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Market Outlook - November 16, 2016


This week we feature a very unique variety of Cauliflower-Romanesco. Romanesco is an edible flower from the family that  includes Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, and Cabbage.  Romanesco is an heirloom cauliflower native to the Mediterranean coast roughly in the region from Rome to Naples. It tastes very  similar to cauliflower and has a sweet, nutty flavor.  The most fascinating part of Romanesco is its appearance. Its spiraled florets form a natural approximation of a fractal, meaning each floret in the spiral is composed of a series of smaller florets. These florets form a pyramid of spiraling, pointed cones, resembling a small alien Christmas tree.  Romanesco has grown in popularity in California due to increased planting, primarily by organic farmers. We are currently sourcing Romanesco from Feather River Farm, a certified organic farm in Yuba City. Romanesco is available now and through the winter months. 9 per case.  

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Market Outlook - November 4, 2016

twin peaks orchard

This week we are featuring three highly anticipated local crops-Amagaki Persimmons, Satsuma Mandarins, and Meyer Lemons from Twins Peaks Orchard (Newcastle, CA). Twin Peaks is a fifth generation family farm and was established in 1912. Amagaki Persimmons are a unique persimmon with many distinct and individual qualities. Sweet, crisp or creamy, hints of cinnamon and cocoa. Some will be golden fleshed with brown flecks others dark, rich chocolaty brown that contribute both to the flavor and to the marketing of this fruit as ‘Cinnamon Persimmons’. Single layer flat $21.75. Satsuma Mandarins are a seedless, easy to peel mandarin with rich, tart-sweet flavor. Satsuma Mandarins thrive in the foothills of Placer County as both elevation and the pattern of cool nights contribute to a healthy crop. Mandarin trees produce a heavy crop every other year and growers are expecting an excellent yield this year with one mature mandarin tree producing up to 300 pounds of fruit. The first delivery of mandarins reveals an already ripe, sweet piece of fruit and mandarins should remain available from now until early January. 25# case $30.75 and available by the pound.

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