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Market Outlook - June 20, 2018

local squash

We are pleased to offer an array of summer squash from Maciel Farm (Gridley, CA), Castaneda Brothers (Vacaville, CA), and Del Rio Botanical (West Sacramento). While Italian and Yellow Squash are available year round, Summer Squashes are enjoyed for their tender flesh and skin with mild, buttery flavor, and high moisture content. They vary in color, size, and shape but should be bright and heavy for their size.

  • Toy Box Squash– variety of squashes listed below available in a 20# case.
  • Italian Squash (Zucchini)- available by the 25# case or by the pound.
  • Yellow Squash- available by the 22# case or by the pound.
  • Gold Bar- similar shape as zucchini but with bright yellow skin and white flesh. Fewer seeds result in a sturdy squash perfect for sauté or grilling. They are best stored at room temperature. Available by the 20# case or by the pound.
  • Grey (Mexican Squash)- grey/green in color, shorter and more rounded than zucchini with sweeter flavor. Available by the 22# case only.
  • Sunburst (yellow) and Summer (light green)- saucer shaped and scalloped with crimped, pie-like edges. Available by the 22# case only.
  • Ronde Nice (Eightball)- stores very well and tender flesh makes them perfect for grilling, baking & stuffing. Available in a variety of colors throughout the season. 22# case.
  • Del Rio Botanical Mixed Baby Squash– filled with a variety of the squashes listed above in baby size. Available in a 10# case.
  • Del Rio Botanical Mixed Teenage Squash– filled with a variety of the squashes listed above. Available in a 10# case.

local blenheim apricots

We are excited to now have local Blenheim Apricots from Polestar Farm located in Capay Valley! Available by the 12# case or by the pound. The Blenheim Apricot is a small sized heirloom variety that is both sweet and tart. The tartness is balanced by high sugar content. Blenheims coloring is golden with rose blush and green shoulders. Don’t let the green color fool because regardless of the lighter color skin, the flesh is a beautiful deep orange and is full of flavor. As farmers move towards growing earlier-maturing varieties that travel better, Blenheims are slowly disappearing, earning a spot on the Slow Food Ark of Taste list. This will be a short season; order them while you can! Dry them, preserve them, or make jam to enjoy a year-long treat! Enjoy the harvest!


summer farmer's market 2018

Our annual Summer Farmer’s Market is just around the corner! We throw this event every summer to celebrate all things farm-to-fork and the seasonal bounty of the Sacramento Valley. It is our way of saying THANK YOU to the farmers for all their hard work throughout the year and to all the chefs who support them by buying from Produce Express! We are excited to have the following farms and restaurants participating this year! Thank you all!

Farms & Purveyors

Del Rio Botanical ● Twin Peaks Orchards ● Ray Yueng Farm ● Early Bird Farm ● Riverdog Farm ● Dwelley Farms ● Premier Mushrooms ● Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms ● California Endive ● Vierra Farm ● Full Belly Farm ● Sacramento Sprouting Co. ● Produce Alive ● Elegant Beans & Beyond ● Hodo Soy ● DiNapoli Specialty Foods ● Paradiso Foods ● Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters ● Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese ● Orland Farmstead Creamery ● Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese ● Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. ● Nicolau Farms ● Queso Salazar ● Clover Sonoma ● Z Specialty Food ● Casa Sanchez Foods ● California Olive Ranch ● Sparrow Lane Vinegar ● Tampico Spice ● Nippon Shokken ● NutHouse! Granola Company ● Mi Rancho Tortillas ● Paragary Bakery ● and more!


Espresso Metro ● Poor Red’s BBQ ● Inn at Park Winters ● Farm Land Street ● Sierra View Country Club ● Devine Gelateria ● Carlton Plaza Davis ● Pizza Supreme Being ● The Rind ● Sac City Brews ● Bella Familia Pizza ● Mulvaney’s B&L ● Kupros Bistro ● Origami Asian Grill ● Bella Bru ● Estacion DF ● Twelve 28 ● Adamo’s ● Messy’s ● Formaggio ● Il Pizzaioli ● and more!


Thank you to the following partners for joining us and bringing hundreds of dollars in free raffle prizes: MAC Knife ● Stagger Lee Goods (aprons & more) ● Excalibur Dehydrators ● Placer Grown ● Various restaurant gift cards


Market Outlook - June 14, 2018

local white corn & beans

The first harvest of Dwelley Farms white corn arrived this week, along with fresh beans! Dwelley Family Farms is located in Brentwood, CA and is fortunate to be in a region that experiences hot days and cool nights. Their climate results in ideal growing conditions for a variety of fruits and vegetables including beans, squash, corn, stone fruit, and much more!

  • White Corn– while corn is available year-round, local summer corn usually tastes sweeter– from fresh off the cob to succotash, soups, and more. Sold by the 48ct case or per piece. (We expect yellow corn by late next week.)
  • Blue Lake Beans– often called snap or string beans, these beans are bright, sweet and tender. Sold by the 30# case or pound.
  • Yellow Wax Beans– another variety of snap bean that is crisp and meaty. Available by the 15# case or pound.
  • Romano Beans– also called Italian flat or broad beans, romanos lend well to braising and are perfect for summer minestrones. 15# case or pound.
  • French Beans (untrimmed)– please specify whether you want local beans or the trimmed variety from Mexico. Also known as haricot verts, French beans are longer, thinner, and more tender and complex in flavor than Blue Lakes. 15# case or per pound. 

local fresh pasta

Paragary Bakery produces fresh handmade pasta daily in midtown Sacramento. They use high quality ingredients like Guistos stone ground duram flour and farm fresh eggs. We pick up fresh pasta six days per week. We will deliver fresh pasta Tuesday through Saturday. We are proud to partner with Paragary Bakery to offer the following fresh pastas:

  • Pasta Sheets– made to fit a full-size hotel pan, these sheets can be cut into desired size and shape. Perfect for lasagna, cannelloni, tortellini, agnolotti, and other stuffed pasta. Approximately 2 sheets per pound. $4.95/ pound.
  • Tagliolini– long, cylindrical ribbons of pasta that are best served with smooth, light bodied sauces. $4.95/pound.
  • Fettuccine- “little ribbons” of pasta traditionally served with slow cooked meats but also pairs well cream sauces. $4.95/pound.
  • Pappardelle– a 1-inch wide, flat ribbon pasta. Pappardelle is traditionally used for rich, heavy sauces, and ragu of meat and game. $5.50/pound.

  summer farmer's market 2018

Our annual Summer Farmer’s Market is just around the corner! We throw this event every summer to celebrate all things farm-to-fork and the seasonal bounty of the Sacramento Valley. It is our way of saying THANK YOU to the farmers for all their hard work throughout the year and to all the chefs who support them by buying from Produce Express! The fun will include:

  • Local, seasonal produce!
  • Over 40 local farmers paired with local chefs, creating delicious bites that highlight the best of the season!
  • Tons of produce giveaways!
  • Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day!
  • Catch up with industry friends and network!
  • Raffles prizes from local restaurants, MAC Knives, and Stagger Lee Goods aprons!


Market Outlook - June 7, 2018

produce alive

We are pleased to partner with Produce Alive to offer local, hydroponically grown Wasabi Arugula and Watercress. Produce Alive is produce-alive-wasabi-arugula Placer-grownowned and operated by Eric Powell in Loomis, CA (Placer County). Erik chooses to grow 100% hydroponic because it allows him to control the environment and guarantee consistency even with poor weather. He grows year round in his 4,100 square foot green house, and he uses 90% less water than traditional growing methods.

We are proud to offer the following “Placer Grown” products:

  • Wasabi Arugula– less peppery, yet spicier, than conventional arugula with an almost sweet finish. It makes a delicious addition to any salad, poke bowl, pizza, or sandwich, or try blending into sauces. Available in a 1# bag, $14.75.
  • Watercress- a succulent, leafy plant with a sweet, spicy flavor. Its unique peppery taste makes it a wonderful addition to a salad, paired with roasted meats or fish, pureed into soups and sauces, or sprinkled on a sandwich or pizza. Hydroponic Watercress is a live product that continues to grow in the bag after harvesting. Available in a 1# bag, $16.75.

pure rice first calrose rice

Pure Rice First is a family farm located in Lincoln, CA since 1940. Virgina Van Dyke and her family have been farming rice for five generations. They take great pride in providing premium product to their local community, and preserving local farm land. We are pleased to now offer their Calrose Rice a pearly-white, medium grain variety known for its sticky texture. Available in a 50# bag. Its naturally soft starchy structure holds flavor beautifully while maintaining texture and form. Calrose rice works well as a sushi rice, used for paella or risotto, or enjoyed as a standalone table rice. Calrose rice accounts for more than 80% of the California crop, with California being the second largest rice growing state in the United States. Enjoy the harvest! 


 la tourangelle artisan 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. We proudly offer the following artisan oils from La Tourangelle:

  • 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– emerald green oil that is rich and 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. 1000ml canister.
  • 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. 15 ounce 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 Hazelnut Oil– intense hazelnut taste is delicious in salad dressing, pasta, meat, fish, and baked pastries. Great butter substitute; works best with low heat. 1000ml canister.
  • Roasted Pecan– full-bodied, intense flavor, wonderful on baked goods. Also a fragrant addition to sauces or drizzled on pasta or greens. Works well with medium-high heat. 250mL canister.
  • Roasted Almond Oil– good substitute for olive oil; adds subtle almond flavor to any dish from cookies, cakes and shortbreads to sauces, dressing, pasta, and meat dishes. Works well with medium-high heat. 1000ml canister.
  • Toasted Sesame Seed- golden brown oil with bold, nutty flavor ideal for vinaigrettes, stir-fry, and marinades. Works well in medium-high heat applications. 1000mL canister.
  • Pumpkin Seed– should not be cooked due to its low heat point but makes a great finish. Add an intense, deep toasted pumpkin seed taste to salad dressing, soup, marinade, pasta, spreads, and baked goods. 250mL 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.


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summer farmer's market - wednesday, july 18

It's that time of year again and you do not want to miss it! Our annual Summer Farmer's Market brings together over 40 local farmers and chefs to highlight the best of the season! Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer.

Interested in participating as a featured chef? Please contact your sales rep or Marissa with inside sales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 956-5536.