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Market Outlook - March 12, 2020

Z SPECIALTY

Z Specialty Foods is family owned and operated by the Zeldner family, who have been producing honey in Woodland, CA since 1979. California honeys, fruit spreads, and nut butters from Z Specialty Foods are perfect for baking and make great additions to cheese boards, tea service and more!

Z Specialty honey is minimally processed, unheated, unpasteurized, and certified Kosher. Each honey is specific to a single floral source and location contributing to their unique flavors, colors, and aromas.

NEW! California Avocado Honey (12# tub)- Rich, dark honey with a silky texture and notes of chocolate, caramel, and molasses.
Local Wildflower (12# tub)– Light in color with subtle floral overtones.
California Pomegranate Honey (12# tub)- A deep mahogany color with subtle notes of grenadine and dried fruit.
California Orange Blossom (12# tub)– Pollen from California orange groves is used to produce this fragrant, light honey.
California Coriander (12# tub)– Savory and rich, this amazing honey has hints of spice and cardamom.
Honey Straws (125ct)– Local wildflower honey in a clear, 7-inch straw that easily pops open. These are perfect for beverage service or to-go drinks.
 
Fruit Spreads and Nut Butters
Apricot Honey Spread (10# tub)– A sweet/tart blend of local Blenheim apricots and wildflower honey.
Tart Cherry Honey Spread (10# tub)– Tart Montmorency cherries blended with sweet honey.
Apricot-Cherry Honey Spread (10# tub)– Balanced sweet/tart flavor.
California Almond Butter (7.5# tub)– Made simply with roasted California almonds– no salt, sugar, or stabilizers.
Nut Crunch (7.5# tub)– California almonds, filberts from the Northwest, and tropical cashews make a delicious crunchy combination.

TERRA FIRMA FARM


We are excited to announce Terra Firma Farm as a new addition to our local farm partnerships! Terra Firma Farm is a 200-acre CCOF-certified organic farm in Winters, CA, that has been growing vegetables and fruit year-round for over 25 years. The seeds for Terra Firma Farm were planted in the late 1980s when Paul Holmes began farming a few acres in the hills west of Winters with a few friends under the name Sky High Farm. In 1993, the name of the farm was changed to Terra Firma. Paul then gained two new additions to the ownership of the farm, Paul Underhill (Pablito) and Hector Melendez-Lopez. Terra Firma prides themselves on being a non-traditional family farm. They practice ecologically sustainable agriculture that protects and builds the soil, provides habitat for wildlife, conserves energy and water, and produces healthier, more nutritious fruits and vegetables.

We are currently offering the following products from Terra Firma Farm:
Little Gem Lettuce– Described as a combination of butter lettuce and romaine. It has thin stalks and thicker leaves. Specify local or Terra Firma when ordering. Sold by the 24ct case.

Red Oak Leaf Lettuce– A vibrant burgundy in color with smaller leaves. It has a buttery texture with an incredibly mellow, nutty, and sweet flavor. 24ct case only.

Baby Mixed Lettuce– A mix of both Little Gem and Red Oak Leaf. 24ct case only.

White Spring Onions- 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 varietal. They are wonderful grilled, roasted whole, or used like pearl onions. Sold by the 10# case.

Red Beets– Earthy in taste, bright red in color, and easy to pair. We are currently stocking Terra Firma’s beets by the 25# sack only. Please specify organic/local when ordering.
 

DELTA ASPARAGUS 

Delta Asparagus is just around the corner! We are expecting to transition into Delta product by next week. We will be stocking all sizes in 28# cases. Asparagus is packed in five sizes: pencil, standard, large, extra large, and jumbo. The size of the asparagus should be determined by how you intend to cook it.

Pencil (about the diameter of a pencil) is best for sauté/ stir-frys and very quick cooking.

Standard (roughly the diameter of your pinky finger) is great blanched in chilled salads or cold appetizers.

Large (the diameter of your index finger) is the most common size and is great for grilling as it will allow you to add a nice char and still be al dente.

Extra Large and Jumbo (about the diameter of your thumb) is perfect for longer cooking applications such as roasting or braising.
It is important to know that size has no bearing on flavor or color.

Market Outlook - March 05, 2020

TERRA FIRMA FARM


We are excited to announce Terra Firma Farm as a new addition to our local farm partnerships! Terra Firma Farm is a 200-acre CCOF-certified organic farm in Winters, CA, that has been growing vegetables and fruit year-round for over 25 years. The seeds for Terra Firma Farm were planted in the late 1980s when Paul Holmes began farming a few acres in the hills west of Winters with a few friends under the name Sky High Farm. In 1993, the name of the farm was changed to Terra Firma. Paul then gained two new additions to the ownership of the farm, Paul Underhill (Pablito) and Hector Melendez-Lopez. Terra Firma prides themselves on being a non-traditional family farm. They practice ecologically sustainable agriculture that protects and builds the soil, provides habitat for wildlife, conserves energy and water, and produces healthier, more nutritious fruits and vegetables.

We are currently offering the following products from Terra Firma Farm:
Little Gem Lettuce– Described as a combination of butter lettuce and romaine. It has thin stalks and thicker leaves. Specify local or Terra Firma when ordering. Sold by the 24ct case.

Red Oak Leaf Lettuce– A vibrant burgundy in color with smaller leaves. It has a buttery texture with an incredibly mellow, nutty, and sweet flavor. 24ct case only.

Baby Mixed Lettuce– A mix of both Little Gem and Red Oak Leaf. 24ct case only.

White Spring Onions- 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 varietal. They are wonderful grilled, roasted whole, or used like pearl onions. Sold by the 10# case.

Red Beets– Earthy in taste, bright red in color, and easy to pair. We are currently stocking Terra Firma’s beets by the 25# sack only. Please specify organic/local when ordering.
 

CALIFORNIA ASPARAGUS 

Spring is quickly approaching which means it is asparagus season! We are currently offering California grown asparagus from Southern California. Because it is just the beginning of the season, we are only offering large/extra large in 11# cases only. 28# cases are expected to be available by early next week and more sizes will be available as the season progresses.

DELTA ASPARAGUS UPDATE
Due to a combination of increased competition from Mexico and rising labor costs, Delta asparagus is getting a late start to the market. In the early 2000’s, California grew upwards of 40,000 acres of asparagus, nearly 10,000 of those acres being in the San Joaquin Delta. California’s crop has now dwindled down to less than 2,000 acres. Some farmers have even made the difficult decision to abandon their crops this season. Currently, there is a large gap in pricing between the California and Mexico markets. California is in the high 30’s for 11# cases and Mexican product is in the high 30’s for 28# cases. The market is expected to steady as the season progresses. We are expecting Delta asparagus by late March or early April.

ASIAN INSPIRED INGREDIENTS 

We are proud to offer a variety of high quality, locally produced items that may be used in a variety of dishes.

Hodo Soy Tofu (Oakland, CA)

Hodo Soy Beanery only uses Organic Non-GMO soy beans grown in the United States, and supplies acclaimed Bay Area restaurants such as Benu, Quince, and more.

Firm Tofu– made fresh daily in small batches; keeps its shape when grilled or added to stir-fry. Available in a 10oz pack, 6/10oz case, 5# pack or 4/5# case.

The following is also available with a pre-order. Please call the office for more details: Medium Tofu, Tofu Veggie Burgers, Tofu Puffs, Braised Tofu, Thai Curry Tofu Nuggets, Fresh Yuba Sheets, and Soy Milk.

Nippon Shokken (West Sacramento)

Nippon Shokken produces a variety of sauces and batters that are free of MSG, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and preservatives.
Tempura Batter– Creates a crisp and light texture for anything that can be battered and fried. Sold in a 3.3# bag.
Karaage Batter– Use for crispy fried chicken, onion rings, fish and chips, and calamari. 3.3# bag.
Teriyaki Sauce– Soy sauce perfectly balanced with sweetness (from prune juice) and fresh ginger. It makes the perfect glaze or marinade. Available in a 4.9# container.
Ginger Sauce– Use as a marinade and stir-fry sauce. Made with fresh ginger and miso paste. Available in a 4.8# container.
Black Pepper Sauce– A nice balance of sweet and peppery that makes a delicious marinade, sauce, and glaze for meat and seafood. Available in a 4.8# container.
Orange Sauce– Made with three types of orange components: juice, peel, and natural flavor. Available in a 5.2# container.
Peanut Sauce– Use as a dipping sauce or peanut dressing for cold noodles & salads. It is made with roasted peanuts, peanut butter and lemon. Available in a 60oz container.
Japanese Dressing– A soy-sauce base dressing with a hint of wasabi that makes a flavorful addition to salads, meats and seafood. Available in a 60oz container.

Market Outlook - February 27, 2020


St patrick's day favorites

NEW Kerrygold Aged Dubliner Cheese Only available for a limited time! Due to popular demand, we are stocking an Irish cheese for the holiday. Kerrygold’s Dubliner cheese is made from the milk of Irish grass-fed cows and aged for over a year. It combines the sharpness of mature cheddar and the buttery sweetness of parmesan. Sold by the 5# block.
SPICES
We source majority of our spices from Tampico Spice Company. We stock the following St. Patrick’s Day essential spices:
Mustard Seed (Brown)- 1.5# container
Whole Coriander– 3# container
All Spice Berries– 12oz jar
Black Peppercorns- 5# container
Whole Cloves– 12oz jar
Dried Whole Bay Leaves– 1# container
Dried Pickling Spice– 1# container
CARROTS
Nantes Carrots– Medium sized, rounded from the top to the tip with minimal tapering. 24ct case
Iced Bunched Carrots– A bit smaller than jumbo carrots with the greens still attached. 24ct case
Rainbow Carrots– Similar in size to jumbo carrots. 25# sack
Jumbo Carrots– 25# bag or lb
Baby Bunch Round Carrots– 1.5-2 inch round carrots with greens still attached. 24ct case
Baby Bunch Orange Carrots– 24ct case or bunch. Also available peeled in a 5# bag.
Baby Bunch Mixed Carrots– 24ct case only. Also available peeled in a 5# bag.
Peeled Mini Carrots– 30/1# case or lb

seasonal citrus

Navel Oranges– Navels are part of the winter citrus family. They are seedless and peel easily. Available from J&J Ramos Farms. Sold by the 40# case, by the pound, and by the piece.

Cara Cara Oranges– Cara cara oranges have a distinctive pinkish flesh similar to a pink grapefruit. They are seedless and less acidic than other oranges. Cara caras are typically sweeter than other oranges and extremely juicy with a hint of cranberry/raspberry flavor. Available from J&J Ramos. Sold by the 20# case only.

Shasta Tangerines– Shastas are deep orange in color and large in size with bumpy skin. They are juicy, very sweet, easy to peel, and seedless. Available from J&J Ramos. Sold by the 22# case and by the pound.

Kumquats– Not much bigger than a grape, kumquats pack a lot of flavor! They are best eaten whole but can also be sliced. The skin of a kumquat holds the sweetness and the juicy flesh supplies the tartness. They make a great addition to marinades, marmalades, salads, or baked goods. They can also be candied or used as a garnish. Available from Twin Peaks Orchards. Sold by the 14# case and by the pound.

sierra nevada cheese co.

Sierra Nevada Cheese Company was founded in 1997 by Ben Gregersen and John Dundon. Ben and John are both hands-on owners and operators of Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. and they remain committed to providing the highest quality product using only the most wholesome milk, free of added hormones, preservatives, stabilizers, and gums. There is nothing artificial, just great cheese.

New! Farmer’s Cheese- Sierra Nevada’s Farmer’s Cheese is a fresh cow’s milk cheese, similar in texture to goat cheese. It has creamy consistency with a fresh milk flavor and a bit of acidity from live cultures. You can use Farmer’s Cheese as a filling for blintzes, lasagna, filled pasta, cheesecake, or other baked desserts. 10/1# case

Gina Marie Cream Cheese- Made with three ingredients- fresh milk, cream and sea salt. Light, fluffy texture and fresh creamy flavor. 2.5# chub

Smokehouse Jack- Ultra-creamy texture and great for adding a smoky, bacon-like flavor to your sandwich, burger, mac n cheese or vegetarian dish. 3lb wheel.

Habanero Jack- Bold and spicy yet smooth and creamy with a lingering kick. Great for burgers, sandwiches, mac-n-cheese, and pizzas. 5# block

Hatch Chile Jack- Creamy and smooth texture with slight heat from Hatch Chiles. Amazing for burgers and grilled sandwiches. 5# block

Organic White Cheddar- Mild yet has a full-bodied, authentic flavor, and a creamy, buttery texture; an excellent melting cheese. 2/5lb case

We carry the following goat’s milk cheeses from Sierra Nevada:

Capra Bianca Aged Goat Cheddar- 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. 5# loaf

Chevre Goat Cheese- Smooth texture, fresh flavor, and a tangy, citrus finish. Use in salads, spread on crostini, great for cheese boards, and more. 2.2# log

Goat Feta- This brine-cured cheese is semi-firm, compact, and less salty than most European versions. 5# loaf
Due to a shortage of goat’s milk at Sierra Nevada, we will have a limited supply of goat feta. Approximated to last for the next month.