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Market Outlook - July 20, 2017

yolo county summer produce

This week we are pleased to offer three new local summer crops: heirloom cucumbers, peppers, and eggplant from Yolo County farms.

New this week from Del Rio Botanicals:
All varieties above are available in a 10# case as a single variety, or in a mixed case.

  • Armenian Cucumber– sweet flesh with a mild, citric flavor. They are pale green, ridged, and slender with a curved shape.
  • Lemon Cucumber– sweet and flavorful heirloom that is less bitter than other varieties. Its shape is small and rounded with pale yellow flesh. Great for pickling, enjoyed raw, or with a cocktail.
  • Citronee Cucumber– another heirloom variety very similar to lemon cucumbers but with fuzzy skin and smaller seeds.

Riverdog Farm has several varieties of Sweet Peppers:
All peppers varieties above are also available in a 10# mixed Toy Box case.

  • Jimmy Nardello– sweet and light when eaten raw but also an excellent frying pepper. 10# case.
  • Pimentos– sweet with a mild kick, these peppers are used to make paprika when they are dried. They are bright red and shaped like a heart. 10# case.
  • Lipstick– one of the most delicious and sweetest peppers with meaty flesh. They turn from green to glossy red when mature and are excellent raw or roasted. 10# case.
  • Gypsy– intense sweet flavor with long, tapered shape. Their yellow-white coloring deepens to orange and then to red as the season progresses. Enjoy raw or roast to enhance sweetness. 10# case.
  • Padron– small, crinkled, green pepper with grooved furrows along its skin. Most Padrons are sweet and mild with 1/10 being hot and spicy. 5# case.

Multiple Eggplant varieties are available from Riverdog Farm and Full Belly Farm:
All varieties below are available in 10# case individually or in a mixed case.

  • Rosa Bianca– mild in flavor with no bitterness. This Italian heirloom is medium sized and tear-drop shaped with lavender-white skin and creamy white flesh.
  • Graffiti– smaller than Rosa Bianca with classic eggplant shape. It has bicolor purple and white striped skin with white flesh.
  • Listada di Gandia– a purple striped Italian heirloom with a classic egg shape. They are tender, smooth and creamy with a thinner skin than most varieties.

NEW LOCAL ARTISAN CHEESES FROM NICOLAU FARMS

New this week to Produce Express is a wonderful variety of cheeses from Nicolau Farms that were a big hit at our recent Summer Farmer’s Market. The Nicolau family has been dairy farming since the early 1900’s. Their farm is located in the fertile San Joaquin Valley allowing them to produce some of the finest farmstead cheeses.

We are proud to offer the following:

  • Black Truffle Casiago– distinguishing notes of Italian black truffle combine beautifully with buttery cows milk and rich goats milk in this semi–hard Asiago style cheese. 6-7# wheel.
  • Capra Stanislaus– their flagship cheese is firm, dense, and slightly salty, with notes of goats milk caramel and a toasted, nutty-olive finish from the sea salt brine. This hard, aged cheese is the perfect balance of creamy and dry. 5-6# wheel.
  • Quatro Pepe– notes of sweet and creamy goat milk with burst of intense peppercorns, with bold and savory notes, are a perfect balance of salt and pepper. This hard, aged cheese has a pale ivory body studded with “Quatro” peppercorns- black, white, pink, and green. 5-6# wheel.


women's day & more farm-to-fork events

Thank you to everyone who participated in, or attended, our Summer Farmer’s Market last week. It was a wonderful celebration of all the local farmers, growers, suppliers, and chefs that make Sacramento America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Check out all the pictures on our Facebook page.

The fun continues with Women’s Day at Twin Peaks Orchard on Wednesday, July 26 at 9am. A “Baker’s Delight” will feature a panel of talented women bakers including Nena Rasul of Bacon & Butter, Laurel Sanders-Melchor of Paragary Bakery, Misty Green of Hawks Restaurant, Courtney McDonald of Carpe Vino, and Jodie Chavious of Canon. We will meet at the Produce Express warehouse at 8am and take a bus to Twin Peaks. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Additional baked goods provided by the women on the panel will be available for cash or check purchase benefitting Women Empowerment– a Sacramento non-profit dedicated to educating and empowering women who are homeless with the skills needed to get a job and rebuild their lives. See RSVP details below.


We will also host the following events throughout July and August:
Organic Yolo County Trio– Wednesday, August 2- a bus tour to Del Rio Botanical, Riverdog Farm, Full Belly Farm.
Fork to Cork– Wednesday, August 9– a bus tour to Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms, Rancho Murierra Country Club, and Meadlowlands Restaurant. Appetizers featuring Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms will be served at Rancho Murieta Country Club followed by a 3-course lunch and wine pairings at prepared by Chef Danny Origel at Meadowlands Restaurant.
Foothill Hops to Crops- Monday, August 14- a bus tour to Twin Peaks Orchard followed by lunch and beer tasting at Loomis Basin Smokehouse.
San Joaquin Tour– Wednesday, August 23- a bus tour to Fiscalini Cheese Company, Sparrow Lane Vinegars, and Nicalou Cheese.
Sonoma County Cheese Tour– a bus tour to Marin French Cheese and Point Reyes Farmstead (Date TBD)
Delta Tour- Ron Kelly U-Pick Farm, Stillwater Orchard, California Endive Farms (Date TBD)

All events are compliments of Produce Express with transportation & lunch provided. Space is limited so please reserve your seat today by contacting inside sales at (916) 956-5536 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Market Outlook - July 13, 2017

LOCAL SUMMER PRODUCE AVAILABILITY

Heavy rain in the winter and spring months lead to delayed planting of the summer heavyweights- Heirloom Tomatoes, Corn, Squash, and Beans. Heat waves in the early summer stunned the growth of some plants causing availability gaps from our local farmers in recent weeks. We hope the availability issues are behind us but one can never tell, as predicting Mother Nature seems to be an impossible task.

This week we offer the following items from our local farms:

  • Stonefruit- Twin Peaks Orchard currently supplies us with Suncrest Yellow Peaches. White Peaches and both varieties of Nectarines are gapping from Twin Peaks. We are sourcing White Peaches, and Yellow and White Nectarines, Red and Black Plums, and Pluots from local grower J&J Ramos.
  • Corn and Beans- Dwelley Farms continues to impress with several varieties of Beans- Blue Lake, Yellow Wax, Romano, French, and Cranberry. Ears of Yellow and White Corn are sweet with tightly packed kernels.
  • Squash- Maciel Farm and Castaneda Bros. Produce provide us with several varieties of Summer Squash including Zucchini, Gold Bar, Ronde Nice, Green Summer, Sunburst, Scallopini. A ‘Toy-Box’ is also available. Organic Mixed Baby Squash and Teenage Squash available from Del Rio Botanical.
  • Heirloom Tomatoes- Uncle Ray has been affected greatly by the heat wave and is currently harvesting limited quantities and varieties.
  • Fresh Dug Potatoes- Bintje, German Butterball, and Desiree Potatoes available from Full Belly Farm.
  • Figs- the Breba crop of local Figs is over, we now wait for the second crop to ripen from Windmill Farm. Brown Turkish Figs are available from Fresno area growers.
  • Melons- Black Imagination Watermelons are coming from Vierra Farm. Local growers have yet to start harvesting varietal melons.
  • Peppers– Padron and Gypsy peppers from Riverdog Farm are just starting.

Enjoy the harvest!

VALLEY FORD CHEESE

Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery was founded in 2008 and is located on Mountain View Jersey Dairy, off the rural coast of Sonoma County. The Bianchi family has owned and operated the 640 acre ranch since 1918, now occupied by the third, fourth, and fifth generations.

We offer the following award winning Italian Farmstead Cheeses from Valley Ford Cheese and Creamery:

  • Highway 1– an old style Fontina, unpasteurized and aged for at least 80 days. It’s the perfect anytime cheese with a creamy texture and balanced fruity nutty flavor. 8#.
  • Estero Gold– handmade in the style of Asiago, similar to a Montasio, and aged only six months. It is subtle and creamy with a buttery flavor and grassy, fruity overtones. It has a pliable texture, great for melting, with small holes, & straw-like coloring. 8#.
  • Estero Gold Reserve– a mature Estero Gold aged 18 months, it develops a stronger flavor, harder and dryer texture, and becomes similar to a parmesan. Because it’s a high protein, extra-aged cheese, it has little granular “crunchies”. 8#.


FARM-TO-FORK CELEBRATIONS


Produce Express is hosting a 10 week Farm to Fork celebration. Beginning in mid July, and ending the week of the Farm to Fork Festival and Tower Bridge Dinner in late September, we will host an event each week to celebrate our local farmers and the crops they grow, as well as the chefs who support and prepare the ingredients grown at these farms. Everyone in the restaurant and hospitality industry is welcome to attend any and all the events listed below. We will continue to plan and announce events as they come. All the events are free of charge, and include transportation and lunch. We hope you take us up on this incredible offer to see where your food comes from and meet the people who work so hard to grow the food you prepare, serve, and eat.

We will also host the following events throughout July and August:

  • Heirloom Tomato TastingTuesday, July 18 from 11am-1pm featuring “Uncle” Ray Yeung Heirloom Tomatoes & four varieties of Fresh Mozzarella. The tasting will be held at at Mulvaney’s B&L. Light lunch served by Mulvaney's B&L. No host bar. Stop by anytime between 11am and 1pm.
  • Women’s Day “Baker’s Delight” at Twin Peaks OrchardWednesday, July 26 at 9am featuring a panel of talented women bakers including Nena Rasul of Bacon & Butter, Laurel Sanders Melchor of Paragary Bakery, Misty Green of Hawks Restaurant, and Jodie Chavious of Canon.
  • Organic Yolo County TrioWednesday, August 2- a bus tour to three prominent Organic Yolo County Farms- Del Rio Botanical, Riverdog Farm, and Full Belly Farm.
  • Fork to CorkWednesday, August 9– appetizers featuring Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms at Rancho Murieta Country Club followed by a 3-course lunch and wine pairings prepared by Danny Origel at Meadowlands Restaurant.
  • Foothill Hops to Crops- Monday, August 14- a bus tour to at Twin Peaks Orchard, Newcastle Produce, and Twin Brooks Farm followed by lunch and beer tastings at Loomis Basin Smokehouse.
  • San Joaquin TourWednesday, August 23- a bus tour to San Joaquin County to visit Fiscalini Cheese Company, Sparrow Lane Vinegars, and Nicolau Cheese
  • Sonoma County Cheese Tour at Marin French Cheese and Point Reyes Farmstead. Date TBD.
  • Delta Tour- Ron Kelly U-Pick Farm, Stillwater Orchard, California Endive Farms. Date TBD.

Transportation & lunch are provided at no charge compliments of Produce Express. Space is limited so please reserve your seat today by contacting inside sales at (916) 956-5536 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to spending the summer with you!

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