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Produce Express

Market Outlook - May 3, 2012

del-rioProduce Express and Del Rio Botanicals have been working together for ten years to provide Sacramento area chefs and restaurant customers with a unique array of local, seasonal, and organic produce. Del Rio delivers to our warehouse five days a week and we are able to procure all items ordered within 24 hours.

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Market Outlook - April 19, 2012

fromage-blancFromage Blanc

Orland Farmstead Creamery is currently milking 25 cows that graze freely on 40 acres of grass. They follow organic practices and do not use pesticides or hormones. The milk is minimally pasteurized and is hand made in small batches

Orland Farmstead Creamery

This week we are introducing and offering a locally made cheese-Orland Farmstead Fromage Blanc. The dairy, located in Orland, Ca. uses fresh, raw milk from their small herd of Holstein cows to produce this cheese. The milk is first pasteurized at the dairy, an active lactose culture is added, then vegetable rennet to coagulate the curd-standard cheese making procedures. The fresh cheese is bagged and hung on racks where the whey and curd separate, then the curd is strained into containers, the entire process taking 36 hours. Fromage Blanc is a soft, creamy spreadable cheese originating in northern France, where it is more commonly known as fromage frais-'fresh cheese'-fromage blanc means 'white cheese'.

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Market Outlook - April 12, 2012

lavendar-flowerLavender Flower

Sweet and flavorful, edible flowers are surging in popularity among today's top restaurants and bakeries. Edible flowers are ideal for enhancing the visual appeal of an entrée or dessert without compromising the integrity of the flavor.

Fresh Origins Edible Flowers

edible-flowersAlthough we often don't think about it, eating an edible flower is not all that uncommon. Some of our favorite vegetable dishes are actually edible flowers; broccoli for example is a huge cluster of flower buds. The artichoke is a large individual unopened edible flower. Capers and cauliflower are other examples. The very expensive spice, saffron is the pollen collected from the inside of a crocus flower. Fennel pollen is a very unique flavoring ingredient, and fried squash blossoms are a tasty but often overlooked part of a common vegetable plant.

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