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Market Outlook - March 21, 2018

carrot varieties

While they are available year-round, spring is a popular time of year for Carrots. They are a good late-season crop that can tolerate frost. In fact, they prefer to be grown during the cooler ends of the growing season—spring and fall. Carrots are an extremely versatile vegetable that can be blended into soups, roasted, grilled, sauteed, juiced, and even enjoyed as dessert! From bright, crunchy salads to sweet, slow-cooked sides, Carrots are a wonderful kitchen staple. We offer the following varieties:
Nantes Carrots- a French heirloom variety with an almost perfectly cylindrical shape, rounded at the top and root ends, and are distinctly sweeter than other carrots. Nantes' have smooth skin and a crisp texture. Available by the 24 bunch case only.
Ice Bunched Carrots– best quality and flavor, medium size, with tops. Available in a 24 bunch case only.
Rainbow Bunched Carrots– 24 bunch case only
Baby Orange Carrots– 24 bunch case only
Baby Mixed Carrots– a variety of colors in a 24 bunch case only
Peeled Baby Bunch Carrots– 5# case
Peeled Mixed Baby Carrots– 5# case
Baby Round Carrots– aka “Thumbelina” carrots. Available in a 24 bunch case only.

the impossible burger

We hope you can join us at our warehouse on April 10 from 1pm-3pm for Tasting Tuesday featuring the Impossible Burger- a meatless burger that "bleeds", sears, and tastes like a real beef burger. The creators of the Impossible Burger spent five years researching the texture and flavor of beef, resulting in a rich, decadent meatless burger that will satisfy vegetarians and appeal to meat eaters. The ingredients include: (1) wheat protein for firmness and chew, (2) potato protein allows the burger to hold water and transition to a more solid state during cooking (it can be cooked to any temperature), (3) coconut oil for fat, and (4) heme for the "meat" flavor and “bleeding” effect. Heme is an iron-containing molecule that occurs naturally in plants and animals. The protein, iron, and fat content are comparable to conventional 80/20 ground beef. Please visit our website for more details.

We offer the Impossible Burger two ways:

Pre-formed Patties– 40/4oz burgers (10# case), $126.75.
Bulk Ground- great for meatballs, tacos, a variety of ground meat applications, "meat" sauces, customizing the form and thickness of your patties, and more. 20# case, $247.75.


Local Specialty Cheeses

Produce Express offers an extensive variety of award-winning cheeses, many of which are hand crafted in the Northern California area. Varieties range from cheddar and jack to artisan cheeses from some of the finest producers and farmsteads. We are committed to sourcing the finest locally produced cheeses, and offering these cheeses at competitive prices, in convenient pack sizes, and with ease of delivery.

This week we feature the following new cheeses:
Chives & Shallots (Laura Chenel)– fresh shallots add a hint of sweetness to the fresh goat cheese flavor, balanced by the herbaceous notes from the chives. Perfect for sandwiches, wraps, bagels, cheese boards and more. Available by the 3.5oz medallion, $2.50.
Sundried Tomato & Basil (Laura Chenel)– the savory sun-dried tomato flavor is counter-balanced by the subtle basil and green pepper notes, enhancing the clean and creamy texture. Available by the 3.5oz medallion, $2.50.
Poppy Seed & Peppercorn (Laura Chenel)– while the poppy seeds add a nutty flavor, the crushed peppercorns liven up the fresh taste of chevre by adding a slightly hot, yet sweet, flavor. Available by the 3.5oz medallion, $2.50.
Soft & Creamy Spreadable Goat Cheese (Laura Chenel)– also known as Chef’s Chevre, a favorite among chefs for 20 years. This cheese is perfect for sandwiches and wraps, melts perfectly into sauces, mixes with herbs for fillings, and makes a fluffy, luscious goat cheesecake. Available in a 4# container, $32.75.

Goat Cheese Crumbles (Laura Chenel)– extremely versatile cheese ideal for spicing up salads, pizzas, paninis, pastas, and more. Available by the 2# bag, $18.75.
Brie Cuisine (Marin French)– made exclusively for chefs, Brie Cuisine is a single crème, fresh soft-ripened cheese that has a young brie taste and versatile texture. It is not oily, and it melts beautifully without separating. It makes a wonderful filling, and can also be crumbled, diced, and shredded. 2.5# piece, $18.75.

Please visit our cheese page to browse all our cheese offerings such as Devil’s Gulch (Cowgirl Creamery), Estero Gold and Estero Gold Reserve (Valley Ford), Highway 1 (Valley Ford), Capra Stanislaus (Nicolau Farms), Quatro Pepe (Nicolau Farms), Purple Haze (Cypress Grove), Lamb Chopper (Cypress Grove), Midnight Moon (Cypress Grove), Blue and Bay Blue (Pt. Reyes), Toma (Pt. Reyes), Aged Goat Cheddar (Sierra Nevada), White Cheddar and much more!

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Market Outlook - March 15, 2018

delta asparagus

The transition to Delta Asparagus is finally happening! We have received a limited supply of our first of the season Delta Asparagus. As exciting as this is, we need to preface this by saying that supplies will be tight at first which may cause us to have to occasionally supplement our warehouse with deliveries of California Asparagus (not from the Delta). It is possible that you will receive Delta Asparagus on one delivery and California on the next. As supplies catch up in the coming weeks, we will not have the need to supplement with Southern California ‘grass’. Asparagus is packed in five sizes: Pencil, Standard, Large, X-tra Large and Jumbo. The size of the asparagus you choose should be determined by how you intend to cook it. Pencil (about the diameter of a pencil) is best for sauté/ stir-frys and very quick cooking. Standard (roughly the diameter of your pinky finger) is the most common size and is great blanched in chilled salads or cold appetizers. Large (the diameter of your index finger) is great for grilling as it will allow you to add a nice char and still be al dente. Xtra-Large and Jumbo (about the diameter of your thumb) is perfect for longer cooking applications like roasting or braising. It is important to know that size has no bearing on flavor or color. Both Delta Asparagus and California Asparagus packed in 28# cases only.

chocolate fish coffee tasting

Do you want to learn more about what makes Chocolate Fish Coffee so unique and delicious? Join us on Monday, March 19 from 10AM-12PM for a tasting and education class at Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, located at 4749 Folsom Blvd. in East Sacramento. We will taste multiple varieties, learn about the best ratios when brewing Chocolate Fish, and about their direct relationships with their farmers. They purchase coffee seasonally to maintain freshness, and they roast to bring out the natural sweetness and fruit acidity in coffee, not just the color of the bean. Space is limited. To RSVP, please contact your sales rep, or call/text Marissa with inside sales at (916) 956-5536. We offer three varieties of Chocolate Fish Coffee whole or ground in 5# bags– Brazil, Espresso, and Decaf.


california olive ranch
new 50/50 chef's blend

Since 2007, California Olive Ranch’s extra virgin olive oils have been used by James Beard Award winning chefs all over the country. There are several factors that contribute to the high quality of California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Canola/EVOO blends. Their oils are made using the finest olives, grown in Northern California by over 70 family farmers. The olives are harvested at just the right time- when they are the perfect 50/50 ratio of green and purple, creating a nice balance between bitter/pungent flavors and a more mild/buttery oil. California Olive Ranch harvests mechanically using top harvesters to pick fruit at peak ripeness, and minimizes damage to the fruit by never letting them touch the ground. We are proud to offer the following from California Olive Ranch:

  • NEW 50/50 Chef’s Blend– made with a 50/50 blend of Canola and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, it is milder in flavor and lighter in color than pure olive oils. It is ideal for high-heat cooking and is great for recipes that require a light taste profile. Available in a 5 gallon box, $98.75.
  • 80/20 Chef’s Blend– an all-purpose blend of 80% non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil and 20% extra virgin olive oil. Versatile for most any cooking application, a mild and buttery blend with light hints of fresh olive flavor. Available in a 5 gallon box, $69.75.
  • Corblend (Everyday) Extra Virgin Olive Oil- high smoke point for versatile kitchen use. This blend of Arbequina and Arbosana has mild fruitiness and slight pungency. Available in a 2.5 gallon box, $84.75.
  • Arbequina– this single varietal works well for vinaigrettes and finishings thanks to its high fruitiness, balanced pungency and pleasing clean taste. Available in a 2.5 gallon box, $87.75.

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