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Market Outlook - July 25, 2019

LOCAL HEIRLOOM MELONS 

Warm summer days have finally led us to local heirloom melon season! We are currently sourcing our local melons from R. Kelley Farms. R. Kelley Farms is a family owned farming venture whichmelon savor 300X300 has been providing quality fruits and vegetables to the local community for over 25 years. Located in South Sacramento along River Road, the 58-acre farm is owned and operated by Ron Kelley and his wife, Ella. Both Ron and Ella have been very much involved in every aspect of their business and surrounding farming community. Ron has worked in the agricultural industry for over 45 years. As an agricultural production consultant, Ron advises his fellow farmers on plant health.
We are currently offering the following heirloom melons by the case (approximately 6 per case):

Ambrosia: An exotic melon hybrid often confused with a cantaloupe, but it's quite different. Its flesh is very sweet, floral, tender and pale orange in color.

Crème de la Crème: Creamy white flesh marbled with pale orange. The skin is orange/yellow and slightly netted. Deliciously fragrant and very sweet.

Diplomat: Diplomats are a honeydew-type melon with thick, pale green flesh and fine netting on their skin. Diplomats have a tropical aroma and taste.

Savor: Bright orange flesh, deep aroma and very sweet flavor. Excellent with prosciutto.

Local Mixed Melon: A mixture of at least 3 of the varieties above, available by the case. Please specify local when ordering.

STILLWATER ORCHARD PEARS 

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Stillwater 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.

The first varieties available are Bartlett and Red Crimson. Bartlett pears are the most identifiable in flavor, with a true “pear” flavor. Sweet and crisp when on the greener side and extremely juicy as they fully ripen. Aside from color, there is not much difference in the Red Crimson and Bartlett. Bartletts are available by the 40# case and by the pound. Red Crimsons are available by the 20# case and by the pound.

As the season progresses, we will begin to bring in more varieties from Stillwater Orchards. Bosc, Comice, French Butter, and Seckle pears should all be available within the next month, weather permitting.

MYCOPIA GOURMET MUSHROOMS

Gourmet Mushrooms, located in Sebastopol, CA, is committed to growing the finest quality specialty mushrooms using sustainable practices. They have been pioneer growers of fresh culinaryforest nameko 300X300 mushrooms since 1977, when they were the first to commercially cultivate shiitake in the United States. Their fresh mushroom division, Mycopia Mushrooms, has earned its reputation as the premier grower of top quality, flavorful forest mushrooms. Their mushrooms are grown on oak-based substrate in reusable bottles. After the mushrooms are harvested, the spent substrate is recycled and turned into compost. Their mushrooms have been certified organic and kosher since 2005. We are currently offering the following varieties in 6# cases:

Maiitake: Also referred to as Hen of the Woods, Maiitake mushrooms have a great forest aroma and a light, crunchy texture. Their rich, versatile flavor compliments roasted meats and chicken, cheeses, dark leafy greens, and hearty grains.

Orange Forest Nameko: Bright orange and glossy caps with long stems. The naturally occurring gelatin on the cap allows the Forest Nameko to act as a thickener for soups and sauces. Namekos have an earthy flavor that is enhanced when sautéed.

Velvet Pioppini: The caps of the Velvet Pioppini are dark chocolate brown with a soft/silky texture. The long, cream colored stems have a texture similar to asparagus. Excellent on their own or their intense forest flavor pairs well with red meats or game.

Chef Sampler: A variety of mushrooms offered in one case. Varieties typically included are Brown Beech, White Beech, Eryngii (Trumpet Royale), and either Velvet Pioppini or Forest Nameko.

Market Outlook - July 11, 2019

annual summer farmer's market

Our annual Summer Farmer's Market brings over 35 local farmers and chefstogether to highlight the best of the season! Each chef creates a delicious bite featuring their paired farm. Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day!

Chefs, cooks, servers, bartenders, hosts, managers, bloggers... We welcome anyone involved in the restaurant industry to attend this free event courtesy of Produce Express! Please encourage your staff and team members to attend for the most delicious afternoon of research and development!

We are trying something new this year! We are sending out a series of 8 invitationsto all of our customers. If you bring back all 8 invitations, you automatically win a $25 gift card! Make sure to ask your driver or sales rep for invitations you are missing! We will also have tons of giveaways and raffles (just showing up enters you into the raffles)!

Our list is continuously growing but we are happy to welcome the following participating restaurants:

Adamo's/ Amour de Patisserie/ AR Provisions/ Bella Bru/ Biba's/ Carpe Vino/ Celestin's/ Classique Catering/ Corner Tavern/ Dad's Kitchen/ Divine Gelateria/ Father Paddy's/ Karen's Bakery/ La Provence/ Marly n Moo/ Mulvaney's/ North Fork Chai Co/ Origami/ Paisley Cafe/ Putah Creek Cafe/ R-15/ Rudolf Steiner College/ Sac City Brews/ Savory/ Simple Pleasures/ Stonehouse/ Streetzlan/ Taste/ Watershed at the Owl/

A special thank you to our participating farms and purveyors for all their hard work to provide our chefs with great produce:

Aldon’s Leafy Greens/ California Endive/Casa Sanchez/ Chocolate Fish/ Clover Sonoma/ Del Rio/ DiNapoli/ Dragon Gourmet Mushroom/ Dwelley Farms/ Early Bird/ Elegant Beans/ Flora Fresh/ Full Belly/ Jones and Company/ Mac Knives/ Mi Rancho Tortillas/ Napa Nuts/ Nicolau Cheese/ Nippon Shokken/ Numi Tea/ NutHouse Granola/ Orland Farmstead Creamery/ Paradiso Tomatoes/ Premier Mushroom/ Paragary's Bakery/ Produce Alive/ Queso Salazar/ Ray Yeung/ Riverdog Farm/ Rue and Forseman/ Sacramento Sprouting Company/ Sciabica Olive Oil/ Sierra Nevada Cheese Company/ Sparrow Lane Vinegars/ Sonoma Brinery/ Tampico Spices/ TCHO Chocolate/ Twin Peaks
 

Local heirloom tomatoes

Ray Yeung tomatoes are highly praised by local chefs for their intense flavor, unique sizes, shapes, and colors. Yeung Farm is owned by “Uncle” Ray Yeung and his family. Their 60+ acre farm was established in 1950 in West Sacramento. Ray’s tomatoes are ‘open-pollinated’ and are able to reproduce itself from seed. By definition, an heirloom tomato must have been introduced more than 50 years ago and have a history of its own- for example, the origin of the popular Brandywine tomato is credited to the Pennsylvania Amish community and is named for a local river. Yeung Farm grows over two dozen varieties during the season, which usually runs from now through October. We are currently offering the following in 10# single layer cases:
  • Black Pineapple– Bright green flesh with deep red streaks; its flavor is both sweet and smoky with a hint of citrus.
  • Black Prince– Known for its rich, sweet flavor and juiciness; very deep red skin with red/brown flesh.
  • Black Zebra– Beautiful mahogany flesh with purple/mahogany skin with deep green steaks. Its flavor is rich and complex with hints of smoke and sweetness.
  • Carolina Gold- Beautiful gold/orange skin and flesh, sweeter than red varieties.
  • Green Zebra- Striped green/yellow skin with juicy green flesh, more tart flavor than other tomatoes.
  • Pineapple- A large, golden-orange beef-steak heirloom tomato often with red stripes and a luscious, very rich, sweet pineapple like flavor.
  • Pink Brandywine- Lovely pinkish red skin and flesh with a distinctive rich flavor. Tends to be on the larger side.
  • Purple Cherokee- Deep red/purple skin with dark green shoulders, more acidic than sweet.
  • Black Crimson
  • Black Trifele
  • Red Zebra
  • Striped Cavern
  • Mixed Toybox
  • True Vine Ripe Round Tomatoes—Shady Lady tomatoes, 5X5 size. Sold by the 20# case only.
Please keep in mind that varieties in stock change based on availability. If you are looking for a specific variety, please contact our office.

freestone peaches

We are currently in the heart of stone fruit season and that means freestone peaches from Twin Peaks in Newcastle, CA! Twin Peaks Orchards was established in 1912 and has been family owned and operated for four generations. They follow the principles of sustainable agriculture, using beneficial insects to control pests and organic fertilizers to promote healthy tree growth.

With unpredictable weather patterns, this season has been a rollercoaster for farmers and very harsh on delicate crops such as stone fruit. Twin Peak’s white and yellow peaches have proven to be resilient! They are full of flavor, juicy, sweet, bright in color, and freestone! Twin Peaks harvests their peaches when they are ripe but firm. Being picked while on the firmer side allows for a longer shelf life inside the kitchen as well as easier packing, so they do not get damaged during transportation. Keeping them at room temperature for a day or two will allow them to continue to ripen and develop their full flavor. Available by the pound and 18 pound case.

Market Outlook - July 5, 2019

locally grown Summer crops

Beans- Bluelake, Romano, and Yellow Wax
Carrots– Nantes
Corn– Yellow and White
Figs– Black, Kadota, and Violette
Greens– Bloomsdale Spinach, Collards, Green Chard, Red Chard, and Rainbow Chard.
Mushrooms– White (various sizes), Shiitake, Portabella, Oyster, Crimini, Brown and White Beech, and Eryngii
Potatoes– Fresh dug Bintje and Desiree
Spring Onions– Red only
Sprouts– Alfalfa, Mung Bean, Daikon, Sno Pea, Clover, and Sunflower
Squash– Italian, Yellow, Gold Bar, Summer, Sunburst, Ronde Nice, and Grey
Stonefruit– Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, and Pluots
Tomatoes– Red Pear Cherry, Yellow Pear Cherry, Sweet 100’s, Mixed Medley Cherry, Toybox Heirlooms, and Green tomatoes

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CROPS

Artichokes
Berries– Strawberries, Raspberries
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage– Green, Red, Napa, and Bok Choy
Carrots– Baby Bunch, Baby Bunch Round, and Baby Bunch Mixed
Cauliflower– White, Purple, Orange, Broccoflower, and Caulilini
Celery
Cucumbers– Regular, English, and Pickling
Leeks
Lettuce– Iceberg, Butter, Green Leaf, Red Leaf, Romaine, Baby Mixed Lettuces, Frisee, Mizuna, Little Gems, and more!
Melons– Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Crenshew, Casaba, Santa Claus, Galia, Juan Canary, Tuscan Cantaloupe, Seedless Watermelon
Radish– Baby Easter Egg and Baby French Breakfast

Annual summer farmer's Market

Our annual Summer Farmer's Market brings over 35 local farmers and chefs together to highlight the best of the season! Each chef creates a delicious bite featuring their paired farm. Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day!

Chefs, cooks, servers, bartenders, hosts, managers, bloggers... We welcome anyone involved in the restaurant industry to attend this free event courtesy of Produce Express! Please encourage your staff and team members to attend for the most delicious afternoon of research and development!

We are trying something new this year! We are sending out a series of 8 invitations to all of our customers. If you bring back all 8 invitations, you automatically win a $25 gift card! Make sure to ask your driver or sales rep for invitations you are missing! We will also have tons of giveaways and raffles (just showing up enters you into the raffles)!

Our list is continuously growing but we are happy to welcome the following participating restaurants:

Adamo's/ Amour de Patisserie/ AR Provisions/ Bella Bru/ Biba's/ Carpe Vino/ Celestin's/ Classique Catering/ Corner Tavern/ Dad's Kitchen/ Divine Gelateria/ Father Paddy's/ Karen's Bakery/ La Provence/ Marly n Moo/ Mulvaney's/ North Fork Chai Co/ Origami/ Paisley Cafe/ Putah Creek Cafe/ R-15/ Rudolf Steiner College/ Sac City Brews/ Savory/ Simple Pleasures/ Stonehouse/ Streetzlan/ Taste/ Watershed at the Owl/

A special thank you to our participating farms and purveyors for all their hard work to provide our chefs with great produce:

Aldon’s Leafy Greens/ California Endive/Casa Sanchez/ Chocolate Fish/ Clover Sonoma/ Del Rio/ DiNapoli/ Dragon Gourmet Mushroom/ Dwelley Farms/ Early Bird/ Elegant Beans/ Flora Fresh/ Full Belly/ Jones and Company/ Mac Knives/ Mi Rancho Tortillas/ Napa Nuts/ Nicolau Cheese/ Nippon Shokken/ Numi Tea/ NutHouse Granola/ Orland Farmstead Creamery/ Paradiso Tomatoes/ Premier Mushroom/ Paragary's Bakery/ Produce Alive/ Queso Salazar/ Ray Yeung/ Riverdog Farm/ Rue and Forseman/ Sacramento Sprouting Company/ Sciabica Olive Oil/ Sierra Nevada Cheese Company/ Sparrow Lane Vinegars/ Sonoma Brinery/ Tampico Spices/ TCHO Chocolate/ Twin Peaks

Join us in celebrating 35 years of partnerships with local farms!