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Market Outlook - April 13, 2017


  • 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 for a specialty cheese tasting 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 all!

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. We will pick a winner every hour (must be present to win). 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..

See you next Tuesday!

farmer's market strawberries

California is the nations leading producer of strawberries accounting for 88% of the strawberries grown in the United States. In 2014, more than 2.3farmers-market-strawberries-albion billion pounds of strawberries were harvested. California’s unique coastal environment with its western ocean exposure provides moderate temperatures year round. In California, strawberries are planted on nearly 40,000 acres. Coastal California’s rich sandy soil and moderate climate extends the strawberry growing season 500 miles up the coast. The three major growing  regions are the Southern District (Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties), the Santa Maria District, and the Watsonville/Salinas District. In each growing area, there are any number of small farms that sell in local farmer’s markets. Cool weather climate in the Watsonville/Salinas region produces the sweetest tasting berries. The peak harvesting season runs through June, when up to 10 million pint baskets of strawberries are shipped daily. No matter the size of the farm or crop, all strawberries are picked, sorted and packed by hand in the field. Large growers that ship to outlying areas rush the full trays to onsite refrigerators that quickly cool the berries down to 34 degrees to create a longer shelf life, as well as allow for transportation. Strawberries from smaller operations are picked riper, are more flavorful, and are typical of the quality you find at farmer’s markets. This week we begin offering a farmers market quality Albion Strawberry from Watsonville via Ainslee Urkofsky-Reyes. They are meant to be used within 3 days. A 12# case is only $22.75. Please specify FARMERS   MARKET STRAWBERRIES when ordering. Enjoy the harvest!

clover sonoma dairy

Clover-Stornetta was recently rebranded as Clover Sonoma, paying homage to the region that supports its dairies. Based in Petaluma, CA. Clover clover-sonoma-dairy-whipping-creamSonoma is an award winning dairy company with an extensive product line recognized by both the industry and consumers for its commitment to       producing high quality dairy products. The Clover dairy brand began in the early 1900’s with distribution by the Petaluma Cooperative Creamery. In 1991 they opened a new state-of-the art facility and have steadily increased distribution throughout California. Clover Sonoma products start with milk sourced from a small group of family farms that are spacious, regional ranches tending small herds in Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. These dairy farmers practice methods of sustainable agriculture and have an extraordinary dedication to animal welfare with no ‘feedlot’ living. Clover Sonoma Farms was the first dairy in the United States to become American Humane Certified by the American Humane Association in recognition of their humanely produced dairy products. In 1994, Clover Sonoma turned down Monsanto’s recommendation to use their newly developed rBST, the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone that stimulates milk production. All Clover Sonoma farmers remain committed to producing rBST free dairy products. As a third generation owned company, Clover Sonoma continues to support local businesses, family farms, and sustainable farming practices.

We are proud to offer the following Clover Sonoma products:

  • Whole Milk (gallon)
  • 2% Low Fat Milk (gallon)
  • Fat Free Milk (gallon)
  • Manufacturing Cream (half gallon)
  • Half & Half (quart)
  • Buttermilk (half gallon)
  • Butter-Salted and Unsalted (30# case)
  • Low Fat Yogurt (24oz. tub)
  • Cottage Cheese (5# tub)
  • Sour Cream (5# tub)

 Clover also offers an extensive line of Organic dairy products and eggs (pre-order required).

Blue Bottle Coffee- Organic cold-brewed Blue Bottle Coffee with Clover Organic Whole Milk, 12/10oz per case.