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Market Outlook - February 20, 2020


SACRAMENTO SPROUTING CO.

Sacramento Sprouting Company was founded three years ago by Mathew Weber and his wife, Stephanie. After being dissatisfied as consumers, they set out to grow their own product. What once was a single shelf of sprouts has now grown into a 1,250 square foot growing space in North Sacramento, with numerous varieties of micro greens and sprouts. Using LED lighting, a hybrid hydroponic system, and organic soil, Sacramento Sprouts is able to produce high quality sprouts. Despite being costly and labor intensive, the rich soil generates superior flavors, aromas, and colors, all of which are important in micro greens. The use of high-grade soil also allows for vigorous growth without the use of fertilizers or pesticides. Each variety of micro green is harvested by hand, just before delivery, twice a week. This ensures consistent and fresh product. Here at Produce Express, we carry numerous varieties of Sacramento Sprouting Company’s micro greens and sprouts. Amongst the most popular we have in stock are:

Pea Sprouts
A sweet but nutty taste with a crunchy yet succulent texture. Great eaten raw but will hold up to heat if added to a dish such as stir-fry. 4oz Bag

Sunflower Sprouts
Rich and nutty with a crunchy bite that holds up well when paired with deeper flavors. 4oz Bag

Micro Spicy Mix
A mix of at least 6 different greens including: Red Vein Sorrel, Amaranth, Purple Radish, Upland Cress, Chervil, Garnet Mustard, Red Cabbage, and Shiso. 4oz Bag

SCIABICA OLIVE OIL

The Sciabica (pronounced Sha-bee-ka) family has been cold-pressing olive oil on the same property in Modesto for over 80 years, making them the oldest producer in the United States. The artisan tradition of olive oil production was taught in Sicily, in the olive oil mills of Castelvetrano to Nicola Sciabica, the patriarch and founder of Sciabica’s California Olive Oil. Their olive oils are pressed from only California-grown olives, 100% GMO-free, sustainably farmed, and artisan-crafted in small batches. We are proud to offer the following olive oils:

Mission Trail Extra Virgin: 100% California. 100% extra virgin. 100% no gimmicks. An olive oil with a rich, fresh flavor and a smooth finish. Nutty and herbaceous, it's a fantastic olive oil for dressings and finishing dishes. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-box”

"Buttery and Sweet” Extra Virgin: A Mission variety that is similar to an Arbequina. A lush buttery flavor, with a delicate underlying touch of sweetness and subtle notes of olive blossoms. Artisan-crafted from sun-ripened black olives, this brilliant golden oil is superb as a butter replacement and enhances the flavor of pastry and cake preparation. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-box”

California Pure 90/10: 90% Refined Olive Oil and 10% virgin olive oil. Very subtle flavor that will not subtract from the recipe. Ideal for chefs that are committed to 100% olive oil but prefer to not have the olive oil flavor. Gallon or 4/1gal case

80/20 Blend: 80% USA Canola and 20% California EVOO. Delicate and clean. It has the versatility and affordability of Canola but the flavor of olive oil. Perfect for cooking, marinades, and dressings. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-a-box”

NUMI ORGANIC TEA

Numi Tea 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. We currently stock the following varieties:
 
Black Teas
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
Jasmine Green (18ct box)– green tea scented with real jasmine blossoms.
Gunpowder Green (18ct box)- full leaf, smooth green tea pearls.
 
White Teas
Orange Spice (16ct box)- white tea, real orange peel & spice.
White Rose (16ct box)- white tea and fragrant rose buds.
 
Herbal Teas (Teasans)
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 Tea
Decaf Ginger Lemon (16ct box)- decaf green tea, ginger and lemongrass.
 
Turmeric Tea
Turmeric Amber Sun (12ct box)- with rooibos, cinnamon and vanilla.
 
Cold Brew Iced Teas
Each bag brews 1 gallon of tea. Sold by the 24ct box only.
Berried Treasures– A blend of dried hibiscus, currants, pineapple, apple, cherries, and bananas for a natural sweetness.
High Mountain Black Tea– Made of the finest whole leaf, single-estate black tea leaves. Low in astringency, rich in flavor, and clean on the palate.
Citrus Green Tea– Smooth green tea infused with a refreshing lemon zest.
 
To help elevate your tea service, we will provide a complimentary tea display rack or wood chest when you buy 8 or more boxes!

Market Outlook - February 13, 2020


early spring produce

Red Spring Onions (10# case—Coke Farms) Spring Onions are sweeter and more mellow than regular onions, but the greens are more intense in flavor than scallions. Spring Onions look similar to scallions but they have a small onion bulb at the base, that can be red or white, depending on the variety. They are wonderful grilled, roasted whole, or used like pearl onions.

Spring Garlic (10# or pound– Riverdog Farm) Green Garlic is loved by chefs for its light, delicate flavor. It is the same variety as regular garlic, but its bulbs have not yet matured into the pungent bulbs of common garlic. Quite sharp when raw, it mellows when cooked and is ideal for infusing sweet garlic flavor into soups, stocks, poaching liquids and broths; blends well with veggies, and makes a great addition to purees and sauces, as well as pasta fillings and risottos.

Nantes Carrots (24ct case– Capay Organic)- Nantes are a French heirloom variety with smooth skin and an almost perfect cylindrical shape. Nantes are distinctly sweeter than other carrots and are rounded at the top and tip.

Fava Greens (2# case– Del Rio Botanical)– With mildly sweet flavor and buttery texture, these greens can be used just like spinach or pea tendrils. Mix them into salads, sauté or wilt them into pasta or risotto.

Pea Tendrils (2# case– Del Rio)– Soft leaves with curly tendrils that can be used raw in salads, or wilt/sauté into soups and stir-frys.

Nettles (2# case– Del Rio)- Also known as stinging nettles. When handling raw nettles, you should wear gloves to avoid their “sting”. However, cooking nettles will remove their sting. Cooked nettles are similar in flavor to spinach and can be used in pastas, soups, sauces, and as a vegetable component.

wild river kiwi 

Wild River Farm is supplying us with beautiful and delicious local kiwi. Wild River Farm has been owned and operated by the Noland family for over five decades. The farm’s highly fertile and nutrient rich topsoil is naturally nourished by the Yuba River. The Noland family is extremely hands-on with all aspects of the farm from designing their state-of-the-art irrigation system to planting, pruning, and harvesting the fruit.

Green Kiwi- Wild River Green Kiwi is the very popular Hayward variety, known for its sweet, tangy flavor and vibrant green color. Wild River Green Kiwi is CCOF-certified organic grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. Green Kiwi has fuzzy, fibrous brown skin and bright green, soft flesh with a starburst of small, black, easily digestible seeds. They are ready to eat when they are soft to the touch. Available in a 36 count case, or volume-filled (108 count) case.

Tropikiwi– Tropikiwi has smooth, bronze skin and an internal flesh that varies in color from light green to golden yellow. It is lower in acid than green kiwi with a less tart, slightly tropical flavor. An attractive trait of Tropikiwi is its lack of fuzz which makes it more palatable for consumption without peeling. Sold by the 20# case only.

cypress grove cheese

Cypress Grove is home to an 18-acre creamery in Humboldt County. They work with an expert nutritionist to help source the best feed and diet for their animals. They take great care for their goats and it has paid off. Cypress Grove’s goats produce more milk per head than any other commercial dairy in the U.S. We offer the following:

Cypress Grove Lamb Chopper- Aged three months, Lamb Chopper is Cypress Grove’s only sheep’s milk cheese. It has a buttery color and smooth texture. Pairs beautifully with sautéed mushrooms and polenta or shaved over a salad or pasta. 9# wheel

Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog- This goat’s milk cheese has a subtle, tangy flavor and distinctive layer of edible vegetable ash. You'll enjoy buttermilk and fresh cream, complemented with floral notes, herbal overtones, and a clean citrus finish. 5# wheel

Cypress Grove Midnight Moon- Aged six months or more, this blushing, ivory-colored cheese is nutty and brown buttery up front with a long caramel finish. As it ages, protein crystals form adding a slight crunch to the otherwise dense and smooth cheese. Serve with fig jam or add as a decadent addition to macaroni and cheese. 10# wheel

Cypress Grove Purple Haze- Chevre disc blended with lavender and hand-harvested wild fennel pollen. Its deliciously distinct flavor makes a great addition to cheese boards, stuffed into pitted Medjool dates, or crumbled on a salad. 12/4oz discs in a 3# case

Market Outlook - February 6, 2020


TCHO CHOCOLATE

TCHO chocolate factory is located in Berkley, CA, where their complex chocolates are created with the highest quality flavor and flawless performance in mind. We offer the following varieties:

39% Cacao Milk Chocolate (6.6# bag)- A classic milk chocolate with rich caramel notes, hints of butterscotch and honey.
53% Cacao Milk Chocolate (6.6# bag)- A dark milk chocolate with a rich, fudgy flavor and creamy finish.
60.5% Cacao Semi-Sweet Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- Complex chocolatey notes with hints of raisins, vanilla and a lingering caramel finish.
66% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate (6.6# bag)- Warm complex cocoa notes with hints of dried cherries, currants and roasted coffee.
68% Chocolately Dark Chocolate (6.6# bag)- Robust cocoa richness with notes of roasted coffee, nuts, and raisins.
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.
99% Unsweetened Chocolate (6.6# bag)- Smooth, complex, and rich, this unsweetened chocolate has hints of espresso with a toasted undertone.
100% Cocoa Powder (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.
100% Roasted Cocoa Nibs (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.
Drinking Chocolate (6.6# bag)- TCHO Drinking Chocolate is made from ground up dark chocolate bars to create an intensely rich, deep fudgy flavor. Reminiscent of decadent European-style drinking chocolate, TCHO’s not-too-sweet version is perfect for making a cozy cup of extraordinary hot chocolate. You can also use the drinking chocolate for any iced chocolate drink, chocolate sauce, chocolate mousse, and more!

ALDON'S LEAFY GREENS 

aldons red amaranth 300x300Located 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.
NEW Red Garnet Amaranth– Crisp and tender with a mild and sweet, earthy flavor reminiscent of mustard but with much less spice and a delicate grassy finish.
NEW Nasturtium Shoots- Nasturtium shoots are tender with a slightly sweet, tangy, and peppery taste.
NEW Brassica Mix– A colorful blend of arugula, varietal kale, mustard greens, broccoli, kohlrabi, and red cabbage.
NEW Soigne Mix– A bright mix of Chervil, Amaranth, Red Veined Sorrel, and Kale.
NEW Herb Mix– A blend of Leek, Chervil, Carrot, and Fennel.
NEW Citrus Mix– A beautiful blend of French Sorrel, Red Veined Sorrel, Chervil, and Tangerine Lace.
Miz America Hybrid– Mizuna mustard microgreens with deep purple color and a pleasant, spicy taste.
Mixed Mizuna– 3 varieties of mustard in a colorful mix.
Mixed Bok Choy– Mix of green and purple bok choy microgreens add wonderful flavor and a pop of color to your dishes.
LIVING GREENS W/ ROOTS
Chef’s Sampler (22 root balls total)– Mixed variety 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 plugs)- Beautiful, oak-leaf shaped fine leaves. Its wonderful flavor that is more nutty than spicy sets Esmee apart from other arugulas.
Miz America Hybrid (6 plugs)- Living mizuna mustard with deep purple color and a pleasant, spicy taste.

PERFECT PUREE  

Looking for a simple way to elevate your Valentine’s Day menu? The Perfect Puree allows chefs and bartenders to use handmade purees, concentrates, and mixers year-round without the added time and cost associated with hand-crafted purees. Perfect Puree produces an extensive variety of fruit purees and blends with exceptionally smooth consistency and brilliant flavor. Their flavors are made from the finest raw ingredients and harvested at the peak of ripeness. We currently stock purees in 30 oz. containers with two new additions:
NEW! Red Jalapeno Puree– Made with jalapenos that have been deseeded, brined, and pureed with rice vinegar. This puree is bold with a savory combination of tangy heat. The red jalapeno puree is very versatile and can be used in numerous creations from cocktails to marinades.
NEW! Peach Ginger– The classic flavor of a yellow peach enriched with the warmth of real ginger juice, finished with a splash of lemon and lime juices. Perfect for vinaigrettes, cocktails, or desserts.
We offer the following flavors:
Apricot, Banana, Black Currant, Blackberry, Blood Orange, Blueberry, Caramelized Pineapple, Cherry, Coconut, Cranberry, Ginger, Green Apple, Key Lime, Kiwi, Lychee, Mango, Meyer Lemon, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Pink Guava, Pomegranate, Prickly Pear, Raspberry, Sir William Pear, Strawberry, Tamarind, Tangerine/Mandarin, White Peach.
We also stock the following mixes:
Chipotle/Sour– A blend of mesquite, smoky, and citrus flavors.
El Corazon– Passion fruit, blood orange, and pomegranate blend.
Passion Colada– Adding a twist to a classic favorite, a blend of passion fruit, pineapple, and coconut.
Red Sangria– A mix of citrus, pear, apple, and passion fruit, inspired by the traditional punch.
Thai Basil & Black Pepper– A blend of citrus and Thai basil with notes of black pepper.
Yuzu Luxe Sour– Use this blend of yuzu, lemongrass, and kaffir lime in place of your traditional sour mix.