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Market Outlook - April 18, 2019

new spring arrivals

We are pleased to announce the arrival of several highly anticipated seasonal crops. The following are now available:

  • California English Peas (25# case or per pound; from Central California and Monterey coast)- tender, sweet, plump peas are delicious when used raw in salads. They are also great in soups, purees, as part of a vegetable ragout, and in stir-fry. The pea must be shucked from their inedible pods. 
  • “Farmer’s Market” Strawberries *LIMITED* (12/1# flat; from Watsonville)- delicious sweet/tart flavor with beautiful, deep red color. Please be sure to specify “Farmer’s Market Strawberries” when ordering otherwise you will receive the standard 8/1# case.
  • Field Grown Rhubarb (20# case or per pound; from Oregon)- retains its distinct color and tart flavor when cooked. Use this very seasonal item in pies, tarts, preserves, jams, and syrups.
  • Green Almonds (10# case; from J. Marchini Farms/Central Valley)- unripe almonds picked before the shell has a chance to harden. They have a fuzzy exterior and a gel-like interior. Their flavor is delicate, grassy and fruity. Green almonds are great when pickled, used as a garnish, added to salads or soups. They also pair well with fish and seafood.
  • Ramps (available by the pound)- a wild onion that resembles a scallion with broad leaves. The flavor of ramps is comparable to a combination of onions and garlic. They add wonderful and uniquely pungent flavor to soups, casseroles, rice, and potato dishes. Use them raw or cooked in any recipe calling for scallions or leeks.
  • Artichoke (available in 12ct, 18ct, 24ct, or 30ct case only; from Monterey County)- artichoke size is determined by the count per case. The more artichokes in the case, the smaller the artichoke will be.
  • Fava Beans (10# case; from Del Rio Botanical/West Sacramento)- excellent as part of a spring vegetable ragout or minestrone soup. Fava beans are also delicious when combined with ricotta cheese to make a fresh ravioli filling or spread for bruschetta. Del Rio also has Fava Greens in a 2# case.

califia farms oat milk barista blend

Many customers have asked for a dairy-free, nut-free “milk” option. We now offer Oat Milk Barista Blend from Califia Farms. With many alternatives on the market, we chose Califia Farms because they are based out of California; and they are committed to producing plant-based products, made from real ingredients, with little to no sugar. We offer the Oat Barista Blend by the 6 quart case only. Its consistency is slightly thicker than almond or soy milk. Oat Barista Blend steams beautifully, pairs perfectly with coffee, and tastes delicious by itself.

  • Made with whole rolled, gluten free oats grown in North America.
  • Other ingredients include water, sunflower oil, minerals and sea salt.
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Sugar Free
  • Carrageenan Free
  • No Gums or Stabilizers
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Kosher

TCHO Chocolate

This week we are proud to introduce a wide variety of decadent, locally produced chocolates from TCHO. The name TCHO is a phonetic spelling for the first syllable of chocolate (just say "cho!"). TCHO chocolate factory is located in Berkley, CA, where their complex chocolates are created with the highest quality flavor and flawless performance in mind. TCHO sources all of their cocoa pods from countries closest to the equator, with each country providing beans of different flavor profiles. Their 5 main origin countries include: Ghana, Ecuador, Peru, Madagascar, and the Dominican Republic. TCHO has taken on an innovative way to become successful chocolate makers by perfecting their blends to allow for more diverse tastes. After meticulously crafting their chocolate, TCHO guarantees their chocolate will add a level of sophistication to any creation.

We offer the following varieties ranging from rich, dark chocolates to expertly crafted blends:

  • 39% Cacao Milk Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- a classic milk chocolate with rich caramel notes and hints of butterscotch and honey. Ideal for baking, mousses, confections, or snacking! (Sourced from Peru and Ecuador; Fair Trade Certified; USDA Organic)
  • 53% Cacao Milk Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- a dark milk chocolate with a rich, fudgy flavor and creamy finish. Perfect for baking, ganache, mousse, and many more creations. (Sourced from Peru and Ecuador; Fair Trade Certified; USDA Organic)
  • 60.5% Cacao Semi-Sweet Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- complex chocolatey notes with hints of raisins, vanilla and a lingering caramel finish. This chocolate works well for ice creams, custards, ganache, baking, garnishing, dipping, molding, enrobing, and much more. (Vegan)
  • 66% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- warm complex cocoa notes with hints of dried cherries, currants and roasted coffee. Wonderful for tarts, baking, confections, sorbets, cakes, molding, enrobing and much more. (Fair Trade Certified; USDA Organic; Vegan)
  • 68% Chocolately Dark Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- robust cocoa richness with notes of roasted coffee, nuts, and raisins. Works well for ice cream, fillings, molten cakes, ganache, pastry cream, custard, baked goods, molding, bars, and more. (Vegan)
  • 81% Extra Dark Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- sharp, bright, acidic flavor balanced by rich and fudgy notes. This decadent chocolate also has hints of almond, hazelnut, and tangy dried cherry. Ideal for baking, ganache, garnishing, enrobing, dipping, molding, and many more creations. (Sourced from West Africa, Madagascar, Ecuador, and Peru; Fair Trade Certified; USDA Organic; Vegan)
  • 99% Unsweetened Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- smooth, complex, and rich, this unsweetened chocolate has hints of espresso with a toasted undertone. Perfect for baking, ganache, ice cream, fillings, molding, dipping, garnishing and much more. (Sourced from Peru and Ecuador; Fair Trade Certified, USDA Organic, Vegan)
  • 100% Cocoa Powder (2kg/4.4# bag)- very versatile, all natural, high fat cocoa powder made with no chemical processing. Rich chocolate flavors are balanced with delicate acidity. Ideal for baking, ice cream, and garnishing. (Fair Trade Certified, USDA Organic, Vegan)
  • 100% Roasted Cocoa Nibs (1.5kg/3.3# bag)- deep, nutty, and toasty chocolate flavor with hints of chicory and coffee, these cocoa nibs have a crunchy, nut-like texture. Great for garnishing, incorporating into marinades or sauces, or sprinkling on ice cream. (Fair Trade Certified, USDA Organic)

Market Outlook - April 3, 2019

dragon gourmet mushroom

Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms (Sloughhouse, CA), is a staple at local farmers markets, and has been supplying Sacramento area restaurants since 2000. DGM mushrooms are grown indoors using a scientific method involving untreated hardwood sawdust and wheat or rice bran. They have complete control over moisture, humidity and temperature. No manure, supplements, herbicides, pesticides or any other additives are ever used. The founder of Dragon Gourmet, Ryker Walker, began his career as a bio-chemist and turned to growing mushrooms for their medicinal healing properties. We proudly offer the following from DGM:

  • Oyster Mushrooms (5# case)- scallop shaped, soft brown caps, with a delicate, sweet flavor and velvety texture.
  • Eryngii Mushrooms (5# case)- also known as King Trumpet and Trumpet Royale. They have a wonderful savory flavor, with a firm, meaty texture. Often used in place of wild mushrooms.
  • Shiitake Mushrooms (5# case)- tan to dark brown with broad, umbrella shaped caps. They have a rich, earthy, umami flavor with a meaty, slightly chewy texture. Great for stuffing.
  • Beech Mushrooms (4# case)- white and brown varieties available. Quarter size caps with 2-3” white stems. They like a hot sauté to bring out their mild nutty flavor. Their crisp, crunchy texture holds up to cooking.

sierra nevada cheese co.

Sierra Nevada Cheese Company was founded in 1997 by Ben Gregersen and John Dundon. The two men worked together at the Gregersen’s Family Creamery (a Sacramento Landmark for over 40 years) and discovered they had a common interest in making the best quality artisan cheeses. Demand for their cheese quickly increased after Ben and John introduced their cheeses at local farmers markets. In 2003, Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. moved their creamery to a bigger facility in Willows, just north of Sacramento. Ben and John are both hands-on owners and operators of Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. They remain committed to providing the highest quality product using only the most wholesome milk, free of added hormones, preservatives, stabilizers, gums, and nothing artificial, just great cheese. We proudly offer the following:

  • Goat Feta (5# loaf)– brine-cured cheese that is semi-firm, compact and less salty than most European versions.
  • Capra Bianca Aged Goat Cheddar (5# loaf)– aged for over 6 months, this semi-soft cheese offers a cheddar like quality with creamy smooth texture and a complex nutty flavor; excellent for a cheese board.
  • Organic Farmhouse White Cheddar (2/5# case)– mild yet has a full-bodied, authentic flavor, and a creamy, buttery texture; an excellent melting cheese.
  • Organic Smokehouse Jack (3# wheel)– ultra-creamy texture and great for adding a smoky, bacon-like flavor to your sandwich, burger, mac n cheese or vegetarian dish.
  • Habanero Jack (5# block)– bold and spicy yet smooth and creamy with a lingering kick. Great for burgers, mac-n-cheese, sandwiches, and pizzas.
  • Hatch Chile Jack (5# block)- ultra creamy and smooth texture that melts beautifully with a pleasantly mild taste. Full of flavor without the spice! This is a great cheese for chile con queso, chile rellenos, sandwiches, burgers, and more.
  • Goat Cheese/Chevre (2.2# log)– smooth texture, fresh flavor, and a tangy, citrus finish. Use in salads, spread on crostini, great for cheese boards and more.
  • Gina Marie Cream Cheese (2.5# chub)– made with fresh milk, cream and sea salt. Light, fluffy texture and fresh creamy flavor.
  • Organic Euro-Style Butter (30/1# chubs)– high butterfat content creates an ultra rich, creamy flavor. It is vat-cured with live active cultures in a time-activated process to develop a distinctive all-natural flavor. Available salted or unsalted.

spring pop-up

wednesday, april 17, 2019 from 1pm to 3pm

Please join us at our spring pop-up featuring Aldon’s Leafy Greens, Sac Sprouts and Numi Tea. We will have a display of spring produce plus small bites and samples. This event is open to everyone in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Please spread the word to your team and industry friends. Our warehouse is located at 8340 Belvedere Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Market Outlook - March 28, 2019

Aldon's Leafy Greens

We are proud to now offer a unique variety of locally grown microgreens and living greens from Aldon’s Leafy Greens. Located in Fair Oaks, CA, products from Aldon’s Leafy Greens are grown 365 days/year in a contained agriculture environment, and are pesticide and GMO free. Aldon’s uses 90% less water and energy than conventional growers and contribute zero agriculture runoff to local waterways. We are proud to offer nutrient dense products from Aldon’s Leafy Greens.

Microgreens– packed in 4oz clamshells:

  • Borage Shoots– mild cucumber or oyster leaf flavor with succulent texture.
  • Miz America Hybrid- mizuna mustard microgreens with deep purple color and a pleasant, spicy taste.
  • Mitsuba- Japanese parsley is a popular Asian herb with the clean, wild flavor of chervil-meets-celery leaf.
  • Mixed Mizuna– a combination of up to three Mizuna Mustard varieties adds color, texture, and spice to dishes.
  • Mixed Bok Choy– a mix of white stem bok choy and purple magic bok choy microgreens make a crunchy, colorful garnish.

Living Greens with root ball attached:

  • Chef’s Sampler (22 root balls total)– mixture of living greens listed below.
  • Red Veined Sorrel (6 root balls)- bright green leaves with rich red stem and veins; lemon tangy flavor.
  • Esmee Arugula (4 root balls)- beautiful, oak-leaf shaped fine leaves. Its flavor is more nutty than spicy which sets Esmee apart from other arugulas.
  • Miz America Hybrid (6 root balls)- living mizuna mustard with deep purple color and a pleasant, spicy taste.
  • Mitsuba (4 root balls)- living Japanese parsley with the clean, wild flavor of chervil meets celery leaf.
  • White Stem Bok Choy (2 root balls)- smooth green leaves and thick white stalks. It is one of the most popular Asian vegetables and a main ingredient in Asian cooking.

penna olives

Penna Olives grows, processes and packs right at M&CP Farms in Orland, CA. Owned and operated by Maurice and Cindy Penna, M&CP olives have been known for quality and consistency for decades. Freshly harvested olives are bitter and must be cured before eaten. Maurice chooses to ferment with lactic acid which leaves more of the natural olive flavor intact than the traditional method of using lye. We proudly offer the following:

  • California Mixed Olives (2/4# bags)- blend of Sevillano, Mission, Manzanita, and Picholine. Available pitted or whole with the pit.
  • Italian Deli Mix (2/5# bags in brine)-mildly spicy blend of pitted olives with pearl onions, and Greek and California peppers.
  • Kalamata Olives (2/4# bags)- large, purple/black olive with rich and fruity flavor. It is a great table olive and excellent in tapenades. Available pitted or with pit.
  • Calabrese Olives (2/5# bags)- a unique variety of Sevillano olives cured in a salt brine for 12-18 months, desalted, then packed with olive oil, herbs, and hot pepper flakes.
  • Stuffed Olives (1 gallon tub)- premium olives hand-stuffed with California jalapeno flavored with lime. Excellent for a dirty martini! Lucques Olives (2/5# bags in brine)- crescent shaped green olives with firm meaty texture (with pit).
  • Pitted Sicilian/Sevillano (2/5# bags in brine)- large meaty green olive with mild fruity flavor. Pairs well with sheep and goat milk cheeses.
  • Preserved Meyer Lemons (2/5# bags)- packed in salt until cured. Use to enhance the flavor of braised meats, soups, stews and salads.

Numi teas (new!)

Produce Express has partnered with Numi Tea to elevate your tea service with uniquely blended, exceptional tasting teas. Numi blends premium full-leaf quality teas and herbs with only 100% real fruits, flowers and spices for the perfect balance of richness and nuance. All of their teas are USDA Certified Organic, Kosher, and Halal. Numi teas are packed in verified non-GMO compostable filter-paper tea bags. **If you purchase 8 or more of the following flavors, we will provide a complimentary tea display rack.**

Black teas

Hearty, robust, full-bodied and brisk flavors with high caffeine levels.

  • Aged Earl Grey (18ct box)- Assam black tea aged with real bergamot orange.
  • Breakfast Blend (18ct box)- a rich hearty blend of black teas.

Green teas

 Fresh, vegetal, nutty and grassy flavors with medium caffeine levels.

  • Jasmine Green (18ct box)– green tea scented with real jasmine blossoms.
  • Gunpowder Green (18ct box)- full leaf, smooth green tea pearls.

White Teas

White teas are the least processed teas. Their flavor is delicate, smooth, and slightly sweet with low caffeine.

  • Orange Spice (16ct box)- white tea, real orange peel & spice.
  • White Rose (16ct box)- white tea and fragrant rose buds.

Herbal Teasans

Containing no tea leaves, herbal teas are herbs, fruits and flowers. Teasans are calming, grounding, exotic, and naturally caffeine free. Their flavor is minty, earthy, tart, sweet, floral or fruity.

  • Moroccan Mint (18ct box)- refreshing sweet mint leaves.
  • Chamomile Lemon (18ct box)- sweet flowers and bright lemon myrtle.
  • Rooibos Chai (18ct box)- warming spices and earthy vanilla tones.
  • Honeybush (18ct box)- sweet honey South African nectar.

decaf teas

  • Decaf Ginger Lemon (16ct box)- decaf green tea, ginger and lemongrass.

Turmeric teas

Numi’s Turmeric blends offer rich, cleansing flavors, highlighting the ingredient’s earthy and robust character.

  • Turmeric Amber Sun (12ct box)- with rooibos, cinnamon and vanilla.