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Market Outlook - January 4, 2018

del rio botanical

Del Rio Botanical is well known amongst Sacramento area chefs for its unique and diverse crops, grown exclusively for Produce Express for over 15 years. Del Rio Botanical, is an organic 70+ acre farm located along the Sacramento River in West Sacramento and is home to a unique variety of local, seasonal, and organic produce year round. Del Rio delivers to our warehouse five days a week, with most items harvested within the previous 24 hours. Del Rio is owned and operated by Suzanne Peabody Ashworth, an author and recognized authority on seed breeding for the purpose of preserving seed varieties. She has accumulated a collection of over 1,600 types of seeds and works closely on ‘seed saving’ projects with various farms and national organizations. The partnership between Del Rio and Produce Express has been creating a true farm to restaurant relationship for over a decade. We are proud to currently offer the following from Del Rio Botanical:

  • Red Sunchokes– 5# case
  • Salad Mix with Petals and Herbs– 2# case
  • Braising Mix– 4# case
  • Red Mustard Frisee- 2# case
  • Arugula– 4# case
  • Mizuna- 4# case
  • Pea Shoots– 2# case
  • Lavender– 1# case

Visit our Local Farm Availability page for a full listing of items that require a pre-order. Enjoy the harvest!

tasting tuesday
featuring perfect puree

Join us for a sampling of the entire Perfect Puree line on Tuesday, January 9 at our warehouse from 9am-12pm. Perfect Puree was founded in 2004 and has been loved by restaurants and bars for their amazing taste and consistency ever since! Perfect Puree saves time and labor costs by cutting down on prep time- no more peeling, dicing, pureeing, and simmering! Use Perfect Puree to enhance beverages, vinaigrettes, sauces, desserts, preserves, jams and syrups. The Perfect Puree sources only premium fruit harvested at the peak of season. Their products are frozen to maintain freshness, flavor, and color; and are free of artificial additives, sweeteners, and gluten and are Kosher certified.

Produce Express offers the following flavors: Pomegranate • Passion Fruit • Blood Orange • Cranberry • Key Lime • Meyer Lemon • Caramelized Pineapple • Tangerine Mandarin • Strawberry • Black Currant • Banana • Raspberry • White Peach • Apricot • Pink Guava • Mango • Coconut • Blueberry • Prickly Pear • Papaya • Cherry • Tamarind • Green Apple • Kiwi • Lychee • Pear • Ginger • Blackberry • Chipotle/Sour • El Corazon (passion fruit, blood orange, pomegranate) • Spearmint Lime (mojito) • Passion Colada • Red Sangria • Thai Basil & Black Pepper • Yuzu Luxe Sour (yuzu, lemongrass, kaffir lime). Cheers!

 packaged tomato products

Produce Express is proud to offer two brands of packaged tomato products– DiNapoli (in cans) and Paradiso (in pouches). Both brands start with selecting the finest tomatoes grown throughout California’s Central Valley and picked at the peak of season. Both DiNapoli and Paradiso harvests and haul their tomatoes from field to factory, with the processing and packing completed within four hours of harvesting. Their processing plants are located in the heart of California’s tomato country, providing them access to consistently high quality tomatoes throughout the season. When placing your order, please specify DiNapoli or Paradiso and the desired style.

We are pleased to offer the following:

DiNapoli (available in 6/#10 can case): San Marzano Style Plum Tomatoes • Diced Tomatoes in Juice • Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes in Juice • Ground Tomatoes in Puree • Tomato Sauce • Tomato Paste • Tomato Puree • Simply Red Whole Peeled Tomatoes • Simply Red Diced Tomatoes • Marinara Sauce

Paradiso (available in 6/#10 pouch case): Whole Peeled Tomatoes in Juice • Diced Tomatoes in Juice • Whole Peeled Tomatoes in Puree • Tomato Strips in Puree • Tomato Fancy Paste • Tomato Sauce • Extra Heavy Concentrated Crushed Tomatoes • Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes • Salsa Style Diced Tomatoes • Fire Roasted Salsa • Sun-Dried Julienne Tomato • Prepared Pizza Sauce • Chunky Marinara Sauce       


Market Outlook - December 14, 2017

babÉ farms

The mild Mediterranean climate of Babé Farms, located in the Santa Maria Valley, allows them to grow and harvest year round. They produce over 70 varieties of specialty beans, baby root vegetables, baby cauliflower, baby lettuces, salad blends, and seasonal specialties. Babé Farms was one of the first to introduce packaged European salad mixes (mesclun), hand selected specialty greens, and a colorful array of baby vegetables into the U.S. and Canada. Babé Farms has been family owned and operated since 1986 with many of the employees from the field to the office/sales staff working with the company for over twenty years. Babé Farms is committed to preserving natural resources by applying sustainable farming practices including the use of crop rotations and drip irrigation to reduce water, and limited use of commercial fertilizers. We are proud to currently offer the following from Babé Farms:

  • Baby Red Romaine– 24ct case
  • Mixed Baby Radish– 24ct case
  • Baby Turnips– 24ct case
  • Baby Mixed Beets– 24ct case
  • Baby Red Beets– 24ct case
  • Baby Gold Beets– 24ct case
  • Baby Chioga (striped)– 24ct case
  • Baby Brussels Sprouts– 5# case (available in green or purple)
  • Peeled Mixed Baby Carrots– 5#
  • Peeled Baby Carrots– 5# case
  • Little Gem– 24ct case
  • Kohl Rabi– 12ct case

chocolate fish coffee roasters

Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters is a favorite among local coffee aficionados. With two locations in Sacramento, Chocolate Fish is committed to roasting and serving the freshest possible coffee while maintaining the essential flavors within the bean. They travel to various growing regions to meet producers and learn about their growing practices. Freshness is very important to ensure a premium roast which is why Chocolate Fish sources beans that have been harvested within the last 12 months. They roast to bring out sweetness and acidity. Chocolate Fish is an avid supporter of the Sacramento community from participating in countless events to giving their coffee grounds to Re-Soil Sacramento to be used in community gardens in the city. We proudly offer the following in 5# cases; whole beans or ground:

  • Espresso (Brazil)– semi-sweet, dark chocolate with notes of caramel and subtle orange acidity, finishes with a lush creamy mouth feel. 
  • Brazil– dark berry sweetness, medium acidity with a chocolate finish. 
  • Decaf (Santa Lucia, Mexico)– stonefruit sweetness, low acidity, buttery body and brown sugar aftertaste

 Looking back at 2017

Thank you for a great year! We had two of the most largely attended Farmer's Markets (summer and fall); we visited Cowgirl Creamery to learn all about their cheese making process and even got to help get a new batch started; we visited Twin Peaks Orchard and rode around in the tractor with Camelia; Jim Mills retired from Produce Express after 19 years; we visited the Sacramento Delta and learned a ton about the land from Ron Kelly (owner of R. Kelley U-Pick Farm) and Steve Heringer; We visited our organic farms in Yolo County including Del Rio Botanical, Riverdog, and Full Belly; Women's Day "Baker's Delight" was hosted at Twin Peaks Orchard and was a great success with a bake sale that raised money for Women's Empowerment (a non-profit that helps women find employment); and much more!

We also added several new products to our line-up: Cordillera Chocolate | Sacramento Sprouting Company | Amazon Planet Acai | Z-Specialty Honeys, Fruit Spreads, and Nut Butters | Blue Diamond Almond Milk | Paradiso Tomatoes | DGM Lion’s Mane | New local cheeses from Cypress Grove, Nicolau Farms, Valley Ford Cheese, and Fiscalini Cheese | Baby Brussels Sprouts