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summer farmer's market 2018

Wednesday, July 18 • 10AM-2PM
8340 Belvedere Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95826

Our annual Summer Farmer’s Market is just around the corner! We throw this event every summer to celebrate all things farm-to-fork and the seasonal bounty of the Sacramento Valley. It is our way of saying THANK YOU to the farmers for all their hard work throughout the year and to all the chefs who support them by buying from Produce Express! The fun will include:

  • Local, seasonal produce!
  • Over 40 local farmers paired with local chefs, creating delicious bites that highlight the best of the season!
  • Tons of produce giveaways!
  • Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day!
  • Catch up with industry friends and network!
  • Raffles prizes from local restaurants, MAC Knives, and Stagger Lee Goods aprons!
    PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR TEAM & INDUSTRY FRIENDS!

romaine LETTUCE alert 6/1/18

Here is some information about where Produce Express procures its romaine from:

  • All romaine from Produce Express is from Field Fresh Farms located in Watsonville, CA
  • All of our chopped romaine is processed in Sacramento using Watsonville romaine only
  • All romaine salad mixes contain Romaine from Watsonville, CA

General Information: The latest release from the CDC has 25 additional illnesses reported since the last update on May 16th. People typically get sick from E. coli in 2-8 days after swallowing the germ. The average time it takes to get reported to the CDC is two to three weeks after becoming ill. The reported illness period has been adjusted to cover March 13th to May 12th. The CDC has named the Yuma, AZ region as the source of the outbreak, but has been unable to link a common grower, distributor or brand. The CDC still has NOT issued a recall at this time. As of May 2, the Arizona Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the Yuma growing region is no longer producing or distributing romaine. It is likely that there is no longer any affected romaine in the supply chain due to its 21-day shelf life.

Recap Summary: As of April 13, the CDC has reported a multi-state outbreak of E. coli related illnesses that have been associated with chopped romaine from the Yuma, AZ growing region. Here is the associated info:

  • 197 people infected with E. coli have been reported across 35 states
  • California is one of the states with reported illness (45 cases including 1 death)
  • The illnesses started on dates ranging from March 13th to May 12th
  • 25 new illnesses reported since May 16th
  • The CDC is not recommending a recall at this time
  • Yuma is no longer producing or distributing romaine per the Arizona Department of Agriculture
  • It is unlikely that any affected Yuma Romaine remains in the supply chain do it its 21 days shelf life

We will remain vigilant of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the CDC and will update you as more information becomes available. If you have additional questions, please contact our Food Safety Manager, Joel Wilkerson, or visit the CDC website.

Premier Mushrooms Inc. is located in Northern California and is one of Colusa County’s fastest growing ag-related industries. In seven short years, their farm has expanded from 16 to 64 growing rooms and grown production from 70k lbs/week to 300k lbs/week.

Premier Mushrooms composts, grows, processes and distributes their product all in one location. This vertically integrated system allows for greater consistency and quality control. Along with producing fresh, great tasting mushrooms, Premier has been actively involved in the local community and has been making efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of operations.

The composting and pasteurization processes take place in a fully enclosed wharf area. The covered wharf provides several benefits which can be seen in the final product. There are currently 64 growing rooms (40 white rooms & 24 brown rooms) operating at maximum capacity. Advanced technology allows the grow-room climate to be monitored 24/7 and ensures product quality and safety. After being picked, mushrooms are taken to the 21,000 square foot cold storage facility where they are processed and typically ship out the same day.

Premier Mushrooms is one of the first Mushroom Farms in the country with advanced growing technologies. Each of the 64 grow-rooms is equipped with advanced climate-controlled technology which auto-regulates temperature, humidity and C02. After each grow-cycle, steam is utilized to sterilize the rooms in order to ensure maximum quality and safety while minimizing the use of chemicals. Grow beds are also made of aluminum in place of wood in order to inhibit bacterial growth. A streamlined design results in simplified picking, loading and unloading. Barcodes on every flat enhance traceability and each box of mushrooms can be traced to the picker, room, and vendor. As a result, Premier Mushrooms continues to produce some of the highest and most consistent yields in the industry.

Their 21,000 square foot mushroom processing facility is designed for strict adherence to food safety guidelines. These measures are driven by the USDA, Department of Defense and customer specifications. However, Premier Mushrooms takes a proactive approach and strives to exceed those standards already in place. In addition, the cold storage facility also includes bio-terrorism security measures.

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