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Market Outlook - October 30, 2020

dried heirloom beans


We are proud to announce our new partnership with local heirloom bean distributor, Chili Smith! Chili Smith, located in Carmichael, CA, features local heirloom bean growers from Northern California. They select their growers based on their commitment to high quality products and safe, practical, and sustainable farming practices.
The following are available in 5# bags:
Black Garbanzo– An heirloom variety of the classic chickpea. Black garbanzo beans have a firm texture with a nutty flavor and subtle smoky and sweet notes. They can range from dark brown to black.
Black Turtle– A small, shiny black bean. Black turtle beans are the most common variety of black beans and are especially popular in Latin American cuisine.
Black Valentine– Medium size black bean, turning purple-black when cooked. Meaty texture, nutty flavor, cooks quickly.
Butter- A smooth, pale white bean. The texture of butter beans is similar to its name– buttery and creamy. Also known as baby lima beans.
Christmas Lima– Large, flat bean, bicolor-cream with dark maroon spots. They have a buttery texture and chestnut-like flavor.
Eye of the Goat– Tan beans with curved dark brown stripes with thin skin but are firm enough to hold their shape while cooking. Eye of the Goat, or Ojo de Cabra, have a wonderful natural flavor on their own yet are versatile enough to pair well with other flavors.
Good Mother Stallard– Deep maroon and white speckled beans with a creamy texture and nutty flavor. Good Mother Stallard beans are an excellent variety to prepare simply, to truly enjoy their natural flavor.
Green Black-Eyed Peas– Small, light green bean with distinctive black mark at sprouting point. Earthy sweet flavor & buttery texture. Used often in Caribbean/African cooking.
Green Flageolet– Small pale green bean used often in French cooking. Holds shape well when cooked.
Hisatsu Red– A Native American bean originally from North Dakota. Nutty flavor, dark red color, medium size, and similar in texture to kidney beans.
Jacob’s Cattle– Plum, white and red speckled, kidney shaped bean. Rich aroma and full flavor. Holds shape under long cooking.
Pebbles– Variety of colors. Tender skin and mild flavors make an excellent salad bean.
Peruano– A mild, buttery flavor with a creamy texture. Peruano beans range from ivory to light yellow in color and are very common in Latin American cooking.
Snow Cap– The Snow Cap bean is one of the most beautiful beans; with its tan color and a snow-cap of white along the side and spots of burgundy speckling overall. It has a creamy texture making it ideal for chowder. The markings on a Snow Cap beans remain after cooking and is excellent for soups.
Sunset Runner– Medium size purple and black bean with a creamy texture & distinct flavor. Excellent when used as a baked bean.
Tarbais– A somewhat flat, creamy white bean with a very thin skin that stands up well to longer cooking times. They are low in starch and very tender when cooked. Tarbais beans are very similar in size and color to Runner Cannellini beans but differ slightly in shape, as Tarbais are flat.

Consumer Boxes

Times are continuously changing, especially in the face of the current pandemic. Our consumer boxes truly took off in ways we could have never imagined. We want to thank each member of the community who supported our new program and helped us thrive. In order to continue to offer consumer boxes to the community, we have made seasonal updates to our boxes. Consumer boxes are only available for Thursday deliveries or Friday pick ups. We are currently offering the following:

Veggie Box– 1 butternut squash, 1 bunch of carrots, 2# of brussel sprouts, 2 bunches of chard, 1 bunch of broccoli, 2# of baby yams, 2# of red potatoes, 1 each red and yellow onion, and 2 bulbs garlic. $20.00

Fruit Box– 2# of Apple Hill apples, 2# of pears, 4 each oranges, 2# of grapes, 6 each kiwi, 1 each pineapple, 2 each pomegranate, 1 each cantaloupe, 2 each persimmons, and 1# of satsuma mandarins. $30.00

Salad Kit– 1 bag of romaine hearts (3 each), 1 head of hydroponic butter lettuce, 1 bunch of dino kale, 1/2# of bloomsdale spinach, 1 bunch of radishes, 2 bunches of carrots, 1 each red onion, 2 each avocado, 2 baskets of red grape cherry tomatoes, 1 each English cucumber. $25.00

Mexican Inspired- 2# bag of rice, 2# dried beans, 1 pack 6” corn tortillas, 1 pack 10” flour tortillas, 2 bunches cilantro, 6 each jalapeno, 3# tomatillos, 1 head green cabbage, 2# pascilla chilies, 12 roma tomatoes, 6 each avocados, 3 each limes, 3 each yellow onions, 3 bunches green onions, and 2# shredded mixed cheese. $40.00

Local– 2 each honeynut squash, 1 each red kurri squash, 1/2# bloomsdale spinach, 1 bunch of dino kale, 2 bunches broccoli, 1/2# shiitake mushrooms, 2# Apple Hill apples, 4 each kiwi, 1# satsuma mandarins, 2# dried heirloom beans, 1 canister La Tourangelle oil, and 1 round of Cypress Grove Purple Haze cheese. $50.00

Grain- 2/2# Giusto’s all purpose flour, 2# white sugar, 2# white rice, 2# brown rice, 2# dried black beans, 2# dried pinto beans, 1# tri-color quinoa, and 1# green lentils. $25.00