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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. 

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Market Outlook - June 7, 2018

produce alive

produce-alive-wasabi-arugula Placer-grown

We are pleased to partner with Produce Alive to offer local, hydroponically grown Wasabi Arugula and Watercress. Produce Alive is owned 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.

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Market Outlook - May 30, 2018

dwelley farms fresh beans

While we have fresh beans year-round, we understand that purchasing fruits and vegetables directly from local farms ensures longer shelf life as well as a higher degree of quality and freshness. To that end, we are pleased to continue our relationship with Dwelley Family Farms. Located in Brentwood, CA, 26 miles west of Stockton, Dwelley Family Farms is fortunate to be located 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! Mark Dwelley’s family has been farming in the area since the 1920’s. Mark has over 30 years experience on the farm and over 1,000 acres planted to a variety of crops.

  • Blue Lake Beans– a familiar and popular variety, often called snap or string beans. These Blue Lakes are bright, sweet and tender and should snap when broken apart, revealing the tiny seeds inside. Available by the 30# case or pound.
  • Yellow Wax Beans– another variety of snap bean, usually larger than Blue Lakes, crisp and meaty. Available by the 15# case or pound.
  • Romano Beans– also called Italian Flat or Broad beans. Romano beans are large and meaty. They lend well to braising and are perfect for summer minestrones. Available by the 15# case or pound.
  • French Beans (untrimmed)please specify whether you want local French Beans or the trimmed variety from Mexico. Also known as Haricot Verts, French beans are longer and thinner than Blue Lakes. They are more tender and have a more complex flavor. Available by the 15# case or per pound.

We hope to have Dwelley Farms Corn by late next week. Enjoy the harvest!

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