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Market Outlook - September 26, 2019

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chocolate baking 300x300Autumn is in the air and we have all of your baking needs covered! We have compiled a list of the most popular fall baking items that we carry to help narrow down your search:
Oils
Artisan Oils from La Tourangelle, milled in Woodland, CA: Pumpkin Seed, Hazelnut, Walnut, and Pecan.
Extracts
Crafted by Jones and Co., sold by the quart: Vanilla, Maple, Almond, Lemon, and Orange.
Dried Spices
Whole Nutmeg (1#), Pumpkin Spice (1#), Star Anise (8oz), Whole Cloves (12oz), Ground Cinnamon (1#), Cinnamon Sticks (2#), Ground Ginger (1#)
Fruit Purees
All natural purees with pristine flavors from Perfect Puree: Black Currant, Blood Orange, Cranberry, Ginger, Green Apple, Lemon Zest, Meyer Lemon, Orange Zest, Pear, Pomegranate.
Nuts & Nut Butters
All nuts are available by the 5# bag: Almonds (sliced, slivered, whole raw, whole blanched, whole roasted), Walnuts (halves or pieces), Hazelnuts, and Cashews. Our nut butters are made with 100% nuts- no salt, sugar, or stabilizers added from Z Specialty in 7.5# tubs: Almond Butter, California Nut Crunch—a blend of hazelnuts, cashews, and almonds.
Flour
High quality and freshly milled flour from Giusto’s in San Francisco, available by the 25# bag: All Purpose, Organic All Purpose, Semolina (best for pastas and breads), 00 High Protein (best for thin pizzas, pastas, and breads), High Performer (best for breads and pizza), and Rice Flour.
Sugar
Vanilla sugar and Cinnamon Sugar from Jones & Co. available by the 1# bag. We also carry C&H White Sugar as well as Brown Sugar in 25# sacks.
Chocolate
Locally crafted chocolate from TCHO is available by the 6.6# bag. We stock: 99%, 81%, 68%, 66%, 60.5%, 53%, and 39%. We also carry TCHO cocoa powder (6.6#) and cacao nibs (3.3#).

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Market Outlook - September 19, 2019

LARSEN APPLES 

Larsen Apple no logo 300x300Local apple season is here! Although you may be able to buy apples year-round, you can not beat the quality of locally grown, fresh apples. We stock multiple varieties of apples from Larsen Apple Barn in Apple Hill during local apple season. 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:

Ruby Mac: Ruby Macs are said to be a cross between the McIntosh and Rubinstar apples. They are a sweet apple with a refreshing tartness, reminiscent of the McIntosh. They have ruby red skin that has a few small bands of green and yellow. Ruby Macs break down easily when cooked and are best used fresh. 40# case
Ruby Jon: Very similar to the Jonathan apple in taste and texture. They are a crisp, juicy, and tart apple with a hint of spice. Although they look quite similar, they are slightly sweeter than the Ruby Mac. 40# case
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. 10# or 40# case
Golden Delicious: A versatile apple that is great for multiple uses, especially for cooking and baking into tarts or pies. Its balanced sweetness and acidity makes for a great pairing with savory items, as well as being excellent in salads or applesauce. 40# case
 
Keep an eye out next week for more varieties– Honeycrisp and Jonathan!

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Market Outlook - September 12, 2019

LOCAL PRODUCE UPDATE

cranberry bean mc 300x300As the summer winds down, we will begin to see some crops gap and begin to finish while fall crops begin. Here are some updates on both summer and fall items.

Apples– Apple Hill Apples will be available for Saturday delivery. Gala, Golden, Ruby Mac, and Ruby Jon are the first varieties we are bringing in and will be available by the case only.

Beans– Summer Beans from Dwelley will be available into October, although we may begin to see gapping in different varieties.

Corn– Sweet Yellow Corn from Dwelley is finished. Dwelley White Corn is currently gapping but will be available in a couple of weeks before the crop finishes in October. We are currently using corn from G&S in Brentwood.

Stone Fruit– Twin Peaks stone fruit will be completely finished very soon. We will still have local stone fruit from J&J Ramos. Cherries and apricots have finished for the season.

Peppers– Due to their late start, peppers should be around longer than usual. We expect to have local peppers through October.

Heirloom Tomatoes– Heirlooms from Ray Yeung will be available until October 31st. The end of October is typically when they finish.

Local Melons– Local varietal melons are available from Fully Belly and F&D Farms. We expect to have them into October. Central California melons are finished for the season.

Hard Squash– We have begun to see the start of hard squash. We are now stocking Delicata Squash from Durst Organic Growers by the case only. Red Kurri and Sugar Pie Pumpkins are available from Full Belly by the case only.

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