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Market Outlook - January 20, 2019

COLD WEATHER UPDATE

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The recent freezing temperatures in several growing regions have caused significant harvesting and growing issues. Numerous crops have been affected throughout California and Arizona. Rain, freezing nightly temperatures, below-average daytime highs, and high winds have caused damage to crops such as lettuce, spinach, arugula, broccoli, herbs, and many more. These weather related issues include:
  • A higher chance of mold, mildew, and disease
  • Dehydrated leaves or stems
  • Brittle product
  • Oxidation (pink ribs)
  • Discoloration in leaves
  • Fringe burn
  • Blistering
  • Shorter shelf life
It can take many weeks for plants to recover, if at all. Freeze damage has made evaluating fields and upcoming supplies very difficult. Long-range forecasts show freezing temperatures are expected to continue. As a direct result, the fields are also experiencing lower yields. All of these factors have caused an increase in pricing, even in crops that typically have a steady market.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your sales rep or to our office during normal business hours. We will provide updates as they are available.

Twin Peaks Orchards Farm Tour

twin peaks tour 300X300Our first farm tour of 2020 is quickly approaching! We will be heading out to Twin Peaks Orchards in Newcastle on Monday, January 20th. With citrus season in full swing, the farm is bursting with bright, seasonal fruit all around. After our tour of exploring the orchards and groves, there will be a fun mocktail class featuring Twin Peaks citrus. To finish the day, Chef Tyler Bond will be preparing a wonderful lunch for all who are attending. The tour is expected to leave at 9am and will return by 2pm.

Twin Peaks Orchards was established in 1912 and has been family owned and operated for more than 100 years. They are a fifth generation family farm which supplies Produce Express with a variety of exceptional fruit. The warm days and cool nights of the spring/summer months result in firm Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, and Apricots with beautiful color and high sugar content. As the seasons change, the cooler climate, and sometimes near freezing temperatures, is ideal for growing Persimmons, Satsuma Mandarins, Blood Oranges, and Grapefruit in the winter months.

If you are interested in joining us for the tour, please RSVP with your sales rep or call our office. (916) 446-8918.

 

Marin french

baked brie with pomegranates 300x300Praised for their ultra rich and creamy texture, Marin French soft-ripened cheeses start with milk sourced from local dairies within 20 miles from their creamery in West Marin. We offer the following: 

Camembert: Their Camembert cheese differs distinctly from Brie by the cultures used to produce the Camembert’s earthy flavor and flowing texture. It is complex, aromatic, and creamy, and its flavor is robust with hints of mushrooms. 8oz round

Triple Crème Brie: 75% butterfat creates a rich and ultra smooth texture, slightly sweet flavor and blooming with fluffy white rind. 8oz piece

 

COWGIRL CREAMERY

Founded in 1997 by chefs-turned-cheesemakers, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, Cowgirl Creamery has produced over 2,000 tons of award-winning cheese that is loved by chefs and consumers alike.

Mt. Tam: Mt. Tam is their most popular cheese and named for a Northern California landmark- Mt. Tamalpais. It is a bloomy rind cheese with a creamy, buttery flavor and smooth texture. 10oz piece

Red Hawk: Aged four weeks and washed with a brine solution to create a red-orange rind, the pungent aromas complement it’s rich, smooth flavor. 12oz piece 

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. 5# wheel

Market Outlook - January 9, 2019

seasonal citrus

citrus rows vertical mc 300X300Melogolds– A cross between a Pummelo and a White Grapefruit, this fruit has a very thick rind, yellowish-green pebbly skin, and pale yellow flesh that is sweet-tart in flavor. Almost seedless and very juicy, this delightful fruit can stand on its own, and is great in salads. Melogolds are only available for a few months throughout the year from Twin Peaks Orchard in a 25# case.

Cara Cara Oranges– A type of navel orange, crossed with a ruby red grapefruit. It has a distinctive pinkish red flesh that is characterized by a sweet cranberry-like flavor; seedless, tender and extremely juicy with bright citrus aromatics. It is a great juicing orange for cocktails/beverages. It is also delicious eaten out of hand or in salads, marmalades, jams, compotes, and syrups. 20# case.

Satsuma Mandarins– A seedless, easy to peel mandarin with rich, tart-sweet flavor. Available by the 25# case and pound. Please note that Satsumas from Twin Peaks and Mandarin Hill have finished for the season.

Meyer Lemons– A cross between a lemon and a mandarin. The Meyer is smaller and rounder than a regular lemon with smooth skin. Its flavor is as distinct as the flesh; much less acidic, making them sweeter than other varieties. Available in a 10# case or by the pound.

Mandarinquats- The mandarinquat is a hybrid of the mandarin and the kumquat. Like kumquats, they can be eaten whole (including the peel), however they’re larger with crunchier skin. They also tend to have many small seeds. Raw, they can be eaten as a snack, sliced and used in salads, or paired with cheese. Cooked, they are delicious in sauces, purees, and preserves. Available from Twin Peaks by the 14# case.

Moro Blood Oranges- Less acidic than other oranges, Blood Oranges have a complex flavor- juicy, sweet/tart and rich with a hint of raspberry. Their unique dark flesh comes from the presence of anthocyanin, a natural pigment common to red fruit and flowers, but usually uncommon to citrus fruits. The level of coloration depends on light, temperature and variety. Available from Twin Peaks Orchards by the 25# case or by the pound.

Twin Peaks Orchards Farm Tour

twin peaks tour 300X300Our first farm tour of 2020 is quickly approaching! We will be heading out to Twin Peaks Orchards in Newcastle on Monday, January 20th. With citrus season in full swing, the farm is bursting with bright, seasonal fruit all around. After our tour of exploring the orchards and groves, there will be a fun mocktail class featuring Twin Peaks citrus. To finish the day, Chef Tyler Bond will be preparing a wonderful lunch for all who are attending. The tour is expected to leave at 9am and will return by 2pm.

Twin Peaks Orchards was established in 1912 and has been family owned and operated for more than 100 years. They are a fifth generation family farm which supplies Produce Express with a variety of exceptional fruit. The warm days and cool nights of the spring/summer months result in firm Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, and Apricots with beautiful color and high sugar content. As the seasons change, the cooler climate, and sometimes near freezing temperatures, is ideal for growing Persimmons, Satsuma Mandarins, Blood Oranges, and Grapefruit in the winter months.

If you are interested in joining us for the tour, please RSVP with your sales rep or call our office. (916) 446-8918.

 

j. Marchini Farms

The Marchini family grows several varieties of Italian specialty vegetables, including multiple varieties of chicories. Chicories are a closely related group of leafy vegetables that exhibit a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. Chicories are quite versatile and may be used in any manner of culinary techniques. They are excellent raw in salads, and have a sturdy texture that is great for both braising and grilling. We are pleased to offer the following varieties from J. Marchini Farms (LeGrand, CA):

NEW Rosa Radicchio- This gorgeous pink chicory is mild in flavor with sweet, slightly bitter notes. The leaves are delicate and soft, and vary in color from blush pink to light magenta. Use this beautiful chicory to elevate chicory salads, pizzas, pastas, or grill it as an appetizer or side dish. Available in an 8ct case.

Radicchio– Globe shaped, similar looking to a small head of red lettuce or cabbage with a distinctive bitter flavor. 12 count case or by the each.

Bianco Radicchio– Similar to traditional red radicchio, Bianco has a green leaf and white stems. 12 count case only.

Verona Radicchio– A traditionally red/ purple radicchio with an elongated egg shape. 12 count case only.

Treviso Radicchio– A radicchio with romaine shaped heads of red and white. 12 count case only.

Castelfranco– Seasonal variety with the mildest flavor of all the chicories. Individual heads with attractive purple red flecked, creamy white leaves. 12 count case only.

Puntarelle– Puntarelle has an elongated shape, light green stems, and dandelion shaped leaves. It also has a pleasantly bitter taste, characteristic of chicories. 12 count case only.

Mixed Chicory– A “Toy-Box” of Treviso, Castelfranco, and Radicchio. 12 count case only.

Fennel– The fennel bulb’s texture is similar to celery and can be thinly sliced and roasted, sautéed or boiled. The fronds can be minced and added to dishes the way you would use a fresh herb, making this root vegetable nearly entirely edible. Fennel is slightly sweet with a hint of black licorice. Sold by the 12 count case or by the piece.

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Market Outlook - December 12, 2019

FRESH & DRIED PASTA


paragarys fettuccini mc 300x300Eduardo’s Dried Pasta
We offer several varieties of dried egg pasta made by Eduardo’s in San Francisco. Their pastas are made with a blend of semolina and wheat flours and local farm eggs. No salt, preservatives, or artificial colors are ever added. It is dried very slowly at low temperature to preserve the unique chewy texture and flavor. We offer the following dried egg pastas by the case (12/12oz bags per case):
Shells (Conchiglie)- Medium in size, the shell shape of the pasta allows the sauce to adhere to it.
Penne– A cylinder shaped pasta with angled ends. The hollow center allows it to hold sauce nicely.
Fusilli and Tri-Color Fusilli– Short cork-screw shaped pasta. Available in plain or tri-color (egg, spinach and beet pastas).
Rigatoni– Large tube shaped pasta with ridges down the length and square cut edges. Its namesake ridges make better adhesive surfaces for sauces and grated cheese than smooth-sided pasta like Ziti.
Spinach Fettuccine– Long, flat pasta made with spinach. The thickness of Fettuccine makes it suitable for ragu type dishes and other hearty sauces.
 
Paragary’s Bakery
Our fresh, handmade pasta is made daily in midtown Sacramento at Paragary’s Bakery. The bakery uses high quality ingredients like Giusto’s stoneground Duram flour and farm fresh eggs. We offer the following fresh pasta options, available by the pound:
Pasta Sheets– made to fit a full-size hotel pan, these sheets are perfect for lasagna. They can also be cut into desired size and shape such as Ravioli, Cannelloni, Tortellini, Agnolotti, and other stuffed pasta. Approximately 2 sheets/pound.
Pappardelle– A 1-inch wide, flat ribbon of pasta traditionally used for rich, heavy sauces and ragu of meat and game.
Tagliolini– Long, cylindrical ribbons of pasta best served with smooth, light bodied sauces.
Fettuccine– A flat, thick noodle, slightly wider than Tagliatelle. Traditionally, fettuccine is served with slow cooked meat or chicken ragu or sugo but also pairs well with cream or butter based sauces.
 

DRAGON GOURMET MUSHROOMS

bd825c52 3f82 409f a674 0431e71cba22Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms (Sloughhouse, CA), is a staple at local farmers markets, and has been supplying Sacramento area restaurants since 2000. DGM mushrooms are grown indoors using a scientific method involving untreated hardwood sawdust and wheat or rice bran. They have complete control over moisture, humidity and temperature. No manure, supplements, herbicides, pesticides or any other additives are ever used.We proudly offer the following from DGM:

Oyster Mushrooms (5# case)- Scallop shaped, soft brown caps, with a delicate, sweet flavor and velvety texture.
Eryngii Mushrooms (5# case)- Also known as King Trumpet and Trumpet Royale. They have a wonderful savory flavor, with a firm, meaty texture. Often used in place of wild mushrooms.
Shiitake Mushrooms (5# case)- Tan to dark brown with broad, umbrella shaped caps. They have a rich, earthy, umami flavor with a meaty, slightly chewy texture. Great for stuffing.
Beech Mushrooms (4# case)- Also known as Hon Shimeji mushrooms. We stock both white and brown varieties of beech mushrooms. They have quarter size caps with 2-3” white stems. A hot sautée will help bring out their mild nutty flavor. Their crisp, crunchy texture holds up to cooking.
 

LARSEN APPLE BARN

Larsen Apple no logo 300x300We stock multiple varieties of apples from Larsen Apple Barn in Apple Hill during local apple season. Larsen Apple Barn was founded in the 1860’s by the Larsen family and continues to be the oldest, continuously family-owned farm in Apple Hill. We are pleased to offer the following varieties by the 40# case:
Arkansas Black– This apple is very dark red in color with some appearing almost black or purplish, especially when grown in full sun. Its deep red skin can be very tough but it’s pale yellow flesh is sweet and rich with a complex flavor. It is favored as a dessert apple or as an eating apple but is best for cider.
Braeburn– An all-purpose apple with a spicy sweet/tart flavor that holds hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Its skin is reddish in a yellow to light green background with pale cream to golden yellow flesh. Also available by the 10# case.
Fuji– Medium to large sized apple with thick skin that is light red with a yellow blush. Its flesh is creamy white, dense, juicy and crisp. Its subtle sweet flavor pairs well with sharp cheeses, and its dense flesh holds up well when cooked.
Gala- Red skin over a pale yellow background and creamy flesh that is yellow and crisp. Galas are mildly sweet in flavor and are best for salads, eating raw, or used for applesauce; not the best for baking.
Granny Smith- Granny Smith is a true utility apple. It’s one of the best to bake and cook with and also great for dipping. Granny Smiths do not brown as quickly as other varieties, making it ideal for salads, fruit platters, freezing, and more.
Mutsu-A Japanese version of the Golden Delicious. Pale, greenish-yellow skin with some red blush; sweet and spicy with juicy crisp flesh. Excellent eating apple.
Pink Lady-Premium eating apple, greenish skin, pink later in season. Very crisp, very sweet.
Pippen– Light green to yellow skin with creamy white flesh. Its flavor is sweet/tart balanced with a slight spice. Its crisp, firm flesh make Pippens great for pies, tarts, and turnovers.
Winesap– Dark red, firm skin and a crisp, very juicy flesh with a creamy yellow hue. Their sweet/tart flavor is reminiscent of spiced wine and is perfect for cider, sauces, juice and preserves. The firm texture also makes Winesaps great for baking, sauteeing, and roasting.