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Market Outlook - November 7, 2018

Local seasonal fruit

This week we are pleased to introduce Owari Satsuma Mandarins and Meyer Lemons from Twin Peaks Orchard. We also continue with local Pomegranates, Twin Peaks Amagaki Persimmons, Apples from Larsen Apple Barn and Pears from Stillwater Orchard.

  • Owari Satsuma Mandarins- a seedless, easy to peel mandarin with rich, tart-sweet flavor. Satsuma Mandarins thrive in the foothills of Placer County as both elevation and the pattern of cool nights contribute to a healthy crop. 25# case or by the pound.
  • Meyer Lemons- most likely a cross between a lemon and a mandarin. The Meyer is somewhat smaller than a regular lemon, rounder in shape, with smooth skin, and a distinct taste as the flesh is much less acidic making them sweeter than other varieties. Available by the 10# case or by the pound.
  • Amagaki Persimmons- also known as cinnamon persimmons, these sweet beauties are golden fleshed with brown flecks. Amagaki persimmons have a buttery texture and a cinnamon sweetness. They are more astringent than Fuyus but Twin Peaks has perfected a curing process that removes the astringency. It leaves the Amagaki crisp yet creamy with an unmatched sweet flavor. Amagakis are larger than Fuyus, and have a great shelf life. They are delicious enjoyed out of hand, in salads, and it can be lightly cooked but not baked. Available in a 10# case only.
  • Pomegranates- tender and crisp with a burst of sweet/tart juice. Some seeds will be mildly acidic while others have sweet, citrus overtones. Pomegranate seeds can be used for a variety of applications- add a sweet crunch to salads, wonderful flavoring desserts, and a nice balance to savory dishes. 10# case or each.

dragon gourmet mushrooms

Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms (Sloughhouse) has been supplying Sacramento area restaurants since 2000. Cultivated indoors, DGM uses a scientific method involving untreated hardwood sawdust and wheat or rice bran, controlled moisture, humidity, and temperature. No manure, supplements, herbicides, or pesticides are ever used.

  • Oyster Mushrooms– fluted, scallop shaped, soft brown caps, with a delicate, sweet flavor and velvety texture. Best when cooked as the stem is somewhat tough. 5# case.
  • Beech Mushrooms– available in Brown or White; Quarter size caps with 2-3” white stems. They have a crunchy texture that holds up to cooking; a hot sauté truly brings out their mild nutty flavor. 4# case.
  • Shiitake Mushrooms– tan to dark brown with broad, umbrella shaped caps. They have a rich, earthy, umami flavor with a meaty, slightly chewy texture. 5# case.
  • Eryngii Mushrooms– aka King Trumpet/ Trumpet Royale. They have a savory flavor with a firm, meaty texture; often used in place of wild mushrooms. Unlike many mushrooms, the stem has the same texture and flavor as the cap; 100% yield. Good for high heat cooking. 5# case.
  • Lion’s Mane– unique globular shaped mushrooms; crab-like texture and a buttery flavor, making them a fantastic sub in recipes calling for crab. VERY LIMITED; 5# case.

laura chenel cheeses 

Located in Sonoma, CA since the 1970’s, Laura Chenel’s cheeses are known for their distinctive flavor and texture. Their cheeses are crafted using fresh goat milk from family-raised goats in California and Nevada.

  • Soft & Creamy Goat Cheese– a favorite among chefs for 20 years, Laura Chenel’s soft and creamy goat cheese is perfect for spreadable applications like sandwiches and wraps, melts perfectly into sauces, mixes with herbs for fillings, and makes a fluffy, luscious goat cheesecake. Available by the 4# container, $32.75.
  • Goat Cheese Crumbles– extremely versatile cheese ideal for spicing up salads, pizzas, paninis, pastas, and more. Available by the 2# bag, $18.75.
  • Chives & Shallots– 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– the savory sun-dried tomato flavor is counter-balanced by the subtle basil and green pepper notes, enhancing the clean and creamy texture. 3.5oz medallion, $2.50.
  • Poppy Seed & Peppercorn– 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. 3.5oz medallion, $2.50.
  • Cabecou– aged, nutty-flavored goat cheese discs marinated with herbs in California extra virgin olive oil. 30 discs (3.5# tub- not including the weight of oil/herbs), $42.75.
  • Spicy Cabecou– marinated in extra virgin jalapeno olive oil and crushed chilies, adding balanced spice to the creamy and tart goat cheese discs. 30 discs (3.5# tub- not including the weight of oil/herbs), $27.75.
  • Tome– this French Tome style cheese exudes balanced notes of sweet caramel, salt, and fresh milk. 4# wheel, $69.75.

Market Outlook - November 1, 2018

twin peaks orchard persimmons

We are pleased to offer two varieties of delicious persimmons– Fuyu and Amagaki- from Twin Peaks Orchard (Newcastle, CA). Founded in 1912, Twin Peaks Orchard is a 5th generation family farm specializing in a variety of stone fruit, citrus, and persimmons. Twin Peaks also has a small organic section called Orchard Delights that is personally operated by our very own Camelia Enriquez Miller.

  • Fuyu (organic)- sweet with a noticeable maple flavor and cinnamon-sugar flecks; smaller in size than commercial varieties. The Fuyu persimmon is not astringent and can be eaten as soon as they are picked. The flesh is crisp like an apple and are excellent in salads, on a cheese board, baked, or enjoyed out of hand. Grown on the Orchard Delights section, these Fuyu trees are some of the oldest on the 106 year old property at Twin Peaks. Available by the 10# case only.
  • Amagaki– also known as cinnamon persimmons, these sweet beauties are golden fleshed with brown flecks. Amagaki persimmons have a buttery texture and a cinnamon sweetness. Amagakis are more astringent than Fuyus but Twin Peaks has perfected a curing process that removes the astringency and leaves the Amagaki crisp, sweet, and unmatched in flavor. Amagakis are larger than Fuyus, and have a great shelf life and are delicious enjoyed out of hand, in salads, and it can be lightly cooked but best not baked. Available in a 10# case only.

twin peaks orchard pomegranates

pomegranate produce expressIn addition to persimmons, we are also offering delectable and vibrant pomegranates from Twin Peaks Orchard! Pomegranate seeds are botanically called Ariels. They are tender and crisp with a burst of sweet/tart juice. Some seeds will be mildly acidic while others have sweet, citrus overtones. Pomegranate seeds can be used for a variety of applications- add a sweet crunch to salads, wonderful flavoring desserts, and a nice balance to savory dishes. Available in an 10# case or per piece.

 

 

fall farmer's market
wednesday, november 7•10am-1pm
8340 belvedere avenue, sacramento, 95826  

Our annual Fall Farmer’s Market is just around the corner and you do not want to miss it! We host these farmer’s markets to celebrate our farmers and chefs, highlight the bounty of the season, and to strengthen the relationship between our farmers and chefs. Everyone in the industry is invited so please spread the word!

We will have some awesome free raffle prizes from MAC Knives, Stagger Lee Goods, Excalibur Dehydrator, and gift cards to participating restaurants + chef demonstrations will include a ramen noodle making demonstration by Origami Asian Grill and the art of Hoshigaki with Carpe Vino!

Thank you to the following participating restaurant partners:
Tap & Vine Nixtaco
Carpe Vino Alaro Brewing
Mulvaney's B&L Streetzlan
Zocalo Origami Asian Grill
Pizza Supreme Being Adamo's
The Grid Seasons Davis
Taste River City Brewing
La Provence Mezcalito
American River College Meristem
Bella Bru Formaggio
Grateful Bread Il Pizzaiolo
Hale  

 

A special thank you to our participating farms and purveyors for all their hard work to provide our chefs with great produce:

Del Rio Botanical Twin Peaks Orchard
Ray Yeung Farm Riverdog Farm
Full Belly Farm DiNapoli Tomatoes
Orland Farmstead Creamery Paradiso Tomatoes
Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. Casa Sanchez
Fiscalini Cheese Tampico Spice
Nicolau Farms Queso Salazar
Sparrow Lane Vinegars Mi Rancho Tortillas
Paragary Bakery Premier Mushrooms
Z Specialty Foods Nippon Shokken
California Olive Ranch Hodo Soy Tofu
Nuthouse Granola Sacramento Spouting Company
Elegant Beans & Beyond Produce Alive
California Endive Farm Pure Rice First
Early Bird Farm Barsotti Juice Co.

Market Outlook - October 24, 2018

LA TOURANGELLE ARTISAN NUT OILS

Starting with perfectly pure ingredients, each batch of artisan oil from La Tourangelle is unique and hand-crafted in Woodland, CA. The nuts and herbs are hand-roasted in cast iron kettles, then expeller-pressed, lightly filtered and bottled. Their oils are very flavorful with rich colors.

  • 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.
  • Roasted Hazelnut Oil– delicious in salad dressing, pasta, and on meat, fish, and baked pastries. Great butter substitute; works best with low heat. 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. Available by the gallon.
  • Roasted Pecan Oil– full-bodied, intense flavor; wonderful on baked goods; a fragrant addition to sauces or drizzled on pasta or greens. Works well with medium-high heat. 250mL canister.
  • Roasted Almond Oil– good sub for olive oil; adds subtle almond flavor to any dish. Works well with medium-high heat. 1,000mL canister.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Available by the gallon. 
  • 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.

hearty nuthouse granola

Nut House Granola is packed with whole nuts, juicy fruit, and pure maple syrup. The granola is mixed by hand in small batches then slowly baked to create a beautiful granola that is perfectly balanced in richness, sweetness, and saltiness. The final product is rustic and delicious with an addictive texture. Nut House Granola is made in Berkeley, CA using all natural ingredients including California farm-direct Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans and Raisins, Organic Oats, Coconut, Agave Syrup, and Non-GMO Verified Canola Oil. We offer Nut House Original Granola in convenient 10# bags.

 

 

fall farmer's market 

Our annual Fall Farmer’s Market is just around the corner and you do not want to miss it! We host these farmer’s markets to highlight the bounty of the season and to strengthen the relationship between our farmers and chefs. Everyone in the industry is invited so please spread the word!

We will have some awesome free raffle prizes from MAC Knives, Stagger Lee Goods, Excalibur Dehydrator, and gift cards to participating restaurants + chef demonstrations will include a ramen noodle making demonstration by Origami Asian Grill and the art of Hoshigaki with Carpe Vino!

Thank you to the following participating restaurant partners:
Tap & Vine Nixtaco
Carpe Vino Alaro Brewing
Mulvaney's B&L Streetzlan
Zocalo Origami Asian Grill
Pizza Supreme Being Adamo's
The Grid Seasons Davis
Taste River City Brewing
La Provence Mezcalito
Brickyard Smokey Oaks Tavern
Bella Bru Formaggio
Grateful Bread Il Pizzaiolo
Hale  American River College
Rudolph Steiner College  

 

A special thank you to our participating farms and purveyors for all their hard work to provide our chefs with great produce:

Del Rio Botanical Twin Peaks Orchard
Ray Yeung Farm Riverdog Farm
Full Belly Farm DiNapoli Tomatoes
Orland Farmstead Creamery Paradiso Tomatoes
Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. Casa Sanchez
Fiscalini Cheese Tampico Spice
Nicolau Farms Queso Salazar
Sparrow Lane Vinegars Mi Rancho Tortillas
Paragary Bakery Premier Mushrooms
Z Specialty Foods Nippon Shokken
California Olive Ranch Hodo Soy Tofu
Nuthouse Granola Sacramento Spouting Company
Elegant Beans & Beyond Produce Alive
California Endive Farm Pure Rice First
Early Bird Farm Barsotti Juice Co.