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Market Outlook - March 11, 2021

Nippon Shokken

Nippon Shokken, located in West Sacramento, produces a variety of sauces and batters that are free of MSG, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and preservatives. 
TEMPURA BATTER– Creates a crisp and light texture for anything that can be battered and fried. Sold in a 3.3# bag.
KARAAGE BATTER– Use for crispy fried chicken, onion rings, fish and chips, and calamari. 3.3# bag.
TERIYAKI SAUCE– Soy sauce perfectly balanced with sweetness (from prune juice) and fresh ginger. It makes the perfect glaze or marinade. Available in a 4.9# container. Teriyaki marinade is also available by the 5.3# container.
BLACK PEPPER SAUCE– A nice balance of sweet and peppery that makes a delicious marinade, sauce, and glaze for meat and seafood. Available in a 4.8# container.
GINGER SAUCE– Use as a marinade and stir-fry sauce. Made with fresh ginger and miso paste. Available in a 4.8# container.
ORANGE SAUCE– Made with three types of oranges: juice, peel, and natural flavor. Available in a 5.2# container.

Available with a 72 hour pre-order:

CURRY SAUCE– A versatile spicy sauce, made with onions, apple, tomato, and spices. Available by the 4.6# container.
MANGO SAUCE– A sweet and tangy, fruit based sauce. Available in a 4.6# container.
PEANUT SAUCE– Use as a dipping sauce or peanut dressing for cold noodles & salads. It is made with  roasted peanuts, peanut butter and lemon. Available in a 48oz container.
JAPANESE DRESSING– A soy-sauce base dressing with a hint of wasabi that makes a flavorful addition to salads, meats and seafood. Available in a 60oz container.

 

Rue & Forsman

Rue & Forsman Ranch was founded in 1946 just south of Marysville, CA by Frank Rue and John Forsman. More recently, Frank’s grandson, Michael Bosworth, has helped make Rue and Forsman one of the most innovated and sustainability-minded rice producers in the state. In order to produce the highest quality rice possible, each step is carefully controlled from the day the rice is planted until it is milled and delivered to customers.
BROWN RICE Short grain and long grain available by the 25# bag. Medium grain available by the 50# bag.
WHITE RICE Sushi (short) and long grain available by the 25# bag.
BASMATI RICE An extra long grain, which results in a very light texture when cooked. This basmati rice is considered by many to be the best quality rice of its type grown in the US. 25# bag
BLACK RICE A mild, nutty taste similar to brown rice. Black rice has a deep black color and usually turns to a deep purple when cooked. 25# bag
JASMINE (WHITE) RICE A long grain that fluffs when cooked with the characteristic floral aroma. 25# bag
RED RICE A sturdy rice that is a bit nuttier and subtly more sweet than other varieties. It is typically similar to brown rice in terms of texture. 25# bag

 

Hodo Soy Tofu


Hodo Soy Beanery was founded by Minh Tsai in Oakland, CA. They are strongly committed to quality and take great care in producing this exceptional tofu. Hodo Soy uses only Organic Non-GMO soy beans grown in the United States. 

FIRM TOFU- Flavorful, nutrient-rich, full of character, and high-quality. 20# case (4/5#), 5# bag, 6/10oz case, 10oz package. In stock. Hodo Soy firm tofu is considered by many to be ‘extra firm’. You may want to experiment with it and judge for yourself.

MEDIUM TOFU- Made fresh daily in small batches; cloud-like and ethereal in texture, while still keeping their shape when added to stir-fries or grilled. 15# (20x12oz) case. Pre-order.

YUBA NOODLES & FRESH YUBA SHEETS- Fully formed, mature soymilk skin offers creamy, nutty and sweet flavors with a distinctively firm, yet somewhat chewy, bite. Its pliable texture is extremely versatile. Noodles available in plain, sesame, and spicy. 6x5oz case. Fresh Yuba Sheets available by the 5# case. Pre-order.
 
TOFU PUFFS- Firm tofu is twice fried to create puffs that have a unique chewy, meat-like texture and a great canvas
for flavors. Great in soups, braises, curries and stir-fries. 5# case. Pre-order.

BRAISED TOFU- Poached in in a light Chinese Five-Spice blend and caramel sauce, this braised tofu has a smooth texture and can be sliced or cubed for a sandwich, or cut into thin juliennes for salads or stir-fry. 5# case. Pre-order.

THAI CURRY TOFU NUGGETS- Flavorful and fragrant morsels of tofu cubes that are fried then braised in an  aromatic curry of lemongrass and warm, exotic spices. They are juicy, slightly spicy, and have a chewy texture. 5# case. Pre-order.

SOY MILK- Fresh and creamy soymilk made simply with organic soybeans and water; no carrageenan or other additives. 1/2 gallon. Pre-order

Artisan Oils- La Tourangelle

Starting with perfectly pure ingredients, each batch of artisan oil from La Tourangelle is unique and hand-crafted in Woodland, CA. 

TOASTED SESAME SEED OIL– Golden brown oil with bold, nutty flavor ideal for vinaigrettes, stir fry, and marinades. Works well in medium-high heat applications. 1,000mL canister

GRAPESEED OIL– Light, neutral flavor and a very high smoke point make this oil best for stir fries and sautés; also makes a lovely addition to marinades. Gallon

AVOCADO OIL– Rich emerald green oil; thick with a subtle buttery flavor. Delicious in uncooked items like salads and dips, but also ideal for cooking because it has a higher smoke point than olive oil. 1,000mL canister

ROASTED WALNUT OIL– Rich nutty taste and light color. Use in baking, salads, pasta, sauces, or on grilled fish or meat. Works well with medium-high heat. Gallon

ROASTED ALMOND OIL– Good sub for olive oil; adds subtle almond flavor to any dish. Works well with medium-high heat. 1,000mL

BASIL INFUSED OIL– Fragrant basil flavor perfect for pesto, caprese salad, grilled chicken or fish, or as a dipping oil for bread. Works well with high heat. 250mL canister

ORGANIC VIRGIN COCONUT OIL– Organic coconuts pressed within 4 days of being hand harvested. Pure coconut taste and beautiful texture, perfect for cooking, baking, dressings, or frying. 15oz canister

PUMPKIN SEED OIL– Should not be cooked due to its low heat point but makes a great finish for salad dressing, soup, pasta, spreads and baked goods, and more. 250mL canister. (Pre-order)

OIL SPRAYS
A convenient, non-aerosol, and propellant-free spray. La Tourangelle oil sprays are 100% oil and full of flavor. We currently offer white truffle infused and garlic infused, both excellent finishing oils. Each variety is sunflower oil based. 8oz spray

Market Outlook - March 04, 2021

Local Cheese

HARD CHEESES
CAPRA STANISLAUS– Nicolau Farms (5# block)
DRY JACK– Vella Cheese Co. (8# wheel)
LAMB CHOPPER– Cypress Grove (9# wheel)
MIDNIGHT MOON– Cypress Grove (9# wheel)
QUATRO PEPE– Nicolau Farms (5# wheel)
TOME– Laura Chenel (4# wheel)

SEMI-HARD CHEESES
BLACK TRUFFLE CASIAGO– Nicolau Farms (6# wheels)
HABANERO JACK– Sierra Nevada (5# block)
HATCH CHILI JACK– Sierra Nevada (5# block)
SAN JOAQUIN GOLD– Fiscalini (7# piece)
SMOKED CHEDDAR– Fiscalini (5# block)
SMOKED JACK– Sierra Nevada (5# block)
TOMA– Point Reyes Farmstead (10# wheel)

SOFT CHEESES
BRIE, TRIPLE CREME– Marin French (8oz round)
BURRATA– Di Stefano (12/4oz)
CAMEMBERT– Marin French (8oz round)
CHEVRE GOAT– Sierra Nevada (2.2# log)
MT. TAM– Cowgirl Creamery (4oz round)
PURPLE HAZE CHEVRE– Cypress Grove (12/3oz)
RED HAWK– Cowgirl Creamery (4oz round)

SEMI-SOFT CHEESES
AGED GOAT CHEDDAR– Sierra Nevada (5# block)
BAY BLUE– Point Reyes (6# wheel)
ORIGINAL BLUE– Point Reyes (6# wheel)
HUMBOLDT FOG– Cypress Grove (5# wheel)

For a full list of the cheeses we carry, please contact our office.

 

Penna Olives

Penna Olives is known for consistency and quality for decades. Their olives are grown, processed and packed at M&CP Farms in Orland, CA. Owned and operated by Maurice and Cindy Penna, M&CP Farms is the only end-to -end handler from tree to package. Maurice is a recognized authority on olives and is responsible for all phases of olive production.

ITALIAN DELI MIX

A mildly spicy blend of pitted olives with pearl onions, and Greek and California peppers. Available in 2/5# bags in brine.

CALIFORNIA MIXED
Blend of Sevillano, Mission, Manzanita, and Picholine. Available pitted (2/4#) or with the pit (2/5#).
 
CALAMON (KALAMATA)
A California grown Kalamata, this olive is a large, purple/ black olive with rich and fruity flavor. Available pitted-2/4# bags.

LUCQUES
Crescent shaped green olives with firm meaty texture (with pit). Available 2/5# bags in brine. 

PITTED SICILIAN(SEVILLANO)
Large meaty green olive with mild fruity flavor. Pairs well with sheep and goat milk cheeses. Available 2/5# bags in brine.
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CASTELVETRANO
A bright green, medium sized olive with a buttery flesh. Castelvetranos are juicy, fruity, and slightly salty while still mild. We stock both whole (10# tub) and pitted (2/4# case). They are grown and produced in Italy.
 

Napa Nuts


Napa Nuts is a family business that has been owned and operated by the Miluso family in Napa since 1990. Napa Nuts is committed to building relationships with growers, and sourcing consistently high quality nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Napa Nuts also recognizes the importance of food safety, especially in regards to food allergies. They have implemented systems to prevent peanut cross contamination, including a dedicated packing room exclusively reserved for peanuts. With such a broad product line available from Napa Nuts, there is no need to shop around.
 
NUTS
Almonds– diced & roasted, slivered, roasted, sliced, blanched, raw
Cashews Pieces– raw, roasted/ salted
Hazelnuts
Macadamias
Marcona Almonds– raw, roasted and salted
Peanuts– roasted/salted, raw/ unsalted, Spanish
Pecans Halves or pieces
Pine Nuts
Pistachios
 
DRIED FRUIT
Dried Apples
Dried Apricots
Dried Banana Chips
Dried Blueberry
Dried Cherries
Dried Coconut– chips, flakes, and shredded (sweetened and unsweetened)
Dried Cranberry
Dried Currants
Dried Dates– chopped, pitted, medjool
Dried Figs (black)
Dried Kiwi
Dried Mango– diced
Dried Mixed Berries
Dried Mixed Fruit
Dried Nectarines
Dried Papaya
Dried Peaches
Dried Pears
Dried Pineapple
Dried Prunes (pitted)
Dried Red Plum
Raisins
Raisins, gold

SEEDS
Chia Seed (black)
Flax Seed (brown and gold)
Hemp Seed
Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Sesame Seed (white and black)
Sunflower Seed

Z Specialty Honey

Z Specialty Foods is family owned and operated by the Zeldner family. They been producing honey in Woodland, CA since 1979. California Honeys, Fruit Spreads and Nut Butters from Z Specialty Foods are perfect for baking and make great additions to cheese boards, tea service and more!

HONEY
Their natural honey is minimally processed, unheated and unpasteurized, keeping the color, flavor, aroma, and healthy enzymes intact. Each honey is specific to a single floral source and geographic location contributing to their unique flavors, colors, and aromas. Available by the gallon: 
LOCAL WILDFLOWER HONEY
ORANGE BLOSSOM HONEY
CALIFORNIA CORIANDER
CALIFORNIA POMEGRANATE
CALIFORNIA AVOCADO BLOSSOM HONEY
WILD FLOWER HONEY STRAWS

FRUIT SPREADS
Their Honey-Fruit Spreads are made with creamed honey, which means the product will always be ready to spread. There is no need to refrigerate after opening. We stock the following in 10# tubs:
APRICOT CHERRY
APRICOT
TART CHERRY

NUT BUTTERS
California Nut Butters are unique nut spreadables made with 100% nuts- no salt, sugar, or stabilizers added! Refrigerate to keep fresh, smooth, and spreadable. Available by the 7.5# tub:
ALMOND BUTTER
NUT CRUNCH (ALMONDS, FILBERTS AND CASHEWS)

Market Outlook - February 18, 2021

Riverdog Farm


Broccoli di Cicco– An heirloom variety that is smaller than traditional broccoli with thinner stems and smaller heads. It is mild and sweet. 5# case
Braising Mix– A wonderful blend of seasonal, robust greens. Ideal for dishes that require sturdier greens that hold well under heat. 3# case
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 sautéing or wilting. 4# case 
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. 12ct case
Red Spring Onion- Spring Onions look similar to scallions but have a small onion bulb at the base. They are wonderful grilled, roasted whole, or used in place of pearl onions. 10# case
Scarlett Queen Turnip– Scarlett Queens have a spicy red skin and sweet white flesh. 10# case.
Tokyo Turnip- Tokyo turnips look similar to radishes with smooth white skin and white flesh. They are mild, slightly spicy, with an earthy sweetness. 10# case
Watermelon Radish– A colorful, heirloom varietal radish with a green exterior and deep pink to bright red interior. Firm and crisp with a peppery taste and subtle sweetness. 10# case or per pound
Black Radish- This winter radish has deep black skin with crisp white flesh. Black radish deliver a spicy bite and can be slightly bitter. Per pound
Purple Daikon Radish- Purple Daikon has a beautiful inner flesh that is white with stunning starburst splashes of violet matching its purple skin. Its flavor is mildly spicy with a hint of sweetness. 10# case
 

Sciabica Olive Oil


The Sciabica (pronounced Sha-bee-ka) family has been cold-pressing olive oil on the same property in Modesto for over 80 years, making them the oldest producer in the United States. Their olive oils are pressed from only California-grown olives, 100% GMO-free, sustainably farmed, and  artisan-crafted in small batches. We are proud to offer the following olive oils:
 
Mission Trail Extra Virgin: 100% California. 100% extra virgin. 100% no gimmicks. An olive oil with a rich, fresh flavor and a smooth finish. Nutty and herbaceous, it's a fantastic olive oil for dressings and finishing dishes. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-box”

“Buttery and Sweet” Extra Virgin: A Mission variety that is similar to an Arbequina. A lush buttery flavor, with a delicate underlying touch of sweetness and subtle notes of olive blossoms. Artisan-crafted from sun-ripened black olives, this brilliant golden oil is superb as a butter replacement and enhances the flavor of pastry and cake preparation. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-box”

California Pure 90/10: 90% Refined Olive Oil and 10% virgin olive oil. Very subtle flavor that will not subtract from the recipe. Ideal for chefs that are committed to 100% olive oil but prefer to not have the olive oil flavor. Gallon or 4/1gal case

80/20 Blend: 80% USA Canola and 20% California EVOO. Delicate and clean. It has the versatility and affordability of Canola but the flavor of olive oil. Perfect for cooking, marinades, and dressings. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-a-box”

Sierra Nevada Cheese Co.

Sierra Nevada Cheese Company, founded in 1997, has remained committed to providing the highest quality product using only the most wholesome milk, free of added hormones, preservatives, stabilizers, gums, and nothing artificial, just great cheese. We proudly offer the following:
Goat Feta (5# loaf)– Brine-cured cheese that is semi-firm, compact and less salty than most European versions.
Capra Bianca Aged Goat Cheddar (5# loaf)– Aged for over 6 months, this semi-soft cheese offers a cheddar like quality with creamy smooth texture and a complex nutty flavor; excellent for a cheese board.
Organic Farmhouse White Cheddar (2/5# case)– Mild yet has a full-bodied, authentic flavor, and a creamy, buttery texture; an excellent melting cheese.
Organic Smokehouse Jack (3# wheel)– Ultra-creamy texture and great for adding a smoky, bacon-like flavor to your sandwich, burger, mac n cheese or vegetarian dish.
Habanero Jack (5# block)– Bold and spicy yet smooth and creamy with a lingering kick. Great for burgers, mac-n-cheese, sandwiches, and pizzas.
Hatch Chile Jack (5# block)- Ultra creamy and smooth texture that melts beautifully with a pleasantly mild taste. Full of flavor without the spice! This is a great cheese for chile con queso, chile rellenos, sandwiches, burgers, and more.
Goat Cheese/Chevre (2.2# log)– Smooth texture, fresh flavor, and a tangy, citrus finish. Use in salads, spread on crostini, great for cheese boards and more.
Gina Marie Cream Cheese (2.5# chub)– Made with fresh milk, cream and sea salt. Light, fluffy texture and fresh creamy flavor.
Farmer’s Cheese (10/1# chubs)– A versatile Russian-style farmers cheese, similar to cream cheese but with a distinct tanginess from live probiotics.    Excellent for lasagna, filled pasta, cheesecakes, or as a spread on toast or bagels.
Organic Euro-Style Butter (30/1# chubs)– High butterfat content creates an ultra rich, creamy flavor. It is vat-cured with live active cultures in a time-activated process to develop a distinctive all-natural flavor. Available    salted or unsalted.