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Finding Sacramento - Jim Boyce

Nathan sits down with Jim Boyce of Produce Express for the 33rd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about how Produce Express went from one truck in the beginning to the 1800 clients they serve today, why saying yes to everything can be ultimately good for your business up to a point, when the farm to fork trend started in Sacramento and the state of it today, how Produce Express is different from their competitors such as US Food Service and Sysco, how small farms get their product in the hands of Produce Express’s customers and the state of small farms in Northern California, why the farmers market is still the primary source of innovation and inspiration in the kitchen and the produce market, and why local businesses will work harder and persist more than corporations.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Scott Talks Pumpkins

Produce Express sales rep Scott Rose shows us which apple varieties are best for what recipes.

This is the time of year where you'll find yourself in a pumpkin patch or a grocery store and see all kinds of interesting and delicious pumpkin varieties.

  • Sugarpie - pies, cookies, cheesecakes, sweet and creamy
  • Butternut Squash - easy to use, meaty, very versatile, soups and pastas
  • Delicata - thin skin, sweet and creamy 

Scott Talks Winter Vegetables

Produce Express sales rep Scott Rose shows us which winter vegetable varieties are best for what recipes.

This is the time of year where you'll find a variet of winter greens at the market.

  • Green chard - ruffled wavy leaves, tender, sweet
  • Rainbow chard - mixed chards for a colorful, balanced combination
  • Collard greens - long and slow cooking for a smoky flavor

Scott Talks Root Vegetables

Produce Express sales rep Scott Rose shows us which root vegetable varieties are best for what recipes.

This is the time of year where you'll find a bounty of root vegetables, perfect for your holiday meal

  • Beets - cooked like spinach or chard, delicious
  • French Heirloom Carrots - sweet, crisp and juicy, balanced size

Scott Talks Apples

Produce Express sales rep Scott Rose shows us which apple varieties are best for what recipes.

It's a great time of year to head out to Apple Hill! Here's a sample of apples thanks to our good friends at Larsen Apple Barn.

  • Breaburn - beautiful, crisp fresh
  • Franny Smith - workhorse, good for pies
  • Rome Apple - flesh is very creamy, great for salads
  • Pippen - making applesauce
  • Fuji - every day apple, school lunch

 

Salad Days

Jim Mills left his career as a high-profile chef to search for the best local produce for area restaurants

By Bob Sylva - Bee Staff Writer - Published 12:00 am PDT Wednesday, May 2, 2007

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Again, his cell phone rings. You would think it was a produce crisis hotline. Could an heirloom eggplant be suffering a genetic defect? Or maybe some fava beans have lost their snap, their raison d'être?

No, it's a local seasonal chef on the line, which is akin to dealing with a meticulous cult priest.

And he's not happy.

Doesn't like this morning's delivery of salad mix. Seems the leaves are fatigued, lackluster.

Maybe indifferent.

Salad ennui. It happens.

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