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Market Outlook - November 17, 2011

Barsotti Juice Company

barsotti-juiceProduce Express is stocking several varieties of freshly pressed juice from Barsotti Juice Company. Barsotti is located in Apple Hill and has been owned and operated by Gael and Joan Barsotti since 1976. All juices are pressed in small batches and flash pasteurized with no preservatives at the family's solar-powered cider mill. We offer the following juices:

  • Apple Juice/Cider -Premium fresh pressed juice from a blend of at least three varieties including Golden Delicious, Fuji and Granny Smith. One gallon-$5.50.
  • Cranberry Apple Cider -Freshly pressed apple juice blended with cranberry puree and concentrate.1/2 gallon-$4.50.
  • Spiced Apple Cider - Fresh apple juice blended with cinnamon, allspice, orange and lemon juice. 1/2 gallon-$4.50.
  • Carrot Juice - Pressed from fresh baby carrots, the juice is flash pasteurized at a lower temperature to preserve flavor. 1/2 gallon-$6.75.

Winter Citrus

This week's article on local Satsuma Mandarins in the Sacramento Bee coincides with the annual Mountain Mandarin Festival being held this weekend in Auburn at the Placer County Fairgrounds. The arrival of local Satsumas signals the beginning of the winter citrus crop. We have contacted our growers in Placer county-Mandarin Hill and Twin Peaks-and they have both indicated that the fruit could use a little more time on the tree in order to develop a richer and sweeter flavor. Following their advice, we will wait and begin stocking these satsumas next week in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. We are stocking satsumas from the Central valley growing region-good size and color though not quite as sweet as the local crop. Local Blood Oranges and Meyer Lemons remain 3-4 weeks out, closer to the Christmas holiday.

Heading South

The annual transition from the Salinas / Watsonville area to Huron and Southern California began several weeks ago. In a typical year Central and Southern California bridge the gap until the desert region and Mexico begin harvesting. However, cooler weather, overcast skies and mold caused an early end to Salinas. Huron product started early and will finish early. Crop yields and volume have also been very short due to cooler night time temperatures. The desert region is also suffering from cool evening and early morning temperatures as well as overcast skies. The desert will start later than normal; sometime around the 1st of December. Many staples will be drastically affected by light supplies and heavy holiday and seasonal demand. Most notably:

  • Green Beans Eggplant
  • Broccoli Iceberg
  • Broccolini Leaf Lettuces
  • Cauliflower Romaine Hearts
  • Broccoflower Bell Peppers
  • Cabbage Spinach
  • Napa Cabbage Parsley
  • Celery Green Onions