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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.

Meyer Lemons are most likely a cross between a lemon and a mandarin. The Meyer is somewhat smaller than a regular lemon, rounder in shape, with smooth skin and a distinct taste as the flesh is much less acidic making them sweeter than other varieties. The season runs from November through April and is off to an excellent start. 10# case $19.75 and available by the pound. Enjoy the harvest.

produce alive

Last week, during our Fall Farmers Market, we introduced an aquaponic grower of Butter Lettuce-Produce Alive. Erik Powell, owner of Produce Alive (Loomis, CA) grows two varieties of Butter Lettuce and other items in a 200 square foot starter greenhouse and another 4000 square foot greenhouse which houses a 1,200 gallon fish tank and growing platforms for mature plants. Aquaponic farming is a relatively new growing method in which the fish waste water is used as nutrients to grow the lettuce. The lettuce is grown on floating platforms as the plant roots feed on the nutrient rich water. Using this technique, Erik is able to grow year-round and uses 90% less water than traditional growing methods. We are pleased to offer Green and Red varieties of Living Butter Lettuce with stem and roots attached in 5# boxes, from Produce Alive. $00.00

giusto's baking ingredients

We are proud to offer our customers a reputable line of baking ingredients from Giusto’s Specialty Foods. The origin of Giusto’s dates to 1940 when Matthew and Amelia Giusto, Italian immigrants, opened the very first health food store in San Francisco. Giusto’s was founded on the premise of providing high quality, freshly milled, flours and natural baking ingredients of all types, including those for breads, cakes, pizzas and all-purpose. To maintain their high quality standards, they purchase grains from an established network of farmers who grow premium varieties of grains exclusively for Giusto’s year after year. They mill their own flour, in South San Francisco, using a multitude of capabilities including true stone milling on rare 30” Meadows stones. All Family Organic Flour-Unbleached all-purpose flour made from Organic Hard Red Winter Wheat. 11% protein. 25# $26.75. All Purpose Flour-Unbleached enriched flour made from Hard Red Winter Wheat. 11% protein. 25# $11.75. High Performer High Protein Flour-Produced from Dark Northern Spring Wheat. High gluten, 13% protein and ideal for breads and pizzas as well as pastries. 25# $15.75. “00” High Protein Flour-A European-style proprietary blend of select whole wheat flours that works perfectly for tender thin-crust pizza, pasta and breads. 25# $13.75. Rice Flour-Fine textured white rice flour. An excellent ingredient in making gluten free pastries, pasta and bread. 25# $16.75. Semolina-Produced from enriched Durum Wheat, this high protein granular flour is ideal for pasta and bread making. 25# $21.75. Sea Salt-Harvested from the San Francisco Bay. 2# bag. $3.75.