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Market Outlook - April 6, 2017

SPECIALTY CHEESE TASTING TUESDAY,
APRIL 18 FROM 10AM-2PM

  • Fiscalini Cheese Company: Lionza, San Joaquin Gold and Smoked Cheddar
  • Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.: Original Bleu, Bay Bleu and Toma
  • Cowgirl Creamery: Mt. Tam and Red Hawk
  • Cypress Grove Cheese: Humboldt Fog
  • Laura Chenel: Cabecou and Tome
  • Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery: Smoked Goat Cheddar
  • Marin French Cheese: Brie and Camembert

Join us on April 18 anytime between 10am-2pm! The event is open to anyone in the restaurant, beverage, and food service industry so please help uscabecou-cheese-laura-chenel spread the word and invite your friends! Chefs and Managers- invite all your servers and bartenders too! This is a great educational opportunity for them!

Mary Calo, sales manager for Mike Hudson Distribution, plus representatives from Fiscalini Cheese Company and more will be here to educate and answer questions.

Everyone who attends will be entered into a raffle to take home FREE cheese AND the first 25 people to arrive will receive special Produce Express swag! Reservations are not required but always appreciated.

Please call or text Marissa at (916) 956-5536 if you have any questions, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to getting cheesy with you on Tuesday, April 18!

 

CORALINE & ENDIVE FROM CALIFORNIA ENDIVE FARMS

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Rich Collins of California Endive Farms has introduced a new product- Coraline Chicory. Coraline looks like a cross between Belgian endive and frisee. It has a delicate sweet flavor, and a truly unique appearance. 3# case contains 25-30 pieces 6-8 inches in length, $26.75. Endive (on-deev) is a member of the chicory family, which includes radicchio, escarole, frisee and curly endive. It has a crisp texture and a sweet, nutty flavor with a pleasantly mild bitterness— great served raw or cooked. Endive is one of the most difficult vegetables in the world to grow, requiring a two-step growing process. The first growth takes about 150 days in the field, where the chicory grows from seed into a leafy green plant with a deep tap root. At harvest, tops of the leafy chicory plant are cut off, the roots dug up, and placed in cold storage where they enter a dormancy period. As demand requires, roots are removed from cold storage for their second growth, which takes 28 days in dark, cool, humid forcing rooms, similar to a mushroom growing facility. The control over the second growing process allows for the year-round production of endive. Today, California Endive Farms, located in Rio Vista, remains the largest American producer and a leading worldwide innovator in improving the complex process of growing high quality endives.

In addtion to Coraline, we offer the following:

  • Belgian Endive- ivory-white head with pale yellow-edged, closely wrapped leaves, a mildly bitter flavor and tender juicy texture, 10# case $28.75 or by the piece
  • Red Endive– a cross between white endive and Treviso, 8# case $45.75
  • Mixed Endive- Belgian and red endive, 8# case $38.75

 

FIELD GROWN RHUBARB

Field grown Rhubarb is now arriving from Oregon. Technically a vegetable, but used as a fruit, field grown rhubarb has a short season that spans fromfield-grown-rhubarb April to June, while greenhouse growers extend the availability through early fall. Rhubarb appears in late winter from greenhouse growers. The two crops differ in size and flavor with the field grown version being more popular in our area due to price and availability. Rhubarb stalks are famous for their bright pink color, as pictured above, but they can also be light pink and even pale green. The color is not an indication of ripeness or sweetness, like it is with other fruits. Rhubarb is classically paired with strawberries, and used in tarts, crisps, chilled soups, ice cream, preserves and jams. Available by the pound or 20# case.

Enjoy the harvest!

 

THE PERFECT PUREE

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Produce Express carries an extensive variety of fruit purees, concentrates, and beverage mixers. Save time and labor in the kitchen, pantry and bar by using Perfect Puree to enhance cocktails, beverages, vinaigrettes, sauces, desserts, preserves, jams and syrups. The Perfect Puree sources only premium fruit harvested at the peak of season. Their purees and concentrates are frozen to maintain freshness, flavor, and color. They are also free of artificial additives, sweeteners, and are Kosher certified and gluten free.

The following all natural fruit purees, juice concentrates and beverage mixers are available:

FRUIT PUREES

  • Strawberry
  • Black Currant
  • Banana
  • Red Raspberry
  • White Peach
  • Apricot
  • Pink Guava
  • More Mango
  • Coconut
  • Blueberry
  • Prickly Pear
  • Papaya
  • Cherry
  • Tamarind
  • Green Apple
  • Kiwi
  • Lychee
  • Pear
  • Ginger
  • Marion Blackberry
 

CONCENTRATES

  • Pomegranate
  • Passion Fruit
  • Blood Orange
  • Cranberry
  • Key Lime
  • Meyer Lemon
  • Caramelized Pineapple
  • Tangerine/Mandarin
 

BEVERAGE MIXER BLENDS

  • Chipotle/Sour
  • El Corazon (passion fruit, blood orange and pomegranate blend)
  • Mojito (spearmint and lime blend)
  • Passion Colada (passion fruit, pineapple and coconut blend)
  • Red Sangria (berry concentrate blend)
  • Thai Basil & Black Pepper
  • Yuzu Luxe Sour (yuzu, lemongrass and kaffir lime blend)