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Market Outlook - July 02, 2020

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. Yeung Farm grows over two dozen varieties during the season. We offer heirloom tomatoes by the 10# case as a single variety or a mixed toybox. We are currently stocking the following (with more varieties arriving soon):

Red/Purple Varieties:
Black Prince
Pink Brandywine
Purple Cherokee

Orange/Yellow Varieties:
Carolina Gold
Gold Roma

Green Varities:
Green Zebra
Green Shady Lady (20# case only)

The True Vine Ripe Difference

Uncle Ray’s true vine ripes are a variety named Shady Lady, a sweet and full-flavored tomato. Most round tomatoes are harvested when they are green and ripen off the vine, leaving them lacking in flavor and texture. Ray’s shady lady tomatoes are picked off the vine when they are red and ripe. They are a meaty tomato with no seed cavity. True vine ripes are roughly the size of a 5X5 tomato and perfect for slicing. They are great for sandwiches, burgers, salads, and more! True vine ripe tomatoes are packed in a 2-layer 20# case only.

twin peaks hand crafted jams

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.

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 land’s 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!

happy 4th of july

We will be closed Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Our answering machine will be in operation throughout the holiday. Please plan ahead and order any specialty items as early as possible. Pre-cut items must be called in Thursday before 1:00PM for both Friday and Monday delivery. Many items will be scarce due to inventory reductions and freight schedules.
Thank you and we hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Market Outlook - June 25, 2020


Figs: Local black mission figs are in from Del Rio Botanicals! Available by the single layer flat only. Varietal figs from Windmill Vineyards are expected in 2 weeks.

Pluots, Plums, and Apricots: Pluots and plums are available from J&J Ramos in Hughson, CA. Blenheim apricots from Polestar Farm are expected to finish by the end of this week.

Mixed Medley Cherry Tomatoes: Due to labor shortages and restrictions, locally grown mixed cherry tomatoes are struggling to find their way to the market. We will have product from Durst Organics the 1st of July.

Heirloom Tomatoes: Local heirlooms have started to trickle in from Uncle Ray, most varieties and mixed toybox will be available the first of July.

Squash Blossoms: Currently available from Del Rio by the 35ct clamshell.

Baby Squash: Baby mixed summer squash is available by the 10# case from Del Rio. Single variety baby squash is available from Santa Maria, CA.

Summer Squashes: Varietal squashes are available from Dwelley Farms– gold bar, green zucchini, yellow crookneck, ronde nice, summer (green patty pan), and sunburst (yellow patty pan). Available in single variety or toybox, by the 22# case only.

Corn: Brentwood white and yellow corn are in stock from Dwelley. Both are outstanding in quality and flavor.

Bloomsdale Spinach: Bloomsdale is currently available by the 4# case from Riverdog, although the heat will cause some limitations.

Summer Beans: Local summer beans are available from Dwelley– blue lake green beans, yellow wax, and romano. We are hoping to have cranberry beans by next week.

Melons: Local varietal melons from R. Kelley Farm are forecasted to be available by mid July. Local black watermelon is expected by early July.

Peppers: Locally grown varietal peppers typically start appearing in mid July. Gypsy and padron peppers will be in this weekend.


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. Yeung Farm grows over two dozen varieties during the season. A bit ahead of schedule, we are currently stocking the following from Uncle Ray:
Carolina Gold– Bright, golden-yellow in color. They are sweet, low in acidity, and full of flavor. Sold by the 10# case only.

Pink Brandywine– A rosy pink tomato with an old-fashioned tomato taste. It is considered one of the most flavorful varieties. Sold by the 10# case only.

Vine Ripe Rounds– Uncle Ray’s vine ripes are a variety named Shady Lady, a sweet and full-flavored tomato. Unlike most round tomatoes, they are picked off the vine when they are fully ripe and red. They are a meaty tomato with no seed cavity. Vine ripes are roughly the size of a 5X5 tomato and packed in a 2-layer 20# case only.

Also available: Green Shady Lady tomatoes. Available by the 20# case. Perfect for fried green tomatoes!


Z Specialty Foods is family owned and operated by the Zeldner family, who have been producing honey in Woodland, CA since 1979. California honeys, fruit spreads, and nut butters from Z Specialty Foods are perfect for baking and make great additions to cheese boards, tea service and more!
Z Specialty honey is minimally processed, unheated, unpasteurized, and certified Kosher. Each honey is specific to a single floral source and location contributing to their unique flavors, colors, and aromas.
NEW! California Avocado Honey (12# tub)- Rich, dark honey with a silky texture and notes of chocolate, caramel, and molasses.
Local Wildflower (12# tub)– Light in color with subtle floral overtones.
California Pomegranate Honey (12# tub)- A deep mahogany color with subtle notes of grenadine and dried fruit.
California Orange Blossom (12# tub)– Pollen from California orange groves is used to produce this fragrant, light honey.
California Coriander (12# tub)– Savory and rich, this amazing honey has hints of spice and cardamom.
Honey Straws (125ct)– Local wildflower honey in a clear, 7-inch straw that easily pops open. These are perfect for beverage service or to-go drinks.

Fruit Spreads and Nut Butters

Apricot Honey Spread (10# tub)– A sweet/tart blend of local Blenheim apricots and wildflower honey.
Tart Cherry Honey Spread (10# tub)– Tart Montmorency cherries blended with sweet honey.
Apricot-Cherry Honey Spread (10# tub)– Balanced sweet/tart flavor.
California Almond Butter (7.5# tub)– Made simply with roasted California almonds– no salt, sugar, or stabilizers.
Nut Crunch (7.5# tub)– California almonds, filberts from the Northwest, and tropical cashews make a delicious crunchy combination.

Market Outlook - June 11, 2020

Dwelley Farms

The first harvest of Dwelley Farms corn began arriving last week, along with fresh beans and squash! Dwelley Family Farms is located in Brentwood, CA and is fortunate to be in a region that experiences hot days and cool nights. Their climate results in ideal growing conditions for a variety of fruits and vegetables such as beans, squash, corn, stone fruit, and much more!

Corn- Although corn is available year-round, local summer corn usually tastes sweeter– from fresh off the cob to succotash, soups, and more. Sold by the 48ct case or per piece.

Blue Lake Green Beans– Often called snap or string beans, these beans are bright, sweet, and tender. Sold by the 30# case or pound.

Yellow Wax Beans– Another variety of snap bean that is crisp and meaty. Available by the 10# case or pound.

Romano Beans– Also referred to as Italian flat or broad beans, romanos lend well to braising and are perfect for summer minestrones. 10# case or pound.

Varietal Squash– We are currently stocking 6 varieties of locally grown squash: green zucchini, yellow crookneck, gold bar, sunburst (yellow patty pan), summer (green patty pan), and grey squash. Each variety is available by the 24# single variety case. We are also offering a toy box squash that consists of gold bar, sunburst, summer, and grey, with the occasional appearance of zucchini and crookneck. Toy box squash is sold by the 22# case only.

Flavor Rosa Pluots– Pluots are a hybrid between plums and apricots (being plum dominant). The Flavor Rosa pluot is sweet and juicy with a vibrant flesh. Its skin is dark and tart. Sold by the 20# case or by the pound.

polestar farm

Polestar Farm is a 12-acre property nestled in the Capay region of Northern California, just east of Lake Berryessa. They are a new, family-owned, organic operation, headed by Jim and Karina Knight. When Jim and Karina purchased their land, they sought out to do more than just own an orchard. The pair hoped to create a gathering place for the community that embodied wellness while sharing their bounty. Polestar tends to over 12 hundred trees- 800 Royal Blenheim apricot trees, 400 Elegant Lady peaches, and 50 Skeena cherries. Polestar is currently the only supplier of the prized Blenheim apricot for Produce Express.

Blenheim apricots are rumored to be quickly disappearing from produce markets due to their fragile nature. They are petite with green shoulders and a soft blush over their warm colored skin. Do not let their looks fool you– they are full of the coveted “apricot flavor”, even with their tinge of green. They are considered to be one of the best eating apricot varieties but also work well in desserts and jams. We are currently stocking Blenheims as our house apricot. They are available by the 12# case or by the pound.

fresh & dried pasta 

Our fresh, handmade pasta is back! It is made daily in midtown Sacramento at Paragary Bakery. The bakery uses high quality ingredients like Giusto’s stoneground Duram flour and farm fresh eggs. We offer the following fresh pasta options, available by the pound:

Pasta Sheets– Made to fit a full-size hotel pan, these sheets are perfect for lasagna. They can also be cut into desired size and shape such as Ravioli, Cannelloni, Tortellini, Agnolotti, and other stuffed pasta. Approximately 2 sheets/pound.

Pappardelle– A 1-inch wide, flat ribbon of pasta traditionally used for rich, heavy sauces and ragu of meat and game.

Tagliolini– Long, cylindrical ribbons of pasta best served with smooth, light bodied sauces.

Fettuccine– A flat, thick noodle, slightly wider than Tagliatelle. Traditionally, fettuccine is served with slow cooked meat or chicken ragu or sugo but also pairs well with cream or butter based sauces.


We also offer several varieties of dried egg pasta made by Eduardo’s in San Francisco. Their pastas are made with a blend of semolina and wheat flours and local farm eggs. No salt, preservatives or artificial colors are ever added. It is dried very slowly at low temperature to preserve the unique chewy texture and flavor. We offer the following dried egg pastas by the case (12/12oz bags per case):
Shells (Conchiglie)- Medium in size, the shell shape of the pasta allows the sauce to adhere to it.
Penne– A cylinder shaped pasta with angled ends. The hollow center allows it to hold sauce nicely.
Fusilli and Tri-Color Fusilli– Short cork-screw shaped pasta. Available in plain or tri-color (egg, spinach and beet pastas).
Rigatoni– Large tube shaped pasta with ridges down the length and square cut edges. Its namesake ridges make better adhesive surfaces for sauces and grated cheese than smooth-sided pasta like Ziti.
Spinach Fettuccine– Long, flat pasta made with spinach. The thickness of Fettuccine makes it suitable for ragu type dishes and other hearty sauces.