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Market Outlook - May 3, 2018

local produce timeline

We are nearing the time of year when a wide variety of produce is available from local farms. At Produce Express, we consider local to be within 150(ish) miles of the Sacramento Valley. Please keep in mind that the following timeline is dependent on mother nature.
Strawberries– harvested in Watsonville; Farmer’s Market Strawberries available by the 12 pint case only and must be specified when ordering.
Cherries– we are waiting another week until quality improves. California crop is down nearly 60%; expect a very short season.
Stonefruit– Rich May Peaches and other early varieties expected by the end of May; freestone varieties to follow. Twin Peaks hopes for Nectarines in early June. Plums and Pluots usually start by the end of May.
Squash (Zucchini, Gold Bar, Yellow, Teenage)- harvest is expected to begin in late May from Dwelley, Castaneda, and Del Rio.
Apricots– Frog Hollow should have their legendary apricots available by mid to late May.
Fresh Beans (Green, French, Romano, Yellow Wax)- Dwelley Farms should have fresh beans available by mid to late May.
Peppers– we hope Padrons and Shishitos will start around the first week of June. Jimmy Nardellos, Pimentos, Lipstick, Gypsy expected to be available in late June.
Cranberry Beans– mid-late June from Dwelley.
Corn (White and Yellow)- early to mid June from Dwelley Farms.
Cherry Tomatoes– will be available the last week of June/first week of July from Del Rio and Riverdog.
Heirloom Tomatoes– “Uncle” Ray Yeung should begin harvesting the first week of July. Peak harvest season is in mid-July, lasting through the end of October.
Melons– local melons should start mid-late July. Some varieties might have a later start into the first week of August.
Heirloom Cucumber– mid July from Del Rio Botanical.
Heirloom Eggplant– end of July from Riverdog and Full Belly.

cowgirl creamery

Every Cowgirl Creamery cheese starts with milk made from only one source creating unique flavor profiles that can’t be found anywhere else. We proudly offer the following:
St. Pat– their spring seasonal cheese, with its distinctive green rind, is now available! Its flavor is mellow and tangy, with notes of smokey artichoke. Made with single source organic Holstein milk from John Taverna’s Jersey Dairy, the rich, creamy wheels are wrapped in wild nettle leaves. Available by the 10oz piece.
Mt. Tam– their first aged, soft-ripened cheese is named for a Northern California landmark, Mt. Tamalpais. This elegant triple cream cheese has the delectable flavor of cultured butter with hints of white mushroom. Mt. Tam starts with milk from Straus Family Creamery. Available by the 8oz piece.
Red Hawk– the creamery’s first washed-rind cheese is heavily allocated with limited pieces produced. The wild bacteria that defines this bold, sumptuous cheese is native to Point Reyes. Red Hawk is aged four weeks and washed with a brine solution that creates the sunset red-orange rind. Its flavor is rich and smooth, complemented by pungent aromas. Sold by the 8oz piece.

upcoming events

spring brunch  - tuesday, may 8 (1pm-3pm)

We hope you can join us for a special Tasting Tuesday featuring brunch essentials! Stop by our warehouse (8340 Belvedere Avenue, Sacramento) anytime between 1PM-3PM. Tasting Tuesday events are open to anyone working in the restaurants industry. This is a great opportunity for your team to learn more about the products you cook and serve every day. Please spread the word to your staff and team members. The menu will feature:

twin peaks orchard - tuesday, may 15

Let the R&D fun continue! While we usually wait to visit Twin Peaks when the trees are full of fruit, we are going to see it from a different perspective this time around! We will take a tractor ride through the orchard and learn about the various stages of growth. At this time of year, the blooming stage has passed and the fruit is set, currently in the ripening process. We will learn more about Twin Peak’s growing and harvesting methods such as hand thinning the trees to allow the fruit to grow to size, get the right amount of sun, and distribute their energy and nutrients efficiently. We will meet at Produce Express at 8:45AM and return by 2:30PM. Transportation and lunch (by Tap and Vine) is included. Space is limited so 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..

clover sonoma dairy - tuesday, june 12

Local should include milk and dairy products too! 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. We will meet at Produce Express at 8AM and return by 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.. Please spread the word to staff.