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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!

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.

week of october 9, 2017



  • 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.

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