mo ribbon

The latest in fresh produce news

Market Outlook

Produce Express

Market Outlook - November 22, 2021

twin peaks orchards

Twin Peaks Orchards was established in 1912 and has been family owned and operated for more than 100 years. They are a fifth generation family farm which supplies Produce Express with a variety of exceptional fruit.
Owari Satsuma Mandarins– A seedless, easy to peel mandarin with rich, tart-sweet flavor. Satsuma Mandarins thrive in the foothills of Placer County as both elevation and the pattern of cool nights contribute to a healthy crop. 25# case or by the pound.
Meyer Lemons– The Meyer is somewhat smaller than a regular lemon, rounder in shape with smooth skin. They have a distinct taste as the flesh is much less acidic, making them sweeter than other varieties. Available by the 10# case or by the pound.
Fuyu Persimmons– Sweet and mild, 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. 
Amagaki Persimmons– Also known as cinnamon persimmons, these sweet beauties are golden fleshed with brown flecks. Amagaki persimmons have a buttery texture and a cinnamon sweetness. They are more astringent than Fuyus but Twin Peaks has perfected a curing process that removes the astringency. It leaves the Amagaki crisp yet creamy with an unmatched sweet flavor. They are delicious enjoyed out of hand and in salads. They can not be baked or roasted but can be cooked at high temperatures for short amounts of time, such as on pizzas. Available in a 10# case only. Must specify Amagaki or Cinnamon when ordering..

 

point reyes cheese

NEW! Toma Truffle (10# wheel)- The perfect combination of classic Toma paired with the aromatic flavors of Italian Black Truffles from Umbria. Reminiscent of undergrowth, fresh strawberries, dried fruit, and a hint of cocoa, the earthy flavor marries beautifully with the buttery richness of Toma.
Original Blue (6.5# wheel)– Creamy texture and bold flavor, with hints of sweet milk, a peppery finish, and medium/strong blue flavor. Original Blue is wonderful as a stand-alone table cheese, for topping salads, melting onto burgers and steaks, mixing into pastas, on a cheese board with local honey, and much more. Rindless; aged 3.5 months.
Bay Blue (6# wheel)– A rustic style blue cheese, reminiscent of Stilton; known for its mellow flavor and sweet, salted caramel finish. Its texture is almost fudge-like with a beautiful natural rind; aged 90 days. Bay Blue compliments mushrooms or as a delicious after-dinner cheese, especially when paired with a Vintage Port or Barrel-Aged Scotch.
Toma (10# wheel)– A semi-hard table cheese perfect for any occasion. It has a creamy, buttery flavor and texture with a grassy tangy finish. Toma is a great melting cheese; perfect for pasta, risotto, sandwiches, burgers, vegetables, soups, and more. It also balances out a hop-heavy beer beautifully!

thanksgiving note

Each year as the holidays inch closer, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to be a part of such a welcoming and supportive community. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is the perfect time to thank our largest supporters- our customers! We thank you for your unwavering support through the lasting pandemic and recent times of uncertainty towards the future. As a company, we believe we have weathered the worst of the storm and have come back stronger. We are beyond grateful to venture into our 38th year of business that was only made possible with the help of all of you.

With the sincerest warmth and appreciation, thank you.

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.
 
AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK
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