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Market Outlook - June 8, 2017

frog hollow apricots

The much anticipated wait for local apricots from Frog Hollow is finally over, but the season won’t last long! Frog Hollow Farm is a 143-acre organic farm located in Brentwood, CA, famous for their flavorful apricots. While their typical harvest begins in mid-May, the first harvest of this season is a few weeks behind due to a wet winter causing Farmer Al to lose five early season varieties.

Produce Express will have the Golden Sweet variety available for the next 2-3 weeks 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 born and bred 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.

One of the reasons for the intense flavor of Frog Hollow apricots is Farmer Al’s soil that he enriches with seaweed, fish, limestone, and compost. The farm has its own compost piles which are made up from clippings and scraps discarded from the orchard or farm kitchen, and damaged fruit that has fallen from the limb. Frog Hollow does not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.

Fun Fact: The late Steve Jobs loved Farmer Al’s apricots! Enjoy the harvest while it lasts!

twin peaks peaches and nectarines

Twin Peaks Orchard is overflowing with the juiciest and flavorful peaches and nectarines! This week’s harvest will offer the following varieties available by the 18# case, or by the pound:

  • Springcrest Yellow Peach– an early-ripening, freestone peach with good flavor, a nice round shape, medium size, and fair color with more red than yellow skin and very little fuzz.
  • Manon White Peach– firm and semi-freestone with excellent low-acid flavor. It is a medium sized variety that is completely red-skinned. 

  • Zee Fire Yellow Nectarine– a clingstone variety with about 85% red skin and great flavor. 
  • Turquoise White Nectarine– a freestone variety with beautiful red and cream colored skin with crisp white flesh. It has an wonderful acid/sugar balance and complex  flavor. 

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. We throw this event every year to give our customers the opportunity to get to know the growers and vendors that provide us with fresh, local crops and products throughout the year. Taste the farm-to-fork difference with delicious bites made by local chefs paired with a local farm or vendor. If you are interested in participating as one of the featured restaurants or chefs, please contact inside sales at (916) 956-5536, or your sales rep, for more information.

Leading up to Visit Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Festival and Tower Bridge dinner, we will also host the following events and tours throughout the summer:

  • Heirloom Tomato Tasting featuring tomatoes from “Uncle” Ray Yeusummng on July 18 at Paragary’s Midtown patio.
  • Women’s Day: Baker’s Delight at Twin Peaks Orchard on July 26 with a guest panel featuring local women bakers Nena Rasul from Bacon & Butter, Laurel Saunders from Paragary Bakery, Teresa Urfosky from American River College, and more

Dates for the following events will be announced soon:

  • Del Rio Botanicals & Premier Mushrooms
  • Fork-to-Cork at Rancho Murietta Golf Course featuring Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms with lunch at Meadowlands
  • Foothill Hops-to-Crops at Loomis Basin Smokehouse with Balloon Melons and Twin Peaks Orchard
  • Delta Tour featuring Ron Kelly U-Pick Farm, Stillwater Orchard, and California Endive Farms
  • Fiscalini Cheese, Sparrow Lane Vinegars, and Nicolau Farm
  • Yolo County Tour at Riverdog Farms and Full Belly Farms
  • Sonoma Cheese Tour at Marin French and Point Reyes Farmstead
  • County Line Harvest in Sonoma

We looking forward to spending the summer with you!

Market Outlook - June 1, 2017

late spring potatoes

Full Belly Farm, a certified organic farm located in Capay Valley, is supplying us with a variety of late spring potatoes. They practice sustainable farming, from the care of their soil and water usage to the treatment of their farm workers. They grow an assortment of crops throughout the year, as well as being home to chickens, sheep, goats, and cows. We will be visiting Full Belly as part of our upcoming series of farm tours so keep an eye out for the date!

While the season lasts, we will offer the following potatoes from Full Belly in 25# cases:

  • Bintje– a creamy, yellow-fleshed potato with thin, pale, yellow skin that is neither starchy nor waxy. Bintje potatoes best retain their flavor when roasted, fried or made into chips but can also be used for potato salads and other side dishes.

  • Desiree- red skinned, waxy variety potato with yellow flesh. A firm potato that holds its shape during cooking, Desirees are fantastic for roasting, boiling or mashing.

  • German Butterball– an undisputed favorite heirloom for superior buttery flavor, storage, and versatility. German Butterballs are a Russet type with rich, golden, slightly flaky flesh and are luscious in any potato dish, regardless of preparation method.

  • French Fingerling– a sleek heirloom potato known for its smooth, rose colored skin that does not need to be peeled. Its flesh, creamy yellow and splashed with pink, is succulent, firm and waxy. It has a robust nutty, earthy and buttery flavor. Use in salads, baked, fried, mashed or boiled.

  • Russian Blue– purple/blue skin and flesh with sweet earthy flavor. The flesh is smooth and moist when cooked. It keep its color best when fried, baked, steamed, or roasted, but will fade to a lavender violet with a pale rim when boiled. Great in gnocchi, salads, soups and stews.

Full Belly is also currently offering Nantes Carrots available by the 24 bunch case. Enjoy the harvest!

tasting tuesday on the farm

We are hitting the road for our next Tasting Tuesday! Enjoy the morning 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 seasonally supplies us with a variety of fresh beans, corn, plums and pluots. It is always fun to visit Dwelley and learn about their growing and harvesting methods. An added bonus is that 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 famous delectable apricots.

We will meet at our warehouse at 8:45am, leave by bus promptly at 9am, and return by 2:30pm. Lunch will be provided from Magpie. Seats are filling up fast. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916)956-5536. This trip is open to all restaurant and hospitality industry team members, so please help us spread the word! We look forward to spending a day on the farm with you!

del rio botanicals

Del Rio Botanicals, located on the Sacramento River in West Sacramento, is a chef’s dream! Farming and seed genius, Suzanne Ashworth, grows a wide variety of unique and specialty crops and herbs throughout the year, specifically for Produce Express. At Del Rio, seasonal produce is picked the day of delivery for superior freshness. A collection of over 1,600 varieties of seeds for vegetables and herbs places Del Rio Botanicals in the unique position to provide a selection of produce that is varied, rare and targeted to restaurants.

Weather and supply permitting, we proudly offer the following from Del Rio:

  •  Fava Beans- 10#, market pricing
  • Avocado Leaves- 50 ct, $13.95 
  • Arugula- 4#, $13.75
  • Pea Shoots- 2#, $14.95
  • Red Frisee- 2#, $14.95
  • Braising Mix- 4#, $16.75
  • Salad Mix w/ Petals & Herbs- 2#, $10.95
 

The following items require a 48-hour pre-order:

  • Boysenberries- 12– 1/2 pints, $32.75
  • Green Mustard Frisee– 2#
  • Fig Leaves– 10 count, $5.50
  • Grape Leaves– 25 count, $5.50
  • Herbs- tarragon, rosemary skewers, lemon balm, parsley, hop cone thyme, & rosemary- 1#, $14.95
  • Lambs Sorrel– 1#, $14.95
  • Calendula or Rose Petals– 4oz, $11.95
  • Beet Greens– 2#, $10.95
  • Green Strawberries– by the clamshell, $4.00
  • Wood Sorrel– this won’t last much longer- 2#, $14.95
  • Quail Eggs– 12 count, market pricing
  • Arugula Rapini– 2#, $14.95
  • Lavender du Provance– 1#, $14.95
  • Pakistani Mulberries– 3 inches long and are perfectly sweet– by the clamshell, $4.00
  • Quelete, Lambs Quarters– 2#, $14.95
  • Lemon Verbena– 1#, $14.95
  • French or Italian Sorrel– 2#, $14.95
  • Clove Basil– 1#, $14.95
  • Agretti or Chrystallina– edible ice plant– 2#, $14.95
  • Cress, Wrinkled Crinkled Cress– 1#, $14.95
  • Luther Burbank Spineless Nopales- 5#, $14.95
  • Buckhorn Plantain– 2#, $14.95