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Market Outlook - March 7, 2019

WEATHER issues

From icy roads in Mexico to snow covered fields in Arizona and from flooded rows of berries in Oxnard to muddy fields in Salinas waiting to be planted– all major growing areas continue to be heavily impacted by adverse harsh weather conditions. To highlight, the following are a few major issues we are dealing with:

  1. Strawberries– continued rain and cool temperatures are causing limited harvest days. Expect “white shoulders” and shorter shelf life.
  2. Aspararagus– California harvest delayed once again. The amount of rain and wind causing quality, harvest and growth issues in the Delta, Salinas and Firebaugh regions. We anticipate a new start date of March 15.
  3. Lettuces– all lettuces, leafy greens, baby lettuces, spring mixes, and spinaches drastically affected by weather in Yuma (AZ), Palm Desert and Southern California. “Snow-covered” fields in Arizona are still recovering from last week’s dusting. Temperatures continue to be below normal. Continued heavy rainfall in Salinas and Watsonville are delaying future crop plantings which will cause severe gaps in April and May. 

The overall markets on fresh vegetables from Southern California and Mexico will continue to be above normal as all major growing areas continue to get constantly pounded by rain. Lack of growth, delayed harvesting, quality issues, transportation delays and growing gaps will be magnified as we approach the normal transition period in late March/early April. 

nicolau farms artisan cheese

The Nicolau family has been making cheese in Stanislaus County since the early 1900’s. Walter Nicolau III continues the tradition by creating delicious farmstead cheese following the same principles as his great grandfather. Their farm is located just outside of Modesto in the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Nicolau Farms cheeses begin with quality milk produced from their herd of dairy goats. Nicolau uses an older method of pasteurization that does not impart a cooked flavor on the milk. All of their cheeses are delicately handled and cared for on a daily basis. We are proud to offer the following from Nicolau Farms; available in 5# wheels:

  • Black Truffle Casiago– robust flavors of black truffle flow throughout this mixed milk cheese. Distinguishing notes of Italian black truffle combine beautifully with buttery cow milk & rich goat milk in this semi–hard Asiago style cheese aged 45-90 days.
  • Capra Stanislaus– firm, dense, and slightly salty with notes of goat milk, caramel, and a toasted, nutty-olive finish from the sea salt brine. This hard cheese is aged 2-4 months and is the perfect balance of creamy and dry.
  • Quatro Pepe– hard, aged cheese that has a pale ivory body studded with “Quatro” peppercorns- black, white, pink, and green. Notes of sweet and creamy goat milk blend with burst of intense and savory peppercorns creating the perfect balance of salt and pepper.

asian inspired ingredients

We are proud to offer a variety of high quality, locally produced items that may be used in a variety of dishes.

hodo soy tofu & more (oakland, cA)

Hodo Soy Beanery only uses Organic Non-GMO soy beans grown in the United States, and supplies acclaimed Bay Area restaurants such as Benu, Quince, and more.

  • Firm Tofu– made fresh daily in small batches; keeps its shape when grilled or added to stir-fry. Available in a 10oz pack, 6/10oz case, 5# pack or 4/5# case.
  • The following is also available with a pre-order. Please call the office for more details: Medium Tofu • Tofu Veggie Burgers • Tofu Puffs • Braised Tofu • Thai Curry Tofu Nuggets • Fresh Yuba Sheets • Soy Milk

nippon shokken batters & sauces (west sacramento, ca)

Nippon Shokken 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.
  • Ginger Sauce– use as a marinade and stir-fry sauce. Made with fresh ginger and miso paste. Available in a 4.8# 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.
  • Orange Sauce– made with three types of oranges: juice, peel, and natural flavor. Available in a 5.2# 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 60oz 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.

noodles, wraps, rice & more

  • Chow Mein Noodles- made in Sacramento (10# case)
  • Rice Wine Vinegar- from Sparrow Lane (1 gallon)
  • Sesame Seed Oil- from La Tourangelle in Woodland (1 Liter)
  • Cal Rose Medium Grain Rice- from Pure Rice First in Lincoln (50# bag)
  • Won Ton Wraps- (12oz pack or 6/12oz case)
  • Egg Roll Wraps- (1# pack or 6/1# case)
  • Egg Roll Wraps- (1# pack or 6/1# case)
  • Curry Paste- in red, yellow, or green (35oz jar)
  • Gochu Jang Paste- (20# tub)