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Market Outlook - August 6, 2020

Seasonal peppers


Seasonal produce is currently flourishing and this week is no different. Although you may be able to source different peppers year round, summer peppers are only available once a year. We are fortunate enough to have outstanding local farms supply us with a variety of seasonal peppers. We are currently stocking the following from Riverdog in Guinda, CA and R. Kelley Farms in South Sacramento, CA:
Mixed Gypsy Peppers (Riverdog Farm): Gypsies are known to change color through the season. The first crops are a pale yellowish green color and gradually transform into bright orange and rich red. They have an intense sweet flavor; perfect for stuffing. Enjoy raw or roasted to enhance sweetness. 10# case only.

Shishito Peppers (R. Kelley Farms): Shishitos are sweet, thin-skinned peppers commonly used as a starter dish. They can be roasted until blistered and seasoned. While shishitos are mostly sweet, one in every ten can have very mild heat. 5# case only.

Padron Peppers (Riverdog Farm): A crinkled green pepper similar to a shishito but slightly smaller with a thicker skin. They are sweet with a distinct kick, although one in ten is very spicy! They are a lively addition to pizzas, salads, soups, and rice dishes. 5# case only.

Jimmy Nardello Peppers (Riverdog Farm): Sweet and light when enjoyed raw; great frying pepper as its fruity raw flavor becomes creamy and soft when fried. Makes a gorgeous pepper-onata, or delicious in pastas, pizzas, and risottos. 10# case only.

Mixed Sweet Peppers (Riverdog Farm)– A mixed variety of Gypsy, Jimmy Nardello, and other sweet peppers. 10# case only

at a loss

At Produce Express, we pride ourselves on our close relationships with local farmers and growers, oftentimes considering them friends and family. One of our partnered farms, Twin Peaks Orchards, has experienced a great loss this past week. Here is a word from Camelia Enriquez-Miller, a member of the Twin Peaks family and sales representative here at Produce Express:
     “On Tuesday evening at approximately 9pm, our historic packing shed was destroyed in a fire. We are beyond devastated with this loss. This structure contained our only packing operation, storage, walk in, just harvested fruit, but more importantly this shed was the heart of our orchard. Countless irreplaceable boxes, equipment and relics were within those walls. Memories of both family and community gatherings honoring agriculture in Placer County were forged in that nearly 100 year old building. Many in the community have already reached out and the support and love we already feel is overwhelming.
     "We are in shock. We are thankful for the health and safety of our families and homes on the farm. We may be slow to respond to messages or phone calls as we wade through these next days. But as our founding fathers have engrained in us, we are resilient and will find a way to rebuild.”


If you would like to offer your support to Twin Peaks Orchards, please reach out to your personal sales rep or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

windmill figs

Windmill Farm and Vineyard is located in Woodland, CA. They have roughly 200 acres of land dedicated to farming an assortment of crops from figs and grapes to olives and stone fruit. The farm started as a passion project to grow specialty grapes. The land also functions as an event space with a focus on celebrating the farm to table movement. We are currently sourcing a variety of delectable figs from Windmill Farm including:
Black Mission– One of the sweeter varieties of figs. Despite their name, Black Missions have a deep purple-blue skin with a bright pink flesh. They are terrific when eaten on their own but also great when paired with tangy cheeses or yogurts. Available by the pint or 12 pint flat.
Kadota– Kadotas have light green skin with a pale pink flesh. They are noticeably less sweet than the other fig varieties when raw. They are a great variety for making jams or preserves. They can also be added to salads or pizzas. 12 pint flat only.
Violette de Bordeaux– Considered to be one of the best eating figs in terms of flavor. At a glance, Violette Figs are very similar to the Black Mission. They have a very dark purple skin with a deep red flesh. Violettes tend to be smaller and more pear shaped with a sweet, rich flavor. Excellent when eaten fresh or dried. 12 pint flat only.

Varietal figs are also available in a mixed flat– 4 baskets of each Black Mission, Kadota, and Violette. Tiger Stripe figs are expected by the end of next week.

Market Outlook - July 30, 2020

windmill vineyards


Windmill Farm and Vineyard is located in Woodland, CA. They have roughly 200 acres of land dedicated to farming an assortment of crops from figs and grapes to olives and stone fruit. The farm started as a passion project to grow specialty grapes. The land also functions as an event space with a focus on celebrating the farm to table movement. We are currently sourcing a variety of delectable figs from Windmill Farm including:

Black Mission– One of the sweeter varieties of figs. Despite their name, Black Missions have a deep purple-blue skin with a bright pink flesh. They are terrific when eaten on their own but also great when paired with tangy cheeses or yogurts. Available by the pint or 12 pint flat.

Kadota– Kadotas have light green skin with a pale pink flesh. They are noticeably less sweet than the other fig varieties when raw. They are a great variety for making jams or preserves. They can also be added to salads or pizzas. 12 pint flat only.

Violette de Bordeaux– Considered to be one of the best eating figs in terms of flavor. At a glance, Violette Figs are very similar to the Black Mission. They have a very dark purple skin with a deep red flesh. Violettes tend to be smaller and more pear shaped with a sweet, rich flavor. Excellent when eaten fresh or dried. 12 pint flat only.

Varietal figs are also available in a mixed flat– 4 baskets of each Black Mission, Kadota, and Violette. Tiger Stripe figs are expected by the end of next week.

twin peaks orchards

We are happy to announce the addition of two new products– locally made nectarine and blackberry jam and peach jam! Both are handmade by Twin Peaks with fruit from their orchards. They are made the old school way, one pot at a time. One batch only makes 6 jars! They started making jam as a way to use all of the blemished fruit from their orchard. Twin Peaks uses a low-sugar method (4 parts fruit, 2 parts sugar) with 100% non-GMO cane sugar, low sugar pectin, and lemon juice (also from their farm). Each jam is sold by the 9 ounce jar.

We are also currently stocking Twin Peaks stone fruit. We have multiple varieties of yellow freestone peaches, ranging from sub acid to the traditional peach flavor. It is difficult to be variety specific given how quickly they come and go. White peaches from Twin Peaks are also freestone, all of which are very sweet and floral.
Nectarines are similar in flavor to a peach but more concentrated. They are intensely flavorful with a nice balance of acidity and sugar. Both white and yellow nectarines are not freestone.

Twin Peaks fruit is tree ripened. It will reach maximum ripeness within 2-3 days after harvest.

locally grown melons

Melons mixed 300x300Warm 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 which 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 specialty 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.
We are also sourcing local Shishito peppers from R. Kelley Farms. Shishitos are sweet, thin-skinned peppers commonly used as a starter dish. They can be roasted until blistered and seasoned. While shishitos are mostly sweet, one in every ten can have very mild heat. 5# case only.

Market Outlook - July 23, 2020

locally grown melons

Melons mixed 300x300Warm 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 which 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 specialty 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.
We are also sourcing local Shishito peppers from R. Kelley Farms. Shishitos are sweet, thin-skinned peppers commonly used as a starter dish. They can be roasted until blistered and seasoned. While shishitos are mostly sweet, one in every ten can have very mild heat. 5# case only.

stillwater orchards


stillwater bartlett 300x300Stillwater 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 Elliot’s 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 Green and Red Bartlett. Green 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 between the red and green Bartlett. Green Bartletts are available by the 40# case and by the pound. Red Bartletts 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.

barsotti juice
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We are proud to offer a full line of all natural, freshly pressed juices from Barsotti Juice Company, located in Placerville, CA. The Company has been family owned and operated by Gael and Joan Barsotti since 1976. Freshly pressed, all natural juices are their passion! In addition to their quality apple juice, Barsotti processes a variety of juices and blends using fresh fruit juice. They are all handcrafted daily in small batches at their family's solar-powered cider mill in Apple Hill, surrounded by orchards and pines in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Their team is committed to pressing only the best fruits and vegetables in creating their tempting variety of juices and juice blends, using no preservatives. Each one is flash pasteurized- a method of heat pasteurization that does not compromise taste and quality. We are currently offering the following from Barsotti:
Limited Time! Watermelon Juice– 100% watermelon juice with nothing added– no added sugar or flavors. Think of it as the juice at the bottom of a bowl of watermelon. Available seasonally. Sold by the 1/2 gallon.
Limited Time! Strawberry Lemonade– A delicious twist on their classic lemonade. Flavored with fresh strawberry puree and no preservatives. Available seasonally. Sold by the 1/2 gallon.
Lemonade– A refreshing summer classic made with tree-ripened lemons, cane sugar, and filtered water. Available year round. Sold by the 1/2 gallon or 6-1/2 gallon case.
Apple Juice- Freshly pressed using a variety of local apples. It takes roughly 12 pounds of apples to produce one gallon of fresh juice! Available year round. Sold by the gallon or 6-1/2gal case.
Orange Juice- Genuinely sweet and full flavored without all the pulp. 100% orange juice. Available year round. Sold by the gallon.
Carrot Juice- Naturally sweet carrots- that’s it. Available year round. Sold by the half gallon.