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Market Outlook - January 28, 2021

J. Marchini Farms

The Marchini family grows several varieties of Italian specialty vegetables, including multiple varieties of chicories. Chicories are a closely related group of leafy vegetables that exhibit a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. Chicories are quite versatile and may be used in any manner of culinary techniques. They are excellent raw in salads and have a sturdy texture that is great for both braising and grilling. We are pleased to offer the following varieties from J. Marchini Farms (LeGrand, CA):
Radicchio– Globe shaped, similar looking to a small head of red lettuce or cabbage with a distinctive bitter flavor. 12 count case or by the each.
Radicchio Treviso– A radicchio with romaine shaped heads of red and white. 12 count case only.
Rosa Radicchio- This gorgeous pink chicory is mild in flavor with sweet, slightly bitter notes. The leaves are delicate and soft, and vary in color from blush pink to light magenta. Use this beautiful chicory to elevate chicory salads, pizzas, pastas, or grill it as an appetizer or side dish. Available in an 8ct case.
Castelfranco– Seasonal variety with the mildest flavor of all the chicories. Individual heads with attractive purple-red flecked, creamy white leaves. 12 count case only.
Puntarelle– Puntarelle has an elongated shape, light green stems, and dandelion shaped leaves. It also has a pleasantly bitter taste, characteristic of chicories. 12 count case only.
Mixed Chicory– A toybox case containing 4 varieties of the chicories listed above. 12 count case only..

Edible Flowers

We offer an extensive variety of edible flowers and microgreens from Fresh Origins. Edible flowers are a great way to add a pop of color and flavor to a variety of dishes, cocktails, and cheese boards. Located near San Diego, Fresh Origins has been growing consistent and quality microgreens and edible flowers for over 20 years. Please keep in mind that edible flowers are delicate– the must be handled with care and have a short shelf life of 3-5 days. To help ensure availability, we are requesting a 72 hour pre-order. We currently stock a limited amount of the following varieties:

MIXED FLOWERS- Variety of tastes and textures. 50ct
ORCHID- Mild, earthy, crisp texture. 100ct
LAVENDER- Herbal, earthy, fragrant. 50ct
PANSY- Mild, various color combinations. 50ct
VIOLA- Mild, vibrant colors, delicate. 50ct
MARIGOLD- Mild, slightly peppery, thick petals. 50ct

More varieties of edible flowers are available with a 72 hour pre-order only, including: borage blossom, firestix, hibiscus, nasturtium, princess flower, micro star, snapdragon, sparklers, and more!
If you are looking for a specific variety that is not listed, please call our office or contact your sales rep.

Valentine's Day Berries

Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Although we are just reaching the beginning of February, we have started the preparation for the holiday.

Each year there is a high demand for strawberries and a lack of supply. This year is no different, even more so given the difficult labor conditions. We are urging our customers to pre-order all strawberries and long stem strawberries for Valentine’s Day as soon as possible.

Stemberries are sold by the case only. We are currently offering 48ct cases (4/12ct), although 64ct (4/16ct) stemberries may be supplemented to fill orders. Berry size can not be guaranteed, though we will do our best to accommodate requests.

Market Outlook - January 21, 2021

Riverdog Farm

Broccoli di Cicco– An heirloom variety that is smaller than traditional broccoli with thinner stems and smaller heads. It is mild and sweet. 5# case
Braising Mix– A wonderful blend of seasonal, robust greens. Ideal for dishes that require sturdier greens that hold well under heat. 3# case
Bloomsdale Spinach- A sweet, heirloom variety with a deeper and more interesting flavor than the standard flat leaf spinach. Each leaf is heavily crinkled, giving it a heartier texture perfect for sautéing or wilting. 4# case 
King Richard Leeks- An heirloom variety of leeks with an edible 6-10 inch blanched white stalk; longer than the traditional leek. Their flavor is sweet and delicate. 12ct case
Red Spring Onion- Spring Onions look similar to scallions but have a small onion bulb at the base. They are wonderful grilled, roasted whole, or used in place of pearl onions. 10# case
Scarlett Queen Turnip– Scarlett Queens have a spicy red skin and sweet white flesh. 10# case.
White Tokyo Turnip– Tokyo turnips look similar to radishes with smooth white skin and white flesh. They are mild, slightly spicy, with an earthy sweetness. 10# case
Watermelon Radish– A colorful, heirloom varietal radish with a green exterior and deep pink to bright red interior. Firm and crisp with a peppery taste and subtle sweetness. 10# case or per pound
Black Radish- This winter radish has deep black skin with crisp white flesh. Black radish deliver a spicy bite and can be slightly bitter. Per pound
Purple Daikon Radish- Purple Daikon has a beautiful inner flesh that is white with stunning starburst splashes of violet matching its purple skin. Its flavor is mildly spicy with a hint of sweetness. 10# case

Full Belly Farm

Full Belly Farm is a 350-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley north of Sacramento. Full Belly has been farmed using organic practices since 1985 and is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers. The farm produces an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. We are currently offering the following winter crops from Full Belly:
Broccoli Rabe– A deep green veggie that is completely edible. Broccoli Rabe slightly resembles broccoli but has much smaller florets, longer and thinner stems, and an abundance of leaves. It is bitter but does become milder when cooked. Sold by the 12 bunch case.
Mixed Mizuna– Also known as Japanese mustard greens. Mizuna is a cross between arugula and mustard, giving it a mild peppery taste. It can be cooked or used raw in salads.  We are currently carrying a mixed case of red and green mizuna, sold by the 12 bunch case.
Wild Mustard Greens– Wild mustard greens are slightly more delicate than turnip or collard greens but can be prepared similarly. Wild mustard makes a great addition to any traditional Southern dish. Sold by the 12 bunch case.
Nantes Carrots- Nantes are a French heirloom variety with smooth skin and an almost perfect cylindrical shape. Nantes are distinctly sweeter than other carrots and are rounded at the top and tip. Sold by the 24 bunch case.

Early Bird Farm

We are proud to offer stone-milled grains from Early Bird Farms, located in   Nevada City. Drew Speroni founded Early Bird Farm in 2014 and has been growing a variety of produce and milling grains ever since. Early Bird Farm mills several varieties of grains which are organically grown, using non- GMO seeds at Pleasant Grove Farm in Wheatland. The grains are then transported to Nevada City to be milled. We offer the following:
White Corn Grits
– Course ground corn that provides a toothy bite. These white corn grits can be used in place of hominy grits in traditional southern cuisine or in recipes that call for course ground polenta.10# bag.
Corn Polenta– Fine ground for a smoother consistency and quicker cooking. Fine polenta can be used in numerous applications, ranging from desserts to side dishes. We currently offer pioneer white corn and California gold corn   polenta, both sold by the 10# bag.
White Corn Meal– A finer grind than the polenta, used for cornmeal dishes and breads. 10# bag.
Blue Corn Meal- Finely ground from blue corn, this corn meal may be used to make blue corn tortillas, cornbread, pancakes, and much more! 10# bag.
Frasinetto Flour- A unique variety of wheat with an unusually high protein content. Perfect for breads and pastas. 10# bag.
Alpowa Soft White Wheat Flour- A rustic ground white flour with a nutty taste for pastries, quick breads, and flat breads. Sonora white wheat was used to develop flour tortillas in Mexico’s Northwest and the Southwestern United States. 10# bag.
Hard Red Spring Wheat Flour- This wheat is the premier modern bread wheat in California. It has high protein content and a rich, yeasty aroma with whole wheat flavor which are the baking characteristics needed for risen breads, pancakes, and muffins. 10# bag.
Hard Red Wheat Berries-  Wheat berries are the entire edible part of wheat kernels, including the germ and bran. They have a chewy texture and sweet, nutty flavor, similar to farro. Wheat berries can be added to breads, soups, salads, and more! 10# bag.
Pancake/Waffle Mix- Made from 100% hard red spring wheat flour, salt, baking powder, and a minimum amount of sugar. 10# bag.

Market Outlook - November 19, 2020

Fall Baking

Autumn 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:
Crafted by Jones and Co., sold by the quart: Vanilla, Maple, Almond, Lemon, Orange, and Peppermint.
Ground Nutmeg (1#), Pumpkin Spice (1#), Star Anise (8oz), Whole Cloves (12oz), Ground Cinnamon (1#), Cinnamon Sticks (2#), Ground Ginger (1#)
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.
All nuts are available by the 5# bag: Almonds (sliced, slivered, diced, whole raw, whole blanched, whole roasted), Walnuts (halves or pieces), Hazelnuts, Pecans, 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.
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.

Giusto's Vita Grain

Giusto’s was founded on the premise of providing high quality, freshly milled, flours and natural baking ingredients of all types, including those for breads, cakes, and pizzas. They mill their own flour, in South San Francisco, using a variety of techniques including true stone milling on rare 30” Meadows stones. We are pleased to offer Giusto’s Specialty Flours by the 25# bag.
All Purpose Flour- Unbleached enriched flour made from Hard Red Winter Wheat. 11% protein
Organic “All Family” Flour- Unbleached all-purpose flour made from Organic Hard Red Winter Wheat. 11% protein
Semolina- Produced from enriched Durum Wheat, this high protein granular flour is ideal for pasta and bread making.
“00” High Protein Flour- European-style  proprietary blend of select whole wheat flours that works  perfectly for tender thin-crust pizza, pasta, and breads.
High Performer Flour- This is the top of the line, natural, high gluten, high protein unbleached flour that performs especially well in bread, pizza, and pastries (even croissants). 13-13.5% protein
Rice Flour- Fine textured white rice flour. An excellent ingredient in making gluten free pastries, pasta, and bread.

TCHO Chocolate

TCHO chocolate factory is located in Berkley, CA, where their complex chocolates are created with the highest quality flavor and flawless performance in mind. We offer the following varieties:
39% Cacao Milk Chocolate (6.6# bag)- A classic milk chocolate with rich caramel notes, hints of butterscotch and honey.

53% Cacao Milk Chocolate (6.6# bag)- A dark milk chocolate with a rich, fudgy flavor and creamy finish.

60.5% Cacao Semi-Sweet Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- Complex chocolatey notes with hints of raisins, vanilla, and a lingering caramel finish.

66% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate (6.6# bag)- Warm complex cocoa notes with hints of dried cherries, currants and roasted coffee.

68% Chocolately Dark Chocolate (6.6# bag)- Robust cocoa richness with notes of roasted coffee, nuts, and raisins.

81% Extra Dark Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- Sharp, bright, acidic flavor  balanced by rich and fudgy notes. This decadent chocolate also has hints of almond, hazelnut, and tangy dried cherry.

99% Unsweetened Chocolate (6.6# bag)- Smooth, complex, and rich, this unsweetened chocolate has hints of espresso with a toasted undertone.

100% Cocoa Powder (4.4# bag)- Very versatile, all natural, high fat cocoa powder made with no chemical processing. Rich chocolate flavors are balanced with delicate acidity. Ideal for baking, ice cream, and garnishing.

100% Roasted Cocoa Nibs (3.3# bag)- Deep, nutty, and toasty chocolate flavor with hints of chicory and coffee. These cocoa nibs have a crunchy, nut-like texture. Great for garnishing, incorporating into marinades or sauces, or sprinkling on ice cream.

Drinking Chocolate (6.6# bag)- TCHO Drinking Chocolate is made from ground up dark chocolate bars to create an intensely rich, deep fudgy flavor. Reminiscent of decadent European-style drinking chocolate, TCHO’s not-too-sweet version is perfect for making a cozy cup of extraordinary hot chocolate. You can also use the drinking chocolate for any iced chocolate drink,  chocolate sauce, chocolate mousse, and more!