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Market Outlook - August 20, 2020

Locally grown Melons


Crème de la Crème- Creamy white flesh marbled with pale orange. The skin is orange/yellow and slightly netted. Deliciously fragrant and very sweet. Case only, limited availability from R. Kelley Farms. 
Crenshaw– Crenshaws are rounder melons with yellow, wrinkled skin with green freckles. They have light green flesh that is juicy, tender, and subtly sweet. Case only, R. Kelley Farms.
Charentais– One of the smaller varieties, Charentais melons are softball size with skin ranging from grey to pale yellow with green ribbing. They have deep orange flesh that is incredibly sweet and aromatic. Case only, Riverdog Farm.
Canary– An oval melon with smooth, canary-yellow skin. The flesh of a canary melon is a light cream color. They are crisp and very sweet. Case only, Fully Belly Farm.
Galia– Galia melons are round with light orange skin, covered in a tight netting. Their flesh is light green and very sweet, similar to a cross between a cantaloupe and honeydew. Case only, Fully Belly.
Goddess– An oval shaped melon with netting similar to a  cantaloupe. Goddess melons have orange flesh that is juicy and very sweet. Case only, Fully Belly.
Piel de Sapo (Santa Claus)- An oval shaped melon with green skin and spots of yellow. Piel de Sapo melons have a light colored flesh that is slightly sweet, similar to honeydew. Case only, Fully Belly.
Sharlyn– Sharlyns are an oblong shape with thin skin that is light orange. They have light flesh that is very sweet, juicy, and tropical. Case only, Fully Belly.
Mixed Melon– A mixed case of at least 3 varieties. 

Fresh Mozzarella

In the heart of heirloom tomato season, another item comes to mind almost immediately: fresh mozzarella. We currently offer four varieties of the mild, creamy cheese, ranging from uniform sized bites to fresh curd. Our fresh mozzarella products are sourced from Di Stefano Cheese in Pomona, CA. We are currently stocking the   following:
 
Ovoline: Fresh mozzarella rolled into egg-size 4oz balls, in a salt water brine. Easy to slice for pizzas or for salads. 3# tub (12/4oz balls)
 
Ciliegine: Small, bite size mozzarella balls that are roughly the size of a cherry tomato. Ciliegine mozzarella is easy to add to salads or appetizers. Also melts wonderfully on pizzas and pastas. 3# tub (144/.33oz balls)
 
Burrata: A rich, creamy, and delectable product. Burrata is a small ball of fresh mozzarella with a creamy mixture of heavy cream and mozzarella curd in the center. A rich addition to pizzas, salads, or pastas. Also great on its own with olive oil. 12/4oz case.
 
Fresh Mozzarella Curd: Sourced from Formaggi Di Ferrante in Fairfield, CA. Looking to make your own mozzarella? We offer fresh, high quality mozzarella curd. 5# bag or 4/5# case.

consumer boxes - updated ordering info

Times are continuously changing, especially in the face of the current pandemic. Our consumer boxes truly took off in ways we could have never imagined. We want to thank each member of the community who supported our new program and helped us thrive.
 
In order to provide the freshest ingredients and maintain a fast-paced warehouse, we have decided to scale down our consumer box availability days. As of August 24th, consumer boxes will only be available two days a week. We will only offer consumer box drop zones on Thursdays and pick ups at our warehouse on Fridays. Orders placed any day of the week will automatically be set up for Thursday delivery or Friday pick up.
 
We have loved seeing all of your warm smiles and hope to still see them on Fridays! We appreciate your understanding and patience as we evolve.
 
Placing the Order: Orders must be placed before 2am the morning of your desired delivery/pick up day. We can no longer accept same-day orders or add-ons.
 
Deliveries: We are not able to deliver to residential areas but have had a few of our customers volunteer to let us use their space as delivery zones. We will have a stationary truck in the following locations from 8:30am to 10:30am on Thursdays only: 
Bella Bru Cafe - El Dorado Hills
Don Quixote's- Watt Ave
Pushkin's Bakery and Cafe- Roseville
Beach Hut Deli- Davis (Fermi Place)

 
Drop Zones: We have had a few local restaurants volunteer to be "Drop Zones". These drop zones are open businesses where you can pick up from on Thursdays. For information on pick-up hours at the participating restaurants, please contact our office. The following are participating restaurants:
Kodaiko | Downtown
Wild Flour Café | Midtown
Pizza Bell (Grant Line) | Elk Grove
Paisley Café | Orangevale
Imperial Hotel | Amador City 


Fruit Mix- 5 each green kiwi, 1 clamshell of each blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries, 1 cantaloupe, 1 honeydew, 1 pineapple, 2 mangos, 2# peaches, 1 bag red grapes.
 
Grain Box- 2/2# Giusto’s all purpose flour, 2# white sugar, 2# white rice, 2# brown rice, 2# dried black beans, 2# dried pinto beans, 1# tri-color quinoa, and 1# green lentils.
 
Mexican Inspired Box- 2# bag of rice, 2# dried beans, 1 pack 6” corn tortillas, 1 pack 10” flour tortillas, 2 bunches cilantro, 6 each jalapeno, 3# tomatillos, 1 head green cabbage, 2# pascilla chilies, 12 roma tomatoes, 6 each  avocados, 3 each limes, 3 each yellow onions, 3 bunches green onions, and 2# shredded mixed cheese.
 
Organic Local Box- 2# fresh dug potatoes, 2# zucchini, 2# sunburst squash, .5# spring mix or bloomsdale spinach, 3 heads varietal lettuce, 1 clamshell sungold cherry tomatoes, 2# bluelake green beans, 1# romano beans, 1# yellow wax beans, 1# plums, 4 each peaches, and .5# whole pistachios.
Farms featured: Full Belly, Riverdog, Terra  Firma, Twin Peaks, and Polestar

Salad Kit- 1# spring mix, 3# little gem lettuce, 3 each romaine hearts, 3 heads mixed  hydroponic lettuce, 2 each     English cucumbers, 2 each red onions, 6 each radish, 1 bunch or pound of carrots, and 2 clamshells of red grape cherry tomatoes. Just add dressing!
 
Snack Mix- Great for kids or for on the go! 5# oranges, 4# apples, 3# peaches, 2# bag of red grapes, 1 bunch celery, 1 bag of mini carrots, 2 cups of banana chips, and  a cup of raisins.
 
Veggie Box- 4 ears corn, 2# green beans, 1# yellow wax beans, 4 each zucchini, 4 each yellow squash, 1 each red, green, and yellow bell peppers, 2# medium red potatoes, and 2 each red onions.

Market Outlook - August 6, 2020

Seasonal peppers


Seasonal produce is currently flourishing and this week is no different. Although you may be able to source different peppers year round, summer peppers are only available once a year. We are fortunate enough to have outstanding local farms supply us with a variety of seasonal peppers. We are currently stocking the following from Riverdog in Guinda, CA and R. Kelley Farms in South Sacramento, CA:
Mixed Gypsy Peppers (Riverdog Farm): Gypsies are known to change color through the season. The first crops are a pale yellowish green color and gradually transform into bright orange and rich red. They have an intense sweet flavor; perfect for stuffing. Enjoy raw or roasted to enhance sweetness. 10# case only.

Shishito Peppers (R. Kelley Farms): Shishitos are sweet, thin-skinned peppers commonly used as a starter dish. They can be roasted until blistered and seasoned. While shishitos are mostly sweet, one in every ten can have very mild heat. 5# case only.

Padron Peppers (Riverdog Farm): A crinkled green pepper similar to a shishito but slightly smaller with a thicker skin. They are sweet with a distinct kick, although one in ten is very spicy! They are a lively addition to pizzas, salads, soups, and rice dishes. 5# case only.

Jimmy Nardello Peppers (Riverdog Farm): Sweet and light when enjoyed raw; great frying pepper as its fruity raw flavor becomes creamy and soft when fried. Makes a gorgeous pepper-onata, or delicious in pastas, pizzas, and risottos. 10# case only.

Mixed Sweet Peppers (Riverdog Farm)– A mixed variety of Gypsy, Jimmy Nardello, and other sweet peppers. 10# case only

at a loss

At Produce Express, we pride ourselves on our close relationships with local farmers and growers, oftentimes considering them friends and family. One of our partnered farms, Twin Peaks Orchards, has experienced a great loss this past week. Here is a word from Camelia Enriquez-Miller, a member of the Twin Peaks family and sales representative here at Produce Express:
     “On Tuesday evening at approximately 9pm, our historic packing shed was destroyed in a fire. We are beyond devastated with this loss. This structure contained our only packing operation, storage, walk in, just harvested fruit, but more importantly this shed was the heart of our orchard. Countless irreplaceable boxes, equipment and relics were within those walls. Memories of both family and community gatherings honoring agriculture in Placer County were forged in that nearly 100 year old building. Many in the community have already reached out and the support and love we already feel is overwhelming.
     "We are in shock. We are thankful for the health and safety of our families and homes on the farm. We may be slow to respond to messages or phone calls as we wade through these next days. But as our founding fathers have engrained in us, we are resilient and will find a way to rebuild.”


If you would like to offer your support to Twin Peaks Orchards, please reach out to your personal sales rep or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

windmill figs

Windmill Farm and Vineyard is located in Woodland, CA. They have roughly 200 acres of land dedicated to farming an assortment of crops from figs and grapes to olives and stone fruit. The farm started as a passion project to grow specialty grapes. The land also functions as an event space with a focus on celebrating the farm to table movement. We are currently sourcing a variety of delectable figs from Windmill Farm including:
Black Mission– One of the sweeter varieties of figs. Despite their name, Black Missions have a deep purple-blue skin with a bright pink flesh. They are terrific when eaten on their own but also great when paired with tangy cheeses or yogurts. Available by the pint or 12 pint flat.
Kadota– Kadotas have light green skin with a pale pink flesh. They are noticeably less sweet than the other fig varieties when raw. They are a great variety for making jams or preserves. They can also be added to salads or pizzas. 12 pint flat only.
Violette de Bordeaux– Considered to be one of the best eating figs in terms of flavor. At a glance, Violette Figs are very similar to the Black Mission. They have a very dark purple skin with a deep red flesh. Violettes tend to be smaller and more pear shaped with a sweet, rich flavor. Excellent when eaten fresh or dried. 12 pint flat only.

Varietal figs are also available in a mixed flat– 4 baskets of each Black Mission, Kadota, and Violette. Tiger Stripe figs are expected by the end of next week.

Market Outlook - July 30, 2020

windmill vineyards


Windmill Farm and Vineyard is located in Woodland, CA. They have roughly 200 acres of land dedicated to farming an assortment of crops from figs and grapes to olives and stone fruit. The farm started as a passion project to grow specialty grapes. The land also functions as an event space with a focus on celebrating the farm to table movement. We are currently sourcing a variety of delectable figs from Windmill Farm including:

Black Mission– One of the sweeter varieties of figs. Despite their name, Black Missions have a deep purple-blue skin with a bright pink flesh. They are terrific when eaten on their own but also great when paired with tangy cheeses or yogurts. Available by the pint or 12 pint flat.

Kadota– Kadotas have light green skin with a pale pink flesh. They are noticeably less sweet than the other fig varieties when raw. They are a great variety for making jams or preserves. They can also be added to salads or pizzas. 12 pint flat only.

Violette de Bordeaux– Considered to be one of the best eating figs in terms of flavor. At a glance, Violette Figs are very similar to the Black Mission. They have a very dark purple skin with a deep red flesh. Violettes tend to be smaller and more pear shaped with a sweet, rich flavor. Excellent when eaten fresh or dried. 12 pint flat only.

Varietal figs are also available in a mixed flat– 4 baskets of each Black Mission, Kadota, and Violette. Tiger Stripe figs are expected by the end of next week.

twin peaks orchards

We are happy to announce the addition of two new products– locally made nectarine and blackberry jam and peach jam! Both are handmade by Twin Peaks with fruit from their orchards. They are made the old school way, one pot at a time. One batch only makes 6 jars! They started making jam as a way to use all of the blemished fruit from their orchard. Twin Peaks uses a low-sugar method (4 parts fruit, 2 parts sugar) with 100% non-GMO cane sugar, low sugar pectin, and lemon juice (also from their farm). Each jam is sold by the 9 ounce jar.

We are also currently stocking Twin Peaks stone fruit. We have multiple varieties of yellow freestone peaches, ranging from sub acid to the traditional peach flavor. It is difficult to be variety specific given how quickly they come and go. White peaches from Twin Peaks are also freestone, all of which are very sweet and floral.
Nectarines are similar in flavor to a peach but more concentrated. They are intensely flavorful with a nice balance of acidity and sugar. Both white and yellow nectarines are not freestone.

Twin Peaks fruit is tree ripened. It will reach maximum ripeness within 2-3 days after harvest.

locally grown melons

Melons mixed 300x300Warm summer days have finally led us to local heirloom melon season! We are currently sourcing our local melons from R. Kelley Farms. R. Kelley Farms is a family owned farming venture which has been providing quality fruits and vegetables to the local community for over 25 years. Located in South Sacramento, along River Road, the 58-acre farm is owned and operated by Ron Kelley and his wife, Ella. Both Ron and Ella have been very much involved in every aspect of their business and surrounding farming community. Ron has worked in the agricultural industry for over 45 years. As an agricultural production consultant, Ron advises his fellow farmers on plant health. We are currently offering the following specialty melons by the case (approximately 6 per case):
Ambrosia: An exotic melon hybrid often confused with a cantaloupe, but it's quite different. Its flesh is very sweet, floral, tender, and pale orange in color.
Crème de la Crème: Creamy white flesh marbled with pale orange. The skin is orange/yellow and slightly netted. Deliciously fragrant and very sweet.
Diplomat: Diplomats are a honeydew-type melon with thick, pale green flesh and fine netting on their skin. Diplomats have a tropical aroma and taste.
Savor: Bright orange flesh, deep aroma and very sweet flavor. Excellent with prosciutto.
Local Mixed Melon: A mixture of at least 3 of the varieties above, available by the case. Please specify local when ordering.
We are also sourcing local Shishito peppers from R. Kelley Farms. Shishitos are sweet, thin-skinned peppers commonly used as a starter dish. They can be roasted until blistered and seasoned. While shishitos are mostly sweet, one in every ten can have very mild heat. 5# case only.