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Market Outlook - December 29, 2011

Winter Citrus

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This week we are offering an excellent selection of winter citrus including recently arrived Moro Blood Oranges. Grown by California Citrus Specialties located in Springvale, CA (east of Fresno), Blood Oranges possess an interesting and complex flavor when compared to other oranges. The juice is tart and rich with a hint of raspberry and less acidic than regular oranges. Typically, early season Blood Oranges have orange flesh with reddish veins and as the season progresses the flavor intensifies and the flesh eventually turns to its namesake pomegranate "blood" color. However, for the second consecutive season, we begin with full vivid, crimson color.

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Market Outlook - December 15, 2011

Seasonal MicroGreens

microgreens‘Tis the season to be festive and flavorful when creating holiday menus and this week we are offering several varieties of seasonal MicroGreens to enhance the presentation of these dishes. Fresh Origins, a small family farm located in northern San Diego County, is our source for these exceptionally fresh and flavorful varieties. MicroGreens are a tiny form of edible greens produced from the seeds of vegetables, herbs and other plants. They range in size from one to two inches long, including stem and leaves. As a result of specific growing procedures, MicroGreens can have surprisingly intense flavors considering their small size. MicroGreens are used primarily as a garnish for appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts and are often indicative of a primary ingredient or two of the dish and the flavor and appearance adds a distinct quality to the chef’s intentions. The following varieties are now available:

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