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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.

barsotti juice company

We are pleased to offer Apple Cider and Orange Juice from Barsotti Juice Company. Barsotti History: The Barsotti family moved to Apple Hill in 1976 to farm quality apples and pears. After a request from Raley’s to provide fresh cider to their stores, Barsotti shifted from an apple-packing operation to a wholesale cider and juice operation. The Barsotti family understands the importance of using the perfect combination of apple varieties to get the perfect blend of sweet and tart flavors. The Barsotti Difference: Barsotti’s presses a special blend of fresh apples from California and Washington. Their favorite varieties to juice include Golden Delicious, Fuji, Granny Smith, Gala, Gravenstein, McIntosh, Mutsu, Red Delicious, and Pink Lady. It takes roughly 12 pounds of apples to produce one gallon of fresh juice. Their juices are Flash Pasteurized (FP)– a method of heat pasteurization that doesn’t compromise taste and quality.

Apple Cider vs. Apple Juice: Barsotti uses the terms ‘cider’ and ‘juice’ interchangeably, changing their label depending on the season (cider in the fall and juice the rest of the year). Apple cider is freshly pressed, not-from-concentrate juice. Cider is also pasteurized but still perishable and therefore must be refrigerated. Commercial apple juice is usually from concentrate and has been filtered, pasteurized, and vacuum sealed to give a longer shelf life. We also offer Barsotti Orange Juice– a blend of freshly squeezed orange varieties, never from concentrate. Available by the gallon.

la tourangelle artisan nut oils

Produce Express offers a variety of nut oils from La Tourangelle Artisan Oils, including an incredible Toasted Pumpkin Seed Oil. La Tourangelle handcrafts their pumpkin seed oil, slowly roasting the seeds to perfection. This oil adds a rich, nutty taste to salad dressing, and is delicious drizzled in pasta, soup, marinades, or spreads. It is not used for cooking, since it can become bitter when heated. Available by the 250ml.

In addition to their pumpkin seed oil, we are pleased to offer the following artisan nut oils: Grapeseed Oil (gallon), Roasted Walnut Oil (gallon), Roasted Almond Oil (liter), Roasted Hazelnut Oil (liter), Avocado Oil (liter), and Sesame Oil (liter). La Tourangelle Nut Oils are made using a 150 year-old traditional French method of roasting and extracting the oil from nuts gathered by local farmers. In 2002, a small French artisan oil maker sent his son to California to expand their nut oils internationally. The new oil mill in Woodland, California, produces oil from nuts grown in the fertile Central Valley of California. The highest quality nuts are carefully selected, hand roasted in cast iron pots, mechanically pressed and lightly filtered. These elegant oils each have their own unique flavors. Enjoy!

fall farmer's market

Our Fall Farmer’s Market is back! Join us on Wednesday, October 25 from 10am-1pm to celebrate the seasonal bounty from dozens of local farmers and producers. Local chefs will be teamed with a local farm or specialty purveyor to create bites that highlight the heavy hitters of fall. MAC Knives (a big hit at the summer market) will be back with more $100 gift certificates to raffle off every hour! 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. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 Farms Vendors  Restaurants 
  •  Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms
  • Chocolate Fish
  •  Pizza Supreme Being
  • Elegant Beans and Beyond
  • Paragary Bakery
  • Café Bernardo Pavilions
  • County Line Harvest
  • Orland Creamery
  • Milk Money
  • Sacramento Sprouts
  • Di Napoli Tomatoes
  • Mulvaney’s B&L
  • Premier Mushrooms
  • Sierra Nevada Cheese Co.
  • La Provance
  • Riverdog Farm
  • Nicolau Farmstead Cheese
  • River City Brewing 
  • Ray Yeung Farm
  • Sparrow Lane Vinegars
  • Carpe Vino
  • Early Bird Farm
  • California Olive Ranch
  • Argonaut Café
  • Twin Peaks Orchard
  • Casa Sanchez
  • Elk Grove School District
  • Larsen Apples
  • Fiscalini Cheese Co.
  • Sienna Back Roads
 
  • Tampico Spice
  • Sizzling Fresh Mongolian BBQ
 
  • Nuthouse Granola
  • Espresso Metro
 
  • Flora Fresh 
  • Bella Bru
 
  • MAC Knives
  • De Vere’s Irish Pub
 
  • La Tourangelle Nut Oils
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate
   
  • Cibo 7
   
  • Kupros Craft House
   
  • Poor Red’s
   
  • Barrio
   
  • Hawks Restaurant
   
  • Binchoyaki
   
  • Marriott Hotel Rancho Cordova
   
  • Amour de Pattiserie
   
  • Tap N’ Vine

 

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