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Market Outlook - June 17, 2021

Dwelley Farms

The first harvest of Dwelley Farms corn began arriving last week, along with fresh beans and squash! 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 such as beans, squash, corn, stone fruit, and much more!

White and Yellow Corn– Although corn is available year-round, local summer corn usually tastes sweeter– from fresh off the cob to succotash, soups, and more. Sold by the 48ct case or per piece.

Blue Lake Green Beans– Often called snap or string beans, these beans are bright, sweet, and tender. Sold by the 30# case or pound.

Yellow Wax Beans– Another variety of snap bean that is crisp and meaty. Available by the 10# case or pound.

Romano Beans– Also referred to as Italian flat or broad beans, romanos lend well to braising and are perfect for summer minestrones. 10# case or pound.

Cranberry Beans– Beautiful pale pods with reddish-pink streaks. A type of ‘shelling’ bean, cranberry beans are picked fresh from the pod in the same manner as English Peas or Fava Beans and must be cooked. Cranberry beans are wonderful in stews or added to salads. 15# case only.

Flavor Rosa pluots are currently gapping and are expected back in by mid-July.

Blenheim Apricots

Blenheim apricots, said to be one of the best eating 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. Blenheims are not only delicious to eat out of hand but also work well in desserts and jams. We are currently stocking Blenheims as our house apricot from Polestar Farm. They are available by the 12# case or by the pound.

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.

Market Outlook - May 20, 2021

Full Belly Farm - Fresh Dug Potatoes

Full Belly Farm is a 350-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley north of Sacramento. They supply us with an array of produce throughout the year, depending on the season.
This week, we are pleased to offer Fully Belly Farms fresh hand-dug potatoes. The potatoes need to be rinsed and cleaned before use as there is some dirt that remains on the skin. They are best when simply prepared with the skin left on and using minimal additional ingredients- baked whole, sliced and roasted, or mashed! We are currently stocking fresh dug potatoes in 10# cases:

Bintje- Bintje potatoes have a silky, pale yellow skin and buttery flesh. They have a very mellow flavor which is best retained when roasted, fried, or made into chips.

Yellow Finn- A great all-purpose potato with yellow flesh, creamy texture, and buttery flavor. Yellow Finns have the perfect balance of sugar and starch, which make delicious mashed potatoes, gratins, gnocchi, and salads.

We are also offering the following items from Full Belly:
Nantes Carrots– A French heirloom carrot with an almost perfectly cylindri-cal shape, rounded at the top and root ends, and are distinctly sweeter than other carrots. 24ct case only.

Green and Red Little Gem– A cross between romaine and butter lettuce with sweet, crisp leaves. Red and green are both available by the 5# case.

Speckled Lettuce– An heirloom romaine lettuce variety with a delicate flavor. The crisp leaves are pale green with maroon flakes. 24ct case only.

 

Twin Peaks Orchards

Twin Peaks Orchards, Newcastle, CA, was established in 1912 and has been family owned and operated for four generations. They follow the principles of sustainable agriculture, using beneficial insects to control pests and organic fertilizers to promote healthy tree growth. The goal at Twin Peaks is to pick tree-ripened fruit that will reach a maximum degree of ripeness within 2-3 days after harvest.

White Peaches: We are currently stocking Snow Angel white peaches and will soon transition to the Spring Rose variety. Spring Rose white peaches are delicious but slightly more delicate than the Snow Angel. Single layer flat/pound

Yellow Peaches: We are currently stocking Spring Treat yellow peaches, a clingstone variety that is juicy with a wonderful spring time flavor. Single layer flat/pound

Nectarine Update: Yellow nectarines are expected in by early next week, beginning with Zee Fire. Zee Fire nectarines are bright, tangy, and fairly acidic.

As the season progresses, we will be stocking multiple varieties at a time and can not guarantee single variety availability. Please keep in mind that early season stone fruit is typically on the smaller, firmer side and clingstone.

Market Outlook - May 13, 2021

Local Stone Fruit

June is just around the corner and that means it is the beginning of stone fruit season! We do our best to source from local farms when possible. We are currently offering the following:

Apache Apricots: An early variety that boasts a sweet, delicate flavor. Apache apricots have a beautiful pinkish-orange skin with a smooth orange flesh. They are currently available from Frog Hollow, located in Brentwood, CA. Frog Hollow is certified organic with CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). Available by the 10# case only and you must specify Frog Hollow when ordering.
Conventional apricots are available by the 14# case and by the pound.

Snow Angel White Peaches: Snow Angels are highly floral and slightly more acidic than other varieties. Because they are early  season stone fruit, they are on the smaller, firmer side and a clingstone variety. Available from Twin Peaks Orchards, located in Newcastle, CA. Twin Peaks was established in 1912 and has been family owned and operated for four generations. Single layer flat or per pound.

Super Zee Yellow Peaches: Super Zees are a smaller variety with a nice sweetness, juicy flesh, and low acidity. Also available from Twin Peaks Orchards. Single layer flat or per pound.

Royal Tioga Cherries: Royal Tiogas are a large, firm cherry with deep red skin and rose colored flesh. Grown in Lodi, CA and sold by the 16# case and by the pound.

 

Sparrow Lane Vinegar

Sparrow Lane vinegars are made exclusively with varietal wine grapes grown in Napa and Sonoma  counties. The vinegars are aged in small oak barrels using the traditional French method. Careful attention is given to the acid level of their vinegars creating approachable and delightful flavors. Sparrow Lane does not add colors, flavors, or other unnatural ingredients. We stock the following by the gallon:

CABERNET VINEGAR Ruby red color, lush and full bodied.
CHAMPAGNE VINEGAR Delicate, crisp and fresh, with the classic color of fine champagne.
DARK BALSAMIC VINEGAR Rich dark chestnut color with slightly sweet silky hints of caramel.
GOLDEN BALSAMIC VINEGAR Honey colored with the slight floral tones of the sweet Muscat Grape.   Delightfully sweet with just enough pucker.
SHERRY VINEGAR Deep caramel color with a smooth and assertive crisp deep oak flavor.
WHITE WINE VINEGAR Slight golden color, smooth, crisp and clean.
ZINFANDEL VINEGAR Deep red in color, old vine flavors with plenty of pepper and spice and slight port overtones.

We also stock the following vinegars:
Apple Cider
Citrus
Fig Balsamic
Mango
Pear
Pear/Raspberry
Pink Champagne
Red Wine
Rice Wine