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Market Outlook - September 06, 2012

Cotija, Queso Fresco, Oaxaca

 Not just for tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas; Cotija, Queso Fresco and Oaxaca cheeses are excellent in gratins, salads, pizzas, grilled sandwiches, burgers, and pastas. 

 Queso Salazar

cheese-cojitaThis week we are offering a new brand of three varietal cheeses that are closely associated with and are in fact an integral part of Mexican cuisine-Queso Fresco, Oaxaca and Cotija cheeses. The cheeses come to us from a small, family owned business operating out of a new facility in Brentwood, Ca.-Queso Salazar. The Salazar family has been making Mexican style cheese for over 50 years. They make the cheeses in small batches using whole milk from a small herd of Holstein cows.

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Market Outlook - August 30, 2012

Summer Cornucopia

 The heavyweights of summer produce-tomatoes, corn, squashes, fresh beans, stone fruit-remain plentiful and of good quality.  It is at this time of the season that many chefs ask us "Ok, what's next?".

 It's Still Summer, Folks!

shelling-beansWe at Produce Express are of the opinion that the month of August represents the peak, the virtual height, the apex, of all that is summer produce. In terms of both quality and quantity, all manner of local and seasonal fruits and vegetables, be they conventional or organic, are available during this month. So, this is the month to emphasize, to highlight, to showcase, indeed to shout about from the rafters and rooftop of your restaurants, the natural bounty that emanates from fields and orchards throughout the Sacramento and surrounding valleys. Here's an update: Shelling Beans-Cranberry, Speckled Butter and Purple Hull Black-Eyed Peas.

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Market Outlook - August 23, 2012

Okra

okraDredge in cornmeal and fry whole to serve on its own or as part of a Fritto Misto, it is often used in Japanese Tempura, slice it thin to thicken soups and Gumbo, chop it and cook quickly into stir-fries and curries. 

 R. Kelley Farm

 This week we are featuring R. Kelley Farm in the Sacramento Delta. Ron Kelley, a life long Delta resident, owns and operates a 50 acre U-Pick farm located on the River Road, a few miles south of the town of Freeport. Ron grows a variety of fruits and vegetables including melons, tomatoes, corn, okra, black-eyed peas, eggplant, collard greens and peppers. We are currently offering the following items from R. Kelley Farm: Ambrosia Melon-Very sweet & floral with tender, pale orange flesh.

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