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Market Outlook - February 1, 2018

cordillera chocolate

Join us for Tasting Tuesday featuring Cordillera Chocolate on February 6! Stop by anytime from 9am-12pm for coffee and chocolate treats. Cordillera Chocolate is an exceptional brand of chocolate used by renowned chefs worldwide in fine desserts and confections. Careful roasting and conching procedures create an array of professional chocolate couvertures developed by chefs for chefs.

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.

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Market Outlook - January 25, 2018


We now have local Green and Gold Kiwi arriving from Wild River Farm. Owned and operated by the Noland family for over five decades, Wild River Farm is located along the Yuba River and is naturally nourished by the highly fertile, nutrient- rich topsoil. 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.
  • Wild River Gold Kiwi has smooth, bronze skin and an internal flesh that varies in color from light green to golden yellow. It is lower in acid and higher in sugar content than its green counterpart, resulting in a sweeter, less tart fruit. An appealing feature of the Gold Kiwi is its lack of fuzz which makes it more palatable for consumption without peeling. The Gold Kiwi may be eaten when firm or soft to the touch and is sweet in flavor regardless of ripeness. Available in a Volume-filled 108 count case.

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Market Outlook - January 18, 2018

the flower farm

We now have local Blood Oranges and Meyer Lemons from The Flower Farm, located in Loomis, CA. The Flower Farm was established in 1905 and has been farmed continuously ever since. Originally, the land was a thirty acre plum orchard. Today, The Flower Farm is home to seven acres of mandarins, a wide range of fruit trees, including Blood Oranges, large vegetable gardens and a cutting flower bed. The Flower Farm is also committed to the environment as much of the electricity used on the farm is produced by solar panels, they practice environmentally friendly farming methods and compost daily. 

  • Blood Oranges have the most interesting and complex flavor of any orange. The juice is sweet and rich with a hint of raspberry, and is less acidic than regular oranges. Their distinctive dark flesh color is due to the presence of anthocyanin, a natural pigment common to red fruit and flowers, but usually uncommon to citrus fruits. The degree of coloration depends on light, temperature and variety. Moro and Tarocco are the two varieties of blood oranges found in the market. The Moro variety is more popular as the season is longer and the color more distinctive. Available by the 20# case or by the pound.
  • Meyer Lemons are 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. The flesh is much less acidic making them sweeter than other varieties. The season typically runs from November through April. Available by 10# case or pound.

Enjoy the harvest from The Flower Farm!

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