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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.

 larsen apple barn

Local apple season has begun and we have some delicious varieties arriving from Larsen Apple Barn in Apple Hill (Placerville)! Larsen Apple Barn was founded in the 1860’s by the Larsen family and continues to be the oldest, continuously family-owned farm in Apple Hill. This week we are offering the following varieties: Gala, Golden Delicious, and Ruby Jon (a new variety to Produce Express). When placing your orders, please specify “Apple Hill” and the variety. The first variety to be harvested by Larsen are the Gala apples. Galas are not the best baking apples, but are best for salads, eating raw, or using for applesauce. Their dense flesh is creamy, yellow, and crisp. Available in a 10# case or a 40# case. Golden Delicious is a versatile apple that is great for multiple uses, especially for cooking and baking into tarts or pies. Its balanced sweetness and acidity makes for a great pairing with savory items, as well as being excellent in salads or applesauce. Available in a 40# case. Ruby Jon apples have a creamy, white flesh with pinkish stains and are crisp and juicy. Their flavor is sweet, balanced, and cidery with flashes of spice. They are a great eating quality apple similar to an old-fashioned Jonathan, its parent apple. The ‘ruby’ part of its name comes from its deep crimson color and glossy peel. Available in a 40# case. Enjoy the harvest!

 

ray yeung hard squash

Ray Yeung is well known for his delicious & beautiful heirloom tomatoes, but he is also a master at growing several wonderful varieties of winter squash including Butternut, Spaghetti, Acorn, Kabocha and, most recently, Delicata and Kogiku. This week we are pleased to offer Delicata, Spaghetti, and Kogiku, with more varieties to follow as the season progresses. Delicata- an heirloom variety with firm, fine-grained yellow to orange flesh with sweet, rich, and moist flavor. Delicata hold their shape well through cooking, making them a great choice for stuffing and baking. Their hard skin allows them to keep well at room temperature for weeks. Available in a 35# case. Spaghetti Squash- oblong in shape with ivory to yellow or orange colored skin and bright yellow or orange flesh with many large seeds. When raw, the flesh is solid and similar to other raw squash. When cooked, spaghetti squash is known for its unusual, yellowish flesh that separates into long, translucent strings resembling spaghetti. Sold by the 35# case, or by the piece. Kogiku- a variety of Japanese pumpkin, Kogiku is a new variety to Produce Express. It has dark, textured, and shiny green skin with flavorful and sweet, dark yellow flesh. Available by the 35# case.

 

elegant beans and beyond

Elegant Beans and Beyond recently received the Snail of Approval award from Slow Food Sacramento, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting good, clean and fair food. Elegant Beans and Beyond is family-owned by Chip and Bobbie Morris, both of whom come from farming families involved in agriculture in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley areas for generations. Chip started farming beans over 20 years ago when he stumbled upon some unusual bean varieties. He started out with 54 varieties on 180 acres and has now grown to several hundred acres filled with the very best and most popular heirloom bean varieties. Three of the beans Chip grows- Jacobs Cattle, Christmas Lima & Hidatsu Red- have been placed on Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste, a catalogue of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. The dry beans available from Produce Express were planted last year in early spring and harvested at the end of growing season. The beans currently being harvested will be dried then packed for distribution next year. The individual varieties vary in size, shape, color and texture, and are available in 5# bags:

  • Black Valentine– medium size black bean, turning purple-black when cooked. Meaty texture, nutty flavor, cooks quickly.
  •  Pigeon Peas– small bean, beige in color with brown speckles, and sweet flavor. Used often in Caribbean countries.
  • Green Black-Eyed Peas– small, light green bean with distinctive black mark at sprouting point. Earthy sweet flavor & buttery texture. Used often in Caribbean or African cooking.
  •  Runner Cannellini– large, flat white bean, popular in Italian and Greek cuisines. Very smooth texture, full body, and nutty flavor.
  • Green Flageolet– small pale green bean used often in French cooking. Holds shape well when cooked.
  • Snow Cap– beautiful bean with white and tan coloring and creamy texture. These beautiful beans retain markings after cooking.
  • Hisatsu Red– a Native American bean originally from North Dakota. Nutty flavor, dark red color, medium size, and similar in texture to kidney bean.
  • Sunset Runner– medium size purple and black bean with creamy texture and distinct flavor. They are excellent when used as a baked bean.
  • Jacob’s Cattle– plum, white and red speckled, kidney shaped bean. Full-flavored with rich aroma. Holds shape under long cooking.
  • Christmas Lima– large, flat bean, bicolor-cream with dark maroon splotches. They have a buttery texture and chestnut-like flavor.
  • Pebbles– varying colors ranging from white to black, but they are all from a single plant. Their tender skin and mild flavors make them an excellent salad bean.
 

 

 

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