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Market Outlook - April 12, 2018

sausalito springs organic watercress

Sausalito Springs Organic Watercress is uniquely grown by a small farm in Sonoma County. Watercress is the only crop grown at Sausalito Springs so it is safe to say they put a lot of love into every step of growing, harvesting and packaging. While conventional watercress grows in the wild in clear, shallow streams, Sausalito Springs watercress is grown in fresh well water. When harvesting, they hand-cut only the tops of the plant. They are then triple washed, hydro-cooled, and hand packed loose-leaf (rather than bunched) in clear, plastic bags. Moisture is added after packaging to promote continued growth- Sausalito Springs Watercress is a living product. Watercress contains a unique mustard oil, similar to those in radishes, which gives it a unique peppery flavor. When properly handled, shelf life is 10-14 days. It is best stored in its original bag, kept flat and turned daily. When stored in restaurant containers, keep covered with a wet towel. Sausalito Springs watercress is excellent in salads and sandwiches, pairs well with fish, and would make a flavorful watercress pesto. Available in a 2# bag.

dragon gourmet mushrooms

Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms (Sloughhouse, CA), a staple at local farmers markets, has supplied local restaurants since 2000. Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms are grown indoors using a very scientific method involving untreated hardwood, sawdust, and wheat or rice bran; and controlled moisture, humidity, and temperature. No manure, supplements, herbicides, pesticides or any other additives are ever used in their growing process. We proudly offer the following varieties from Dragon Gourmet:

  • White or Brown Beech– quarter size caps with 2-3” white stems. Their crisp, crunchy texture holds up when cooked; a hot sauté brings out their mild nutty flavor. 4#
  • Oyster– scallop-shaped, soft brown caps with a delicate, sweet flavor and velvety texture. 5#.
  • Shiitake– tan to dark brown with broad, umbrella shaped caps. Rich, earthy, umami flavor with a meaty, slightly chewy texture. 5#.
  • Eryngii (aka Trumpet Royale or King Trumpet)- wonderful savory flavor with a firm, meaty texture. They are often used in place of wild mushrooms. 5#.
  • Lion’s Mane (*limited*)– crab-like texture and a buttery flavor; fantastic substitute for crab. 5# case.

 acai for breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Acai bowls have been popping up on menus all over Sacramento, following a craze that has been all the rage among consumers in Southern California and the Bay Area for years. Acai berries became popular in the early 2000s when they were found to improve blood sugar management. Acai berries also contain anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits from polyphenols which are most dark berries such as blackberries and cranberries. Although acai bowls and smoothies are great on breakfast menus, consumers love acai any time of the day. Acai bowl are a delicious meal replacement when topped with a variety of fruit, granola, nuts, and seeds. Acai is also the perfect alternative to ice cream and frozen yogurt. Produce Express offers pure Acai (pronounced “ah-sigh-EE”) from Amazon Planet. Their Acai is wild-harvested and sourced directly from local farmers based in the Amazon Rainforest where Acai groves are an important part of the fragile ecosystem. The acai fruit looks a lot like a blueberry, but unlike the pulpy flesh of the blueberry, acai has a hard, inedible seed covered by a very thin, edible skin that is packed with nutrients. The thickness of acai is an indication of how many fruit solids—and therefore nutrients– it contains. Amazon Planet’s Acai maintains the taste of real acai– a velvety, natural, dark chocolate taste- because it is free of additives or filler juices. The mild and creamy acai packs are neither sweet, nor tart, allowing you to sweeten to your customer’s desired taste. Amazon Planet Acai is also certified Kosher, gluten free, and organic with 0g of sugar. We offer unsweetened Acai in frozen 100g (3.5oz) pouches with 64 pouches per case.

+ TOP IT OFF WITH NUTHOUSE GRANOLA

Nut House Granola is packed with whole nuts, juicy fruit, and pure maple syrup. The granola is mixed by hand in small batches then slowly baked to create a beautiful granola that is perfectly balanced in richness, sweetness, and saltiness. The final product is rustic and delicious with an addictive texture. Nut House Granola is made in Berkeley, CA using all natural ingredients including California farm-direct Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans and Raisins, Organic Oats, Coconut, Agave Syrup, and Non-GMO Verified Canola Oil. We offer Nut House Original Granola in convenient 10# bags.

Market Outlook - March 21, 2018

carrot varieties

While they are available year-round, spring is a popular time of year for Carrots. They are a good late-season crop that can tolerate frost. In fact, they prefer to be grown during the cooler ends of the growing season—spring and fall. Carrots are an extremely versatile vegetable that can be blended into soups, roasted, grilled, sauteed, juiced, and even enjoyed as dessert! From bright, crunchy salads to sweet, slow-cooked sides, Carrots are a wonderful kitchen staple. We offer the following varieties:

  • Nantes Carrots- a French heirloom variety with an almost perfectly cylindrical shape, rounded at the top and root ends, and are distinctly sweeter than other carrots. Nantes' have smooth skin and a crisp texture. Available by the 24 bunch case only.
  • Ice Bunched Carrots– best quality and flavor, medium size, with tops. Available in a 24 bunch case only.
  • Rainbow Bunched Carrots– 24 bunch case only
  • Baby Orange Carrots– 24 bunch case only
  • Baby Mixed Carrots– a variety of colors in a 24 bunch case only\
  • Peeled Baby Bunch Carrots– 5# case
  • Peeled Mixed Baby Carrots– 5# case
  • Baby Round Carrots– aka “Thumbelina” carrots. Available in a 24 bunch case only.

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Market Outlook - March 15, 2018

delta asparagus

The transition to Delta Asparagus is finally happening! We have received a limited supply of our first of the season Delta Asparagus. As exciting as this is, we need to preface this by saying that supplies will be tight at first which may cause us to have to occasionally supplement our warehouse with deliveries of California Asparagus (not from the Delta). It is possible that you will receive Delta Asparagus on one delivery and California on the next. As supplies catch up in the coming weeks, we will not have the need to supplement with Southern California ‘grass’. Asparagus is packed in five sizes: Pencil, Standard, Large, X-tra Large and Jumbo. The size of the asparagus you choose should be determined by how you intend to cook it. Pencil (about the diameter of a pencil) is best for sauté/ stir-frys and very quick cooking. Standard (roughly the diameter of your pinky finger) is the most common size and is great blanched in chilled salads or cold appetizers. Large (the diameter of your index finger) is great for grilling as it will allow you to add a nice char and still be al dente. Xtra-Large and Jumbo (about the diameter of your thumb) is perfect for longer cooking applications like roasting or braising. It is important to know that size has no bearing on flavor or color. Both Delta Asparagus and California Asparagus packed in 28# cases only.

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