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Market Outlook - October 24, 2018

LA TOURANGELLE ARTISAN NUT 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.

  • Pumpkin Seed Oil– should not be cooked due to its low heat point but makes a great finish for salad dressing, soup, pasta, spreads and baked goods, and more. 250mL canister.
  • Roasted Hazelnut Oil– delicious in salad dressing, pasta, and on meat, fish, and baked pastries. Great butter substitute; works best with low heat. 1,000mL 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 Pecan Oil– full-bodied, intense flavor; wonderful on baked goods; a fragrant addition to sauces or drizzled on pasta or greens. Works well with medium-high heat. 250mL canister.
  • Roasted Almond Oil– good sub for olive oil; adds subtle almond flavor to any dish. Works well with medium-high heat. 1,000mL canister.
  • 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– rich emerald green oil; 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. 1,000mL canister.
  • Toasted Sesame Seed Oil- golden brown oil with bold, nutty flavor ideal for vinaigrettes, stir-fry, and marinades. Works well in medium-high heat applications. 1,000mL 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. 
  • 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. 15oz canister.

hearty nuthouse granola

Nut House Granola is packed with whole nuts, juicy fruit, and pure maple syrup. The granola is mixed by hand in small batches then slowly baked to create a beautiful granola that is perfectly balanced in richness, sweetness, and saltiness. The final product is rustic and delicious with an addictive texture. Nut House Granola is made in Berkeley, CA using all natural ingredients including California farm-direct Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans and Raisins, Organic Oats, Coconut, Agave Syrup, and Non-GMO Verified Canola Oil. We offer Nut House Original Granola in convenient 10# bags.

 

 

fall farmer's market 

Our annual Fall Farmer’s Market is just around the corner and you do not want to miss it! We host these farmer’s markets to highlight the bounty of the season and to strengthen the relationship between our farmers and chefs. Everyone in the industry is invited so please spread the word!

We will have some awesome free raffle prizes from MAC Knives, Stagger Lee Goods, Excalibur Dehydrator, and gift cards to participating restaurants + chef demonstrations will include a ramen noodle making demonstration by Origami Asian Grill and the art of Hoshigaki with Carpe Vino!

Thank you to the following participating restaurant partners:
Tap & Vine Nixtaco
Carpe Vino Alaro Brewing
Mulvaney's B&L Streetzlan
Zocalo Origami Asian Grill
Pizza Supreme Being Adamo's
The Grid Seasons Davis
Taste River City Brewing
La Provence Mezcalito
Brickyard Smokey Oaks Tavern
Bella Bru Formaggio
Grateful Bread Il Pizzaiolo
Hale  American River College
Rudolph Steiner College  

 

A special thank you to our participating farms and purveyors for all their hard work to provide our chefs with great produce:

Del Rio Botanical Twin Peaks Orchard
Ray Yeung Farm Riverdog Farm
Full Belly Farm DiNapoli Tomatoes
Orland Farmstead Creamery Paradiso Tomatoes
Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. Casa Sanchez
Fiscalini Cheese Tampico Spice
Nicolau Farms Queso Salazar
Sparrow Lane Vinegars Mi Rancho Tortillas
Paragary Bakery Premier Mushrooms
Z Specialty Foods Nippon Shokken
California Olive Ranch Hodo Soy Tofu
Nuthouse Granola Sacramento Spouting Company
Elegant Beans & Beyond Produce Alive
California Endive Farm Pure Rice First
Early Bird Farm Barsotti Juice Co.

Market Outlook - October 17, 2018

larsen apple update

Our local apple season continues with several new varieties available from Larsen Apple Barn, located in Camino, CA. Larsen Apple Barn was founded in the 1860’s by the Larsen family and continues to be the oldest, continuously family-owned farm in Apple Hill. We are pleased to offer the following varieties:

  • Winesap *NEW*- dark red, firm skin and a crisp, very juicy flesh with a creamy yellow hue. Their moistness and sweet/tart flavor is reminiscent of spiced wine and is perfect for cider, sauces, juice and preserves. The firm texture also makes Winesaps great for baking, sautéing, and roasting. Available by the 40# case.
  • Pippin *NEW*- light green to yellow skin with creamy white flesh. Its flavor is sweet/tart balanced with a slight spice. Its crisp, firm flesh make Pippins great for pies, tarts, and turnovers. Available in a 40# case.
  • Fuji *NEW*- medium to large sized apple with thick skin that is light red with a yellow blush. Its flesh is creamy white, dense, juicy and crisp. Its subtle sweet flavor pairs well with sharp cheeses, and its dense flesh holds up well when cooked. Available in a 40# case.
  • Braeburn *NEW*- an all-purpose apple with a spicy sweet/tart flavor that holds hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Its skin is reddish in a yellow to light green background with pale cream to golden yellow flesh. Available in a 40# case.
  • We continue to offer Granny Smith, Rome, Golden Delicious, and Jonathan in 40# cases and Gala in 10# or 40# cases.

riverdog bloomsdale spinach is back!

Riverdog Farms now has high quality, organic Bloomsdale Spinach. Bloomsdale is a classic heirloom variety known as a savoy type of spinach. The leaves are thick, glossy, dark green and slightly curled. Bloomsdale spinach is very flavorful and is harvested with the edible stem attached to the leaves-you need not remove it. It grows well in the spring and fall and will last until the first hard frost. The leaf size does grow as the season progresses- the smaller leaf may be used in salads or for a quick sauté, while the larger, late season leaves might be best suited for sauté, soups, gratins and “wilted” spinach salads. Spinach is legendary when it comes to health benefits- it aids in cholesterol reduction and helps build a stronger body. Bloomsdale spinach has an excellent shelf life, lasting 3-5 days with very little breakdown of leaves or loss of flavor. Sold by the 4# case.

 

fall farmer's market 

Our annual Fall Farmer’s Market is just around the corner and you do not want to miss it! We host these farmer’s markets to highlight the bounty of the season and to strengthen the relationship between our farmers and chefs. Everyone in the industry is invited so please spread the word! We will have some awesome free raffle prizes from MAC Knives, Stagger Lee Goods, Excalibur Dehydrator, and gift cards to participating restaurants! Plus, there will be a ramen noodle making demonstration by Origami Asian Grill, and more

Thank you to the following participating restaurant partners:
Tap & Vine Nixtaco
Carpe Vino Alaro Brewing
Mulvaney's B&L Streetzlan
Zocalo Origami Asian Grill
Pizza Supreme Being Adamo's
The Grid Seasons Davis
Taste River City Brewing
La Provence Mezcalito
Brickyard Smokey Oaks Tavern
Bella Bru Rudolph Steiner College
Hale  

 

A special thank you to our participating farms and purveyors for all their hard work to provide our chefs with great produce:

Del Rio Botanical Twin Peaks Orchard
Ray Yeung Farm Riverdog Farm
Full Belly Farm DiNapoli Tomatoes
Orland Farmstead Creamery Paradiso Tomatoes
Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. Casa Sanchez
Fiscalini Cheese Tampico Spice
Nicolau Farms Queso Salazar
Sparrow Lane Vinegars Mi Rancho Tortillas
Paragary Bakery Premier Mushrooms
Z Specialty Foods Nippon Shokken
California Olive Ranch Hodo Soy Tofu
Nuthouse Granola Sacramento Spouting Company
Elegant Beans & Beyond Produce Alive
California Endive Farm Pure Rice First
Early Bird Farm Barsotti Juice Co.

Market Outlook - October 11, 2018

sweet potatoes vs. yams

While many people lump all potatoes into one category, potatoes can actually be quite different in terms of their taste, flavor, texture, and nutrients. Sweet potatoes are no exception as they belong to an entirely different food family than the common potato. The moist fleshed, orange colored root vegetable that is often thought of as a "yam" in the United States is actually a sweet potato. This variety of sweet potato was introduced into the United States in the mid-20th century, and it was given the name “yam” in order to distinguish it from the white-fleshed sweet potato to which most people were accustomed. The name "yam" was adopted from "nyami," the African word for the root of the Dioscoreae genus of plants that are considered true yams. In an attempt to distinguish between true yams and what we recognize as yams in the states, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires mandatory labeling of the moist-fleshed, orange colored sweet potatoes to read “yam sweet potatoes”. Still, when most people hear the term "yam" they simply think of the orange-colored sweet potato as opposed to the true yam. Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes may be one of nature's unsurpassed sources of beta-carotene and are some of the most nutritious vegetables around. We currently offer the following varieties of sweet potatoes and sweet potato yams:

  • Baby Sweet Potatoes (yellow flesh)- 15# case
  • Baby Yams (orange flesh)- 15# case
  • Yellow Sweet Potatoes– 40# or per pound
  • Yams (Orange Sweet Potatoes)- 40# or per pound
  • Garnet Yams (Red) – 40# case only
  • Sized Yams– 80ct/40# case– best used for baking similar to Russets.

fall decorative items

This week we are pleased to offer the following varietal pumpkins and fall decorative items:

  • Sugar Pie Pumpkins– slightly squat pumpkin with bright orange flesh and sweet flavor; great for baking, roasting and a variety of pumpkin recipes. 35-40ct case.
  • Autumn Mix– toy box case of mixed pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn. About 25 pieces.
  • Orange Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkins– small (6-10lbs), medium (12-20lbs) and large (18-25lbs)
  • Gourds– 30ct case
  • Decorative Fall Leaves– available by the bunch.
  • Orange & White Mini Pumpkins– 35-40 ct cases
  • Mini Tiger Stripe Pumpkin– 20 count case.
  • Indian Corn– also known as Flint Corn because its multi-colored kernels are hard as flint. 24ct case.
  • Mini Indian Corn– about 3 pieces/bundle; 24 bundles/case.
  • Strawberry Mini Indian Corn– little ears of corn with magenta-red kernels that look like big strawberries. 24 ct case.

upcoming events

 

We have one more farm tour this year + our annual fall farmer’s market is just around the corner! The following are a few reasons why you and your team should attend:

  • Strengthen the partnership with local farmers– meet the farmers and learn about their history and growing processes!
  • These events are a great way to learn more and get excited about seasonal items!
  • Be inspired by your fellow chefs and restaurateurs!
  • Do some R&D courtesy of Produce Express!

 

Placer Grown Tour w/Twin Peaks  & Produce Alive– Monday, October 15 • 8am-2:30pm

Join us to explore the citrus and persimmon side of Twin Peaks Orchard! We might even get to pick a few Satsuma mandarins if they are ready. Plus, we will take a trip up the road to Produce Alive to learn more about the hydroponic system used to grow Wasabi Arugula, Watercress and more. We will meet at Produce Express at 8am for pastries and coffee; leaving by 8:20am; returning by 2:30pm. Lunch and transportation is provided. Please RSVP to your sales representative, contact Marissa with inside sales at (916) 956-5536 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please spread the word to your team and industry friends.

Fall Farmer’s Market– Wednesday, November 7 • 10am-1pm

Join us to celebrate our local seasonal bounty! We will have about 30 farmers teamed up with local chefs who will be creating delicious bites that highlight the best of the season! We will also have some fun chef demonstrations and, of course, awesome raffle prizes from MAC Knives, Stagger Lee Goods, Excalibur Dehydrator, and more! If you would like to participate as a featured restaurant, please contact your sales rep, or Marissa with inside sales, for details and to sign up.