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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

 

STILLWATER ORCHARD PEARS

Local pear season is upon us with peak season lasting the next several weeks. The Delta region is known to produce some of the best pears in the world. Stillwater Orchards, located next to the Sacramento River in the town of Courtland, has been owned and operated by the Elliot family since 1860. They takes pride in producing some of the most flavorful pears. The Elliott family grows, packs, and ships on site ensuring the highest quality standards.

We are currently offering the following varieties:

  • Delta Bartletts- classic summer pears that are sweet and juicy with buttery flesh and distinct aroma. 40# case or pound.
  • Stark Crimson– this colorful red pear has the same characteristics as the Bartlett. When fully ripe, the skin is at its brightest. 20# case or pound.
  • Bosc– the most popular dessert pear, excellent for baking. The Bosc pear shows no skin color change during ripening, but shrivels at the stem instead. 40# case or pound.
  • Seckel– an excellent dessert pear, small in size but big on sweetness. Skin does not change color but softens around the stem when ripe. Great served with cheese or baked into tarts. 20# case only.
  • French Butter– juicy, buttery flesh with hints of lemon. A great baking pear. 20# case only.
  • Comice– its very juicy-creamy flesh has a winey aroma and is one of the sweetest and juiciest pear varieties. 20# case. 

Make those menu changes now and enjoy the best of the season!

LOCAL FIGS ARE BACK

We have a fresh harvest from Windmill Farm, a 200 acre farm in Yolo County just outside of Woodland, CA. This week we offer the following varieties:

  • Black Mission– dark purple skin with ‘jammy’ flesh. Sold by the 12 pint case, or by the pint.
  • Kadota– green skin with sweet raspberry-like flesh. Available in a 12 pint case.
  • Viololette de Bordeaux- resembles a small Mission Fig with thin purple skin and sweet, creamy red interior. Available in a 12 pint case.
  • Candy Stripe– light yellow and green-striped skin with crimson-colored flesh and a flavor similar to that of strawberry or raspberry jam. This variety is considered to be one of the best tasting of all figs. Available in a 12 pint case.

Enjoy the harvest!

summer of farm-to-fork

Thank you to everyone who participated in, or attended, our recent Farmer's Market, tastings, and bus tours. We love spending the day with you all celebrating local farmers, growers, suppliers, and chefs that make Sacramento America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Check out pictures of our recent events on our Facebook page.

The fun continues with the San Joaquin Tour on Wednesday, August 23. We will begin the tour at Fiscalini Cheese Company to taste a variety of cheeses. We will continue on to a second tasting at Nicolau Farms Artisan Cheese and Sparrow Lane Vinegars where the Nicolau family will prepare a delicious picnic on the farm for us. We will meet at the Produce Express warehouse at 8:45am for coffee and pastries, leaving at 9am and returning by around 3pm. 

We will also host the following events through the end of September:

  • Jim Mills Retirement Party at Del Rio Botanical- Sunday, August 27 from 11am-2pm. Please join us to help celebrate all that Jim Mills has done for Sacramento restaurants and farms. Please save the date and help us spread the word. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
  • Delta Tour- Wednesday, September 6- a bus your to Ron Kelley U-Pick Farm. We will then head to Heringer Estates in Clarksburg to explore the vineyards and learn how grapes are grown and harvested, followed by a wine tasting at the Old Sugar Mill. The day will end at Revolution Wines for lunch ending with a Cordillera Chocolate tasting with port. 
  • Sonoma County Cheese Tour– Thursday, September 14- a bus tour to Cowgirl Creamery and Tomales Bay Foods for a tasting of their complete line. 

All events are compliments of Produce Express with transportation & lunch provided. Space is limited, please reserve your seat today by contacting inside sales at (916) 956-5536 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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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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