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Market Outlook - December 5, 2018

Seasonal from Riverdog farm

Riverdog 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. We offer the following seasonal items from Riverdog:

  • Scarlet Queen Turnips– spicy, red skin with sweet, crisp, white flesh that reveals beautiful splashes of red color when sliced. Scarlet Queen Turnips are smaller and more tender than other turnips and do not need to be peeled before roasting. Their flavor is sweet and light on the palette. The hairless, green tops are similar to mustard greens and have attractive red stems that can be used in salads or cooked on their own. Scarlet Queen Turnips may be enjoyed raw in salads and appetizers, slow cooked in soups, stews and braises, roasted with other root vegetables, and also makes a great puree. Available by the 10# case.
  • Beets (Gold and Chioggia)– beets have the highest sugar content of any vegetable. Gold beets have a golden-orange flesh that is firm, earthy and sweet. Chioggia beets have a deep earthy flavor; dusty ruby colored root with pink colored mid ribs and wavy green leaves. The flesh of the chioggia is a ring pattern of magenta pink and bone white. All beets may be roasted, steamed, or braised; roasting will bring out the most flavor. Beets may be served cold or hot; they make delicious salads, both on their own or with greens. Beets pair well with arugula, apples, oranges, cheeses such as goat and gorgonzola, shallots and vinegars. Available by the 12ct 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. 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.
  • 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; no need to separate leaves from the stem. It may also be enjoyed in salads, appetizers, soups and braises. 4# case.

local kiwi

We now have local Green and Gold Kiwi from Wild River Farm. Owned and operated by the Noland family for over five decades, Wild River Farm is located along the Yuba River and is naturally nourished by the highly fertile, nutrient- rich topsoil. The Noland family is very hands-on with all aspects of the farm from designing state-of-the-art irrigation system to planting, pruning and harvesting.

  • Green Kiwi- popular Hayward variety known for its sweet, tangy flavor and vibrant color. Wild River Green Kiwi is CCOF-certified organic, grown without chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. Green Kiwi has fuzzy, fibrous brown skin and bright green, soft flesh with a starburst of small, black seeds. Green Kiwi contains an enzyme which allows it to be used as a meat tenderizer. They are ready to eat when they are soft to the touch. Available in a 36 count case or volume-filled (108 count) case.
  • Tropikiwi- smooth, bronze skin with flesh that varies in color from light green to golden yellow. It is lower in acid and higher in sugar content than the green variety, resulting in a sweeter, less tart fruit. Tropikiwi lacks fuzz on its skin which means it can be enjoyed without peeling. Available in a 12.5# (about 72ct) case. 

citrus season

Citrus season is in full swing with the following now available:

  • Chandler Pummelos- a large oversized mildly sweet grapefruit with thick rind (great for candied citrus), pale pink flesh and tart flavor. It has very little of the bitterness associated with the common grapefruit. Available from Twin Peaks Orchard in a 25# case.
  • Melogolds- 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, 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 from Twin Peaks Orchard in a 25# case or by the pound.
  • 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 distinct as the flesh; much less acidic, making them sweeter than other varieties. Available from Twin Peaks Orchard in a 10# case or by the pound.


A few months ago, a new vegetable dubbed Caulilini SweetStem Cauliflower was introduced by Mann Packing. Caulilini has long edible green stems and blonde, open white florets that resemble lace. Its flavor is sweetly succulent without the slight bitterness associated with traditional cauliflower. It is entirely edible from flower to stem and adds both flavor and texture to a variety of dishes. Its sweet, tender stalk turns bright green when cooked. Caulilini may be roasted, steamed or blanched. It is delicious when enjoyed raw in salads, on a vegetable or crudité platter, and adds beautiful decoration to cheese platters. Its sweet flavor would make a great addition to pastas and is excellent when paired with Asian sauces, stir fried, or fried for tempura. Available in a 6# case (3/2# bags).

Market Outlook - November 28, 2018


Although available year-round, many vegetables in the brassica family are recognized as “cool season” crops. The most familiar brassicas include Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbages, Brussels Sprouts, Radishes and Turnips. With Broccoli and Cauliflower experiencing weather related shortages, resulting in increased market pricing, here are some other items you might want to substitute into your menus:

  • Romanesco– striking in appearance, Romanesco is an heirloom cauliflower; the florets form a pyramid of spiraling, pointed cones. It is sweet with a mild nutty flavor without the somewhat pungency of cauliflower.   6-8ct case.
  • Broccoli Rabe– looks like tiny bunches of broccoli on long stems nestled among spiky large leaves; a yellow flower or two may appear. Its strong flavor is pungent and bitter. 10ct case.
  • Carnival Cauliflower– available in a 6ct mixed case; or individual colors available by the case- purple (9ct), orange (9ct), and green (12ct).
  • Kohlrabi– distinct protruding stalks topped with collard like leaves. Kohlrabi has tough, green outer skin and whitish/green, firm, crunchy flesh with a flavor similar to broccoli. Roast or steam them for stir-fries and pasta, puree into a soup, toss them in a salad, or grate them to make fritters or a delicious slaw. 12ct case.
  • Brussels Sprouts– a very versatile winter vegetable; Brussels may be steamed, roasted, braised, sliced or shredded and sautéed. 25# case or by the pound.
  • Radishes– mixed cases, Easter Egg, and French Breakfast radish available. 24 bunch case.

clover sonoma eggnog

Produce Express is now stocking everyone’s favorite holiday dairy product- Eggnog. Clover Sonoma Eggnog is rich and creamy; delicious by itself, as part of a holiday cocktail, or added to Lattes, Bread Pudding, French Toast, and Ice Cream. Like all Clover Sonoma products, their Eggnog starts with milk from family farms on the North Coast of California. All of Clover’s dairy products are rBST, antibiotic free, gluten free, low in sodium and fresh pasteurized. Eggnog is available in traditional flavor in a 1/2 gallon; or try the new non-alcoholic Maple Bourbon Eggnog in a quart.



holiday menu planning

The holiday season is here and for many restaurants that means special holiday menus, banquets, and special events. In addition to seasonal produce items like citrus, pomegranates, persimmons, cranberries, chicories, and squash, below are some items you might need to complete your menu:

  • Local Dairy Products from Clover Sonoma- cream, butter, eggs, buttermilk, sour cream, milk, and cheeses (organic options available with a pre-order).
  • Local Grains from Early Bird Farm– soft white wheat flour, hard red wheat flour, white corn polenta, and pancake/waffle mix.
  • Extracts– vanilla, maple, lemon, and orange.
  • Local Dried Fruits & Nuts– currants, figs, cranberries, raisins, golden raisins, pears, apples, shredded coconut, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, chestnuts (frozen), walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, and hazelnuts.
  • Spices– pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, cloves, whole nutmeg, all-spice, crystalized ginger, vanilla beans, sugar, brown sugar, and sugar cane.
  • Fruit Purees for sauces and cocktails– pomegranate, blood orange, mandarin, meyer lemon, black currant, orange zest, and more.
  • Local Honey & Fruit Spreads– honeycomb, wildflower honey, orange blossom honey, yellow star thistle honey, California coriander honey, California pomegranate honey, apricot/cherry honey fruit spread, apricot honey fruit spread, and tart cherry honey fruit spread,
  • Local Olive Oil from California Olive Ranch– 80/20 chef’s blend, 50/50 blend, Corblend extra virgin olive oil, and Arbequina.
  • Local Cheeses– Sierra Nevada aged goat cheddar; Nicolau Farm black truffle casiago and Capra Stanislaus; Point Reyes Blue, Bay Blue and Toma; Marin French triple crème brie and camembert; Laura Chenel cabecou; Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam and Red Hawk, Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog and much more.

Market Outlook - November 14, 2018

fall farmer's market fun

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week to celebrate our local farmers and chefs! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Extra special thank you to all of the farmers, chefs, and specialty purveyors who participated!

Restaurants: Tap & Vine • Carpe Vino • Nixtaco • Alaro Craft Brewery • Mulvaney’s B&L • River City Brewing Co. • Hale • Adamo’s • La Provence • Pizza Supreme Being • Zocalo • Taste • Streetzlan • Bella Bru • Origami Asian Grill • The Grid • Seasons Davis • Mezcalito • Grateful Bread • Il Pizzaiolo • American River College • Meristem

Farms & Specialty Purveyors: Del Rio Botanical • Twin Peaks Orchard • Ray Yeung Farm • Riverdog Farm • Full Belly Farm • DiNapoli Tomatoes • Paradiso Tomatoes • Orland Farmstead Creamery • Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. • Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese • Nicolau Farms • Sparrow Lane Vinegars • Paragary Bakery • Z Specialty Foods • California Olive Ranch • Casa Sanchez • Tampico Spice • Queso Salazar • Mi Rancho Tortillas • Premier Mushrooms • Nippon Shokken • Nuthouse Granola • Sacramento Sprouts • Produce Alive • Elegant Beans & Beyond • Pure Rice First •Early Bird Farm • Barsotti Juice Co. • MAC Knife • Stagger Lee Goods •Excalibur Dehydrator • Flora Fresh

If you would like more information about any of the products or farms at the market, please contact your sales rep or call the office at (916) 446-8918!

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