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Market Outlook - August 8, 2019

SCIABICA OLIVE OIL

The Sciabica (pronounced Sha-bee-ka) family has been cold-pressing olive oil on the same property in Modesto for over 80 years, making them the oldest producer in the United States. Thesciabica olive oil and pizza 300x300 artisan tradition of olive oil production was learned in Sicily in the olive oil mills of Castelvetrano by Nicola Sciabica, the patriarch and founder of Sciabica’s California Olive Oil. Their olive oils are pressed from only California-grown olives, 100% GMO-free, sustainably farmed, and artisan-crafted in small batches. We are proud to offer the following olive oils:
 
Mission Trail Extra Virgin: 100% California. 100% extra virgin. 100% no gimmicks. An olive oil with a rich, fresh flavor and a smooth finish. Nutty and herbaceous, it's a fantastic olive oil for dressings and finishing dishes. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-box”
 
Arbequina (Sevillano) Extra Virgin: Also known as “fruity and smooth”. It is a smooth, full flavored oil with hints of artichokes and fresh herbs. A single-variety olive oil pressed from newly-ripened green olives. Perfect for bread dipping, salad dressings, and main courses. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-box”
 
California Pure 90/10: 90% Refined Olive Oil and 10% virgin olive oil. Very subtle flavor that will not add or subtract anything from the recipe. Ideal for chefs that are committed to 100% olive oil but prefer to not have the olive oil flavor. Gallon or 4/1gal case
 
80/20 Blend: 80% USA Canola and 20% California EVOO. Delicate and clean. It has the versatility and affordability of Canola but the flavor of olive oil. Perfect for cooking, marinades, and dressings. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-a-box”

FRESH MOZZARELLA

In the heart of heirloom tomato season, another item comes to mind almost immediately: fresh mozzarella. We currently offer four varieties of the mild, creamy cheese, ranging from uniformburrata with olive oil 300x300 sized bites to fresh curd. All of our fresh mozzarella products are sourced from Di Stefano Cheese in Pomona, CA. We are currently stocking the following:
 
Ovoline: Fresh mozzarella rolled into egg-size 4oz balls, in a salt water brine. Easy to slice for pizzas or for salads. 3# tub (12/4oz balls)
 
Ciliegine: Small, bite size mozzarella balls. Roughly the size of a cherry tomato, easy to add to salads or  appetizers. Also melts wonderfully on pizzas and pastas. 3# tub (144/.33oz balls)
 

Burrata: A rich, creamy, and delectable product. Burrata is a small ball of fresh mozzarella with a creamy mixture of heavy cream and mozzarella curd in the center. A rich addition to pizzas, salads, or pastas. Also great on its own with  olive oil. 12/4oz case
 
Fresh Mozzarella Curd: Looking to make your own mozzarella? We offer fresh, high quality mozzarella curd. 5# bag or 4/5# case

PRODUCE PICNIC
TASTING TUESDAY 

Join us for our Produce Picnic at our next Tasting Tuesday! We will be debuting a new line of fresh pickles and sauerkraut from Sonoma BrineryDavid Ehreth, founder and owner of Sonoma Brinery, will be here to share their small business story as well as elaborate on what makes their fresh products so unique. Sac City Brews will also be joining us and cooking up some Beyond Meat brats and Beyond Meat burgers to showcase the delicious fresh pickles and sauerkraut! We will also be sampling a few other new products, including a line of iced teas from Numi Tea. There will be games for everyone to play and we will also be raffling off gift cards to local restaurants! You do not want to miss out on this afternoon full of fun and tasty treats! Everyone in the industry is welcome to attend and we encourage you to spread the word!
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August 13th | 1PM-3PM
8340 Belvedere Ave | Sacramento, 95826

RUE & FORSMAN RANCH
FARM TOUR
 

We welcome you to join us for a  wonderful farm tour of Rue & Forsman Ranch just before harvest season! Michael Bosworth, step-son of one of the original founders, has helped make Rue and Forsman one of the most innovated and sustainability-minded rice producers in the state. He will be there to guide the tour and educate on how they grow and harvest over a dozen varieties of  outstanding rice. Coffee and pastries will be provided before boarding the bus and lunch will be served on the ranch. The tour will kick off at 8am on Tuesday, August 27th. We are expected to return by 2pm. Contact your sales rep or our office to RSVP!

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Market Outlook - August 1, 2019

RIVERDOG FARM

Riverdog Farm is a 450-acre certified organic, diversified family farm that grows vegetables, fruits, nuts, and raises chickens and pigs. The rich creek-bottomRiverdog Mixed Medley Large 300x300 soil, intense summer heat, and winter frost of the beautiful Capay Valley contribute to growing exceptionally tasting fruits and vegetables year-round. We are currently stocking the following summer items from Riverdog:

Lemon Cucumber: A round and yellow cucumber, about the size of a tennis ball. They have a clean, crisp taste that is excellent in salads or for pickling. 10# case
 
Armenian Cucumber: A heavily ribbed, light green cucumber. Mild and sweet, Armenian Cucumbers are great for slicing or pickling. 10# case

Gypsy Peppers: Gypsy peppers are a light yellow-green color and sweet. Gypsies will start to turn orange or red as the season progresses. They are perfect for frying, stuffing, roasting, or raw. 10# case

Padron Peppers: Padrons are relatively small peppers with a deep, true green color. Most Padron peppers are very mild but  occasionally can be extremely hot. 5# case

Jimmy Nardello Peppers: A long, thin-skinned frying pepper. Jimmy Nardellos are deep red with a sweet flavor. 10# case

Mixed Medley Cherry Tomatoes: A beautiful blend of colors, shapes, and flavors. 12 half pint flat/ half flat

Sungold Cherry Tomatoes: An increasingly popular cherry tomato. Golden orange, round, and sweet. 12 half pint flat.

If you are looking for a specific item from Riverdog that we do not stock, contact your sales rep to inquire about special orders.

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

Ray Yeung tomatoes are highly praised by local chefs for their intense flavor, unique sizes, shapes, and colors. Yeung Farm is owned by “Uncle” Ray Yeung and his family.heirloom caprese 300X300 Their 60+ acre farm was established in 1950 in West Sacramento. Yeung Farm grows over two dozen varieties during the season. We offer heirloom tomatoes by the 10# case as a single variety or a mixed toybox. We are currently stocking the following:
 
Red/Purple Varieties:
Black Pineapple
Black Prince
Giant Black Zebra
Pink Brandywine
Prudens Purple
Purple Cherokee
Red Zebra
Striped Cavern
 
Orange/Yellow Varieties:
Carolina Gold
Flamme
Kellogg's
Pineapple
Yellow Brandywine

Green Varities:
Green Zebra
 
We also have True Vine Ripe Shady Lady tomatoes available by the 20# case, as well as True Vine Ripe Roma tomatoes.

SPARROW LANE VINEGAR
NEW FLAVORS! 

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Sparrow Lane’s “chef inspired” vinegars were first introduced in 1996 in the heart of the Napa Valley. Their vinegars were a hit among chefs because of the quality ingredients and perfect balance of fruit to  acid. We would love to introduce two new flavors to our already extensive line of vinegars:
 
Fig Balsamic: A deep brown, pleasantly sweet vinegar with the addition of seasonal figs. Pairs wonderfully with artisan cheeses, drizzled over a salad, or with pork or poultry. Sold by the gallon
 
Pink Champagne Vinegar: A delicate, crisp, and fresh vinegar, with a soft pink champagne color. The elegant taste of traditional champagne vinegar with a floral undertone. Perfect in a salad of light greens. Sold by the gallon
 
We will continue to offer the following varieties by the gallon: Cabernet, Champagne, Citrus, D’Anjou Pear, Dark Balsamic, Golden Balsamic, Gravenstein Apple Cider, Mango, Pear Raspberry, Raspberry, Red Wine, Rice Wine, Sherry, White Wine, and Zinfandel.

PRODUCE PICNIC
TASTING TUESDAY 

Join us for our Produce Picnic at our next Tasting Tuesday! We will be debuting a new line of fresh pickles and sauerkraut from Sonoma BrineryDavid Ehreth, founder and owner of Sonoma Brinery, will be here to share their small business story as well as elaborate on what makes their fresh products so unique. Sac City Brews will also be joining us and cooking up some Beyond Meat brats and Beyond Meat burgers to showcase the delicious fresh pickles and sauerkraut! We will also be sampling a few other new products, including a line of iced teas from Numi Tea. There will be games for everyone to play and we will also be raffling off gift cards to local restaurants! You do not want to miss out on this afternoon full of fun and tasty treats! Everyone in the industry is welcome to attend and we encourage you to spread the word!
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August 13th | 1PM-3PM
8340 Belvedere Ave | Sacramento, 95826

 

Market Outlook - July 25, 2019

LOCAL HEIRLOOM MELONS 

Warm summer days have finally led us to local heirloom melon season! We are currently sourcing our local melons from R. Kelley Farms. R. Kelley Farms is a family owned farming venture whichmelon savor 300X300 has been providing quality fruits and vegetables to the local community for over 25 years. Located in South Sacramento along River Road, the 58-acre farm is owned and operated by Ron Kelley and his wife, Ella. Both Ron and Ella have been very much involved in every aspect of their business and surrounding farming community. Ron has worked in the agricultural industry for over 45 years. As an agricultural production consultant, Ron advises his fellow farmers on plant health.
We are currently offering the following heirloom melons by the case (approximately 6 per case):

Ambrosia: An exotic melon hybrid often confused with a cantaloupe, but it's quite different. Its flesh is very sweet, floral, tender and pale orange in color.

Crème de la Crème: Creamy white flesh marbled with pale orange. The skin is orange/yellow and slightly netted. Deliciously fragrant and very sweet.

Diplomat: Diplomats are a honeydew-type melon with thick, pale green flesh and fine netting on their skin. Diplomats have a tropical aroma and taste.

Savor: Bright orange flesh, deep aroma and very sweet flavor. Excellent with prosciutto.

Local Mixed Melon: A mixture of at least 3 of the varieties above, available by the case. Please specify local when ordering.

STILLWATER ORCHARD PEARS 

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Stillwater Orchards is located along the Sacramento River in the town of Courtland– an area known to produce some of the best pears in the world. The land has been owned and operated by the Elliot family since 1860 when their ancestor, David Osborne, settled on the Delta on the heels of the Gold Rush and ordered the area’s first pear trees from France. The Elliots take pride in producing some of the most flavorful pears in the Delta. They grow, pack, and ship on site ensuring the highest quality standards.

The first varieties available are Bartlett and Red Crimson. Bartlett pears are the most identifiable in flavor, with a true “pear” flavor. Sweet and crisp when on the greener side and extremely juicy as they fully ripen. Aside from color, there is not much difference in the Red Crimson and Bartlett. Bartletts are available by the 40# case and by the pound. Red Crimsons are available by the 20# case and by the pound.

As the season progresses, we will begin to bring in more varieties from Stillwater Orchards. Bosc, Comice, French Butter, and Seckle pears should all be available within the next month, weather permitting.

MYCOPIA GOURMET MUSHROOMS

Gourmet Mushrooms, located in Sebastopol, CA, is committed to growing the finest quality specialty mushrooms using sustainable practices. They have been pioneer growers of fresh culinaryforest nameko 300X300 mushrooms since 1977, when they were the first to commercially cultivate shiitake in the United States. Their fresh mushroom division, Mycopia Mushrooms, has earned its reputation as the premier grower of top quality, flavorful forest mushrooms. Their mushrooms are grown on oak-based substrate in reusable bottles. After the mushrooms are harvested, the spent substrate is recycled and turned into compost. Their mushrooms have been certified organic and kosher since 2005. We are currently offering the following varieties in 6# cases:

Maiitake: Also referred to as Hen of the Woods, Maiitake mushrooms have a great forest aroma and a light, crunchy texture. Their rich, versatile flavor compliments roasted meats and chicken, cheeses, dark leafy greens, and hearty grains.

Orange Forest Nameko: Bright orange and glossy caps with long stems. The naturally occurring gelatin on the cap allows the Forest Nameko to act as a thickener for soups and sauces. Namekos have an earthy flavor that is enhanced when sautéed.

Velvet Pioppini: The caps of the Velvet Pioppini are dark chocolate brown with a soft/silky texture. The long, cream colored stems have a texture similar to asparagus. Excellent on their own or their intense forest flavor pairs well with red meats or game.

Chef Sampler: A variety of mushrooms offered in one case. Varieties typically included are Brown Beech, White Beech, Eryngii (Trumpet Royale), and either Velvet Pioppini or Forest Nameko.