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Market Outlook - May 23, 2019

Twin Peaks Orchard

We officially have local stone fruit from Twin Peaks in Newcastle, CA! Twin Peaks Orchard 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.

We are pleased with the first harvest of Snow Angel Peaches– a white peach variety that is highly floral and slightly more acidic than other varieties. They are now  available by the 18# case or by the pound.

As the season progresses, the first varieties of yellow peaches available will include Rich May, Springcrest, and Super Rich. These yellow peaches are juicy with high acidity, typical of early season fruit. The first of yellow nectarines we will have available are the Z Fire Variety. Z Fire nectarines are bright, tangy, and fairly   acidic. Both yellow peaches and yellow nectarines from Twin Peaks will hopefully be available by late next week or the end of may. As for white nectarines, the first  variety harvested will be Turquoise. This particular variety of nectarines is sweet, floral, and aromatic. They are expected to be available by the beginning of June. All Twin Peaks peaches and nectarines will be available by the 18# case or by the pound. Early season fruit are considered clingstone, which means the flesh will stick to the pit.  Several varieties of freestone peaches will follow in the coming weeks along with nectarines.

Cold temperatures have had a huge effect on the ripening and development of early fruit. The recent rain has also caused damage to the existing crops. Please keep in mind that the projected timeline for stone fruit is weather sensitive and can change at any time.

Summer farmer's Market
july 17th, 2019

Our annual Summer Farmer’s Market has officially been announced and you do not want to miss it! Mark your calendars for July 17th, 2019 from 10am to 2pm. This year is even more exciting than  the last, we are celebrating our 35th year in business! Join us to celebrate the bounty of the season and our 35 years of  partnerships with local farms! We will have numerous chefs from the Sacramento region paired with our local farms and purveyors to showcase the seasonal harvest. This is the opportune time to meet our vendors and farmers!

This year we will be changing things up a bit. We will be releasing a series of invitation cards in the weeks leading up to the Farmer’s Market. Each card will showcase a few of the chefs and farmers we have paired together and will be numbered one through eight. Each person to show up with all eight cards will receive a $25 gift card to a local restaurant! So make sure to keep all of the invitations you receive.

If you are interested in being one of our featured chefs, please contact your sales representative or reach out to our office. We would love to include you! This event is open to everyone in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Please spread the word to your team and industry friends.

 

 

Sparrow Lane Vinegar

Just as you select wines to  complement the flavors of your food, we believe it's equally important to have variety in the vinegars you use as foundations for fresh green  salads, marinades and dressings. Sparrow Lane’s “chef inspired”  vinegars were first introduced in 1996 in the heart of the Napa Valley. Their vinegars were a hit among chefs because of the quality ingredients and perfect balance of fruit to acid. We currently stock the following: 

Champagne Vinegar- Delicate, crisp and fresh, with the classic color of fine champagne.(Gallon)

Dark Balsamic Vinegar- Rich dark chestnut color with slightly sweet silky hints of caramel. (Gallon)

D’Anjou Pear Vinegar- Light yellow color with a luscious crisp pear flavor.(Gallon)

Gravenstein Apple Cider Vinegar- Fresh Sebastopol apples give this rich golden colored vinegar a crisp zing! (Gallon)

Golden Balsamic Vinegar- Honey colored with the slight floral tones of the sweet Muscat Grape. Delightfully sweet with just enough pucker. (Gallon)

Mango Vinegar- Sweet white wine married with the distinctive orange-peach flavor of fresh mango juice give this light amber colored vinegar a unique refreshing flavor (Gallon).

Raspberry Vinegar- Dark rose color, bright and slightly sweet with tastes of luscious raspberries and sweet pear. (Half Gallon)

Red Wine Vinegar- Dark red color, robust and full bodied. (Gallon)

White Wine Vinegar- Slight golden color, smooth, crisp and clean. (Gallon)

We also stock:

  • Cabernet Vinegar
  • Citrus Vinegar
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Sherry Vinegar
  • Zinfandel Vinegar

Market Outlook - May 16, 2019

Sacramento sprouting company

Sacramento Sprouting Company was founded three years ago by Mathew Weber and his wife, Stephanie. After being dissatisfied as consumers, they set out to grow their own product. What once was a single shelf of sprouts has now grown into a 1,250 square foot growing space in North Sacramento with numerous varieties of micro greens and sprouts. Using LED lighting, a hybrid hydroponic system, and organic soil, Sacramento Sprouts is able to produce high quality sprouts. Despite being costly and labor intensive, the rich soil generates superior flavors, aromas, and colors, all of which are important in micro greens. The use of high-grade soil also allows for vigorous growth without the use of fertilizers or pesticides. Each variety of micro green is harvested by hand, just before delivery, twice a week. This ensures a consistent and fresh product. Here at Produce Express, we carry numerous varieties of Sacramento Sprouting Company’s micro greens and sprouts. Amongst the most popular we have in stock are:

  • Micro Cilantro– bright and pungent, great as a garnish used to top tacos, sushi, or salads or used in a chimichurri. 4oz Bag
  • Micro Spicy Mix– a mix of at least 6 different greens including: Red Vein Sorrel, Amaranth, Purple Radish,  Upland Cress, Chervil, Garnet Mustard, Red Cabbage, and Shiso. 4oz Bag
  • Micro Orach– a deep, earthy flavor similar to Bulls Blood Beet micro greens but with a superior texture, durability, and richer color. 4oz Bag
  • Pea Sprouts– a sweet but nutty taste with a crunchy yet succulent texture. Great eaten raw but will hold up to heat if added to a dish such as stir-fry. 4oz Bag
  • Sunflower Sprouts– rich and nutty with a crunchy bite that hold up well when paired with deeper flavors. 4oz Bag

nut house! Granola

Nut House Granola is locally made and packed with whole nuts, juicy fruit, and pure maple syrup. The granola is mixed by hand in small batches then  slowly baked to create a  beautiful granola that is perfectly balanced in richness,  sweetness, spiciness, and saltiness. The final product is rustic and delicious and has an addictive texture. Nut House Granola is made in Berkeley, CA using all natural ingredients including California farm-direct Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans and Raisins, Organic Oats, Coconut, and Agave Syrup, and Non-GMO Verified Canola Oil. We offer Nut House Original Granola in convenient 10# bags. The granola is so good, it may cause you to forego making your own.

rue & forsman ranch
locally grown rice

Rue & Forsman Ranch was founded in 1946 just south of Marysville, CA by Frank Rue and John Forsman. In 1974, Frank’s son, Michael Rue, decided that the clay soils on the ranch would be ideal for rice production. More recently, Michael's stepson, Michael Bosworth, has helped make Rue and Forsman one of the most innovated and sustainability-minded rice  producers in the state. In order to produce the highest quality rice possible, each step is carefully controlled from the day the rice is planted until it is milled and delivered to customers. All of their rice varieties are source identified and fully traceable back to the fields where they were grown. Bosworth is a champion of conservation practices that enhance the natural resources on and near the ranch. Rue & Forsman Ranch partners with The Nature Conservancy and other conservation groups to provide optimal habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife that call the ranch home. We now offer the following varieties:

  • Brown Rice– Soft moist texture with a slight crunch and pleasantly nutty flavor. As this is a brown rice product, the flavor will be nuttier and there will be some texture from the intact rice bran. Long and short grain available by the 25# bag. Medium grain is available by the 50# bag.
  • White Rice– Wonderful fluffy texture when cooked and a mild pleasant taste that serves as an great addition to any dish. Available in long, medium, and short (sushi) grain, 25# bags. Organic long grain white rice is also available by the 25# bag.
  • Basmati Rice- an extra long grain, which results in a very light texture when cooked. This basmati rice is considered by many to be the best quality rice of its type grown in the US. 25# bag
  • Black Rice– A mild, nutty taste similar to brown rice. Black rice has a deep black color and usually turns to a deep purple when cooked. 25# bag
  • Jasmine (White) Rice- A long grain that fluffs when cooked with the characteristic floral aroma. 25# bag
  • Carnaroli Rice– A sturdy rice that has a plump medium grain. This rice holds up very well for a variety of cooking techniques due to its higher starch content and firmer texture. 25# bag

Market Outlook - May 02, 2019

Super Spring Mix and baby kale
from Field fresh farms

Field Fresh Farms is our main supplier for spring mix and baby kale here at Produce Express. There have been some notable changes in our house baby lettuces. Our house baby kale, previously baby dino kale, has now changed to a mixed baby kale. In the mixed baby kale, you will find baby red kale and baby dino kale. We are no longer stocking a single variety baby kale.

Along with baby kale, spring mix ingredients have also been revamped. Our previous house spring mix was a blend of red and green tango and red and green baby oak lettuce. Our new standard spring mix will include: red and green tango, red and green baby oak lettuce, red and green baby chard, mizuna, tatsoi spinach, and baby spinach. If you do not want the new ‘super’ spring mix and prefer the previous blend, please order ‘lettuce only’ spring mix. If there is no specification when ordered, we will ship the new blend. Please keep this in mind when placing your order.

 

 

tasting tuesday
May 7th, 2019 from 1PM-3Pm

Please join us for Tasting Tuesday on May 7th, 2019 from 1PM to 3PM! This event will take place at our warehouse, located at 8340 Belvedere Ave, Sacramento, CA 95826.

We will be welcoming Renee Cade from TCHO, our new  chocolate purveyor, to give insight on their locally crafted chocolate. Also joining us is Ted Jones, owner of Jones and Company Vanilla and Flavorings. We will feature Jones and Co. vanilla beans, extracts, and baking ingredients.

We will have several chefs from Sacramento and the surrounding areas joining us to create tasty bites. Included in our guests will be:

  • Elizabeth McCleary, owner of a Sacramento favorite, Devine Gelateria. Elizabeth will be providing us with her own rich gelato made with TCHO chocolate.
  • Rising Star Pastry Chef Award winner, David Rodriguez, currently at Watershed in Grass Valley. He will be joining us with various tasty creations of his own, showcasing  both TCHO and Jones and Company.
  • Martha Curry, owner and chef at Amour de Patisserie, spotlighting TCHO with her decadent chocolate covered  strawberries.
  • Karen Holmes, owner and chef at Karen’s Bakery in Folsom. Karen will be creating a spectacular ‘super snickerdoodle’, featuring Jones and Co. products.
  • Milk Money will also be spotlighting numerous Jones and Co. products with their rich vanilla donut filled with vanilla cream and rolled in vanilla sugar.

Plus, we will be raffling gift cards from local restaurants every half hour (must be present to win). This event is open to everyone in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Please spread the word to your team and industry friends.

farmer's Market Strawberries

We have finally reached the beginning of the Northern California strawberry season! The first of the berries are sweet, vibrant, and juicy, all great signs for a promising season! California strawberries account for 88% of the strawberries produced in the U.S., with three major growing regions– Santa Maria, Watsonville, and the Southern District (Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties). The mild days and cool nights in Watsonville produce the sweetest tasting berries, especially in the spring months. The peak harvesting season runs through June, when up to 10 million pint baskets are shipped daily. All strawberries are picked, sorted and packed by hand in the field. Large growers that ship to outlying areas rush the full trays to onsite refrigerators that quickly cool the berries down to 34 degrees to create a longer shelf life. Strawberries from smaller operations are picked riper, are more flavorful, and are typical of the quality you find at farmer’s markets.

We are now offering a farmer’s market quality strawberry from Watsonville. Farmer’s Market Strawberries are hand-packed into 12/1# pint baskets and available by the flat only. Price is slightly higher than 8/1# flats, but the yield is greater as well. Because Farmer’s Market Strawberries are picked at the peak of ripeness, they should be used within 3 days.

Please specify FARMER’S MARKET STRAWBERRIES when ordering or we will send a conventional case.