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fall farmer's market

wednesday, october 25 from 10am-1pm

Join us for a delicious day celebrating the seasonal bounty from dozens of local farmers and producers. We will feature a new line-up of chefs and restaurants who will be teamed with a local farm or specialty purveyor to create bites that highlight the heavy hitters of fall such as pomegranates, apples, squash and much more. Plus, your favorite specialty purveyors such as California Olive Ranch, La Tourangelle Nut Oils, and much more will be here! As with our summer market, this is a great opportunity to support your local farmers, to see and taste the bounty of the season, and talk to the hard working farmers who grew it!

The Farmer’s Market is open to all restaurant employees. We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity to educate yourself, and encourage your staff, to learn more about the ingredients that you prepare and serve daily. This event is also a great opportunity to see what your fellow chefs around town are up to. If you are a restaurant or chef who would like to participate, please contact your sales representative directly, or inside sales at (916) 956-5536 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! We look forward to seeing you there!

View pictures from all our recent events & tours HERE.

Scott Talks Apples

Produce Express sales rep Scott Rose all things local apples!

It's a great time of year to head out to Apple Hill! Here's a sample of apples thanks to our good friends at Larsen Apple Barn.

  • Braeburn - beautiful, crisp fresh
  • Granny Smith - workhorse, good for pies
  • Rome Apple - flesh is very creamy, great for salads
  • Pippen - making applesauce
  • Fuji - every day apple, school lunch

 

week of october 9, 2017

fruits

veggies

   
  • APPLES: Apple Hill varieties available this week include: Braeburn, Fuji, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith. The following are done for the season: Jonathon, Jonagold, and Gala are done.
  • ARTICHOKES: Market slightly higher on all sizes. 18’s, 24’s, and 30’s in low-mid $30’s.
  • AVOCADO: Market continues to slide into low $60’s. We should end the week in the mid $50’s.
  • ASPARAGUS: Market easing below seasonal norms– low-mid $30’s.
  • BERRIES: Strawberries are smaller in size; overall quality has been good. Northwest Blueberries are done. South American imports considerably high. Fresh Cranberries are available by the case and 12oz package.
  • BROCCOLI: Market improving. Processors have begun pro-rating orders. Broccoli buds very tight.
  • CITRUS: Grapefruit market is very strong– low $40’s. Lemon Market down slightly- low $30’s. Lime market pushing upward into the mid $20’s. Oranges remain very scarce– market in low-mid $40’s on all sizes. California Navels are still a couple weeks away. Imported Meyer Lemons, Tangerines, and Blood Oranges are available.
  • LETTUCE: Iceberg prices have escalated into mid $40’s. Processor has also increased pricing and are pro-rating orders. Romaine and Romaine Hearts markets stronger– high $20’s. Supplies will remain very tight for several weeks.
  • MELONS: All mixed melons are done. We are still sourcing local watermelons from Vierra Farms. Cantaloupe and Honeydews are in the mid-teens.
  • SQUASH: Local growers finishing for the season. Summer, Sunburst, Ronde Nice and Toy Box Squash are done for the season. Gold Bar is very limited. Local Butternut, Kabocha, Spaghetti, and Delicata available from Ray Yeung.
  • STONEFRUIT: The last Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums are in the house. When they are gone, the season will be finished.
  • TOMATOES: California and Mexican Round finally dipping below $20’s. Market will adjust if we get poor weather. Ray Yeung will continue to harvest Heirlooms and True Vine Ripes until October 31.

end of an era

a note from jim mills

Hello all. You may have noticed announcements in the past several weeks that I am retiring. After over 18 years, my last day at Produce Express was Friday, August 25. Over the last several months, I have often been asked why I am retiring, and the reasons are two: because I am 70 years old, and because I can. I don't need to, I don't have to, but I am going to.

Except for a few listless semesters in college, I have been working since I was 17. If you do the math, that is 53 years and to me that is enough. I am then asked about what I am going to do when I retire and my response is that I am taking September and October off. I am told that by then I will be bored. So, if you have something you want me to do, get a hold of me around November 1 at jimmills@frontiernet.net.

I am fortunate in that I have a few good friends, a son that I am close with, a comfortable home, and, most importantly of all, a very caring wife. I wish to thank the Boyce family, in particular Jim Boyce, for the opportunity to work for Produce Express. I wish to thank the local farmers that I have met, and the multitude of restaurant chefs that I have developed relationships with through the years. And a huge shout out to the excellent Produce Express sales team! Enjoy the harvest!

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      Sacramento CA, 95826 USA

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