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Market Outlook - December 29, 2011

Winter Citrus

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This week we are offering an excellent selection of winter citrus including recently arrived Moro Blood Oranges. Grown by California Citrus Specialties located in Springvale, CA (east of Fresno), Blood Oranges possess an interesting and complex flavor when compared to other oranges. The juice is tart and rich with a hint of raspberry and less acidic than regular oranges. Typically, early season Blood Oranges have orange flesh with reddish veins and as the season progresses the flavor intensifies and the flesh eventually turns to its namesake pomegranate "blood" color. However, for the second consecutive season, we begin with full vivid, crimson color.

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Market Outlook - December 15, 2011

Seasonal MicroGreens

microgreens‘Tis the season to be festive and flavorful when creating holiday menus and this week we are offering several varieties of seasonal MicroGreens to enhance the presentation of these dishes. Fresh Origins, a small family farm located in northern San Diego County, is our source for these exceptionally fresh and flavorful varieties. MicroGreens are a tiny form of edible greens produced from the seeds of vegetables, herbs and other plants. They range in size from one to two inches long, including stem and leaves. As a result of specific growing procedures, MicroGreens can have surprisingly intense flavors considering their small size. MicroGreens are used primarily as a garnish for appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts and are often indicative of a primary ingredient or two of the dish and the flavor and appearance adds a distinct quality to the chef’s intentions. The following varieties are now available:

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Market Outlook - December 8, 2011

Mixed Chicories

mixed-chicoriesThis week we are offering several varieties of chicories from J. Marchini Farms, located in Le Grand, Ca. (Merced County). Chicories are a closely related group of leafy vegetables that exhibit a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and textures and all have in common a particular flavor best described as wild bitterness ranging from mild to strong depending on the individual variety. The most commonly recognized member of the group is Radicchio di Chioggia-closed and rounded like a cabbage, bright purple in color with white veins with the bitter flavor somewhat pronounced. Other varieties include Belgian Endive, Escarole, Frisee and the lesser known varieties that we offer this week including Dino Kale, Radicchio de Treviso, Castelfranco and Puntarelle. Though several are available year round, they were originally cool weather crops that peak seasonally in early winter. The varieties are offered individually as well as combined for a Mixed Chicory, which might be the best way to become familiar with all of them.

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