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Market Outlook - June 28, 2018

local calrose rice

Calrose Rice is a pearly-white rice known for its sticky texture. 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 enjoyed as a standalone table rice. We offer a medium grain Calrose rice– please specify “Medium Grain Local White Rice” when placing your order. Available in a 50# bag, $29.75.

Calrose rice accounts for more than 80% of the California crop, with California being the second largest rice growing state in the United States. Much of the California rice crop is grown in Sacramento, Yolo, and Placer counties. We are pleased to offer Calrose Rice that is locally grown by Pure Rice First located in Lincoln, CA. Pure Rice First is currently owned and operated by Virgina Van Dyke, whose family has been farming rice in Lincoln for five generations (since 1940). They take great pride in providing premium product to their local community and preserving local farm land.

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Market Outlook - June 20, 2018

local squash

We are pleased to offer an array of summer squash from Maciel Farm (Gridley, CA), Castaneda Brothers (Vacaville, CA), and Del Rio Botanical (West Sacramento). While Italian and Yellow Squash are available year round, Summer Squashes are enjoyed for their tender flesh and skin with mild, buttery flavor, and high moisture content. They vary in color, size, and shape but should be bright and heavy for their size.

  • Toy Box Squash– variety of squashes listed below available in a 20# case.
  • Italian Squash (Zucchini)- available by the 25# case or by the pound.
  • Yellow Squash- available by the 22# case or by the pound.
  • Gold Bar- similar shape as zucchini but with bright yellow skin and white flesh. Fewer seeds result in a sturdy squash perfect for sauté or grilling. They are best stored at room temperature. Available by the 20# case or by the pound.
  • Grey (Mexican Squash)- grey/green in color, shorter and more rounded than zucchini with sweeter flavor. Available by the 22# case only.
  • Sunburst (yellow) and Summer (light green)- saucer shaped and scalloped with crimped, pie-like edges. Available by the 22# case only.
  • Ronde Nice (Eightball)- stores very well and tender flesh makes them perfect for grilling, baking & stuffing. Available in a variety of colors throughout the season. 22# case.
  • Del Rio Botanical Mixed Baby Squash– filled with a variety of the squashes listed above in baby size. Available in a 10# case.
  • Del Rio Botanical Mixed Teenage Squash– filled with a variety of the squashes listed above. Available in a 10# case.

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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. 

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