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Market Outlook - August 17, 2017

STILLWATER ORCHARD PEARS

Local pear season is upon us with peak season lasting the next several weeks. The Delta region is known to produce some of the best pears in the world. Stillwater Orchards, located next to the Sacramento River in the town of Courtland, has been owned and operated by the Elliot family since 1860. They takes pride in producing some of the most flavorful pears. The Elliott family grows, packs, and ships on site ensuring the highest quality standards.

We are currently offering the following varieties:

  • Delta Bartletts- classic summer pears that are sweet and juicy with buttery flesh and distinct aroma. 40# case or pound.
  • Stark Crimson– this colorful red pear has the same characteristics as the Bartlett. When fully ripe, the skin is at its brightest. 20# case or pound.
  • Bosc– the most popular dessert pear, excellent for baking. The Bosc pear shows no skin color change during ripening, but shrivels at the stem instead. 40# case or pound.
  • Seckel– an excellent dessert pear, small in size but big on sweetness. Skin does not change color but softens around the stem when ripe. Great served with cheese or baked into tarts. 20# case only.
  • French Butter– juicy, buttery flesh with hints of lemon. A great baking pear. 20# case only.
  • Comice– its very juicy-creamy flesh has a winey aroma and is one of the sweetest and juiciest pear varieties. 20# case. 

Make those menu changes now and enjoy the best of the season!

LOCAL FIGS ARE BACK

We have a fresh harvest from Windmill Farm, a 200 acre farm in Yolo County just outside of Woodland, CA. This week we offer the following varieties:

  • Black Mission– dark purple skin with ‘jammy’ flesh. Sold by the 12 pint case, or by the pint.
  • Kadota– green skin with sweet raspberry-like flesh. Available in a 12 pint case.
  • Viololette de Bordeaux- resembles a small Mission Fig with thin purple skin and sweet, creamy red interior. Available in a 12 pint case.
  • Candy Stripe– light yellow and green-striped skin with crimson-colored flesh and a flavor similar to that of strawberry or raspberry jam. This variety is considered to be one of the best tasting of all figs. Available in a 12 pint case.

Enjoy the harvest!

summer of farm-to-fork

Thank you to everyone who participated in, or attended, our recent Farmer's Market, tastings, and bus tours. We love spending the day with you all celebrating local farmers, growers, suppliers, and chefs that make Sacramento America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Check out pictures of our recent events on our Facebook page.

The fun continues with the San Joaquin Tour on Wednesday, August 23. We will begin the tour at Fiscalini Cheese Company to taste a variety of cheeses. We will continue on to a second tasting at Nicolau Farms Artisan Cheese and Sparrow Lane Vinegars where the Nicolau family will prepare a delicious picnic on the farm for us. We will meet at the Produce Express warehouse at 8:45am for coffee and pastries, leaving at 9am and returning by around 3pm. 

We will also host the following events through the end of September:

  • Jim Mills Retirement Party at Del Rio Botanical- Sunday, August 27 from 11am-2pm. Please join us to help celebrate all that Jim Mills has done for Sacramento restaurants and farms. Please save the date and help us spread the word. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
  • Delta Tour- Wednesday, September 6- a bus your to Ron Kelley U-Pick Farm. We will then head to Heringer Estates in Clarksburg to explore the vineyards and learn how grapes are grown and harvested, followed by a wine tasting at the Old Sugar Mill. The day will end at Revolution Wines for lunch ending with a Cordillera Chocolate tasting with port. 
  • Sonoma County Cheese Tour– Thursday, September 14- a bus tour to Cowgirl Creamery and Tomales Bay Foods for a tasting of their complete line. 

All events are compliments of Produce Express with transportation & lunch provided. Space is limited, 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 - August 10, 2017

sparrow lane seasonal vinegars

Produce Express carries a full line of vinegars from Sparrow Lane, based in Modesto, CA. Sparrow Lane uses wine grapes from Northern California to create their true-to-type varietal vinegars. We carry the following sold by the gallon:

  • California Citrus– light & crisp flavor. California orange, lemon, & lime with barrel aged Chardonnay.
  • White Wine Vinegar– slight golden color, smooth, crisp, and clean.
  • Red Wine Vinegar– dark red color, robust and full bodied.
  • Cabernet Vinegar– ruby red color, lush and full bodied.
  • Champagne Vinegar– delicate, crisp and fresh, with classic color of champagne.
  • Zinfandel Vinegar– deep red in color, old vine flavors with plenty of pepper, spice, and slight port overtones.
  • Sherry Vinegar– deep caramel color, smooth and assertive crisp deep oak flavor.
  • Gravenstein Apple Vinegar– fresh Sebastopol apples give this rich golden colored vinegar a crisp zing.
  • Golden Balsamic Vinegar– honey colored with slight floral tones of the sweet Muscat grape.
  • Dark Balsamic Vinegar– rich, dark chestnut color with slightly sweet silky hints of caramel.
  • D’Anjou Pear Vinegar– light yellow color with a luscious crisp pear flavor.
  • Pear Raspberry Vinegar– dark rose color, bright, and slightly sweet with tastes of sweet pears and luscious raspberries.
  • Mango Vinegar– sweet white wine married with distinctive orange-peach flavor of fresh mango juice give this light amber colored vinegar a unique refreshing flavor.
  • Rice Vinegar– made from locally grown Lundberg Farms, non-GMO rice. The rice is made into Sparrow Lane’s proprietary sake using traditional brewing techniques in the new Nippon Shokken plant in West Sacramento. Then the sake is turned into rice wine vinegar at their facility in Modesto.

Join us to visit their facilities on August 23!

nicolau artisan cheeses

It takes quality milk to make quality cheese, and the family of Nicolau Farms has been doing just that 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. Nicolau uses an older method of pasteurization that does not impart a cooked flavor on the milk. We hope you can join us for a tour of Nicolau Farms to see their cheese making process on Wednesday, August 23. We are proud to offer the following artisan cheeses:

  • Black Truffle Casiago– robust flavors of black truffle flow throughout this mixed milk cheese. Distinguishing notes of Italian black truffle combine beautifully with buttery cows milk & rich goats milk in this semi–hard Asiago style cheese aged 45-90 days. 6-7# wheel.
  • Capra Stanislaus– their flagship cheese is firm, dense, and slightly salty, with notes of goat’s milk caramel and a toasted, nutty-olive finish from the sea salt brine. This hard cheese is aged 2-4 months and is the perfect balance of creamy and dry. 5-6# wheel.
  • Quatro Pepe– this hard, aged cheese has a pale ivory body studded with “Quatro” peppercorns- black, white, pink, and green. Notes of sweet and creamy goat milk blend beautifully with burst of intense and savory peppercorns creating the perfect balance of salt and pepper. 5-6# wheel. Enjoy!

more farm-to-fork celebrations 

Thank you to everyone who participated in, or attended, our recent Farmer's Market, tastings, and bus tours. We love spending the day with you all celebrating local farmers, growers, suppliers, and chefs that make Sacramento America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Check out pictures of our recent events on our Facebook page.

The fun continues with Foothill Hops-to-Crops on Monday, August 14! We will meet at the Produce Express warehouse then head over to Twin Peaks Orchard. We will continue on to Newcastle Produce/Twin Brooks Farm followed by lunch and beer tastings at Loomis Basin Smokehouse and Brewery. 

We will also host the following events through the end of September:

  • San Joaquin Tour– Wednesday, August 23- a bus tour to Fiscalini Cheese Company, Sparrow Lane Vinegars, and Nicalou Cheese.
  • Jim Mills Retirement Party at Del Rio Botanical- Sunday, August 27 from 11am-2pm.
  • Delta Tour- Wednesday, September 6- a bus your to Ron Kelley U-Pick Farm. We will then head to Heringer Estates in Clarksburg to explore the vineyards and learn how grapes are grown and harvested, followed by a wine tasting at the Old Sugar Mill. The day will end at Revolution Wines for lunch ending with a Cordillera Chocolate tasting with port. 
  • Sonoma County Cheese Tour– Thursday, September 14- a bus tour to Cowgirl Creamery and Tomales Bay Foods for a tasting of their complete line. 

All events are compliments of Produce Express with transportation & lunch provided. Space is limited, 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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