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Market Outlook - September 19, 2019


Larsen Apple no logo 300x300Local apple season is here! Although you may be able to buy apples year-round, you can not beat the quality of locally grown, fresh apples. We stock multiple varieties of apples from Larsen Apple Barn in Apple Hill during local apple season. Larsen Apple Barn was founded in the 1860’s by the Larsen family and continues to be the oldest, continuously family-owned farm in Apple Hill. We are pleased to offer the following with more varieties to follow as the season progresses:

Ruby Mac: Ruby Macs are said to be a cross between the McIntosh and Rubinstar apples. They are a sweet apple with a refreshing tartness, reminiscent of the McIntosh. They have ruby red skin that has a few small bands of green and yellow. Ruby Macs break down easily when cooked and are best used fresh. 40# case
Ruby Jon: Very similar to the Jonathan apple in taste and texture. They are a crisp, juicy, and tart apple with a hint of spice. Although they look quite similar, they are slightly sweeter than the Ruby Mac. 40# case
Gala: Red skin over a pale yellow background and creamy flesh that is yellow and crisp. Galas are mildly sweet in flavor and are best for salads, eating raw, or used for applesauce; not the best for baking. 10# or 40# case
Golden Delicious: A versatile apple that is great for multiple uses, especially for cooking and baking into tarts or pies. Its balanced sweetness and acidity makes for a great pairing with savory items, as well as being excellent in salads or applesauce. 40# case
Keep an eye out next week for more varieties– Honeycrisp and Jonathan!

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Market Outlook - September 12, 2019


cranberry bean mc 300x300As the summer winds down, we will begin to see some crops gap and begin to finish while fall crops begin. Here are some updates on both summer and fall items.

Apples– Apple Hill Apples will be available for Saturday delivery. Gala, Golden, Ruby Mac, and Ruby Jon are the first varieties we are bringing in and will be available by the case only.

Beans– Summer Beans from Dwelley will be available into October, although we may begin to see gapping in different varieties.

Corn– Sweet Yellow Corn from Dwelley is finished. Dwelley White Corn is currently gapping but will be available in a couple of weeks before the crop finishes in October. We are currently using corn from G&S in Brentwood.

Stone Fruit– Twin Peaks stone fruit will be completely finished very soon. We will still have local stone fruit from J&J Ramos. Cherries and apricots have finished for the season.

Peppers– Due to their late start, peppers should be around longer than usual. We expect to have local peppers through October.

Heirloom Tomatoes– Heirlooms from Ray Yeung will be available until October 31st. The end of October is typically when they finish.

Local Melons– Local varietal melons are available from Fully Belly and F&D Farms. We expect to have them into October. Central California melons are finished for the season.

Hard Squash– We have begun to see the start of hard squash. We are now stocking Delicata Squash from Durst Organic Growers by the case only. Red Kurri and Sugar Pie Pumpkins are available from Full Belly by the case only.

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Market Outlook - September 5, 2019


September is Farm to Fork month, and we know just how to celebrate! Here at Produce Express we pride ourselves on remaining “Farm to Fork” from the very beginning. We treasure our long term partnerships with local farmers and chefs and our ability to help them connect with each other as easily as possible. We are fortunate to be in a region that is packed with rich agriculture. Sacramento County boasts thousands of acres of farms and ranches that grow a wide variety of crops. Each season we host numerous events that showcase local farms and purveyors. Our Farm Tours, Farmer’s Markets, and Tasting Tuesdays are full of information on where food is grown and how to find easier ways to get fresh produce into your kitchens. We encourage everyone in the service industry to attend our events.

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