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Please note that we will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 22nd for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will be closing at 3pm on Wednesday, November 21st. Our answering machine will be in operation throughout the holiday.

SPECIALTY ITEMS: San Francisco market will be closed Friday, November 23rd. All specialty items should be ordered no later than Tuesday, November 20th.
PRE-CUT ITEMS: must be ordered before noon on Wednesday, November 21st for Friday delivery.

The more notice we have increases our ability to locate product. Many items will be scarce due to inventory reductions and freight schedules. Please plan ahead!


avocado crisis 2018

(as of 11/15/18- pricing in low $70's; Supplies will remain very, very tight) 

Two weeks ago, approximately 1,000 small “independent” growers in Mexico joined together to stop avocado harvests throughout Mexico. The coalition, assisted by the drug cartels, threatened larger growers that if harvesting, packing and shipping continued trucks would be hijacked and employees would be killed. The threats have resulted in a complete work stoppage in the Mexican avocado industry. Border crossings this week were down 90% and next week anticipation is even greater. The coalition’s goal is to drive market prices up so that small growers can compete with larger growers.

The Mexican government is involved in negotiations to end the work stoppage. As of noon today (November 9), the stoppage continues. “Millions” of lives are being affected by the inability to earn an income due to the stoppage.

The market has skyrocketed this week. Prices are in the mid to high $60’s and will be in the $70’s next week. Supplies will be very short and we may be forced to use different sizes to fill orders. There is no fresh substitute for Mexican avocados. Chilean fruit is also very scarce and does not work for most food service institutions.

The only chance of relief will be to halt the work stoppage. Once harvesting begins and shipments arrive, the market will return to somewhat normal “winter” pricing. California fruit is still 4-6 weeks from starting.

As the situation develops, we will continue to update via social media, website, fliers, drivers and office staff. 

Del Rio Botanical, located on old River road between Sacramento and Woodland, is a privately owned 200-acre ranch producing open-pollinated organically grown seed and freshly packed specialty produce. All of Del Rio’s produce is harvested in the morning for same day delivery through Produce Express to over 50 restaurants in the region, including Mulvaney’s, Waterboy, Masullo, Grange and the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. Their unique offerings include baby squashes with blossoms attached, Italian cucumbers, heirloom cherry tomatoes, lemon basil, Early Lady beans, calendula petals, chocolate mint, and 125 other specialty products grown on this organic farm. Del Rio offers farm tours and dining opportunities to help educate the community about the importance of organic farming. At every level of their operation, attention is paid to the sustainability of their farm. They use only multi-use boxes and permanent equipment. In addition, they provide year round employment for six agricultural workers.


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      8340 Belvedere Ave
      Sacramento CA, 95826 USA

      phone: (916) 446-8918
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