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Market Outlook - September 5, 2019


September is Farm to Fork month, and we know just how to celebrate! Here at Produce Express we pride ourselves on remaining “Farm to Fork” from the very beginning. We treasure our long term partnerships with local farmers and chefs and our ability to help them connect with each other as easily as possible. We are fortunate to be in a region that is packed with rich agriculture. Sacramento County boasts thousands of acres of farms and ranches that grow a wide variety of crops. Each season we host numerous events that showcase local farms and purveyors. Our Farm Tours, Farmer’s Markets, and Tasting Tuesdays are full of information on where food is grown and how to find easier ways to get fresh produce into your kitchens. We encourage everyone in the service industry to attend our events.

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Market Outlook - August 30, 2019

delta pears from stillwater orchards

stillwater bartlett 300x300Stillwater Orchards is located along the Sacramento River in the town of Courtland– an area known to produce some of the best pears in the world. The land has been owned and operated by the Elliot family since 1860 when their ancestor, David Osborne, settled on the Delta on the heels of the Gold Rush and ordered the area’s first pear trees from France. The Elliots take pride in producing some of the most flavorful pears in the Delta. They grow, pack, and ship on site ensuring the highest quality standards. We are currently stocking the following pear varieties from Stillwater:
Bartlett– Sweet and juicy with buttery flesh. Their flavor and smooth texture make Bartlett pears a great addition to salads, pizzas, jams, pies and galettes, or simply add to a cheese board. 40# case, piece, or pound.
Bosc– Great for a variety of applications. A ripe Bosc will still be firm and dense with tender, sweet honey flesh that is rich and aromatic. 40# case, pound, or piece.
Comice– One of the sweetest and juiciest varieties with creamy flesh and an aroma reminiscent of wine. 20# case.
French Butter– Juicy, buttery flesh with hints of lemon; a great baking pear. 20# case only.
Red Star Crimson– Similar to a Bartlett but with beautiful red skin. 20# case, piece or pound.
Seckel– An excellent dessert pear, small in size but big on sweetness. Great served with cheese or baked into tarts. 20# case only.

Market Outlook - August 15, 2019


gypsy jimmy nardello and padron peppers 300x300Seasonal 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 to supply us with a variety of seasonal peppers. We are currently stocking the following from Riverdog in Guinda, CA:

Jimmy Nardello Peppers– Sweet and light when enjoyed raw; great frying pepper as its fruity raw flavor becomes creamy and soft when fried. Makes a gorgeous pepperonata, or delicious in pastas, pizzas, and risottos. 10# case

Gypsy Peppers– 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 roast to enhance sweetness. 10# case.

Padron Peppers– Small, crinkled green peppers that are sweet and mild with one in ten being very spicy! Lively addition to pizzas, salads, soups, and rice dishes. They can also be pan-fried or blistered and served as a side. 5# case

Shishito Peppers- We are currently sourcing Shishito peppers from R. Kelley Farmin Sacramento. 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 mild heat. 5# case