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Market Outlook - August 23, 2018

local summer produce

We have reached the time of year when local produce is at its peak, both in abundance and variety. Below is a summary of current locallocal-cucumbers-peppers-eggplant-jimmy nardellos-squash-summer-produce farm availability and forecasts to help our chefs with menu planning:

  • Corn– outstanding yellow and white Brentwood corn available from Dwelley Farms & Dixon Ridge.
  • Cucumbers– mixed toy box available from Del Rio Botanical in a 10# box. Perfect for cocktails or adding an extra crunch to salads.
  • Melons– varieties include Twice as Nice, Crème de la Crème, and Diplomat; available in a mixed case or as individual varieties. The season is starting to wind down; we expect availability through the end of August/beginning of September.
  • Eggplants– this late summer crop is thriving; organic from Riverdog Farm. Available in a mixed case, or single varieties include Listada di Gianda and Graffiti.
  • Figs– the second crop of figs are available from Windmill Farms and includes Candy/Tiger Striped, as well as Kadota, Violetta, and Black Mission in 12 pint cases.
  • Fresh Beans– Bluelakes, French, Romano, and Yellow Wax continue to impress from Dwelley Farms. Cranberry beans available but limited.
  • Nectarines– yellow and white available from J&J Ramos; Twin Peaks Orchard white nectarines are done for the season. We are hoping for one more crop of Twin Peaks yellow nectarines in a couple weeks.
  • Peaches– Twin Peaks Orchard is winding down and will be done after this week. We will source additional fruit from J&J Ramos.
  • Pears– Delta Bartlett, Red Bartlett/Stark Crimson, and Bosc available from Stillwater Orchard. We are hoping to have Comice and Seckle available in the next week or two.
  • Peppers– Padron, Gypsy, and Jimmy Nardellos from Riverdog and Hatch Peppers from Del Rio Botanical; should be available through mid September.
  • Plums & Pluots– plums are available from J&J Ramos. Pluots are coming from Dwelley Farms & J&J Ramos.
  • Squash– excellent quality from Castaneda Bros.; varieties include Italian Squash, Yellow, Gold Bar, Sunburst, Ronde Nice, and Summer; available as a mixed toy box or individual variety. We also have Baby and Teenage Squash from Del Rio.
  • Tomatoes– continue to impress from Uncle Ray Yeung; see website for available heirloom varieties. Cherry tomatoes also outstanding.

New & Local

We are proud to partner with a few new local farms to offer our chefs a variety of exciting new items. The following are new items thatedible-flowers-marigold-calendula-sweet william-snap dragon-dahlia chefs have been raving about:

  • Flowering Wasabi Arugula (Produce Alive, Loomis)- less peppery, yet spicier, than standard arugula with an almost sweet finish. Hydroponically grown; 1/2 pound bag.\
  • Hydro Mixed Lettuce (Produce Alive)– red and green butter lettuce in 24ct case. Chefs love that this product is available year round from a local source with consistent quality. The color of the leaves are vibrant and the flavor is mildly sweet.
  • Hydro Watercress (Produce Alive)- the perfect balance of sweetness with a hint of spice; perfect atop sandwiches, salads and soups, blended into sauces, paired with meat or seafood and more! 1# bag.
  • Local Edible Flowers (Stone’s Throw Farm, Colfax)- blossoms sold by the individual variety in a 2oz clamshell; varieties include Marigold, Calendula, Sweet William, Snap Dragon, and Dahlia. They are unwashed to allow for ultimate freshness.

Scroll down for details on an upcoming tour of Stone’s Throw and Produce Alive. Save the date!

cowgirl creamery

One of the reasons that cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery are so special and delicious is that each cheese starts with milk made from only one source, creating unique flavor profiles that cannot be created anywhere else. Cowgirl Creamery was founded by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith in 1997. Two decades later, they’ve earned dozens of awards and have produced over 2,000 tons of cheese loved by chefs and consumers alike.

  • Red Hawk– cannot be made anywhere else because the wild bacteria that defines this bold, sumptuous cheese are native to Point Reyes. Red Hawk is aged four weeks and washed with a brine solution that creates the sunset red-orange rind. Its flavor is rich and smooth, complemented by pungent aromas. It is heavily allocated with limited pieces produced. 8oz piece.
  • Mt. Tam– an elegant triple cream cheese has the delectable flavor of cultured butter with hints of white mushroom. Mt. Tam starts with milk from Straus Family Creamery. Available by the 8oz piece.

 upcoming events

  • Tasting Tuesday featuring Local Specialty Cheeses & Paragary Pasta– Tuesday, September 11 • 10am-1pm: we will have cheese reps here from Nicolau Farms, Fiscalini Farmstead, Orland Farms Creamery, Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. and more. We will also have Laurel with Paragary Bakery here cooking up their fresh pasta with cheese from Nicolau Farms. Join us and find the perfect cheese for your next banquet or cheese board.
  • Placer Grown Tour with Twin Peaks Orchard, Stone’s Throw Farm, & Produce Alive– Wednesday, October 17 • 8:30am-2:30pm: join us to explore Twin Peaks and learn about their citrus trees, plus we will check out the gorgeous flowers at Stone’s Throw and learn about the hydroponic growing system at Produce Alive. Please RSVP to your sales rep or Marissa with inside sales at (916)956-5536/ email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Fall Farmer’s Market– Wednesday, November 7: don’t miss the fun! Save the date on your calendar now!