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Market Outlook - May 23, 2018

produce alive hydro watercress

Produce Alive Watercress HydroponicWe are proud to introduce local Hydroponic Watercress from Produce Alive, available in a 1# bag! Grown in Loomis, CA (Placer County) by Erik Powell, Produce Alive Hydroponic Watercress is a succulent, leafy plant with a sweet, spicy flavor. Its unique peppery taste makes watercress a wonderful addition to a salad, paired with roasted meats or fish, pureed into soups and sauces, or sprinkled on a sandwich or pizza.

Growing 100% hydroponically allows Erik to control the environment and guarantee consistency even with poor weather. He is able to grow year round in his 4,100 square foot green house, and he uses 90% less water than traditional growing methods. Hydroponic Watercress is a live product that continues to grow in the bag after harvesting. We are delighted to now offer this great Placer Grown product! Enjoy the harvest!

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Market Outlook - May 16, 2018

twin peaks white peaches

The first harvest of white peaches has arrived from Twin Peaks Orchard, and can only be found at Produce Express! Twin PeaksTwin Peaks White Peaches Orchard, located in Newcastle, CA. is a fifth generation family orchard which supplies Produce Express with high quality peaches and nectarines in the summer months, and a variety of citrus in the winter months. Twin Peaks was established in 1912 and continues to be family owned and operated. Since its inception, family members have lived, worked and played on the farm, allowing them to constantly monitor the progress and growth of the fruit trees in the orchards. They follow the principles of sustainable agriculture, using beneficial insects to control pests and organic fertilizers to promote healthy tree growth. Twin Peaks is a huge part of the community in Placer County and is a popular presence at several local farmer’s markets.

We are pleased with the first harvest of Snow Angel Peaches– now available in a 10# case only. Snow Angels are highly floral and slightly more acidic than other varieties. Because they are early season stone fruit, they will be on the smaller, firmer side. Early season fruit are considered cling/semi-freestone, which means the flesh will stick to the pit. Several varieties of freestone peaches will follow in the coming weeks. Harvesting at just the right time is a challenge when it comes to stone fruit, especially peaches. Fruit picked too early has not reached the necessary sugar content to ripen properly. If too ripe, the fruit may be unusable for our restaurant customers. The goal at Twin Peaks is to pick tree ripened fruit that will reach a maximum degree of ripeness within 2-3 days after harvest. Enjoy the harvest!

california cherries

California CherriesCherry season is upon us! We are starting out the season with Coral Cherriesan early season variety with low acid, glossy red flesh, and a very sweet flavor similar to a Bing. They are delicious eaten out of hand or in salads; roasted or pickled to compliment pork or other fatty meats; or used in desserts like pies, tarts, cobblers, clafouti, and ice cream. We offer cherries in a 16# case, or by the pound. The local cherry season can be short, lasting 8-10 weeks, from the first of May through the July 4th holiday. Cherry trees need a cold winter to introduce dormancy, no frost during their spring bloom period and warm weather to ripen well. Any untimely rain in May when the fruit has ripened will cause the cherries to crack and ruin the crop. Varieties such as Bing and Brooks will follow in the coming weeks, weather permitting.

 

fully belly farm new potatoes

Last week we received the first fresh dug potatoes from Full Belly Farm and this we are adding German Butterballs to the mix. Full BellyFull Belly Farm New Potatoes-Marissa Montoya Farm is a 350-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley north of Sacramento. They supply us with an array of produce throughout the year, depending on the season. This week, we are pleased to offer Fully Belly Farms Fresh Hand-Dug Potatoes. The potatoes need to be rinsed and cleaned before use as there is some dirt that remains on the skin. They are best when simply prepared with the skin left on and using a minimum of additional ingredients- baked whole, sliced and roasted, or mashed! This week’s harvest includes:

  • German Butterball– known for their superior, buttery flavor, versatility, and long-term storability. It is a Russet-type potato with rich, golden, slightly flaky flesh. German Butterballs are luscious in any dish, regardless of preparation method. Available in a 10# case.
  • Desiree– a firm potato that holds its shape during cooking; fantastic for roasting, boiling, or mashing. It is a red skinned, waxy variety potato with yellow flesh. Available in a 10# case.
  • Bintje– this is a creamy, yellow fleshed potato with thin, pale, yellow skin that is neither starchy nor waxy. Bintje potatoes best retain their flavor when roasted, fried or made into chips, but they can also be used for potato salads and other side dishes. Available in a 10# case.

farmer's market strawberries

Farmer's Market Strawberries-Marissa MontoyaA few weeks ago we announced the much anticipated arrival of Farmer's Market Strawberries from Watsonville, CA. Farmer's Market Strawberries stand out from conventional berries because they are more flavorful and are typical of the quality you find at farmer’s markets- picked riper resulting in sweeter flavor, juiciness, and red color all the way through! Our Farmer's Market Strawberries are carefully sourced by Ainslee Urkofsky Reyes. They are hand-packed into 12/1 pint baskets; available by the flat only. Price is slightly higher than 8/1# flats, but the yield is greater as well. Farmer’s Market berries are picked at the peak of ripeness and should be used within 3 days. Please specify Farmer’s Market Strawberries when placing your order.

upcoming events

clover sonoma dairy - tuesday, june 12

Local should include milk and dairy products too! Join us for a tour of one of Clover Sonoma’s family dairies where we will learn about the entire process from raising and milking the cows to packing and distribution. We will meet at Produce Express at 8AM and return by 3PM. Transportation and lunch will be provided (please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies). Space is limited; please RSVP by texting/calling Marissa at (916) 956-5536 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please spread the word to staff.

 

summer farmer's market - wednesday, july 18

It's that time of year again and you do not want to miss it! Our annual Summer Farmer's Market brings together over 40 local farmers and chefs to highlight the best of the season! Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer.

Interested in participating as a featured chef? Please contact your sales rep or Marissa with inside sales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 956-5536.

Market Outlook - May 10, 2018

fully belly farm local fresh dug potatoes

Full Belly Farm is a 350-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley north of Sacramento. Full Belly has been farmed using organic practices since 1985 and is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers. The farm produces an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. The farm also has a flock of chickens, a herd of sheep, a tribe of goats, and several cows. Full Belly’s system includes: growing and marketing over 80 different crops; providing year-round employment for farm labor; using cover crops that fix nitrogen and provide organic matter for the soil; selling produce within a 120-mile radius of the farm; and planting habitat areas for beneficial insects and wildlife. One of the farm’s goals is to integrate farm production with long term environmental stewardship. This week Full Belly Farm is supplying us with fresh hand-dug potatoes. The potatoes need to be rinsed and cleaned before use as there is some dirt that remains on the skin. They are best when simply prepared with the skin left on and using a minimum of additional ingredients- baked whole, sliced and roasted, or mashed!

This week’s harvest includes:

  • Desiree– a firm potato that holds its shape during cooking; fantastic for roasting, boiling, or mashing. It is a red skinned, waxy variety potato with yellow flesh. Available in a 10# case.
  • Bintje– this is a creamy, yellow fleshed potato with thin, pale, yellow skin that is neither starchy nor waxy. Bintje potatoes best retain their flavor when roasted, fried or made into chips, but they can also be used for potato salads and other side dishes. Available in a 10# case.

wild river farm kiwi

Wild River Farm is still supplying us with beautiful and delicious local kiwi. Wild River Farm is owned and operated by the Noland family for over five decades. The farm’s highly fertile and nutrient rich topsoil is naturally nourished by the Yuba River. The Noland family is extremely hands-on with all aspects of the farm from designing their state-of-the-art irrigation system to planting, pruning, and harvesting the fruit. Wild River Green Kiwi is the very popular Hayward variety, known for its sweet, tangy flavor and vibrant green color. Wild River Green Kiwi is CCOF-certified organic grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. Green Kiwi has fuzzy, fibrous brown skin and bright green, soft flesh with a starburst of small, black, easily digestible seeds. Green Kiwi also contains an enzyme which allows it to be used as a meat tenderizer. They are ready to eat when they are soft to the touch. Available in a 36 count case, or volume-filled (108 count) case.

 

cordillera chocolates

Produce Express now offers a variety of premium chocolates from Cordillera Chocolate- an exceptional brand of chocolate used by renowned chefs worldwide in fine desserts and confections. It was developed by chefs for chefs. Cordillera Chocolate has a delicious flavor and aroma, high shine and soft consistency. One reason for the exceptional flavor and quality of Cordillera Chocolates is that their products are made with Latin American "fine or flavor" cocao beans. Fine or Flavor beans are a product of Criollo or Trinitario cocao trees exuding fruit, floral, and herbal flavors with notes of nut and caramel. Fine or flavor cocoa beans are known to be of higher quality, and less bitter, than "bulk" cocoa beans (Forestero trees) which are widely used in the conventional chocolate industry. Chocolate is also categorized by amount of cocoa used. The percentage on a chocolate label refers to how much of the bar, by weight, is made from pure cacao beans, cocao butter, and/or cocao solids. The percentage is a general indicator of chocolate flavor intensity versus sweetness. The higher the percentage, the more intense and less sweet the chocolate.

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upcoming events

twin peaks orchard - tuesday, may 15

Let the R&D fun continue! While we usually wait to visit Twin Peaks when the trees are full of fruit, we are going to see it from a different perspective this time around! We will take a tractor ride through the orchard and learn about the various stages of growth. At this time of year, the blooming stage has passed and the fruit is set, currently in the ripening process. We will learn more about Twin Peak’s growing and harvesting methods such as hand thinning the trees to allow the fruit to grow to size, get the right amount of sun, and distribute their energy and nutrients efficiently. We will meet at Produce Express at 8:45AM and return by 2:30PM. Transportation and lunch (by Tap and Vine) is included. Space is limited so please RSVP by texting/calling Marissa at (916) 956-5536 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

clover sonoma dairy - tuesday, june 12

Local should include milk and dairy products too! Join us for a tour of one of Clover Sonoma’s family dairies where we will learn about the entire process from raising and milking the cows to packing and distribution. We will meet at Produce Express at 8AM and return by 3PM. Transportation and lunch will be provided. Space is limited; please RSVP by texting/calling Marissa at (916) 956-5536 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please spread the word to staff.