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Market Outlook - October 24, 2019

Fall farmer's market
November 6th, 2019 | 10am-1pm 

Our annual Fall Farmer’s Market is just around the corner! This event will give you an opportunity to meet the local farmers and producers who supply us with their local crops and products. The event is open to all restaurant employees and is a great opportunity to educate yourself and your staff about how your food is grown and where it comes from. Please come, meet the farmers, sample delicious treats from local chefs and learn about the benefits of supporting the Farm to Fork movement.
We have over 30 chefs and farmers joining us this season. This market will feature a wonderful selection from our purveyors and farms, including: Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms, Elegant Beans, Field Fresh Farms, Full Belly Farm, Jones & Co. Vanilla, La Tourangelle, Nicolau Farms, Riverdog Farm, Rue & Forsman Ranch, Sierra Nevada Cheese Co., Sparrow Lane, Twin Peaks, Yeung Farms, and Z Specialty just to name a few!
We are fortunate to have a generous amount of chefs who will be aiding in showcasing the local produce and locally crafted products. A few of our participating restaurants include: Alaro Craft Brewery, AR Provisions, Asante Catering, Bella Bru, Beth Sogaard Catering, Buho Bakery, Fixins, Grateful Bread, Mulvaney’s B&L, Nixtaco, Origami, Taste, Volcano Union Inn, The Waterboy, Watershed at the Owl, and more!
Everyone in the industry is welcome to attend and we encourage you to spread the word!
*Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day!
*Catch up with industry friends and network!
*Raffle prizes from local restaurants and vendors!
*Mac Knives and Stagger Lee items available for purchase!

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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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