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Market Outlook - November 28, 2018


Although available year-round, many vegetables in the brassica family are recognized as “cool season” crops. The most familiar brassicas include Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbages, Brussels Sprouts, Radishes and Turnips. With Broccoli and Cauliflower experiencing weather related shortages, resulting in increased market pricing, here are some other items you might want to substitute into your menus:

  • Romanesco– striking in appearance, Romanesco is an heirloom cauliflower; the florets form a pyramid of spiraling, pointed cones. It is sweet with a mild nutty flavor without the somewhat pungency of cauliflower.   6-8ct case.
  • Broccoli Rabe– looks like tiny bunches of broccoli on long stems nestled among spiky large leaves; a yellow flower or two may appear. Its strong flavor is pungent and bitter. 10ct case.
  • Carnival Cauliflower– available in a 6ct mixed case; or individual colors available by the case- purple (9ct), orange (9ct), and green (12ct).
  • Kohlrabi– distinct protruding stalks topped with collard like leaves. Kohlrabi has tough, green outer skin and whitish/green, firm, crunchy flesh with a flavor similar to broccoli. Roast or steam them for stir-fries and pasta, puree into a soup, toss them in a salad, or grate them to make fritters or a delicious slaw. 12ct case.
  • Brussels Sprouts– a very versatile winter vegetable; Brussels may be steamed, roasted, braised, sliced or shredded and sautéed. 25# case or by the pound.
  • Radishes– mixed cases, Easter Egg, and French Breakfast radish available. 24 bunch case.

clover sonoma eggnog

Produce Express is now stocking everyone’s favorite holiday dairy product- Eggnog. Clover Sonoma Eggnog is rich and creamy; delicious by itself, as part of a holiday cocktail, or added to Lattes, Bread Pudding, French Toast, and Ice Cream. Like all Clover Sonoma products, their Eggnog starts with milk from family farms on the North Coast of California. All of Clover’s dairy products are rBST, antibiotic free, gluten free, low in sodium and fresh pasteurized. Eggnog is available in traditional flavor in a 1/2 gallon; or try the new non-alcoholic Maple Bourbon Eggnog in a quart.



holiday menu planning

The holiday season is here and for many restaurants that means special holiday menus, banquets, and special events. In addition to seasonal produce items like citrus, pomegranates, persimmons, cranberries, chicories, and squash, below are some items you might need to complete your menu:

  • Local Dairy Products from Clover Sonoma- cream, butter, eggs, buttermilk, sour cream, milk, and cheeses (organic options available with a pre-order).
  • Local Grains from Early Bird Farm– soft white wheat flour, hard red wheat flour, white corn polenta, and pancake/waffle mix.
  • Extracts– vanilla, maple, lemon, and orange.
  • Local Dried Fruits & Nuts– currants, figs, cranberries, raisins, golden raisins, pears, apples, shredded coconut, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, chestnuts (frozen), walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, and hazelnuts.
  • Spices– pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, cloves, whole nutmeg, all-spice, crystalized ginger, vanilla beans, sugar, brown sugar, and sugar cane.
  • Fruit Purees for sauces and cocktails– pomegranate, blood orange, mandarin, meyer lemon, black currant, orange zest, and more.
  • Local Honey & Fruit Spreads– honeycomb, wildflower honey, orange blossom honey, yellow star thistle honey, California coriander honey, California pomegranate honey, apricot/cherry honey fruit spread, apricot honey fruit spread, and tart cherry honey fruit spread,
  • Local Olive Oil from California Olive Ranch– 80/20 chef’s blend, 50/50 blend, Corblend extra virgin olive oil, and Arbequina.
  • Local Cheeses– Sierra Nevada aged goat cheddar; Nicolau Farm black truffle casiago and Capra Stanislaus; Point Reyes Blue, Bay Blue and Toma; Marin French triple crème brie and camembert; Laura Chenel cabecou; Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam and Red Hawk, Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog and much more.

Market Outlook - November 14, 2018

fall farmer's market fun

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week to celebrate our local farmers and chefs! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Extra special thank you to all of the farmers, chefs, and specialty purveyors who participated!

Restaurants: Tap & Vine • Carpe Vino • Nixtaco • Alaro Craft Brewery • Mulvaney’s B&L • River City Brewing Co. • Hale • Adamo’s • La Provence • Pizza Supreme Being • Zocalo • Taste • Streetzlan • Bella Bru • Origami Asian Grill • The Grid • Seasons Davis • Mezcalito • Grateful Bread • Il Pizzaiolo • American River College • Meristem

Farms & Specialty Purveyors: Del Rio Botanical • Twin Peaks Orchard • Ray Yeung Farm • Riverdog Farm • Full Belly Farm • DiNapoli Tomatoes • Paradiso Tomatoes • Orland Farmstead Creamery • Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. • Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese • Nicolau Farms • Sparrow Lane Vinegars • Paragary Bakery • Z Specialty Foods • California Olive Ranch • Casa Sanchez • Tampico Spice • Queso Salazar • Mi Rancho Tortillas • Premier Mushrooms • Nippon Shokken • Nuthouse Granola • Sacramento Sprouts • Produce Alive • Elegant Beans & Beyond • Pure Rice First •Early Bird Farm • Barsotti Juice Co. • MAC Knife • Stagger Lee Goods •Excalibur Dehydrator • Flora Fresh

If you would like more information about any of the products or farms at the market, please contact your sales rep or call the office at (916) 446-8918!

Visit our facebook page to view all pictures from the fall farmer's market!


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.