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Market Outlook - December 5, 2019


romanesco st 300x300Although available year-round, many vegetables in the brassica family are recognized as “cool season” crops. The most familiar brassicas include Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbages, Brussels Sprouts, Radishes, and Turnips. Here are a few items from the brassica family that flourish in the cold weather:

Romanesco– Striking in appearance, Romanesco is an heirloom cauliflower; the florets form a pyramid of spiraling, pointed cones. It is sweet with a mild nutty flavor without the somewhat pungency of cauliflower. 6-8ct case.

Carnival Cauliflower– Available in a 6ct mixed case of two orange, two purple, and two green. Individual colors are available by the case- purple (9ct), orange (9ct), and green (12ct).

Kohlrabi– Distinct protruding stalks topped with collard like leaves. Kohlrabi has tough, green outer skin and whitish/ green, firm, crunchy flesh with a flavor similar to broccoli. Roast or steam them for stir-fries and pasta, puree into a soup, or toss them in a salad. You can also grate them to make fritters or a delicious slaw. 12ct case.

Brussels Sprouts– A very versatile winter vegetable. Brussels may be steamed, roasted, braised, sliced, shredded, or sautéed. 25# case or by the pound.

Baby Radishes– Easter Egg and French Breakfast radish avail-able by 24 bunch case. Full size Purple Daikon is available by the 10# case from Riverdog Farm. Full size Watermelon and Black Radish are also available from Riverdog by the pound.

Turnips– Tokyo Turnips and Scarlett Queen Turnips are both available from Riverdog Farm by the 10# case.

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Market Outlook - November 21, 2019

j. marchini farms

castel franco st 300x300J. Marchini Farms is owned and operated by the father-son team, Joe and Jeff Marchini. Growing up on his family farm, Joe Marchini enjoyed gardening from a young age, starting with tomatoes. In the ‘80s, Joe began experimenting with a lettuce seed from Italy called radicchio, making him the original radicchio grower in the U.S. The Marchini family now grows several varieties of Italian specialty vegetables, including multiple varieties of chicories. Chicories are a closely related group of leafy vegetables that exhibit a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. Chicories are quite versatile and may be used in any manner of culinary techniques. They are excellent raw in salads, and have a sturdy texture that is great for both braising and grilling. We are pleased to offer the following varieties from J. Marchini Farms (LeGrand, CA):
Radicchio– Globe shaped, similar looking to a small head of red lettuce or cabbage with a distinctive bitter flavor. 12 count case or by the each.

(NEW) Bianco Radicchio– Similar to traditional red radicchio, Bianco has a green leaf and white stems. 12 count case only.

(NEW) Verona Radicchio– A traditionally red/purple radicchio with an elongated egg shape. 12 count case only.

Treviso Radicchio– A radicchio with romaine shaped heads of red and white. 12 count case only.

Castelfranco– Seasonal variety with the mildest flavor of all the chicories. Individual heads with attractive purple red flecked, creamy white leaves. 12 count case only.

Puntarelle– Puntarelle has an elongated shape, light green stems, and dandelion shaped leaves. It also has a pleasantly bitter taste, characteristic of chicories. 12 count case only.

Mixed Chicory– A “Toy-Box” of Treviso, Castelfranco and Radicchio. 12 count case only.

Fennel– The fennel bulb’s texture is similar to celery and can be thinly sliced and roasted, sautéed or boiled. The fronds can be minced and added to dishes the way you would use a fresh herb, making this root vegetable nearly entirely edible. Fennel is slightly sweet with a hint of black licorice. Sold by the 12 count case or by the piece.

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Market Outlook - November 14, 2019

riverdog farm seasonal favorites

spinach riverdog bloomsdale 300X300Riverdog is a 450 acre, certified organic, diversified family farm located in Guinda (Capay Valley), CA since 1990. Owners Trini Campbell and Tim Mueller grow a variety of fruits and vegetables using a system that promotes healthy soil and a sustainable ecosystem around the farm. Although we offer an array of produce from Riverdog, here are some seasonal favorites we are currently stocking:

Bloomsdale Spinach– A sweet, heirloom variety with a deeper and more interesting flavor than the standard flat leaf spinach. Each leaf is heavily crinkled, giving it a heartier texture perfect for sauté-ing or wilting; no need to separate leaves from the stem. It may also be enjoyed in salads, appetizers, soups and braises. 4# case.
Chard– Varietal chard has deep green leaves and brightly colored stalks. Chard has a more mild flavor in comparison to other leafy vegetables. It can be tough when eaten raw, so it is best sautéed or braised after removing the stem from the leaf. We are currently offering the sweet, leafy green in three different colors from Riverdog. Green and red chard are both sold by the 12 bunch case or by the bunch. Rainbow chard is sold by the 12 bunch case only.
Collard Greens– A southern cooking staple! Collards have dark green leaves with tough stems and tend to be very bitter. A long and slow cooking process will create a more mild flavor and tender texture. They are most commonly sautéed and then simmered for a few hours. Collards are sold by the 12 bunch case or per 3 bunches.
King Richard Leeks– An heirloom variety of leeks with an edible 6-10 inch blanched white stalk; longer than the traditional leek. Their flavor is sweet and delicate. The tough, strappy, green leaves should be trimmed away, leaving the pale green and beautiful white stalk. King Richard Leeks add wonderful flavor to stocks, soups, stews and braises. They can also be blanched and served chilled in salads, fried for garnishes, or grilled as a vegetable side. Available in a 12ct case.

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