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Market Outlook - February 1, 2012

Hedgehog Mushrooms

Closely related to a Golden Chanterelle, Hedgehog mushrooms are similar to Chanterelles in appearance, taste and smell.  The distinct difference is that Hedgehog mushrooms are covered in spines or “teeth”, on their underside, resembling a Hedgehog.

Mushrooms are a huge group of edible fungi that are grown, picked and eaten in almost every country around the world.  Mushrooms come to us as cultivated, grown in some manner by man, or, as wild, originating in wooded forests.

Interestingly enough, cultivated mushrooms do not grow in the wild and wild mushrooms have yet to be successfully cultivated by man.

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Market Outlook - January 26, 2012

Totally Tuber...Dude!

german-butterball-potato-featThis week we focus on tubers. Tubers tend to be very starchy, and they are also typically rich in vitamins and minerals. This makes them an excellent addition to the human diet, which may explain why tubers have become so important in many regional cuisines. Tubers can also be prepared in a wide variety of ways, and flavored with an array of spices, making them extremely flexible additions to the kitchen. The best example of a tuber is the potato which we have all used in a number of applications. Riverdog Farm offers a variety of excellent potatoes from their organic farm located in Yolo County, just 50 miles from our warehouse. Riverdog produce is 'picked to order' and delivered to our warehouse 2-3 times per week.

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Market Outlook - January 12, 2012

mohr-fry-ranchesHeirloom Beans

We might change the baseball phrase 'the dog days of August' to the produce phrase 'the dog days of January.' Seasonal fruits and vegetables such as citrus varieties, winter squashes and root vegetables remain abundant, but there is little in the way of new crops in the market. As such, this seems like a good time to remind our customers of our selection of locally grown heirloom beans that we started carrying a few months back. Available from Mohr-Fry Ranch, located in Lodi, Ca, the beans were all planted last year in early spring and harvested at the end of the growing season.

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