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Market Outlook - June 20, 2019

brentwood corn

The first harvest of Dwelley Farms corn has arrived this week! Dwelley Family Farms is located in Brentwood, CA and is fortunate to be in a region that experiences hot days and cool nights. Their climate results in ideal growing conditions for a variety of fruits and vegetables including beans, squash, corn, stone fruit, and much more! Dwelley has been growing produce in Brentwood since 1921. With over 95 years of growing experience, the Dwelley family has truly learned how to produce healthy, fresh, and full-flavor produce. They use sustainable farming practices to cultivate their land, keeping mindful of their impact on the environment.

While corn is available year-round, local summer corn usually tastes sweeter with larger, plump kernels. The sugar in corn quickly turns to starch once it is harvested and that is why Produce Express picks up directly from Dwelley several times a week. Enjoy the summer varieties of sweet corn in succotash, salsa, salads, soups, or fresh off the cob! Available in both yellow and white, sold by the 48ct case or by the ear.

 

 

organically grown blenheim apricots

Polestar Farm is a 12-acre property nestled in the Capay region of Northern California, just east of Lake Berryessa. They are a new, family-owned, organic operation, headed by Jim and Karina Knight. When Jim and Karina purchased their land, they sought out to do more than just own an orchard. The pair hoped to create a gathering place for the community that embodied wellness while sharing their bounty. Polestar tends to over 12 hundred trees- 800 Royal Blenheim apricot trees, 400 Elegant Lady peaches, and 50 Skeena cherries. Polestar is currently the only supplier of the prized Blenheim apricot for Produce Express.
 

Blenheim apricots are rumored to be quickly disappearing from produce markets due to their fragile nature. They are petite  with green shoulders and a soft blush over their warm colored skin. Do not let their looks fool you– they are full of the coveted “apricot flavor”, even with their tinge of green. They are considered to be one of the best eating apricot varieties but also work well in desserts and jams. We are currently stocking Blenheims as our house apricot. They are available by the 12# case or by the pound.

 

Yolo county farm tour
june 24th | 8am-3pm

Join us for a field trip featuring a few Yolo County farms. We will be visiting Riverdog Farm, Polestar Farm, and Full Belly Farms on Monday, June 24th. We will meet at the Produce Express warehouse at 8AM and returning by 3PM. Transportation and lunch will be provided.
 
Polestar Farm is a 12-acre property nestled in the Capay region of Northern California, just east of Lake Berryessa. They are a new, family-owned, organic operation. Polestar tends to over 12 hundred trees, 800 of which are Blenheim Apricots. Polestar is currently the only supplier of the prized Blenheim Apricot for Produce Express.
 
Riverdog Farm is a 450-acre certified organic, diversified family farm that grows vegetables, fruits, nuts, and raises chickens and pigs. The rich creek-bottom soil, intense summer heat, and winter frost of the beautiful Capay Valley contribute to growing exceptionally tasting fruits and vegetables year-round.
 
Full Belly was founded in 1985 and is certified organic. With help from about 80 employees, the farm produces an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. The farm also has a flock of chickens and sheep, a tribe of goats, and several cows.
 
Seating is limited. Please RSVP with your sales representative or contact inside sales by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling our office at (916) 446-8918.

 

Market Outlook - June 13, 2019

Locally grown summer squash

With the weather getting warmer, we will be welcoming locally grown summer vegetables. The first summer crop available is a variety of squashes including: Gold Bar, Sunburst, Summer, Grey, Ron de Nice, Italian, and Yellow Crook Neck. Please keep in mind that locally grown summer squash is extremely limited this season due to labor restraints and unpredictable weather.
 
Both Italian and Yellow Squash are grown by Maciel Farm, a family owned farm located in Gridley, CA. Danny Maciel Sr., the father of the Maciel family, has been farming for over 25 years in Mexico. In 2010, he and his family set out on a quest to begin farming in California. The farm is a total of 20 acres with their squash crops consuming roughly seven acres of the land. Italian and Yellow Squash are both available by the 22 pound case and by the pound.
 
Gold Bar, Sunburst, Summer, Grey, and Ron de Nice are extremely limited and will be available by the 22 pound mixed toybox case only. We are sourcing each variety from two local growers: The first is Dwelley Farms. Mark Dwelley and his family have been growing a variety of summer crops in Brentwood since the 1920’s. Dwelley Farms is fortunate to be located in a long established agricultural area in Contra Costa County. Their weather is characterized by hot days and cool nights which results in excellent growing conditions. Produce Express is able to pick up direct three times a week during the season, ensuring freshness and quality of products. The second farm we are sourcing a variety of squash from is Castaneda Brothers. Castaneda is a 40 acre farm in Vacaville. Silverio Castaneda founded Castaneda Brothers Produce in 1978.

 

Yolo county farm tour
june 24th | 8am-3pm

Join us for a field trip featuring a few Yolo County farms. We will be visiting Riverdog Farm, Polestar Farm, and Full Belly Farms on Monday, June 24th. We will meet at the Produce Express warehouse at 8AM and returning by 3PM. Transportation and lunch will be provided.
 
Polestar Farm is a 12-acre property nestled in the Capay region of Northern California, just east of Lake Berryessa. They are a new, family-owned, organic operation. Polestar tends to over 12 hundred trees, 8 thousand of which are Blenheim Apricots. Polestar is currently the only supplier of the prized Blenheim Apricot for Produce Express.
 
Riverdog Farm is a 450-acre certified organic, diversified family farm that grows vegetables, fruit, nuts, and raises chickens and pigs. The rich creek-bottom soil, intense summer heat, and winter frost of the beautiful Capay Valley contribute to growing exceptionally tasting fruits and vegetables year-round.
 
Full Belly was founded in 1985 and is certified organic. With help from about 80 employees, the farm produces an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. The farm also has a flock of chickens and sheep, a tribe of goats, and several cows.
 
Seating is limited. Please RSVP with your sales representative or contact inside sales by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling our office at (916) 446-8918.

 

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 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 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 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 - June 6, 2019

NUMI ORGANIC TEA

Produce Express has partnered with Numi Tea to elevate your tea service with uniquely blended, exceptional tasting teas. Numi 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. **If you purchase 8 or more flavors, we will provide a complimentary tea display rack or wood chest**
 
Black Teas
Hearty, robust, full-bodied and brisk flavors with high caffeine levels.
  • 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
Fresh, vegetal, nutty and grassy flavors with medium caffeine levels.
  • Jasmine Green (18ct box)– green tea scented with real jasmine blossoms.
  • Gunpowder Green (18ct box)- full leaf, smooth green tea pearls.
White Teas
White teas are the least processed teas. Their flavor is delicate, smooth, and slightly sweet with low caffeine.
  • Orange Spice (16ct box)- white tea, real orange peel & spice.
  • White Rose (16ct box)- white tea and fragrant rose buds.
Herbal Teasans
Containing no tea leaves, herbal teasans are herbs, fruits and flowers. Teasans are calming, grounding, exotic, and naturally caffeine free. Their flavor is minty, earthy, tart, sweet, floral or fruity.
  • 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 Teas
Numi’s Turmeric blends offer rich, cleansing flavors, highlighting the ingredient’s earthy and robust  character.
  • Turmeric Amber Sun (12ct box)- with rooibos, cinnamon and vanilla.

 

lOCAL FRESH DUG POTATOES

Fresh dug potatoes are a staple of spring crops and we are excited to announce their arrival! New potatoes are distinctly different from conventional Russet or Idaho potatoes both in their flavor, moisture content, texture, and seasonal availability. Fresh potatoes are best kept refrigerated in order to prolong their shelf life. We are currently sourcing fresh dug potatoes from Full Belly Farm. Full Belly is a 400-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley of Northern California. Full Belly has been farming using organic practices since 1985 and is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers.

We are currently stocking two varieties of fresh potatoes. The first is the German Butterball. German Butterballs are a russet-type potato loved for its rich, golden flesh, buttery flavor, versatility, and long-term storability. It is smaller in size compared to a russet with a rounder shape. The other variety offered is a Bintje. These particular potatoes are oblong with a thin, pale yellow skin and yellow flesh. Bintje potatoes have a very mellow flavor which is best retained when roasted, fried, or made into chips. (25# cases only)

 

PERFECT PUREE

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 harvested at the peak of ripeness. The fruit is quickly processed and frozen to retain freshness and quality. We currently offer the following in 30 ounce containers:
  • 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
  • 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.