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Market Outlook - September 16, 2021

APPLE HILL APPLES

The first varieties of local apples have arrived! Our local apples come from Larsen Apple Barn in Camino, CA– a region nicknamed Apple Hill and known for its rich soil and crisp mountain climate. 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. We are pleased to offer the following with more varieties to follow as the season progresses:

Gala– Red skin over a pale yellow background and creamy flesh that is yellow and crisp. Galas are mildly sweet in flavor and are best for salads, eating raw, or used for applesauce; not the best for baking. Available in a 10# case or 40# case.
Fuji– Medium to large sized apple with thick skin that is light red with a yellow blush. Its flesh is creamy white, dense, juicy and crisp. Its subtle sweet flavor pairs well with sharp cheeses, and its dense flesh holds up well when cooked.
Jonathan– A medium-sized sweet apple that is firm with smooth, thin red skin with blushes of yellow and green. While they are sweet, Jonathan apples tend to have a slight tartness and hints of spice. They are delicious with both sweet and savory applications. Available in a 40# case only.
 
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Golden Delicious– A versatile apple that is great for multiple uses, especially for cooking and baking into tarts or pies.
McIntosh– A small to medium sized, red and green apple. McIntosh apples have a thicker skin that is easy to peel with a tart and tender flesh.
Mutsu– Beautiful green skin with some light red blush; sweet and spicy flesh that is juicy and crisp.

 

DELTA PEARS

Stillwater Orchards is located next to the Sacramento River in the town of Courtland– an area known to produce some of the best pears in the world. We are pleased to offer the following varieties:
Delta Bartlett– Sweet and juicy with buttery flesh. Their flavor and smooth texture make Bartlett pears a great addition to salads, pizzas, jams, pies and galettes, or simply add to a cheese board. 40# case, piece, or pound.
Red Star Crimson– Similar to a Bartlett but with beautiful red skin. 20# case, piece, or pound.
Bosc– Great for a variety of applications. A ripe Bosc will still be firm and dense with tender, sweet honey flesh that is rich and aromatic. 40# case, pound, or piece.
Comice– One of the sweetest and juiciest varieties with creamy flesh and an aroma reminiscent of wine. 20# case.
French Butter– Juicy, buttery flesh with hints of lemon; a great baking pear. 20# case only.
Seckel- An excellent dessert pear, small in size but big on sweetness. Great served with cheese or baked into tarts. 20# case only

SIERRA NEVADA CHEESE

Sierra Nevada Cheese Company was founded in 1997 by Ben Gregersen and John Dundon. 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.
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.
Farmer’s Cheese (10/1# chubs)– A versatile Russian-style farmers cheese, similar to cream cheese but with a distinct tanginess from live probiotics. Excellent for lasagna, filled pasta, cheesecakes, or as a spread on toast or bagels.
Organic Euro-Style Butter (15/1# 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.

Market Outlook - September 09, 2021

all things local

Beans– Locally grown summer beans are available from Dwelley Farms in Brentwood, CA. Bluelake green beans, yellow wax,  romano, and cranberry shelling beans are in stock.

Corn– Brentwood yellow and white corn is available from Dwelley Farms. We occasionally bring in corn from Vierra Farms in West Sacramento. It is the same seed variety as the corn from Dwelley. 

Eggplant- Listada di Gandia Eggplant, or just Listada, and Rosa Bianca are both specialty Italian heirloom eggplants. Available from Fully Belly by the 10# case.

Peppers– Locally grown Jimmy Nardellos, a sweet and light pepper, are available from Full Belly. Local Gypsy peppers, a sweet stuffing pepper, are available from Riverdog by the 10# case.

Tomatoes- Local tomatoes are available from Yeung Farms in West Sacramento, including green, heirlooms, and true vine ripes. Local mixed cherry tomatoes are available from Durst, Riverdog, and Full Belly.

Squash– Local Delicata and Butternut are both available from Vierra Farms late this week. Next week, we are expecting more hard squash varieties from Ray Yeung, including Kabocha and Red Kurri.

Melons– The last of varietal melons are currently available from R. Kelley Farms in Sacramento, CA. We are currently offering Twice as Nice, Savor, and Ambrosia from Ron, along with a local mixed melon. Once R. Kelley Farms finishes, we will begin to source from Riverdog and Full Belly. Black seedless watermelons are available from Vierra Farms.

Pears– Delta pears are in stock from Stillwater Orchards in Courtland, CA. We are currently offering Bartlett, Red Crimson, Bosc, Comice, French Butter, and Seckel.

Stone Fruit– We are currently sourcing stone fruit from J&J Ramos in Hughson, CA near Lodi. We are currently stocking yellow and white peaches, yellow and white nectarines, pluots, and plums.
 
 
 

bridge dinner chefs

We would like to congratulate the chefs that were chosen for the 2021 Tower Bridge Dinner! The dinner is scheduled for September 12th in celebration of Farm to Fork. Hundreds of guests will gather on the Tower Bridge to enjoy a locally sourced dinner prepared by some the top chefs in the region. We are proud to work so closely with many of the showcased chefs and would like to celebrate their success. Congratulations to:
Billy Ngo– Kru Contemporary Japanese and Kodaiko Ramen
Brad Cecchi– Canon East Sacramento
Dane  Blom– Grange Kitchen & Bar
Evelyn Milate– Raley’s Family of Fine Stores
Patricio Wise– Nixtaco Mexican Kitchen
Santana Diaz– UC Davis Health
Sarah Saldana– Track 7 Brewing
Tyler Bond– Lemon Grass Restaurant

Market Outlook - August 27, 2021

DELTA PEARS

Stillwater Orchards is located along the Sacramento River in the town of Courtland– an area known to produce some of the best pears in the world. The land has been owned and operated by the Elliot family since 1860. The Elliot’s take pride in producing some of the most flavorful pears in the Delta.

Delta Bartlett- Sweet and crisp when on the greener side and extremely juicy as they fully ripen. Available by the 40# case, pound, and piece.
Red Crimson- Aside from color, there is not much difference between the Red Crimson and green Bartlett. Red pears are available by the 20# case and by the pound.
Bosc– Great for a variety of applications. A ripe Bosc will still be firm and dense with tender, sweet honey flesh that is rich and aromatic. 40# case, pound, or piece.
Comice– One of the sweetest and juiciest varieties with creamy flesh and an aroma reminiscent of wine. 20# case.
French Butter– Juicy, buttery flesh with hints of lemon; a great baking pear. 20# case only.
Seckel- An excellent dessert pear, small in size but big on sweetness. Great served with cheese or baked into tarts. 20# case only
 
 

WATER SHORTAGE

The current drought in California has caused frustration, uncertainty, and discouragement to all California residents, especially those in the  agricultural industry. In a state that is a top producer of vegetables, fruit, nuts and dairy products, water plays a vital role in our economy.

This year, California experienced its driest February, usually one of the wettest months, in more than 150 years. Reservoirs are dangerously low, adding pressure to the already struggling agriculture industry. The delta, California’s largest surface water source, receives most of its water from the Sierra Nevada snow melts. Because of numerous dry years, higher temperatures, and the effect of large-scale fires in the watershed, most of the snow melt was absorbed before it could reach the delta. This lack of water flow has left the Delta watershed almost 800,000 acre-feet lower than expected– enough to nearly fill Folsom Lake.

To help combat the lack of water, emergency restrictions have been put into place that will limit use of stream or river water. The largest restriction is for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed, which contributes to water supply for more than two-thirds of California and irrigation for millions of acres of farmland. This restriction could affect as many as 5,700 water rights holders. Without stopping the diversions, a substantial amount of drinking water supply would be endangered if the drought continues next year.

All California farmers are impacted by the drought but the severity differs depending on their water rights. Some farmers have access to alternate sources, such as well water or tapping into groundwater, while other farmers have had to either abandon crops or not grow at all. This has left gaps in crops or limited availability. Due to the lack of water supply, purchasing water from those who still have access will be extremely expensive. Please keep in mind that water is incorporated into every good, service, and product that we use in our day-to-day lives. When the cost of water rises, so does the cost of those goods.