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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

Market Outlook - August 27, 2020

Summer Bounty


heirloom caprese 300X300Beans– Summer beans are one of the most popular summer items. We have bluelake green beans, yellow wax beans, romano beans, and cranberry beans in stock from Dwelley Farms.
Corn– Although corn is available year-round, local summer corn usually tastes sweeter. Available from Dwelley Farms in Brentwood, CA. Both yellow and white corn are sold by the 48ct case or per piece.
Peppers– Summer peppers are only available once a year and we are fortunate enough to have outstanding local farms supplying us with a variety of seasonal peppers. We are currently stocking Gypsy, Shishito, Padron, and Jimmy Nardello peppers.
Squash– We are currently stocking multiple varieties of locally grown squash from Dwelley Farms, including: gold bar, sunburst (yellow patty pan), summer (green patty pan), and grey squash. Each variety is available by the 24# single variety case. We are also offering a toy box squash that consists of gold bar, sunburst, summer, and grey, with the occasional appearance of zucchini and crookneck. Toy box squash is sold by the 22# case only. Baby mixed squash is available from Del Rio Botanicals in West Sacramento. Sold by the 10# case.
Tomatoes (Heirloom)- Ray Yeung tomatoes are highly praised by local chefs. We stock multiple varieties of heirlooms by the 10# case as well as a 10# mixed toy box case. We also stock vine-ripened round tomatoes and green tomatoes by the 20# case from Yeung Farms. Mixed Medley cherry tomatoes are available from Riverdog and Durst.
Stone Fruit– Local stone fruit has flourished this year and is now beginning to wind down. We are currently stocking yellow and white peaches from Twin Peaks Orchards in Newcastle and J&J Ramos Farms, located in Hughson. Nectarines, plums, and pluots are from J&J Ramos.
Melons- The melons this year have been beautiful and fragrant. We have multiple varieties in stock, including Crenshaw, Canary, Galia, Sharlyn, and more. Each variety is available by the case or the mixed case. We are currently sourcing local specialty melons from R. Kelley Farms, Riverdog Farm, and Full Belly Farm. Black Imagination watermelon and yellow watermelon are available from Vierra Farms in West Sacramento and DF&TF Farm in Woodland.
Figs– Figs are a wonderful summer fruit that can be added to sweet or savory dishes. Our varietal figs are sourced from Windmill Farm in Woodland. We are currently stocking Black Mission, Kadota, Tiger Stripe, and Violette de Bordeaux. Each variety is available by the 12 pint flat or in a mixed toy box flat. Black Missions are the only variety available by the basket.
Pears– We are currently sourcing our local pears from Stillwater Orchards in Courtland. Stillwater is owned by the Elliot Family, who take pride in producing some of the most flavorful pears in the Delta. We have green Bartlett, red Bartlett, and Bosc pears in stock. Green Bartletts are available by the 40# case and by the piece. Both red Bartletts and Bosc pears are available by the 20# case and by the piece.

California Fires
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Our hearts are with everyone who has been affected by the fires in California. We know that our community is struggling to push through the hardships we are currently being faced with. We will get through this together.
The current fires have posed a large threat to the local agriculture here in Northern California. California farmers are facing difficulties from all directions- land being damaged by the flames, high-risk working conditions for farmers and their workers, and crops affected by the smoke. Farmers and farmworkers near active fires are at a high risk for exposure to smoke, ash, and chemical residue, both during fires and throughout the cleanup process. Some farmers have chosen to shorten their work days in an attempt to keep their workers in good health. Shorter work days ultimately means less time to harvest. Because of this, we may begin to see limited availability of a number of crops.
Another thing to keep in mind during the fires is the presence of ash on produce. Many growers have reported large amounts of ash accumulating and affecting their crops. While they are doing everything they can to alleviate the ash, it is nearly impossible. We would like to remind you of the importance of washing all of your produce.
We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy through these difficult times. As always, we will provide updates as they are available.