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Market Outlook - February 11, 2021

Locally Grown Produce


Broccoli di Cicco– An heirloom variety that is smaller than traditional broccoli with thinner stems and smaller heads. It is mild and sweet. 5# case, Riverdog
Broccoli Rabe– A deep green veggie that is completely edible. Broccoli Rabe slightly resembles broccoli but has much smaller florets, longer and thinner stems, and an abundance of leaves. It is bitter but does become milder when cooked. 12 bunch case, Full Belly
Braising Mix– A wonderful blend of seasonal, robust greens. Ideal for dishes that require sturdier greens that hold well under heat. 3# case, Riverdog
Bloomsdale Spinach- A sweet, heirloom variety with a deeper and more interesting flavor than the standard flat leaf spinach. Each leaf is heavily crinkled, giving it a heartier texture perfect for sautéing or wilting. 4# case , Riverdog
Chicories– Radicchio, Treviso, Rosa Radicchio, Puntarelle, and Castelfranco are available from J. Marchini Farms.
Radish– Both black and watermelon radish are available from Riverdog Farm. Daikon radish is available from Yeung Farm.
Purple Daikon Radish- Purple Daikon has a beautiful inner flesh that is white with stunning starburst splashes of violet matching its purple skin. Its flavor is mildly spicy with a hint of sweetness. 10# case, Riverdog
Turnips– Scarlett Queens and White Tokyo turnips are available from Riverdog. 10# cases, Riverdog
Nantes Carrots- Nantes are a French heirloom variety with smooth skin and an almost perfect cylindrical shape. Nantes are distinctly sweeter than other carrots and are rounded at the top and tip. 24 bunch case, Full Belly Farm
King Richard Leeks- An heirloom variety of leeks with an edible 6-10 inch blanched white stalk; longer than a traditional leek. King Richard leeks have a sweet and delicate flavor. 12ct case, Riverdog
Red Spring Onion- Spring Onions look similar to scallions but have a small onion bulb at the base. They are wonderful grilled, roasted whole, or used in place of pearl onions. 10# case, Riverdog
Spring Green Garlic– Spring garlic is loved by chefs for its light, delicate flavor. It is the same species as regular garlic, but its bulbs have not yet matured into the pungent bulbs of common garlic. Quite sharp when raw, it mellows when cooked and is ideal for infusing sweet garlic flavor. 10# case or pound, Riverdog
Squash– Butternut, red kurri, and spaghetti squash are available from Yeung Farms.
Mixed Mizuna– Also known as Japanese mustard greens. Mizuna is a cross between arugula and mustard, giving it a mild peppery taste. It can be cooked or used raw in salads. We are currently carrying a mixed case of red and green mizuna. 12 bunch case, Full Belly

ASPARAGUS UPDATE
Say goodbye to 11# cases! We are now carrying 28# cases of asparagus from Mexico. California product is expected to be in by late February and will remain in the larger case size.

Point Reyes Farmstead


At Point Reyes, every stage of the cheese making process is managed on the farmstead; from birthing, raising, and milking the cows to aging the cheese. The unique bacteria of Tomales Bay, along with the lands lush rye grass and crisp, pristine air contribute to the delectable flavor of Point Reyes cheeses.

Original Blue (6.5# wheel)– Creamy texture and bold flavor, with hints of sweet milk, a peppery finish, and medium/strong blue flavor. Original Blue is wonderful as a stand-alone table cheese, for topping salads, melting onto burgers and steaks, mixing into pastas, on a cheese board with local honey, and much more. Rindless; aged 3.5 months.

Bay Blue (6# wheel)– A rustic style blue cheese, reminiscent of Stilton; known for its mellow flavor and sweet, salted caramel finish. Its texture is almost fudge-like with a beautiful natural rind; aged 90 days. Bay Blue compliments mushrooms or as a delicious after-dinner cheese, especially when paired with a Vintage Port or Barrel-Aged Scotch.

Toma (10# wheel)– A semi-hard table cheese perfect for any occasion. It has a creamy, buttery flavor and texture with a grassy tangy finish. Toma is a great melting cheese; perfect for pasta, risotto, sandwiches, burgers, vegetables, soups, and more. It also balances out a hop-heavy beer beautifully!

 

Marin French

Praised for their ultra rich and creamy texture, Marin French soft-ripened cheeses start with milk sourced from local dairies within 20 miles from their creamery in West Marin. We offer the following:

Camembert: Their Camembert cheese differs distinctly from Brie by the cultures used to produce the Camembert’s earthy flavor and flowing texture. It is complex, aromatic, and creamy, and its flavor is robust with hints of mushrooms. 8oz round

Triple Crème Brie: 75% butterfat creates a rich and ultra smooth texture, slightly sweet flavor and blooming with fluffy white rind. 8oz piece

Market Outlook - February 04, 2021

Twin Peaks Citrus

Twin Peaks Orchards was established in 1912 and has been family owned and operated for more than 100 years. They are a fifth generation family farm which supplies Produce Express with a variety of exceptional fruit. We are currently stocking the following local citrus from Twin Peaks Orchards:

Moro Blood Oranges- Less acidic than other oranges, Blood Oranges have a complex flavor- juicy, sweet/tart and rich with a hint of raspberry. Their unique dark flesh comes from the presence of anthocyanin, a natural pigment common to red fruit and flowers, but usually uncommon to citrus fruits. Sold by the pound or 20# case.

Dancy Tangerines– One of the oldest citrus varieties. These tangerines have a beautiful orange flesh with a rich and sweet flavor, despite their seeds. Similar to Satsumas, Dancys are relatively easy to peel. Sold by the 25# case or pound.

Meyer Lemons– A cross between a lemon and a mandarin. The Meyer is smaller and rounder than a regular lemon with smooth skin. Its flavor is as distinct as the flesh; much less acidic, making them sweeter than other varieties. Available in a 10# case or by the pound.

Melogolds– A cross between a Pummelo and a White Grapefruit, this fruit has a very thick rind, yellowish-green pebbly skin, and pale yellow flesh that is sweet-tart in flavor. Almost seedless and very juicy, this delightful fruit can stand on its own, and is great in salads. Melogolds are only available for a few months throughout the year from Twin Peaks Orchards in a 25# case.

J. Marchini Farms


The Marchini family grows several varieties of Italian specialty vegetables, including multiple varieties of chicories. Chicories are a closely related group of leafy vegetables that exhibit a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. Chicories are quite versatile and may be used in any manner of culinary techniques. They are excellent raw in salads and have a sturdy texture that is great for both braising and grilling. We are pleased to offer the following varieties from J. Marchini Farms (LeGrand, CA):
Radicchio– Globe shaped, similar looking to a small head of red lettuce or cabbage with a distinctive bitter flavor. 12 count case or by the each.
Radicchio Treviso– A radicchio with romaine shaped heads of red and white. 12 count case only.
Rosa Radicchio- This gorgeous pink chicory is mild in flavor with sweet, slightly bitter notes. The leaves are delicate and soft, and vary in color from blush pink to light magenta. Use this beautiful chicory to elevate chicory salads, pizzas, pastas, or grill it as an appetizer or side dish. Available in an 8ct case.
Castelfranco– Seasonal variety with the mildest flavor of all the chicories. Individual heads with attractive purple-red flecked, creamy white leaves. 12 count case only.
Puntarelle– Puntarelle has an elongated shape, light green stems, and dandelion shaped leaves. It also has a pleasantly bitter taste, characteristic of chicories. 12 count case only.
Mixed Chicory– A toybox case containing 4 varieties of the chicories listed above. 12 count case only..

 

Fresh Flowers

Although the past year has been anything but predictable, we are doing our best to supply our customers with flowers for the holiday. We currently source fresh flowers from Flora Fresh in Sacramento. Flora Fresh carries a wide variety of flowers from farms that are Veriflora and Florverde certified and practice sustainable farming.

Due to limitations on varieties of fresh flowers, we are asking for a minimum 48 hour pre-order. We are unable to source flowers on weekends, therefore all Saturday or Sunday orders must be placed by Thursday.

Please specify color preferences as well as a secondary choice. We will do our best to accommodate requests.

Market Outlook - January 28, 2021

J. Marchini Farms


The Marchini family grows several varieties of Italian specialty vegetables, including multiple varieties of chicories. Chicories are a closely related group of leafy vegetables that exhibit a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. Chicories are quite versatile and may be used in any manner of culinary techniques. They are excellent raw in salads and have a sturdy texture that is great for both braising and grilling. We are pleased to offer the following varieties from J. Marchini Farms (LeGrand, CA):
Radicchio– Globe shaped, similar looking to a small head of red lettuce or cabbage with a distinctive bitter flavor. 12 count case or by the each.
Radicchio Treviso– A radicchio with romaine shaped heads of red and white. 12 count case only.
Rosa Radicchio- This gorgeous pink chicory is mild in flavor with sweet, slightly bitter notes. The leaves are delicate and soft, and vary in color from blush pink to light magenta. Use this beautiful chicory to elevate chicory salads, pizzas, pastas, or grill it as an appetizer or side dish. Available in an 8ct case.
Castelfranco– Seasonal variety with the mildest flavor of all the chicories. Individual heads with attractive purple-red flecked, creamy white leaves. 12 count case only.
Puntarelle– Puntarelle has an elongated shape, light green stems, and dandelion shaped leaves. It also has a pleasantly bitter taste, characteristic of chicories. 12 count case only.
Mixed Chicory– A toybox case containing 4 varieties of the chicories listed above. 12 count case only..

Edible Flowers

We offer an extensive variety of edible flowers and microgreens from Fresh Origins. Edible flowers are a great way to add a pop of color and flavor to a variety of dishes, cocktails, and cheese boards. Located near San Diego, Fresh Origins has been growing consistent and quality microgreens and edible flowers for over 20 years. Please keep in mind that edible flowers are delicate– the must be handled with care and have a short shelf life of 3-5 days. To help ensure availability, we are requesting a 72 hour pre-order. We currently stock a limited amount of the following varieties:

MIXED FLOWERS- Variety of tastes and textures. 50ct
ORCHID- Mild, earthy, crisp texture. 100ct
LAVENDER- Herbal, earthy, fragrant. 50ct
PANSY- Mild, various color combinations. 50ct
VIOLA- Mild, vibrant colors, delicate. 50ct
MARIGOLD- Mild, slightly peppery, thick petals. 50ct

More varieties of edible flowers are available with a 72 hour pre-order only, including: borage blossom, firestix, hibiscus, nasturtium, princess flower, micro star, snapdragon, sparklers, and more!
If you are looking for a specific variety that is not listed, please call our office or contact your sales rep.
 

Valentine's Day Berries

Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Although we are just reaching the beginning of February, we have started the preparation for the holiday.

Each year there is a high demand for strawberries and a lack of supply. This year is no different, even more so given the difficult labor conditions. We are urging our customers to pre-order all strawberries and long stem strawberries for Valentine’s Day as soon as possible.

Stemberries are sold by the case only. We are currently offering 48ct cases (4/12ct), although 64ct (4/16ct) stemberries may be supplemented to fill orders. Berry size can not be guaranteed, though we will do our best to accommodate requests.