Spring is quickly approaching which means it is asparagus season! We are currently offering California grown asparagus from Southern California. Because it is just the beginning of the season, we are only offering large/extra large in 11# cases only. 28# cases are expected to be available by early next week and more sizes will be available as the season progresses.
DELTA ASPARAGUS UPDATE
Due to a combination of increased competition from Mexico and rising labor costs, Delta asparagus is getting a late start to the market. In the early 2000’s, California grew upwards of 40,000 acres of asparagus, nearly 10,000 of those acres being in the San Joaquin Delta. California’s crop has now dwindled down to less than 2,000 acres. Some farmers have even made the difficult decision to abandon their crops this season. Currently, there is a large gap in pricing between the California and Mexico markets. California is in the high 30’s for 11# cases and Mexican product is in the high 30’s for 28# cases. The market is expected to steady as the season progresses. We are expecting Delta asparagus by late March or early April.
ASIAN INSPIRED INGREDIENTS
Hodo Soy Tofu (Oakland, CA)
Firm Tofu– made fresh daily in small batches; keeps its shape when grilled or added to stir-fry. Available in a 10oz pack, 6/10oz case, 5# pack or 4/5# case.
The following is also available with a pre-order. Please call the office for more details: Medium Tofu, Tofu Veggie Burgers, Tofu Puffs, Braised Tofu, Thai Curry Tofu Nuggets, Fresh Yuba Sheets, and Soy Milk.
Nippon Shokken (West Sacramento)
Tempura Batter– Creates a crisp and light texture for anything that can be battered and fried. Sold in a 3.3# bag.
Karaage Batter– Use for crispy fried chicken, onion rings, fish and chips, and calamari. 3.3# bag.
Teriyaki Sauce– Soy sauce perfectly balanced with sweetness (from prune juice) and fresh ginger. It makes the perfect glaze or marinade. Available in a 4.9# container.
Ginger Sauce– Use as a marinade and stir-fry sauce. Made with fresh ginger and miso paste. Available in a 4.8# container.
Black Pepper Sauce– A nice balance of sweet and peppery that makes a delicious marinade, sauce, and glaze for meat and seafood. Available in a 4.8# container.
Orange Sauce– Made with three types of orange components: juice, peel, and natural flavor. Available in a 5.2# container.
Peanut Sauce– Use as a dipping sauce or peanut dressing for cold noodles & salads. It is made with roasted peanuts, peanut butter and lemon. Available in a 60oz container.
Japanese Dressing– A soy-sauce base dressing with a hint of wasabi that makes a flavorful addition to salads, meats and seafood. Available in a 60oz container.