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Market Outlook - November 2, 2017

New cheeses from cypress grove

This week, we are pleased to offer four new artisan cheeses from Cypress Grove, located in Humboldt County. Mary Keehn founded Cypress Grove as a means for producing healthy goats milk for her four children. With an abundance of milk on hand, Mary decided to try her hand at cheese making. Realizing she had found her calling, she traveled to France to learn from master cheese makers. When she returned to Humboldt County, Mary started work on her vision of creating a new kind of cheese: one accented with a thick line of ash reminiscent of the fog often hovering the Humboldt coastline, hence the name of her flagship cheese- Humboldt Fog. Cypress Grove is now home to an 18-acre creamery, as well as a model dairy called Dow's Prairie that is 100% Human Certified. As a model dairy, Dow's Prairie supplies breeding stock to other dairies. They also work with an expert nutritionist to help source the best feed and diet for their animals, which could be one of the reasons their goats produce more milk per head than any other commercial dairy in the U.S.

In addition to the original Humboldt Fog cheese, we will now offer the following cheeses from Cypress Grove:

  • Midnight Moon- aged six months or more, Midnight Moon is a blushing, ivory-colored cheese that’s nutty and brown buttery up front with a long caramel finish. As the cheese ages, protein crystals form and lend a slight crunch to the otherwise dense and smooth cheese. Serve with fig jam or add as a decadent addition to macaroni and cheese. Available by the 10# wheel.
  • Lamb Chopper- aged three months, Lamb Chopper is Cypress Grove’s only sheep milk cheese. It has a buttery color and smooth texture. Pairs beautifully with sautéed mushrooms and polenta or shaved over a salad or pasta. Available by the 9# wheel.
  • Purple Haze- chevre disc blended with lavender and hand-harvested wild fennel pollen makes Purple Haze an addictive cheese with a deliciously distinct flavor. Makes an excellent addition to cheese plates, stuffed into pitted Medjool dates, or crumbled on a salad. 12/4oz discs in a 3# case.
  • Humboldt Fog Haze Remix- the original Humboldt Fog remixed with a distinctive ribbon of lavender and hand-harvested wild fennel pollen. Other tasting notes include buttermilk and fresh cream complemented with floral notes, hints of herbs, and a clean citrus finish. Flavor intensifies as it matures. Available by the 3# wheel.

DGM Lion's mane Mushroom

We are proud to introduce Lion’s Mane Mushrooms, a new variety from Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms located in Sloughouse, just a few miles down the road from Produce Express. Lion’s Mane mushrooms are not your average cap-and-stem variety. These unique mushrooms are globular shaped and look somewhat like white  pom-poms. Lion’s Mane mushrooms have a crab like texture and a buttery flavor, making them a fantastic substitute for crab cakes or other recipes calling for crab. In addition to the medicinal, healing properties of other mushrooms, Lion’s Mane is known for its nerve regenerative properties benefiting those suffering from disorders such as dementia and epilepsy. Available in 5# cases in extremely limited quantities. Enjoy!


perfect puree

Produce Express carries an extensive variety of fruit purees, concentrates, and beverage mixers. Save time and labor by using Perfect Puree to enhance cocktails, beverages, vinaigrettes, sauces, desserts, preserves, jams and syrups. The Perfect Puree sources only premium fruit harvested at the peak of season. Their purees and concentrates are frozen to maintain freshness, flavor, and color. All purees are free of artificial additives, sweeteners, and are Kosher certified and gluten free. The following all natural fruit purees, juice concentrates, and beverage mixers are available:

We are pleased to offer the following: 

Concentrates: Pomegranate | Passion Fruit | Blood Orange | Cranberry | Key Lime | Meyer Lemon | Caramelized Pineapple | Tangerine/Mandarin

Fruit Purees: Strawberry | Black Currant | Banana | Red Raspberry | White Peach | Apricot | Pink Guava | More Mango | Coconut | Blueberry | Prickly Pear | Papaya | Cherry | Tamarind | Green Apple | Kiwi | Lychee | Pear | Ginger | Marion Blackberry 

Beverage Mixer Blends: Chipotle/Sour | El Corazon (passion fruit, blood orange and pomegranate blend) | Mojito (spearmint and lime blend) | Passion Colada (passion fruit, pineapple and coconut blend) | Red Sangria (berry concentrate blend) | Thai Basil & Black Pepper | Yuzu Luxe Sour (yuzu, lemongrass and kaffir lime blend)