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Market Outlook - May 25, 2017

local peaches from twin peaks orchard

We are pleased to announce the arrival of local stone fruit this week from Twin Peaks Orchard. Located in Newcastle, CA, this fifth generation family farm will supply us with over two dozen varieties of peaches and six varieties of nectarines throughout the season, weather and supply permitting. Peaches are divided into two categories: clings and freestone. Cling peaches have firm flesh and do not separate from the pit easily. Freestone peaches have a softer, more delicate flesh and separate easily from the pit.

The season begins with the following yellow varieties: Super Rich, Spring Treat, and Rich May. All three varieties have beautiful color, are juicy and have a balanced sweet/tart flavor. They are high acid, low sugar, and semi-freestone- they will soften but do not separate from the pit. Yellow peaches are perfect for baking, salads, pizza, pies, ice cream, cocktails, salsa and more. Available by the 18# case, with peach size on the small side (50-56 count per case).

Twin Peaks also has Snow Angel White Peaches available. White peaches tend to be sweeter, juicer and softer than yellow varieties, making them great for purees and sauces. The Snow Angels are fragrant, high acid, and semi-free stone. Available by the 18# (60 count) case. Twin Peaks Nectarines are expected to begin around the first week of June. Enjoy the harvest!

tasting tuesday on the farm

We are hitting the road for our next Tasting Tuesday! Take the day off and join us on June 6 for a trip to Dwelley Farms and Frog Hollow Farms located in the Delta. June is best time of year to visit both of these farms because it is peak season for their staple crops. Dwelley Farms is currently supplying us with a variety of fresh beans, and expect to harvest corn, plums and pluots at the beginning of June. It is always fun to visit Dwelley and learn about their growing and harvesting methods, plus everyone tends to leave with a ton of delicious fresh produce compliments of Dwelley Farms.

Down the road at Frog Hollow, we will be able to learn about and taste their delectable apricots. This trip is open to all restaurant industry team members. Chefs and Managers– please share this with all staff. The more your staff knows, the more they can educate customers and sell, sell, sell! Seating is limited. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916)956-5536.

farm-to-fork events

It’s that time of year when we celebrate all things Farm-to-Fork! We will kick off the two month long festivities with our semi-annual Farmer’s Market. Please join us on Wednesday, July 12 to talk with the dozens of growers and suppliers that provide us with fresh local items throughout the year. If you are interested in participating in this year’s market, please contact the office at (916) 446-8918, or your sales rep. We would love for you to join the fun, learn more about our growers and suppliers, and enjoy delicious bites made by local chefs paired with a farm/producer.

The farm-to-fork fun continues with a series of farm tours throughout July and August. We will visit the following farms and producers leading up to Sacramento’s annual Farm-to-Fork Festival and Tower Bridge Dinner: Heirloom Tomato Tasting featuring Ray Yeung, Women’s Day at Twin Peaks Orchard, Del Rio Botanicals, Premier Mushrooms, Riverdog Farms, Full Belly Farms, Cowgirl Creamery, Marin French Cheese, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., Balloon Melons, Sparrow Lane Vinegars, Ron Kelly U-Pick Farm, Stillwater Orchard, Fiscalini Cheese Company, CA Endive Farms, and more! We will be announcing dates soon so stay tuned! We encourage all chefs and management to join us, and include their staff for these fun and educational tours. We hope you can join us!

Market Outlook - May 18, 2017

dwelley farms beans

Dwelley Farms is located in Brentwood, CA, 26 miles west of Stockton. The Brentwood agricultural area is close to the Sacramento Delta and within view of the Altamont Pass and Mt. Diablo. During the growing season, the area is characterized by hot days and cool nights which result in excellent growing conditions for a variety of fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, squash, beans, corn, cherries, peaches and apricots. Mark Dwelley’s family has been farming in the area since the 1920’s. Mark has over 30 years experience on the farm and currently has over 1,000 acres planted to a variety of crops. Purchasing fruits and vegetables directly from local farms ensures longer shelf life as well as a higher degree of quality and freshness.

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