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Market Outlook - November 14, 2019

riverdog farm seasonal favorites

spinach riverdog bloomsdale 300X300Riverdog is a 450 acre, certified organic, diversified family farm located in Guinda (Capay Valley), CA since 1990. Owners Trini Campbell and Tim Mueller grow a variety of fruits and vegetables using a system that promotes healthy soil and a sustainable ecosystem around the farm. Although we offer an array of produce from Riverdog, here are some seasonal favorites we are currently stocking:

Bloomsdale Spinach– A sweet, heirloom variety with a deeper and more interesting flavor than the standard flat leaf spinach. Each leaf is heavily crinkled, giving it a heartier texture perfect for sauté-ing or wilting; no need to separate leaves from the stem. It may also be enjoyed in salads, appetizers, soups and braises. 4# case.
Chard– Varietal chard has deep green leaves and brightly colored stalks. Chard has a more mild flavor in comparison to other leafy vegetables. It can be tough when eaten raw, so it is best sautéed or braised after removing the stem from the leaf. We are currently offering the sweet, leafy green in three different colors from Riverdog. Green and red chard are both sold by the 12 bunch case or by the bunch. Rainbow chard is sold by the 12 bunch case only.
Collard Greens– A southern cooking staple! Collards have dark green leaves with tough stems and tend to be very bitter. A long and slow cooking process will create a more mild flavor and tender texture. They are most commonly sautéed and then simmered for a few hours. Collards are sold by the 12 bunch case or per 3 bunches.
King Richard Leeks– An heirloom variety of leeks with an edible 6-10 inch blanched white stalk; longer than the traditional leek. Their flavor is sweet and delicate. The tough, strappy, green leaves should be trimmed away, leaving the pale green and beautiful white stalk. King Richard Leeks add wonderful flavor to stocks, soups, stews and braises. They can also be blanched and served chilled in salads, fried for garnishes, or grilled as a vegetable side. Available in a 12ct case.

Twin peaks orchards

twin peaks mandarins 300x300Founded in 1912, Twin Peaks Orchard is a 5th generation family farm specializing in a variety of stone fruit, citrus, and persimmons. Twin Peaks also has a small organic section called Orchard Delights that is personally operated by our very own Camelia Enriquez Miller. We are proud to offer the following seasonal items:

Satsuma Mandarins- a seedless, easy to peel mandarin with rich, tart-sweet flavor. Satsuma Mandarins thrive in the foothills of Placer County as both elevation and the pattern of cool nights contribute to a healthy crop. 25# case or by the pound.

Meyer Lemons- most likely a cross between a lemon and a mandarin. The Meyer is somewhat smaller than a regular lemon, rounder in shape, with smooth skin, and a distinct taste as the flesh is much less acidic making them sweeter than other varieties. 10# case or by the pound.

Amagaki Persimmons– Also known as cinnamon persimmons, these sweet beauties are golden fleshed with brown flecks. Amagaki persimmons have a buttery texture and a cinnamon sweetness. They are more astringent than Fuyus but Twin Peaks has perfected a curing process that removes the astringency. It leaves the Amagaki crisp yet creamy with an unmatched sweet flavor. Amagakis are larger than Fuyus, and have a great shelf life. They are delicious enjoyed out of hand, in salads, and can be lightly cooked but not baked. Available in a 10# case only.

cowgirl creamery


hop along cowgirl mc 300x300Cowgirl Creamery was founded by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith in 1997. Prior to, both women established careers in prominent Bay area kitchens. Two decades later, they’ve earned dozens of awards, have 2 creameries and 4 retail stores, and they have produced over 2,000 tons of cheese that is loved by chefs and consumers alike. Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are recognized and loved for their unique flavor profiles and high quality ingredients. One reason that Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are so special and delicious is that each cheese starts with milk made from only one source creating distinct flavors that can’t be created anywhere else. We proudly offer the following:

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 year-round. 8oz round.

Red Hawk– This cheese cannot be made anywhere else because the wild bacteria that defines this bold, sumptuous cheese are 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. Available year-round. 8oz round.

Hop Along– A rich, semi-firm organic cow's milk cheese washed with organic cider and aged 45 days. Hop Along offers bright acidity and flavors of brown bread and milk chocolate with a distinct savory note toward the rind. Hop Along is only available seasonally and will be in stock for the next few weeks. 5# wheel.

Chimney Rock- During four weeks of aging, this soft cheese develops a bloomy rind which is then spritzed with wine. It is then rolled in dried shiitake mushrooms, black pepper, and summer savory. Chimney Rock is a soft textured cheese with earthy flavors and hints of apricot and orange blossom. Only available during the fall. 8oz round.

Market Outlook - October 31, 2019

Fall farmer's market
November 6th, 2019 | 10am-1pm 

Our annual Fall Farmer’s Market is just around the corner! This event will give you an opportunity to meet the local farmers and producers who supply us with their local crops and products. The event is open to all restaurant employees and is a great opportunity to educate yourself and your staff about how your food is grown and where it comes from. Please come, meet the farmers, sample delicious treats from local chefs and learn about the benefits of supporting the Farm to Fork movement.
We have over 30 chefs and farmers joining us this season. This market will feature a wonderful selection from our purveyors and farms, including: Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms, Elegant Beans, Field Fresh Farms, Full Belly Farm, Jones & Co. Vanilla, La Tourangelle, Nicolau Farms, Riverdog Farm, Rue & Forsman Ranch, Sierra Nevada Cheese Co., Sparrow Lane, Twin Peaks, Yeung Farms, and Z Specialty just to name a few!
We are fortunate to have a generous amount of chefs who will be aiding in showcasing the local produce and locally crafted products. A few of our participating restaurants include: Alaro Craft Brewery, AR Provisions, Asante Catering, Bella Bru, Beth Sogaard Catering, Buho Bakery, Fixins, Grateful Bread, Mulvaney’s B&L, Nixtaco, Origami, Taste, Volcano Union Inn, The Waterboy, Watershed at the Owl, and more!
Everyone in the industry is welcome to attend and we encourage you to spread the word!
*Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day!
*Catch up with industry friends and network!
*Raffle prizes from local restaurants and vendors!
*Mac Knives and Stagger Lee items available for purchase!

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sciabica olive oil tour

Join us for a day in the groves! We will be touring Sciabica Olive Oil, located in Modesto, CA. To better accommodate our guests, we have changed the date to Monday, November 11th. The tour will kick off at 8:30am and return to Sacramento at 3:00pm. The Sciabica family has graciously offered to show us their entire production process. From start to finish, we will have the opportunity to experience harvesting, pressing, and bottling. After finishing our tour of the property, lunch will be provided by the Sciabica family in their olive grove. You do not want to miss out on this day full of wonderful experiences and education!

Sciabica’s California Olive Oil was founded by Nicola Sciabica in 1936. Nicola Sciabica chose Modesto to settle in and grow his olives because it reminded him of the warm Mediterranean climate he was used to in Sicily. The Sciabica family has been cold-pressing olive oil on the same property in Modesto for over 80 years. They are the oldest producer in the United States. Today, the third and fourth generations of the Sciabica family carry on the family tradition of olive oil production.

Contact your sales rep or our office to RSVP! Keep an eye on future market outlooks and our social media for more upcoming events!
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cowgirl creamery


hop along cowgirl mc 300x300Cowgirl Creamery was founded by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith in 1997. Prior to, both women established careers in prominent Bay area kitchens. Two decades later, they’ve earned dozens of awards, have 2 creameries and 4 retail stores, and they have produced over 2,000 tons of cheese that is loved by chefs and consumers alike. Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are recognized and loved for their unique flavor profiles and high quality ingredients. One reason that Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are so special and delicious is that each cheese starts with milk made from only one source creating distinct flavors that can’t be created anywhere else. We proudly offer the following:

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 year-round. 8oz round.

Red Hawk– This cheese cannot be made anywhere else because the wild bacteria that defines this bold, sumptuous cheese are 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. Available year-round. 8oz round.

Hop Along– A rich, semi-firm organic cow's milk cheese washed with organic cider and aged 45 days. Hop Along offers bright acidity and flavors of brown bread and milk chocolate with a distinct savory note toward the rind. Hop Along is only available seasonally and will be in stock for the next few weeks. 5# wheel.

Chimney Rock- During four weeks of aging, this soft cheese develops a bloomy rind which is then spritzed with wine. It is then rolled in dried shiitake mushrooms, black pepper, and summer savory. Chimney Rock is a soft textured cheese with earthy flavors and hints of apricot and orange blossom. Only available during the fall. 8oz round.

Market Outlook - October 24, 2019

Fall farmer's market
November 6th, 2019 | 10am-1pm 

Our annual Fall Farmer’s Market is just around the corner! This event will give you an opportunity to meet the local farmers and producers who supply us with their local crops and products. The event is open to all restaurant employees and is a great opportunity to educate yourself and your staff about how your food is grown and where it comes from. Please come, meet the farmers, sample delicious treats from local chefs and learn about the benefits of supporting the Farm to Fork movement.
We have over 30 chefs and farmers joining us this season. This market will feature a wonderful selection from our purveyors and farms, including: Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms, Elegant Beans, Field Fresh Farms, Full Belly Farm, Jones & Co. Vanilla, La Tourangelle, Nicolau Farms, Riverdog Farm, Rue & Forsman Ranch, Sierra Nevada Cheese Co., Sparrow Lane, Twin Peaks, Yeung Farms, and Z Specialty just to name a few!
We are fortunate to have a generous amount of chefs who will be aiding in showcasing the local produce and locally crafted products. A few of our participating restaurants include: Alaro Craft Brewery, AR Provisions, Asante Catering, Bella Bru, Beth Sogaard Catering, Buho Bakery, Fixins, Grateful Bread, Mulvaney’s B&L, Nixtaco, Origami, Taste, Volcano Union Inn, The Waterboy, Watershed at the Owl, and more!
Everyone in the industry is welcome to attend and we encourage you to spread the word!
*Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day!
*Catch up with industry friends and network!
*Raffle prizes from local restaurants and vendors!
*Mac Knives and Stagger Lee items available for purchase!

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Seasonal produce update

Larsen Apple no logo 300x300Apples- Apples from Apple Hill in Camino, CA. We are currently stocking the following by the 40# case: Braeburn, Fuji, Gala (also available by the 10# case), Golden, Granny, Mutsu, Winesap, and Pippen.
Pears– Local Pears are available from Stillwater Orchards. Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, French Butter, Red Crimson, and Seckle.Persimmons (Fuyu)- Grown by Del Rio Botanical, Twin Peaks Orchards, and various local farms. Sold by the 16-18ct case only.
Pomegranates- Available from various growers in the Yuba City area. Sold by the 20-24ct case and by the piece.
Greens- Red and Rainbow Chard, Bloomsdale Spinach, and Collard Greens are currently available from Fully Belly Farm. Braising Mix and Red Frisee are in stock from Del Rio Botanical.
Hard Squash- Sugar Pie Pumpkins and Honeynut Squash available from Full Belly Farm. Butternut and Spaghetti squash available from F&D Farm in Woodland, CA. We are also offering Delicata and Kabocha Squash from Yeung Farms.
Chestnuts (whole)– Available from Twin Peaks Orchards by the 5# case.

Jones & Co. Vanilla and Flavorings

jones and co vanilla 300x300Vanilla cultivation is a specialty that requires years of constant tending and a complex, exacting combination of soil, sun, rain, hand-pollinating and curing. We partner with a locally based company, Jones & Co., to source high quality vanilla and vanilla products from small vanilla bean farmers in remote growing regions around the world. Products are packed in Auburn. We proudly offer the following:
Pure Vanilla Powder *NEW* (1.5# jar)- vanilla bean extractives in a dextrose base; ideal for adding concentrated vanilla flavor without the alcohol found in liquid extract.
Sweet Dough Powder *NEW* (1.5# jar)- natural sweet vanilla and citrus flavors in a dextrose base add delicious flavor to pancake and waffle mixes, cookies, cakes, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, pastries and more.
Vanilla Sugar *NEW* (2# jar)- made with pure cane sugar and finely ground vanilla beans grown and cured in Vera Cruz, Mexico. Add an extra kick to a variety of baking applications.
Cinnamon Sugar *NEW* (2# jar)- made using raw cane sugar and both ground and stick Ceylon-type cinnamon grown in Mexico. Spice up lattes, toast, cookies, frosting and more!
Vanilla Beans (4oz)- grown and cured in Vera Cruz, Mexico by a fourth-generation family of vanilla farmers. The excellent unique flavor of these large beans are the ideal addition to any baking application.
Vanilla Extract (quart)- deep in color and rich in flavor, this house blend extract is perfect for adding delicate sweet flavor to whipped cream, custards, ice cream, a variety of baking applications and more. We also offer Maple Extract, Almond Extract, Lemon Extract and Orange Extract– great for crafting beer, chocolates, cocktails, ice cream and more.
Vanilla Puree (quart)- intense and concentrated house blend purée makes a wonderful addition to a mocha, drizzled over pancakes, added to a pork or salmon glaze, stirred into a craft cocktail, or baked into coffeecake.