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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.

pumpkins and fall decorative items

Fall has officially arrived and we have all your favorite decorative items to prove it!
This week we are pleased to offer the following varietal Pumpkins and Fall Decorative Items:

  • Autumn Mix– a toy box case of mixed pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn. Approximately 25 pieces per case. 
  •  Orange Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkins- small (6-10 lbs), medium (12-20 lbs), and large (18-25lbs).
  • Gourds– 30 count case
  • Indian Corn– also known as Flint Corn because its multi-colored kernels are known for being hard as flint. 24 count case.
  • Decorative Fall Leaves– available by the bunch.
  • White Mini Pumpkins– mid-sized, with white to cream colored skin and broad ribbing. White pumpkins have a slightly squat pumpkin shape with bright orange flesh and sweet flavor. 35-40 count case.
  • Orange Mini Pumpkins– available in a 35-40 count case.
  • Mini Tiger Striped Pumpkin– 20 count case
  • Mini Indian Corn– 24 bundles per case. 
  • Strawberry Mini Indian Corn– little ears of corn with magenta-red kernels that look like big strawberries. 24 count case.

 

fall farmer's market

We are excited to announce our Fall Farmer’s Market is back! Please save the date and join us Wednesday, October 25 from 10am-1pm 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. Also, MAC Knives, who was a big hit at the summer market, will be back with more $100 gift certificates to raffle off! As with our summer market, this is a great opportunity to support our local farmers, to see and taste the bounty of the season, and to talk to the hard working farmers who grew it! The Farmer’s Market is open to any and all restaurant employees. We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity, 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 would like to participate as a featured chef, please contact your sales rep or inside sales at (916) 956-5536! We look forward to seeing you there!

early bird farms

Produce Express has offered local whole grain products from Grass Valley Grains for many years. While we will continue to offer the same quality product, Grass Valley Grains has rebranded as Early Bird Farm. The grains will continue to be grown and harvested in Wheatland, but will now be milled in Nevada City. Long-time owner/operator, Reed Hamilton, has passed the company down to Drew Speroni, his lead miller for the last four years. Drew built a new milling facility on his 4.5 acre farm in Nevada City, where he is committed to sustainability, quality, consistency, and reliability. He is also passionate about educating people on the importance of local, nutrient dense foods. He grows a variety of vegetables on his farm, with the bulk of the harvest donated to families and individuals in need. 

 

We are pleased to offer the following locally grown wheat and corn flours from Early Bird Farms:

  • White Corn Polenta- ground from organic corn, this flour may be used to make traditional polenta or the hominy grits used in Southern cuisine. It must be kept refrigerated to preserve the flavorful fats found in whole kernel corn. Available in a 10# package.
  • Espresso Hard Red Wheat Flour– this wheat is the premier modern bread wheat in California. It has high protein content, a rich, yeasty aroma with whole wheat flavor. Available in a 10# package.
  • White Cornmeal– stone-ground corn with germ and bran left in. Coarse cornmeal, but finer than polenta. Available in a 10# package.

 

 

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