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Market Outlook - May 11, 2017

local living microgreens

       

We are excited to offer a new local source for cut-and-use Microgreens grown by R Farm in Oroville, CA. These tiny edible greens have more intense flavor and are naturally higher in nutrients than their fully grown versions because of their rapid growth. The growth cycle is 14 days from planting to ready-to-trim, and they continue to stay fresh for 2-3 weeks. Produce Express delivers the microgreens in soil, ready to trim. While in their trays, microgreens are alive and must be handled with care. We will offer the following varieties: Mizuna (Red Kingdom)– has a mild pepper flavor with subtle earthiness, great for garnishing pizza, pasta, cheese plates, and meat dishes. Tatsoi– an Asian green with a nutty, mild mustard flavor, sweet aroma, and mineral finish. It is a delicious compliment to seafood dishes, salads, and citrus. Kale (Red Russian)- mildly nutty with a balanced sweet and earthy flavor that compliments savory dishes. All three varieties are delivered in 8-cell flats, $12.75. Not only is it is more cost effective to receive the microgreens still in soil trays than to purchase them already trimmed, but they also maintain freshness longer. They can be stored in an open-air environment or the walk-in. To extract the live microgreens from the trays we recommend using a pair of sharp scissors to cut the plant at the base, just above the roots, while holding a small bunch with your fingertips. To make sure you get the most flavor and best texture, use the microgreens immediately after cutting. The microgreens will not regrow after trimming. These tiny, delicate greens add beautiful color, texture, and great flavor to salads and are an excellent garnish for a variety of dishes.

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Market Outlook - May 4, 2017

local produce timeline

The current Strawberry crop is being harvested in Watsonville. Ripe & ready to use Farmer’s Market Strawberries available by the case.

Local Cherry harvest has begun with Brooks variety to start. Bing variety available in a few weeks. 18# case or by the pound.

Nectarines (semi-cling) and Spring Rose Peaches (cling) will be coming to us from Twin Peaks Orchard and will be available during the 2nd week of May.

 

Maciel Farms in Gridley will begin harvesting Zucchini, Gold Bar, and Yellow Squash the third week of May, as well as Chili Peppers at the beginning of June.

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