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Market Outlook - December 06, 2012

Dried Heirloom Beans

It is at this time of year that, as the weather cools, we can expect an increased use of various types of grains and dried beans as menus change to reflect the season. Comfort foods like Cassoulet, braised meats, mashed potatoes, and polenta begin to take center stage.

We are very pleased to offer this unique line of 'fresh' dried beans from Mohr-Fry Ranch in Lodi, CA. The beans were all planted this year in early spring and harvested within the last month. The beans are packaged under the 'Elegant Bean' brand and are available in 5# bags. Black Valentine-Medium size black bean, turning purple-black when cooked. Meaty texture, nutty flavor, cooks quickly. Christmas        Lima-Large, flat bean, bicolor-cream with maroon splotches. Buttery texture, chestnut-like flavor. Green Flageolet-Small pale green bean used extensively in French cooking, particularly in cassoulets. Holds shape well when cooked. Green Blackeye Peas-Small, light green bean with distinctive black mark at sprouting point. Used extensively in Caribbean and African cooking. Earthy sweet flavor, buttery texture.

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Market Outlook - November 29, 2012

Holiday Menu Planning

The transition to the bustling Holiday Season is upon us and we are offering a significant array of fruits, vegetables, and specialty items from several local growers and producers for your upcoming holiday menus, banquets and special events.

fall-produceApple Hill Apples-Winesap, Red & Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Pink Lady. Pomegranates, Persimmons-Fuyu, Hachiya, and Amagaki. Dates, Cranberries, Huckleberries, Quince, Satsuma Mandarins, Meyer Lemons, Navel Oranges, & Asian Pears. Greens-Arugula, Kales, Chards, Collards, Braising Mix, Bloomsdale Spinach. Chicory-Escarole, Treviso, Dandelion, Endive, Radicchio. Brussels Sprouts. Roots-Leeks, Turnips, Parsnips, Celery Root, Sunchokes, Horseradish, Fennel, Beets-Red, Gold, Chioggia, Potatoes-German Butterball & Yellow Finn.

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Market Outlook - November 15, 2012

Amagaki Persimmons

 Twin Peaks Orchards is now supplying us with a particular variety of persimmon that is truly an extraordinary piece of fruit. The variety is known as Hyakume. Basically, there are two types of persimmons-astringent and non-astringent. The Hachiya is the more widely known astringent type, while the Fuyu is the more popular non-astringent variety. Due to a high level of tannin, astringent persimmons are naturally 'puckery' and may not be desirable for consumption until they reach an advanced stage of maturity and become soft and jelly-like.

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