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Market Outlook - March 20, 2019

Numi teas (new!)

Produce Express has partnered with Numi Tea to elevate your tea service with uniquely blended, exceptional tasting teas. Numi blends premium full-leaf quality teas and herbs with only 100% real fruits, flowers and spices for the perfect balance of richness and nuance. All of their teas are USDA Certified Organic, Kosher, and Halal. Numi teas are packed in verified non-GMO compostable filter-paper tea bags. **If you purchase 8 or more of the following flavors, we will provide a complimentary tea display rack.**

Black teas

Hearty, robust, full-bodied and brisk flavors with high caffeine levels.

  • Aged Earl Grey (18ct box)- Assam black tea aged with real bergamot orange.
  • Breakfast Blend (18ct box)- a rich hearty blend of black teas.

Green teas

 Fresh, vegetal, nutty and grassy flavors with medium caffeine levels.

  • Jasmine Green (18ct box)– green tea scented with real jasmine blossoms.
  • Gunpowder Green (18ct box)- full leaf, smooth green tea pearls.

White Teas

White teas are the least processed teas. Their flavor is delicate, smooth, and slightly sweet with low caffeine.

  • Orange Spice (16ct box)- white tea, real orange peel & spice.
  • White Rose (16ct box)- white tea and fragrant rose buds.

Herbal Teasans

Containing no tea leaves, herbal teas are herbs, fruits and flowers. Teasans are calming, grounding, exotic, and naturally caffeine free. Their flavor is minty, earthy, tart, sweet, floral or fruity.

  • Moroccan Mint (18ct box)- refreshing sweet mint leaves.
  • Chamomile Lemon (18ct box)- sweet flowers and bright lemon myrtle.
  • Rooibos Chai (18ct box)- warming spices and earthy vanilla tones.
  • Honeybush (18ct box)- sweet honey South African nectar.

decaf teas

  • Decaf Ginger Lemon (16ct box)- decaf green tea, ginger and lemongrass.

Turmeric teas

Numi’s Turmeric blends offer rich, cleansing flavors, highlighting the ingredient’s earthy and robust character.

  • Turmeric Amber Sun (12ct box)- with rooibos, cinnamon and vanilla.

local rice from rue and forsman ranch

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 good for rice production. 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 are fully traceable back to the fields where they were grown. 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.

  • White Short Grain Rice (25# bag)- soft moist texture and a nice sticky texture from the short grains. The grains stick together when cooked and the rice maintains plenty of moisture.
  • Brown Short Grain Rice (25# bag)- 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.
  • White Long grain Rice (25# bag)- wonderful fluffy texture when cooked and a mild pleasant taste that serves as an great addition to any dish.

carrot varieties

Carrots are a root vegetable that come in many shapes, sizes and colors. All carrots have a sweet flavor with earthy undertones. The smaller the carrot, the sweeter and juicier. Depending on the variety and season, Produce Express sources carrots from local farms including Capay Organic, Babe Farm, Riverdog Farm, and Full Belly Farm. We offer an array of carrots to satisfy a variety of culinary applications.

  • Jumbo Carrots (25# bag or per pound)– orange color, 8-10” long with a wide diameter. They are sweet, crunchy, and best when cooked. They are often used as a utility carrot for chopping, slicing, roasting, soups, stews and stocks.
  • Rainbow Carrots (25# bag)– multi-colored (red, purple, orange, white, yellow); 8-10” long. They are somewhat sweeter as the color gets darker. Best when roasted, boiled, steamed, or sliced for soups and stews.
  • Clip Top Carrots (50# bag)- uniform in size, length and diameter. Clip tops are sweet, crunchy, skinny, soft and juicy. Their uniform size makes them easier to peel, grate, pickle and cut.
  • Nantes Carrots (24ct case)- orange color, medium sized and rounded from the top to the tip with minimal tapering. Nantes are known as the perfect carrot for their taste, smooth skin and a nice tender crunch. They can be used in any application where generic carrots are used.
  • Ice Bunched Carrots (24ct case)- orange color with green tops still attached. Ice Bunched carrots are a bit younger with a smaller core which makes them sweeter and softer.
  • Baby Bunch Carrots (24ct case or per bunch)- a “true baby carrot” grown to be harvested as immature carrots. They are sweeter than full size carrots and have a more delicate and tender texture. They are 3-4” long, orange colored with green tops still attached. May be enjoyed raw, grilled, roasted, or sautéed.
  • Baby Bunch Mixed Carrots (24ct case)- multicolored purple, maroon, white, yellow, and orange with green tops still attached. They are 3-4” long.
  • Baby Round Carrots (24ct case)- also known as “Thumbelina carrots”; 1.5-2” round and orange in color with the green tops still attached.
  • Peeled Baby Carrots (5# bag only)– skin and greens removed leaving only a small bit of green stem.
  • Peeled Mixed Baby Carrots (5# bag only)- multi-colored with skin and greens removed leaving a small bit of green stem.
  • Mini Carrots (1# bag or 30/1# case) / Carroteeni (200/1.3oz bag case) / Snack Pack (100/2.6oz bag case)- great for salad bars, grab and go counters, and schools.

Market Outlook - March 13, 2019

aldon's leafy greens (new!)

We are proud to now offer a unique variety of locally grown microgreens and living greens from Aldon’s Leafy Greens. Located in Fair Oaks, CA, products from Aldon’s Leafy Greens are grown 365 days/year in a contained agriculture environment, and are pesticide and GMO free. Aldon’s uses 90% less water and energy than conventional growers and contribute zero agriculture runoff to local waterways. We are proud to offer nutrient dense products from Aldon’s Leafy Greens.

microgreens - packed in 4oz clamshells

  • Borage Shoots– mild cucumber or oyster leaf flavor with succulent texture.

  • Miz America Hybrid- mizuna mustard microgreens with deep purple color and a pleasant, spicy taste.

  • Mitsuba- Japanese parsley is a popular Asian herb with the clean, wild flavor of chervil-meets-celery leaf.

  • Mixed Mizuna– 3 varieties of mustard in a colorful mix.

 

  • Mixed Bok Choy– mix of green and purple bok choy microgreens add wonderful flavor and pop of color to your dishes.

 

living greens with root ball attached

  • Chef’s Sampler (22 root balls total)– mixed variety of living greens listed below.
  • Red Veined Sorrel (6 root balls)- bright green leaves with rich red stem and veins; lemon tangy flavor.

  • Esmee Arugula (4 plugs)- beautiful, oak-leaf shaped fine leaves. Its wonderful flavor that is more nutty than spicy sets Esmee apart from other arugulas.

  • White Stem Bok Choy (2 plugs)- smooth green leaves and thick white stalks. It is one of the most popular Asian vegetables and a main ingredient in Asian cooking.

  • Mitsuba (4 plugs)- living Japanese parsley with the clean, wild flavor of chervil meets celery leaf.

  • Miz America Hybrid (6 plugs)- living mizuna mustard with deep purple color and a pleasant, spicy taste.

 

california asparagus

Weather has caused a late start to the season but California Asparagus (from Salinas and the Central Valley) is finally in stock! It is available by the 28# case or per pound. Asparagus is packed in five sizes: Pencil, Standard, Large, Extra Large and Jumbo. The size of the asparagus should be determined by how you intend to cook it.

  • Pencil (about the diameter of a pencil) is best for sauté/ stir-frys and very quick cooking.
  • Standard (roughly the diameter of your pinky finger) is the most common size and is great blanched in chilled salads or cold appetizers.
  • Large (the diameter of your index finger) is great for grilling as it will allow you to add a nice char and still be al dente.
  • Extra Large and Jumbo (about the diameter of your thumb) is perfect for longer cooking applications like roasting or braising.
    It is important to know that size has no bearing on flavor or color.

perfect puree

The Perfect Puree allows chefs and bartenders to use handmade purees, concentrates, and mixers year-round without the added time and cost associated with hand-crafted purees. The Perfect Puree produces an extensive variety of fruit purees and blends with ideal consistency and exceptional flavor. Their flavors are made from the finest raw ingredients harvested at the peak of ripeness. The fruit is quickly processed and frozen to retain the highest degree of quality and freshness. Their products are completely smooth in texture and absent of any particles or graininess. The Perfect Puree is the essential ingredient for kitchens and bars– ideal for cocktails, marinades and sauces, glazes, salad dressings, vinaigrettes, soups, ice creams & sorbets, custards, candies, tarts, cakes and icings, plate decorations, and so much more!

We are proud to offer the following flavors, available in 30oz containers:

  • Pomegranate
  • Passion Fruit
  • Blood Orange
  • Cranberry
  • Key Lime
  • Meyer Lemon
  • Caramelized Pineapple
  • Tangerine/Mandarin
  • Strawberry
  • Black Currant
  • Banana
  • Red Raspberry
  • White Peach
  • Apricot
  • Pink Guava
  • More Mango
  • Coconut
  • Blueberry
  • Prickly Pear
  • Papaya
  • Cherry
  • Tamarind
  • Green Apple
  • Kiwi
  • Lychee
  • Sir William Pear
  • Ginger
  • Marion Blackberry
  • Chipotle/Sour
  • El Corazon (passion fruit, blood orange and pomegranate blend)
  • Passion Colada (passion fruit, pineapple and coconut blend)
  • Red Sangria (berry concentrate blend)
  • Thai Basil & Black Pepper
  • Yuzu Luxe Sour (yuzu, lemongrass and kaffir lime blend)

Market Outlook - March 7, 2019

WEATHER issues

From icy roads in Mexico to snow covered fields in Arizona and from flooded rows of berries in Oxnard to muddy fields in Salinas waiting to be planted– all major growing areas continue to be heavily impacted by adverse harsh weather conditions. To highlight, the following are a few major issues we are dealing with:

  1. Strawberries– continued rain and cool temperatures are causing limited harvest days. Expect “white shoulders” and shorter shelf life.
  2. Aspararagus– California harvest delayed once again. The amount of rain and wind causing quality, harvest and growth issues in the Delta, Salinas and Firebaugh regions. We anticipate a new start date of March 15.
  3. Lettuces– all lettuces, leafy greens, baby lettuces, spring mixes, and spinaches drastically affected by weather in Yuma (AZ), Palm Desert and Southern California. “Snow-covered” fields in Arizona are still recovering from last week’s dusting. Temperatures continue to be below normal. Continued heavy rainfall in Salinas and Watsonville are delaying future crop plantings which will cause severe gaps in April and May. 

The overall markets on fresh vegetables from Southern California and Mexico will continue to be above normal as all major growing areas continue to get constantly pounded by rain. Lack of growth, delayed harvesting, quality issues, transportation delays and growing gaps will be magnified as we approach the normal transition period in late March/early April. 

nicolau farms artisan cheese

The Nicolau family has been making cheese in Stanislaus County since the early 1900’s. Walter Nicolau III continues the tradition by creating delicious farmstead cheese following the same principles as his great grandfather. Their farm is located just outside of Modesto in the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Nicolau Farms cheeses begin with quality milk produced from their herd of dairy goats. Nicolau uses an older method of pasteurization that does not impart a cooked flavor on the milk. All of their cheeses are delicately handled and cared for on a daily basis. We are proud to offer the following from Nicolau Farms; available in 5# wheels:

  • Black Truffle Casiago– robust flavors of black truffle flow throughout this mixed milk cheese. Distinguishing notes of Italian black truffle combine beautifully with buttery cow milk & rich goat milk in this semi–hard Asiago style cheese aged 45-90 days.
  • Capra Stanislaus– firm, dense, and slightly salty with notes of goat milk, caramel, and a toasted, nutty-olive finish from the sea salt brine. This hard cheese is aged 2-4 months and is the perfect balance of creamy and dry.
  • Quatro Pepe– hard, aged cheese that has a pale ivory body studded with “Quatro” peppercorns- black, white, pink, and green. Notes of sweet and creamy goat milk blend with burst of intense and savory peppercorns creating the perfect balance of salt and pepper.

asian inspired ingredients

We are proud to offer a variety of high quality, locally produced items that may be used in a variety of dishes.

hodo soy tofu & more (oakland, cA)

Hodo Soy Beanery only uses Organic Non-GMO soy beans grown in the United States, and supplies acclaimed Bay Area restaurants such as Benu, Quince, and more.

  • Firm Tofu– made fresh daily in small batches; keeps its shape when grilled or added to stir-fry. Available in a 10oz pack, 6/10oz case, 5# pack or 4/5# case.
  • The following is also available with a pre-order. Please call the office for more details: Medium Tofu • Tofu Veggie Burgers • Tofu Puffs • Braised Tofu • Thai Curry Tofu Nuggets • Fresh Yuba Sheets • Soy Milk

nippon shokken batters & sauces (west sacramento, ca)

Nippon Shokken produces a variety of sauces and batters that are free of MSG, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and preservatives.

  • Tempura Batter– creates a crisp and light texture for anything that can be battered and fried. Sold in a 3.3# bag.
  • Karaage Batter– use for crispy fried chicken, onion rings, fish and chips, and calamari. 3.3# bag.
  • Teriyaki Sauce– soy sauce perfectly balanced with sweetness (from prune juice) and fresh ginger. It makes the perfect glaze or marinade. Available in a 4.9# container.
  • Ginger Sauce– use as a marinade and stir-fry sauce. Made with fresh ginger and miso paste. Available in a 4.8# container.
  • Black Pepper Sauce– a nice balance of sweet and peppery that makes a delicious marinade, sauce, and glaze for meat and seafood. Available in a 4.8# container.
  • Orange Sauce– made with three types of oranges: juice, peel, and natural flavor. Available in a 5.2# container.
  • Peanut Sauce– Use as a dipping sauce or peanut dressing for cold noodles & salads. It is made with roasted peanuts, peanut butter and lemon. Available in a 60oz container.
  • Japanese Dressing– a soy-sauce base dressing with a hint of wasabi that makes a flavorful addition to salads, meats and seafood. Available in a 60oz container.

noodles, wraps, rice & more

  • Chow Mein Noodles- made in Sacramento (10# case)
  • Rice Wine Vinegar- from Sparrow Lane (1 gallon)
  • Sesame Seed Oil- from La Tourangelle in Woodland (1 Liter)
  • Cal Rose Medium Grain Rice- from Pure Rice First in Lincoln (50# bag)
  • Won Ton Wraps- (12oz pack or 6/12oz case)
  • Egg Roll Wraps- (1# pack or 6/1# case)
  • Egg Roll Wraps- (1# pack or 6/1# case)
  • Curry Paste- in red, yellow, or green (35oz jar)
  • Gochu Jang Paste- (20# tub)