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Market Outlook - December 27, 2012

The Year in Review

'Tis the time of year that we are likely to take a moment or two to reflect on all that is right with the world and to give thanks for our families and friends. We at Produce Express would like to take that moment and thank all of our customers for choosing us as your produce distributor. Simply said, without our customers we are not a company. We also wish to thank all those involved in agriculture, particularly those in California. We wish to thank the farmers, large and small, conventional and organic. We wish to thank all those who work in the fields. We thank all of the growers, packers, shippers, truckers and distributors who take the time to move our delicate products up and down these highways. We thank the other produce companies that we work with on a daily basis and supply us for all of our produce and we thank all those who supply us with our specialty products-California Olive Ranch and Sparrow Lane Vinegar and DiNapoli Tomatoes and Lundberg Family Rice and Grass Valley Grains and Clover/Stornetta and many, many more. And we thank those that come to work every day-our employees. We look forward to the coming year because that's what you are supposed to do now. We can start again with our seasonal approach to sourcing fresh produce and, while there really aren't any new fruits and vegetables (except for candycots), I'm sure that we will find a new farmer or two to add to our existing list of local growers. And we plan to be very involved in the recently created Farm-to-Fork program in Sacramento. And there's a few more cheeses to bring in and maybe someone does come up with the next big thing. Happy New Year from all of us to all of you!

La Tourangelle Nut and Seed Oils

In the past two weeks, we have called on several chefs to sample our new line of nut and seed oils from La Tourangelle and the response has been very positive. "Pure and clean", "very flavorful", "excellent oils" are among the many comments offered by local chefs. These oils are all produced in Woodland, CA. using local crops whenever possible as well as sourcing from other countries. We are now stocking the following oils:

  • Roasted Almond Oil (California)-Delicate almond flavor. Liter
  • Roasted Walnut Oil (California)-Rich walnut flavor with clean finish. Gallon
  • Roasted Hazelnut Oil (Oregon)-Clean, delicate hazelnut flavor. Liter
  • Note-the above oils need to be refrigerated after opening.
  • Avocado Oil (California)-Light flavor, very high smoke point, great for poaching fish. Liter
  • Grapeseed Oil (Spain/Portugal)- Neutral flavor with a high smoke point. Gallon
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil (Austria)-Deep green color, rich and flavorful. 250ml
  • Sesame Oil (Japan)-Clean, pure and very flavorful. An excellent oil. Liter

Market Outlook - December 20, 2012

 La Tourangelle

This week we are introducing a new product that represents another example why the Sacramento region is known as America's Farm-to-Fork Capital- La Tourangelle Artisan Nut and Seed Oils. La Tourangelle, a French owned company located in Woodland, CA produces mostly California sourced nuts and seeds to mill into oils for use in cooking, vinaigrettes, aioli, and as a finishing oil. We are currently stocking the following items: Roasted Walnut Oil-In salads, walnut oil combines very well with balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar and tarragon vinegar to create a simple but flavorful vinaigrette. It is also delicious on grilled fish or meat and is a nice addition to seasonal pastas and pizzas. Don't overlook its use in cakes and pastries, particularly with apples or pears. Produced with local walnuts in Woodland, CA. Sold by the gallon. Roasted Almond Oil-It's subtle, delicate fresh roasted almond flavor makes it a good substitute for olive oil in salads and on poultry dishes. Produced with local almonds. Sold by the liter. Roasted Hazelnut Oil– A perfect pairing with lemon juice for use in vinaigrettes. A great finishing oil for seasonal pasta dishes, cheeses, meats, and fish. Produced in Woodland, CA from Oregon grown hazelnuts. Sold by the liter. Grapeseed Oil-With a smoke point of 485°F, the oil is perfect for sautéing and frying but its neutral flavor is equally impressive as a substitute for canola oil in vinaigrettes and aioli. NON-GMO Certified. Produced in Chile/Portugal. Sold by the gallon. Avocado Oil-Avocado oil can be used the same way you use your extra virgin olive oil. But with a smoke point at 520ºF it is very practical to use in the kitchen for pretty much any application. On salads or in a dressing, it contributes a hint of avocado flavor, and it is wonderful drizzled over slices of fruits. Sold by the liter. Sesame Oil-Sesame Oil has long been the universal cooking medium in Asia, imparting the characteristic flavor to the foods of its regions. In Chinese and Korean cuisine it is added as a flavor highlight to cooked dishes. The Japanese often add about 10% toasted Sesame Oil to the oil used for tempura or deep-frying, creating a rich, background flavor. American cooks may want to use Sesame Oil to flavor an Asian stir-fry or noodle dish or as a marinade for meat or fish. Produced in Japan. Sold by the liter. Pumpkin Seed Oil-Coming soon in 250ml bottles.

 

Market Outlook - December 13, 2012

 

Winter Time Is Citrus Time

Winter citrus has arrived in the warehouse with an early season burst of color, quality and variety. Oranges, Lemons, Tangerines, Mandarins and Grapefruit are coming from several states and the first crops seem to be indicative of an excellent season. We are currently offering the following varieties: Moro Blood Oranges have the most interesting and complex flavor of any orange. The juice is sweet and rich with a hint of raspberry and less acidic than regular oranges. Early season Blood Oranges have orange flesh flecked with reddish veins. As the season progresses, the flavor of the orange intensifies, the skin becomes orange-red and the flesh turns to a vivid crimson color. Mandarins-During this time of year, dozens of small farms in and around Placer County (Auburn-Penryn, Loomis and Newcastle) are harvesting Satsuma Mandarins and we are currently purchasing these local Satsumas from two of these farms. Satsumas are small in size, easy to peel, seedless and very sweet.

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