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Market Outlook - April 23, 2021

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.

Spring (Green) Garlic: Spring Garlic is loved by chefs for its light, delicate flavor. It is the same species as regular garlic, but its bulbs have not yet matured into the pungent bulbs of common garlic. Quite sharp when raw, it mellows when cooked and is ideal for infusing sweet garlic flavor into soups, stocks, and pasta fillings. 10# case or per pound

Spring Onions (Red and White): Spring onions are sweeter and more mellow than traditional onions, but the greens are more intense in flavor than scallions. Spring Onions look similar to scallions, with a small onion bulb at the base that can be red or white, depending on the variety. They are wonderful grilled, roasted whole, or used in place of pearl onions. 10# case only

Tadorna Leeks: King Richards leeks are finished for the season and we will be transitioning to Tadorna. Tadorna leeks are shorter than the King Richards variety and have wider stalks, although the edible portion of a Tadorna is a bit smaller. Locally grown leeks add wonderful flavors to stocks, soups, stews, and more. They can also be blanched and served chilled in salads, fried for garnishes, or grilled as a side. 12ct case only

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

Braising Mix: A wonderful blend of seasonal, robust greens. Ideal for dishes that require sturdier greens that hold well under heat. 3# case

Tokyo Turnips: Tokyo turnips look similar to radishes with smooth white skin and white flesh. They are mild, slightly spicy, with an earthy sweetness. 10# case


california asparagus

Spring has sprung! We have officially moved to all California asparagus, grown in Gonzales, CA. We are currently offering 28# cases or per pound.

Asparagus is packed in five sizes: pencil, standard, large, extra large, and jumbo. The size of the asparagus should be determined by how you intend to cook it.
Pencil (about the diameter of a pencil) is best for sautéing and very quick cooking.
Standard (roughly the diameter of your pinky finger) is great blanched in chilled salads or cold appetizers.
Large (the diameter of your index finger) is the most common size and is great for grilling as it will allow you to add a nice char and still be al dente.
Extra Large and Jumbo (about the diameter of your thumb) is perfect for longer cooking applications such as roasting or braising.

It is important to note that size has no bearing on flavor or color.


the impacts of covid

In the last year, we have all questioned the impact that the long-term effects of Covid would have on our economy– the agriculture sector is no different. The lack of labor, funding, and demand are felt by farmers across the country. When transitioning from winter to spring crops, questions begin trickling in from customers about the availability of seasonal items. We are continuing to support local farms when possible, although the recent pandemic has made it increasingly difficult.

One of the largest hurdles is the lack of labor. Numerous reasons have caused the void, including restrictions on occupancy, illnesses, travel  restrictions, inability to social distance, and monetary struggles.

Another large issue being faced is cost. With Mexico having such a large presence in products being shipped to California, the overall cost of products are drastically different. California labor costs can not compete with Mexico’s. Because the market does not support the higher cost of California products, farmers have been forced to either abandon their crops or sell at a deficit.

Along with labor costs, California farmers have also had to make the difficult decision on what to grow and the quantities. The pandemic has made the supply and demand chain very unpredictable. Farmers have chosen to not plant numerous crops, especially specialty or delicate items, due to the lack of demand. Now that the supply chain has started to move again, the demand for certain specialty items is returning but growing the crops takes time.

We are urging our customers to remain patient and understanding as we adjust to the “new normal.” We love seeing our customers back in their restaurants and our partnered farmers in their fields, but it will take time to adjust. As always, we will continue providing updates as they are available.

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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.


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

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

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

Large meaty green olive with mild fruity flavor. Pairs well with sheep and goat milk cheeses. Available 2/5# bags in brine.
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.
Almonds– diced & roasted, slivered, roasted, sliced, blanched, raw
Cashews Pieces– raw, roasted/ salted
Marcona Almonds– raw, roasted and salted
Peanuts– roasted/salted, raw/ unsalted, Spanish
Pecans Halves or pieces
Pine Nuts
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, gold

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!

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: 

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:

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: