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Market Outlook - October 15, 2020

Fall decor & Pumpkins


Winter Squash is distinguished from Summer Squash by the hard outside ‘rind’, dense flesh, and the ability to store the squash for several months after harvest. Though many varieties of winter squash are available year round, the California season is October through March. We are stocking the following:
Acorn Squash– From Yeung Farms in West Sacramento. The outside rind is dark green with a smooth and creamy, yellow flesh. 35# case or each

Butternut– From Yeung Farms. Both the most familiar and often used, butternut squash has abundant, meaty flesh, pronounced sweet flavor, and creamy texture when cooked. 35# case or each

Honeynut– From Yeung Farms. Honeynut squash look very similar to a butternut, just much smaller. They are packed with much more flavor than the larger squash and have a smaller seed cavity. 35# case only

Kabocha– From Yeung Farms. Kabocha squash has a green exterior with a bright yellow flesh. It is prized for its sweet taste and velvety texture. 35# case or each

Red Kurri– We are currently stocking Red Kurri from Yeung Farms. Red Kurri has a vibrant reddish orange rind with an orange flesh. Its flesh is firm with a delicate and mellow chestnut-like flavor. 35# case only

Spaghetti– Grown by Yeung Farm. Spaghetti squash range from ivory to a rich yellow in color. Spaghetti squash is much different than other hard squashes in terms of texture. Once cooked, its flesh can be separated into long strands, much like spa-ghetti. 35# case or each

Sugar Pie Pumpkins– Available from Riverdog Farm. Weighing in at about 4-5lbs, Sugar Pies are the modern baking pumpkin. Their skin is noticeably thinner than a regular pumpkin. They also have much sweeter and smoother flesh. Sugar Pies are ideal for pies, custards, cupcakes, and more. A 4lb pumpkin should yield roughly a cup and a half of mashed pumpkin35# case only

Delicata– Grown by Yeung Farms. Cream-colored squash with prominent stripes. Although considered a winter squash, delicata has thin, edible skin. Because of its thin skin, the squash has a shorter shelf life. Delicata can be roasted, sautéed, baked, boiled, or stuffed, no need to peel. 35# case only

Local Persimmons

We are pleased to announce the beginning of persimmon season! We are currently stocking local fuyu persimmons from Del Rio Botanicals in West Sacramento.

Del Rio’s Fuyu persimmons are sweet and mild. The Fuyu persimmon is non-astringent and can be eaten as soon as they are picked. The flesh is crisp like an apple and are excellent in salads, on a cheese board, baked, or enjoyed out of hand. Keep in mind, locally grown persimmons are smaller in size than commercial varieties. Sold by the 24ct case only.
 

Coming Soon

Amagaki (Cinnamon) Persimmons– A local favorite! Grown by Twin Peaks Orchards, these sweet beauties are golden fleshed with brown flecks. Amagaki persimmons have a buttery texture and a cinnamon sweetness. Amagaki persimmons are expected to be available by early November and will be sold by the 10# case only.

The return of del rio botanicals

For over 15 years, we have proudly partnered with Del Rio Botanical to offer an array of unique and delicious organic produce grown exclusively for Produce Express. Del Rio is an 80-acre certified organic farm located in West Sac along the Sacramento River.

As most small farms nationwide, Del Rio was severely impacted when COVID made its first appearance. Del Rio had lost nearly their entire workforce due to labor restrictions, which stopped them from harvesting their crops or planting for the following season. This left the farm bare, with the exception of a handful of crops. The lack of labor and sparse production forced them to make tough decisions and left them with a dim future.

Despite the hurdles that the Del Rio team faced, they have persevered through their hardships and are making a come-back. We will see seasonal products begin to trickle in as the farm’s production picks back up. We are proudly stocking the following items:

Salad Mix with Petals- Del Rio’s salad mix is a beautiful blend of baby lettuces, leafy greens, and edible flower petals, all grown on the farm. Often harvested and delivered within 24 hours. Sold by the 2# case only.

Braising Mix– A wonderful blend of seasonal, robust greens including different varieties of kales, chards, and more. Perfect for dishes that require sturdier greens that hold well under heat. Sold by the 2# case only.

Red Frisee– Small, serrated leaves with a beautiful purple hue and green stems. Red frisee has a pronounced mustard flavor and a crisp yet delicate texture. Red frisee can be used raw in salads, wilted, sautéed, or braised. 2# case only.

Arugula– Bright green leaves with a peppery flavor. Arugula can be used as an herb, salad green, or a leaf vegetable. Great addition to salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and more. Available by the 4# case. Pre-order only.

Market Outlook - October 01, 2020

Fall decor & Pumpkins


Due to popular demand, we are stocking fall decorative items early this season! Natural Autumn elements can help add a rustic warmness to entryways, table settings, centerpieces and much more. We are currently offering the following:
Indian Corn—18ct case
Gourds– 18# case
Decorative Fall Leaves– Bunch
Mini Orange Pumpkins– 40ct case (Decorative only)
Mini White Pumpkins– 40ct case (Decorative only)
Small Tiger Stripe Pumpkins– 40ct case (Decorative only)
Autumn Mix– A variety of gourds, mini pumpkins, and Indian corn. Sold by the case only.

Pumpkins 

Orange– Sold by the each. Available in small, medium, and large.
White– Sold by the each.
French Red– Also known as Cinderella pumpkins. French Reds are slightly flat, often a deep orange with occasional dark green or yellow. A wonderful autumn centerpiece but also edible. Sold by the piece.
Fairytale– A stunning slate blue/green pumpkin with golden flesh. Beautiful for décor but also edible. Sold by the piece.
Sugar Pie– Weighing in at about 4-5lbs, Sugar Pies are the modern baking pumpkin. Their skin is noticeably thinner than a regular pumpkin. They also have much sweeter and smoother flesh. Sugar Pies are ideal for pies, custards, cupcakes, and more. A 4lb pumpkin should yield roughly a cup and a half of mashed pumpkin. 35# case only.

North Fork Chai

North Fork Chai Co. is a family owned and operated business, located in Newcastle, CA. Their product is a craft chai concentrate that is spicy, yet sweet and flavorful. The owner, Chelsea Bruce, is a former Culinary Institute of America graduate. Her baked goods and pastries are featured alongside the popular chai in their storefront. We are currently offering the following:

Traditional Chai Concentrate: An aromatic and spicy chai concentrate. North Fork's concentrate is made up of high quality, simple ingredients: water, sugar, cardamom, white pepper, black pepper, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, Darjeeling tea, and citric acid. Sold by the gallon.

Pumpkin Chai Concentrate: A wonderful variation of the traditional chai. The addition of pumpkin brings an even richer flavor to the spiced drink. Perfect for fall! Sold by the gallon, seasonal only.

To prepare the chai, simply add 2 ounces of concentrate to 12 ounces of your milk of choice. Chelsea recommends whole milk or barista oat milk for a dairy-free alternative.

Dairy-free Milk

As the seasons change, more hot drinks make their way onto menus. Many of our customers are in search of dairy-free options for seasonal drinks. In order to make your search easier, here is a list of the milk alternatives we offer:

Califia Farms Barista Oat Milk– Califia Farms is based out of California and is committed to producing high quality, plant-based products. Their oat milk is made from rolled, gluten free oats grown in North America. Dairy, nut, sugar, and carrageenan free. 6qt case

Almond Breeze Barista Blend- Made specifically for use in coffee drinks, this special blend is the original unsweetened almond milk with 25% more almonds/protein allowing for a thicker, creamier consistency that holds up well with steaming. 12/32oz case

Silk Original Soy Milk– Made from whole-harvested soybeans grown in the US. Silk’s unsweetened soy milk is rich and creamy, perfect for dairy-free beverages. Free from dairy, gluten, carrageenan, cholesterol, and artificial colors and flavors. Verified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project. 12/32oz

Pacific Coconut Milk– Subtle coconut flavor complements coffee and espresso. Pacific’s coconut milk creates a smooth micro-foam that is perfect for latte art. With no burnt or bitter notes, it also works wonderfully in cold drinks. 12/32oz

Market Outlook - September 25, 2020

Summer produce


As summer produce begins to wind down, we will start to see crops end for the season. We have gathered a list of the most frequently sought after summer items and when they are expected to finish. As always, weather and mother nature are the determining factors regarding seasonal crops.
 
Beans- Yellow Wax, Bluelake, and Romano beans from Dwelley Farms are expected to finish by late October.
 
Corn– Locally grown yellow and white corn from Dwelley Farms is expected to end by mid October.
 
Squash- Local summer and baby squashes have finished for the season.
 
Eggplant– Varietal eggplant is coming to an end and will be finished by the first week of October.
 
Peppers– Gypsy, Jimmy Nardellos, and Padron peppers will be finished by mid October. Locally grown Shishito peppers have finished for the season.
 
Tomatoes– Heirloom tomatoes from Ray Yeung are expected to be available until the end of October. This includes single varieties, toybox heirlooms, and true vine ripe rounds. Local mixed medley cherry tomatoes will be finishing a little earlier than heirlooms, most likely by mid October.
 
Pears– Locally grown pears from Stillwater Orchards are currently available but will be ending soon. Northwest product is expected to start by the beginning of October.
 
Stone Fruit– Locally grown stone fruit from Twin Peaks Orchards has finished. We are now stocking stone fruit from J&J Ramos but expect the season to finish within the next few weeks. This includes peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots.

Fall Produce

Fall has officially began! It is always exciting to see new crops trickle in. To help get a jumpstart on fall menus, we have created a list of items that flourish in autumn and when we expect to see them on the market.
 
Hard Squash– Locally grown hard squashes have started to make their way onto the market. Local butternut squash and sugar pie pumpkins are available now, delicata squash is also available but limited. By early October, we expect to see local kabocha, red kurri, and honeynut.
 
Citrus– Mandarins are expected from Twin Peaks Orchards by the first week of November. We will also have meyer lemons from Twin Peaks around the same time.
 
Persimmons– Local fuyu persimmons should make their way to the market by mid October. Amagaki persimmons (or cinnamon persimmons) are typically available shortly after, by the beginning of November.
 
Pomegranates– Available now from southern California. We are still currently waiting on a local source.
 
Cranberries– Fresh cranberries are expected by mid October (not locally grown).
 
Kiwi– Local kiwi from Wild River should be available by early October.
 
Greens– Collard greens and dino kale are expected locally by mid October. Bloomsdale spinach will follow, expected by late October.
 
Brussel Sprouts– California brussel sprouts are currently available from the coastal region.
 
Leeks– King Richards leeks are expected from Riverdog Farm by the first week of October.
 
Decorative Fall Items– Indian corn, gourds, and varietal pumpkins will be available by the beginning of October.

la tourangelle artisan oils

Starting with perfectly pure ingredients, each batch of artisan oil from La Tourangelle is unique and hand-crafted in Woodland, CA.
 
Pumpkin Seed Oil– Should not be cooked due to its low heat point but makes a great finish for salad dressing, soup, pasta, spreads and baked goods, and more. 250mL canister.
Roasted Hazelnut Oil– Delicious in salad dressing, pasta, and on meat, fish, and baked pastries. Great butter substitute; works best with low heat. 1,000mL canister
Roasted Walnut Oil– Rich nutty taste and light color. Use in baking, salads, pasta, sauces, or on grilled fish or meat. Works well with      medium-high heat. Gallon
Roasted Pecan Oil– Full-bodied, intense flavor; fragrant addition to baked good, sauces or drizzled on pasta or greens. Works well with medium-high heat. 250mL canister
Roasted Almond Oil– Good sub for olive oil; adds subtle almond    flavor to any dish. Works well with medium-high heat. 1,000mL
Basil Infused Oil– Fragrant basil flavor perfect for pesto, caprese salad, grilled chicken or fish, or as a dipping oil for bread. Works well with high heat. 250mL canister
Avocado Oil– Rich emerald green oil; thick with a subtle buttery flavor. Delicious in uncooked items like salads and dips, but also ideal for cooking because it has a higher smoke point than olive oil. 1,000mL canister
Toasted Sesame Seed Oil– Golden brown oil with bold, nutty flavor ideal for vinaigrettes, stir fry, and marinades. Works well in medium-high heat applications. 1,000mL canister
Grapeseed Oil– Light, neutral flavor and a very high smoke point make this oil best for stir fries and sautés; also makes a lovely addition to marinades. Gallon
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil– Organic coconuts pressed within 4 days of being hand harvested. Pure coconut taste and beautiful texture, perfect for cooking, baking, dressings, or frying. 15oz canister

NEW! Oil Sprays

A convenient, non-aerosol, and propellant-free spray. La Tourangelle oil sprays are 100% oil and full of flavor. We currently offer white truffle infused and garlic infused, both excellent  finishing oils. Each variety is sunflower oil based. 8oz spray