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Market Outlook - February 23, 2012

leeksKing Richard Leeks

This sweet, delicately flavored vegetable, related to onion family, has an edible 6-10 inch blanched, white stalk. Leeks are very versatile and can be used in stocks, soups, stews and braises; blanched and served chilled in salads, fried for garnishes, and grilled as a vegetable.

Bloomsdale Spinach

bloomsdale-spinachRiver Dog Farm is now supplying Produce Express with 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.

4lb case.

Sierra Nevada Cheese Company

cheesesSierra Nevada Cheese Company, located in Willows, CA, produces an award winning line of cheeses using fresh milk and cream from local dairy farmers. These ingredients are guaranteed to be free of any synthetic hormones and all varieties of their cheese are made without the use of any fillers, preservatives, gums or animal rennet. The cheeses are characterized by a high degree of freshness and unique flavor as well as excellent shelf life.

  • Chevre -Smooth texture, tangy finish. 2.2# log $14.75
  • Goat Feta – Semi-firm, not as salty as European versions 5# loaf $39.75
  • Bianca Aged Goat Cheddar -Creamy smooth texture, nutty flavor 5# loaf $38.75
  • Organic Smokehouse Jack -Cow's milk, buttery texture 3# $19.75
  • Gina Marie Cream Cheese - Fresh tasting cheese, lighter, flakier texture 2.5# $9.75
  • Organic Cow's Milk White Cheddar - 10# $55.85