ribbon pasta. Pappardelle is traditionally used for rich, heavy sauces, and ragu of meat and game. $5.50/pound.

  summer farmer's market 2018
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 • 10AM-2PM
8340 BELVEDERE AVENUE • SACRAMENTO

Our annual Summer Farmer’s Market is just around the corner! We throw this event every summer to celebrate all things farm-to-fork and the seasonal bounty of the Sacramento Valley. It is our way of saying THANK YOU to the farmers for all their hard work throughout the year and to all the chefs who support them by buying from Produce Express! The fun will include:

  • Local, seasonal produce!
  • Over 40 local farmers paired with local chefs, creating delicious bites that highlight the best of the season!
  • Tons of produce giveaways!
  • Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day!
  • Catch up with industry friends and network!
  • Raffles prizes from local restaurants, MAC Knives, and Stagger Lee Goods aprons!

PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR TEAM & INDUSTRY FRIENDS!

Market Outlook - June 7, 2018

produce alive

We are pleased to partner with Produce Alive to offer local, hydroponically grown Wasabi Arugula and Watercress. Produce Alive is produce-alive-wasabi-arugula Placer-grownowned and operated by Eric Powell in Loomis, CA (Placer County). Erik chooses to grow 100% hydroponic because it allows him to control the environment and guarantee consistency even with poor weather. He grows year round in his 4,100 square foot green house, and he uses 90% less water than traditional growing methods.

We are proud to offer the following “Placer Grown” products:

  • Wasabi Arugula– less peppery, yet spicier, than conventional arugula with an almost sweet finish. It makes a delicious addition to any salad, poke bowl, pizza, or sandwich, or try blending into sauces. Available in a 1# bag, $14.75.
  • Watercress- a succulent, leafy plant with a sweet, spicy flavor. Its unique peppery taste makes it a wonderful addition to a salad, paired with roasted meats or fish, pureed into soups and sauces, or sprinkled on a sandwich or pizza. Hydroponic Watercress is a live product that continues to grow in the bag after harvesting. Available in a 1# bag, $16.75.

pure rice first calrose rice

Pure Rice First is a family farm located in Lincoln, CA since 1940. Virgina Van Dyke and her family have been farming rice for five generations. They take great pride in providing premium product to their local community, and preserving local farm land. We are pleased to now offer their Calrose Rice a pearly-white, medium grain variety known for its sticky texture. Available in a 50# bag. Its naturally soft starchy structure holds flavor beautifully while maintaining texture and form. Calrose rice works well as a sushi rice, used for paella or risotto, or enjoyed as a standalone table rice. Calrose rice accounts for more than 80% of the California crop, with California being the second largest rice growing state in the United States. Enjoy the harvest! 

 

 la tourangelle artisan oils

Starting with perfectly pure ingredients, each batch of artisan oil from La Tourangelle is unique and hand-crafted in Woodland, CA. The nuts and herbs are hand-roasted in cast iron kettles, then expeller-pressed, lightly filtered and bottled. Their oils are very flavorful with rich colors. We proudly offer the following artisan oils from La Tourangelle:

  • Basil Infused Oil– fragrant basil flavor perfect for pesto, caprese salad, grilled chicken or fish, or as a dipping oil for bread. Works well with high heat. 250ml canister.
  • Avocado Oil– emerald green oil that is rich and thick with a subtle buttery flavor. Delicious in uncooked items like salads and dips, but also ideal for cooking because it has a higher smoke point than olive oil. 1000ml canister.
  • Organic Virgin Coconut Oil– organic coconuts pressed within 4 days of being hand harvested. Pure coconut taste and beautiful texture, perfect for cooking, baking, dressings, or frying. 15 ounce canister.
  • Roasted Walnut Oil– rich nutty taste and light color. Use in baking, salads, pasta, sauces, or on grilled fish or meat. Works well with medium-high heat. Available by the gallon.
  • Roasted Hazelnut Oil– intense hazelnut taste is delicious in salad dressing, pasta, meat, fish, and baked pastries. Great butter substitute; works best with low heat. 1000ml canister.
  • Roasted Pecan– full-bodied, intense flavor, wonderful on baked goods. Also a fragrant addition to sauces or drizzled on pasta or greens. Works well with medium-high heat. 250mL canister.
  • Roasted Almond Oil– good substitute for olive oil; adds subtle almond flavor to any dish from cookies, cakes and shortbreads to sauces, dressing, pasta, and meat dishes. Works well with medium-high heat. 1000ml canister.
  • Toasted Sesame Seed- golden brown oil with bold, nutty flavor ideal for vinaigrettes, stir-fry, and marinades. Works well in medium-high heat applications. 1000mL canister.
  • Pumpkin Seed– should not be cooked due to its low heat point but makes a great finish. Add an intense, deep toasted pumpkin seed taste to salad dressing, soup, marinade, pasta, spreads, and baked goods. 250mL canister.
  • Grapeseed Oil– light, neutral flavor and a very high smoke point make this oil best for stir-fries and sautés; also makes a lovely addition to marinades. Available by the gallon.

CLOVER SONOMA DAIRY TRIP- TUESDAY, JUNE 12

All seats are full. Keep an eye out for upcoming trips!

summer farmer's market - wednesday, july 18

It's that time of year again and you do not want to miss it! Our annual Summer Farmer's Market brings together over 40 local farmers and chefs to highlight the best of the season! Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer.

Interested in participating as a featured chef? Please contact your sales rep or Marissa with inside sales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 956-5536.

Market Outlook - May 30, 2018

dwelley farms fresh beans

While we have fresh beans year-round, we understand that purchasing fruits and vegetables directly from local farms ensures longer shelf life as well as a higher degree of quality and freshness. To that end, we are pleased to continue our relationship with Dwelley Family Farms. Located in Brentwood, CA, 26 miles west of Stockton, Dwelley Family Farms is fortunate to be located in a region that experiences hot days and cool nights. Their climate results in ideal growing conditions for a variety of fruits and vegetables including beans, squash, corn, stone fruit, and much more! Mark Dwelley’s family has been farming in the area since the 1920’s. Mark has over 30 years experience on the farm and over 1,000 acres planted to a variety of crops.

  • Blue Lake Beans– a familiar and popular variety, often called snap or string beans. These Blue Lakes are bright, sweet and tender and should snap when broken apart, revealing the tiny seeds inside. Available by the 30# case or pound.
  • Yellow Wax Beans– another variety of snap bean, usually larger than Blue Lakes, crisp and meaty. Available by the 15# case or pound.
  • Romano Beans– also called Italian Flat or Broad beans. Romano beans are large and meaty. They lend well to braising and are perfect for summer minestrones. Available by the 15# case or pound.
  • French Beans (untrimmed)please specify whether you want local French Beans or the trimmed variety from Mexico. Also known as Haricot Verts, French beans are longer and thinner than Blue Lakes. They are more tender and have a more complex flavor. Available by the 15# case or per pound.

We hope to have Dwelley Farms Corn by late next week. Enjoy the harvest!

twin peaks orchard yellow nectarines

Twin Peaks Yellow Nectarines have arrived and we couldn’t be more excited! The first variety available is the Zee Fire Nectarine, available in a 18# case of by the pound. Zee Fire Nectarines are a yellow fleshed, higher acid fruit with tons of flavor and tang. The characteristic speckles on the nectarines are not only pretty, but mean the fruit is especially delicious! Early season fruit are considered cling or semi-freestone, which means the flesh will stick to the pit. Several varieties of freestone varieties will follow in the coming weeks. We also have Twin Peaks Yellow Peaches available in a 20# case or by the pound. Twin Peaks Orchard is currently gapping on White Peaches; we will update you when the next harvest is available.

 

EDUARDO'S DRIED EGG PASTA

We are pleased to offer Eduardo’s dried artisan made pastas. Eduardo’s has been making egg pasta in San Francisco for over 40 years using a blend of semolina and wheat flours along with local farm eggs. No salt, preservatives, or artificial colors are ever added. The pasta is dried very slowly at low temperature to preserve the unique chewy texture and flavor. Eduardo's pasta was the overwhelming favorite in the 2001 San Francisco Chronicle's Taster's Choice, and scored high enough to be inducted into the Chronicle’s Hall of Fame. We are pleased to offer the following cuts:

  • Penne– a cylinder shaped pasta with angled ends. The hollow center allows it to hold sauce. Available in a 12/12oz case, or a 20# case.
  • Medium Shells (Conchiglie)- the shell shape of the pasta allows the sauce to adhere to it. Available in a 12/12oz case.
  • Fusilli– a short cork-screw shaped pasta. Tri-Color Fusilli is also available, containing a combination of egg, spinach, and beet pastas. Available in a 12/12oz case.
  • Rigatoni– a large tube shaped pasta with ridges down the length but unlike Penne’s angled ends, rigatoni is cut square. Its namesake ridges make better adhesive surfaces for sauces and grated cheese than smooth-sided pasta like Ziti. Available in a 12/12oz case.
  • Spinach Fettuccine– a long, flat pasta made with spinach. The thickness of Fettuccine makes it suitable for ragu type dishes and other hearty sauces. Available in a 12/12oz case.

CLOVER SONOMA DAIRY TRIP- TUESDAY, JUNE 12

Join us for a tour of one of Clover Sonoma's family dairies where we will learn about the entire process from raising and milking the cows to packing and distribution. This is a unique opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at the dairy industry that you don't want to miss. Please spread the word to your team members and staff! We will meet at Produce Express at 8AM and return by around 3PM. Transportation and lunch will be provided. Space is limited; please RSVP by texting/calling Marissa at 916-956-5536 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

summer farmer's market - wednesday, july 18

It's that time of year again and you do not want to miss it! Our annual Summer Farmer's Market brings together over 40 local farmers and chefs to highlight the best of the season! Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer.

Interested in participating as a featured chef? Please contact your sales rep or Marissa with inside sales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 956-5536.