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Market Outlook - February 22, 2018

local green garlic

Organic Green Garlic is back from Riverdog Farm! Also known as Spring Garlic, green garlic is celebrated by chefs for its delicate flavor. Unlike mature garlic, Green Garlic bulbs are fresh (not dried) resulting in a more sweet, and less spicy, flavor profile. Green Garlic is excellent when used for soups, stocks, poaching liquids, broths, purees, and sauces. Available by the 10# case or by the pound. Riverdog Farms is a 450 acre, certified organic family farm located in Capay Valley, CA. Tim Mueller and Trini Campbell, along with their daughter, and over 100 employees, grow a variety of organic produce, nuts, grains, and raise chickens and pigs. The rich creek bottom soil and ideal climate results in nearly year round crops. Riverdog produce is ‘picked to order’ and delivered to our warehouse 2-3 times per week.

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Market Outlook - February 12, 2018

LOCAL CHICORIES

Chicories and Endives are a closely related group of leafy vegetables that exhibit a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, textures, and flavors. Though available year round, chicories are considered cool weather crops and flourish at this time of year. Chicories are quite versatile and may be used in any manner of culinary techniques. Chicories and Endives are excellent in salads, and have a sturdy texture that is great for both braising and grilling. We are pleased to offer the following varieties:

From J. Marchini Farm in LeGrand, CA:

  • Radicchio– globe shaped, similar looking to a small head of red lettuce or cabbage with a distinctive bitter flavor. 12 count case or each.
  • Treviso– a radicchio with romaine shaped heads of red and white. 12 count case or each.
  • Castelfranco– seasonal variety with the mildest flavor of all the chicories. Individual heads with attractive purple red flecked, creamy white leaves. 12 count case or each.
  • Mixed Chicory– a “Toy-Box” of Treviso, Castelfranco and Radicchio. 12 count case.

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Market Outlook - February 8, 2018

del rio botanical

For 15 years, we have partnered with Del Rio Botanical to offer unique and delicious organic produce grown exclusively for Produce Express. Del Rio is an 80-acre farm located in West Sacramento along the Sacramento River. A collection of over 1,600 varieties of vegetable and herb seeds places Del Rio in the unique position to provide a selection of produce that is varied, rare and targeted to restaurants. The latest harvest from Del Rio Botanical includes:

  • Fava Greens– with mildly sweet flavor and buttery texture, these greens can be used just like spinach or pea shoots. Mix them into salads, sauté, or wilt them into pasta or risotto. 2# case.
  • Pea Tendrils/Shoots– soft leaves with curly tendrils that can be used raw in salads, or wilt/sauté into soups and stir-frys. 2# case.
  • Arugula– wild, small, leafy green with mild pungent and peppery flavor. 4# case
  • Red Frisee Mustard- deep purple leaves, pale green stem, pronounced mustard flavor and crisp yet delicate texture. 2# case.
  • Custom Salad Mix– with petals and herbs; may also include lettuces, chicories, and more. 2# case.
  • Braising Mix– blend may include chard, kale, spinach, and more. 4# case.

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