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Market Outlook - July 19, 2012

Heirloom Tomatoes

The seasonal harvest of heirloom tomatoes at Ray Yeung’s Yolo County farm is well under way and, weather permitting, will last until mid-October. Ray has been selling these tomatoes to Produce Express for well over a decade and we are always pleased with the quality and variety of these summer gems.

"Uncle Ray"

tomato-heirloomHeirloom tomatoes vary in size, shape, color, texture and taste. Ripe off the vine, these unique tomatoes differ greatly from the hybrid varieties that are available year round. They are generally less acidic than red backyard tomatoes-Early Girl, Shady Lady-resulting in a milder flavor. The acknowledged definition of an heirloom tomato is: (1) the variety must be open pollinated-able to reproduce itself from seed; (2) the variety must have been introduced more than fifty years ago; (3) the variety must 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.

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Market Outlook - July 12, 2012

Summer Produce

The hot days of summer are the best time to use and enjoy cucumbers. Mild in flavor, cool, crisp and crunchy, cucumbers are an essential ingredient in summer salads, condiments, chilled soups and even sandwiches.

On The Menu

In an attempt to help you better prepare and plan for seasonal menu changes, we have created a list of produce items that represent the best local produce in season at the moment. 

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Market Outlook - June 28, 2012

candycot-logoFarmer John Driver has searched the globe far and wide to bring back seed from exotic and delicious apricot varieties. By breeding with seed from the very best apricots in the world, he has created a new class of apricots. Called CandyCots, these apricots taste the way apricots are meant to taste. They are true apricots, not crosses with plums or peaches. The result is apricots that are sweet and intensely flavorful enough to be called CandyCots. 10# case

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