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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.

Summer produce update

August is widely hailed as the peak month for summer produce. In terms of both quality and quantity, all manner of local and seasonal fruits and vegetables are available during this month. Local Figs are back, with the following varieties coming from Windmill Farms in Woodland and Del Rio Botanical in West Sacramento- Black Mission, Kadota, Violette, and Candy/Tiger Stripe. Several varieties of local pears are coming from Stillwater Orchards including Stark Crimson, Delta Bartletts, Bosc, Seckel, French Butter, and Comice. While local pears are typically available into the early winter months thanks to the wonders of cold storage, they are at their peak during August and September.

After gapping for the last two weeks, fresh beans are again available from Dwelley Farms- Blue Lake Beans, Yellow Wax Beans, Romano Beans, French Green Beans. Dwelley Farms is also providing Yellow and White Corn. Twin Peaks Orchard still has Yellow Peaches and White Nectarines available, while White Peaches and Yellow Nectarines are now coming from J&J Ramos Farms. Plump and juicy Plums and Pluots are also coming from J&J. Ron Kelley Farms is supplying beautiful heirloom melons in a mixed case, or single varieties including Ambrosia, Crème de la Crème, Twice as Nice, and Savor. Black Seedless Watermelon & conventional Seedless are coming from Vierra Farms.

Riverdog Farms has a wonderful variety of sweet peppers– Jimmy Nardellos, Gypsy, Pimento, Lipstick, and Padrons- available in single varieties or as a mixed case. Riverdog is also supplying Heirloom Eggplant varieties– Graffiti, Rosa Bianca, and Listada– available in a mixed case, or a single variety. Local Summer Squash varieties are still available from Castaneda Bros. Produce and Maciel Farms. Del Rio Botanical has a wonderful variety of Heirloom Cucumbers available, and we still have several varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes from Ray Yeung. Enjoy!

cowgirl creamery

We are proud to offer two exceptional and highly coveted cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery- Mt. Tam and Red Hawk. Both cheeses are made in limited quantities and are strictly allocated- we are only allowed a small percentage of what is produced. Cowgirl Creamery started in 1997 by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, who had established careers in some of San Francisco’s most famous kitchens. Mt. Tam is their most popular cheese and named for a Northern California landmark- the majestic Mt. Tamalpais. It is a bloomy rind cheese with a creamy, buttery flavor and smooth texture. It is available by the 10oz piece and should be used within 3 weeks. Red Hawk is unique in that it cannot be made anywhere else in the world because the wild bacteria that defines this bold, sumptuous triple cream are native to Point Reyes. Aged four weeks and washed with a brine solution that encourages the red-orange rind, the pungent aromas complement its rich, smooth flavor. 12oz piece. Join us for a tasting & cheese making demo at Cowgirl Creamery & Tomales Bay Foods on Thursday, September 14! See our events page for details!

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 will be 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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!

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.

We will be throwing a party in honor of Jim Mills and his upcoming retirement on Sunday, August 27 from 11am-2pm at Del Rio Botanical. Please join us to celebrate Jim's dedication to Sacramento's restaurant and farming communities for over 20 years! The address is 20030 Old River Road, West Sacramento, CA 95691. 

We have for two more events for this summer series:

  • 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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