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Market Outlook - June 22, 2017

local figs

California’s excellent climate and soil produces the most delectable figs. This unique fruit is lusciously sweet with a distinct texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. Figs range dramatically in color and subtly in texture depending on the variety. This week we are happy to receive the first harvest from Windmill Farm in Woodland, CA.

fig pizza

While the season lasts we will offer the following varieties:

  • Black Mission– sweet, syrupy flavor with soft, blackish/purple skin and delicate, dark pink colored flesh. Pairs delightfully with tangy cheeses like mascarpone or Fromage blanc. Available by the 12-pint case, or by the pint.
  • Kadota– a less sweet variety with light green skin and light pink/purple flesh. They also take well to being heated so they are delicious on a pizza and are great for stuffing. Available by the 6-pint case.
  • Violette de Bordeaux– widely regarded as the best tasting fig variety with a rich sweet flavor comparable to molasses strawberry jam. They have glossy, deep purple skin with beautiful deep red flesh. Available by the 6-pint case. We also have Organic Black Mission Figs available from Del Rio Botanical in West Sacramento available by the 12-pint case.

 

 twin peaks gold dust peaches

gold dust peach

The San Francisco Chronicle recently published an article about Gold Dust Peaches, a unique heirloom variety that was made popular in California by Masumoto Family Farm. While top restaurants like Chez Panisse have served the rare peach, the Gold Dust variety can be hard to find, but Produce Express has them! We are proud to offer delightful Gold Dust peaches from Twin Peaks Orchard in Newcastle, CA. Gold Dust peaches are a free stone variety that are incredibly juicy with the perfect balance of sweet and tart. They are on the smaller side but their intense flavor is proof that good things come in small packages. Gold Dust peaches are delicate and soft with skin that peels easily. We recommend using them soon after receiving as they ripen quickly. Twin Peaks offers limited availability of Gold Dust Peaches in a 18# case. We have several varieties of Twin Peaks peaches in our warehouse so please specify “Gold Dust Peaches” if you would like this variety. As stone fruit season progresses, we will only be offering free stone varieties since cling stone varieties are done after this week. Enjoy the harvest!

peach and arugula salad

 

farm-to-fork events

  

You are invited to a summer full of Farm-to-Fork events! Join us to kick off the festivities and enjoy a taste of the Sacramento bounty at our annual summer Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, July 12 from 10am-2pm. We will feature dozens of local farms, growers, and suppliers teamed up with local chefs to prepare delicious bites highlighting the best local harvests and ingredients sold by Produce Express. This is a great opportunity to talk with farmers and vendors directly and discover new items. We encourage you to take advantage of this event by inviting your staff to come out and learn more about the ingredients that you prepare and serve every day. Did we mention there will be awesome raffle prizes? If you would like to participate as a featured chef or restaurant, please contact inside sales at (916) 956-5536, or your sales rep, for more information.

point reyes baby cow

You do not want to miss the following tours that we have planned for the summer!

  • Heirloom Tomato Tasting– Tuesday, July 18 featuring “Uncle” Ray Yeung
  • Women’s Day “Baker’s Delight” at Twin Peaks Orchard– Wednesday, July 26 featuring a panel of talented women bakers including Nena Rasul of Bacon & Butter, Laurel Sanders Melchor of Paragary Bakery, Teresa Urkofsky from American River College
  • Organic Yolo County Trio– Wednesday, August 2 at Del Rio Botanical, Riverdog Farm, Full Belly Farm
  • Fork to Cork– Wednesday, August 9 tour of Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms with lunch and wine tastings at Rancho Murieta Country Club and Meadowlands Restaurant
  • Foothill Hops to Crops- Monday, August 14 at Twin Peaks Orchard followed by lunch and beer tasting at Loomis Basin Smokehouse
  • Specialty Cheese Tour and Tasting– at Marin French Cheese and Point Reyes Farmstead
  • Delta Tour- Ron Kelly U-Pick Farm, Stillwater Orchard, California Endive Farms
  • Cheese & Vinegar– featuring Fiscalini Cheese Company and Sparrow Lane Vinegars

Transportation and lunch is provided. Space is limited so save the date and contact inside sales at (916) 956-5536 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your seat today. We look forward to spending the summer with you!

frog hollow group

 

Market Outlook - June 15, 2017

summer squash

squash summer varieties

This week we are pleased to offer an array of summer squash from Maciel Farm in Gridley, CA and Castaneda Bros. Produce in Vacaville, CA. All Summer squashes have tender flesh and skin with mild, buttery flavor, and high moisture content. They vary in color, size, and shape but should be bright and heavy for their size.

Both Castaneda and Maciel are supplying the following: Italian Squash (Zucchini)- available by the 25# case, or by the pound. Yellow Squash- available by the 22# case or by the pound. Grey (Mexican Squash)- grey/green in color, shorter and more rounded than zucchini with sweeter flavor. Available by the 22# case only.

Maciel Farm is supplying us with delicious Gold Bar- similar shape as zucchini but with bright yellow skin and white flesh. Fewer internal seeds results in a sturdy squash perfect for sauté or grilling. They are best stored at room temperature. Available by the 20# case or by the pound.

ronde nice

 

Castaneda Bros. has a variety of Patty Pan Squashes available separately in 22# cases: Sunburst (yellow), Summer (light green), and Scallopini (dark green). All three varieties are saucer shaped and scalloped with crimped, pie-like edges. Ronde Nice (Eightball)- stores very well and tender flesh makes them perfect for grilling, baking & stuffing. Available in a variety of colors throughout the season. 22# case. Toy Box Squash– variety of squashes listed above available in a 20# case. Enjoy the summer bounty!

local apricots, plums, and pluots

Frog Hollow apricot season is short and sweet this year due to a harsh winter causing Farmer Al to lose five early season varieties. While the season lasts, we will have the organic Golden Sweet variety available in 10# cases for $34.75. The Golden Sweet is a smaller apricot making up for whatever it lacks in size with its rich flavor. A California variety, it has a brilliant golden orange skin with a soft blush. Golden Sweets are great for baking, cheese plates, sauces and glazes. Frog Hollow bakes pastries featuring other varieties, but the Golden Sweet is their variety of choice for their best-selling apricot conserve.

Produce Express is also offering conventional apricots by the pound from J&J Ramos Farm in Hughson, CA. Also coming from J&J Ramos are delicious red Plums and Flavor Gold Pluots available by the 20# case, or by the pound.

avocado oil

La Tourangelle Avocado Oil is 100% pure, all-natural and handcrafted from fresh premium avocados. This gorgeous emerald green oil has a fine fruity roundness that makes it useful for both sweet and savory applications. On salads, or in a dressing, it contributes a hint of avocado flavor, and it is wonderful drizzled over heirloom tomatoes, stone fruit, or melons. Avocado oil can be used the same way you use your extra virgin olive oil, but with a smoke point at 520ºF it is very practical to use in a hot sauté pan or grill. Avocado oil is processed on equipment very similar to those used to process extra virgin olive oil. The avocado pulp is first expeller-pressed usually using a centrifuge. It is then lightly filtered and "polished" using another centrifuge. The result is a beautiful green oil that will bring a delicious, lite avocado flavor to your dishes. Sold by the liter, $55.75.

farm-to-fork events

We are excited to invite you to a summer full of Farm-to-Fork events! Join us to kick off the festivities at our annual summer Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, July 12 from 10am-2pm. Get to know the growers and vendors that provide us with fresh, local crops and products throughout the year and enjoy delicious bites made by local chefs. If you would like to be one of our featured chefs or restaurants, please contact inside sales at (916) 956-5536, or your sales rep, for more information.

We will also host a series of events throughout the summer including tours of Del Rio Botanical, Riverdog Farm, Full Belly Farm, Marin French, Point Reyes Farmstead, County Line Harvest, Ron Kelly U-Pick Farm, Stillwater Orchard, California Endive Farms, Fiscalini Cheese Company, and Sparrow Lane Vinegars, as well as an heirloom tomato tasting, Women’s Day at Twin Peaks Orchard, Fork-to-Cork, and Foothill Hops-to-Crops. Dates and details for these events will be announced soon! Don’t miss the fun!

We looking forward to spending the summer with you!