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Market Outlook - September 25, 2020

Summer produce

As summer produce begins to wind down, we will start to see crops end for the season. We have gathered a list of the most frequently sought after summer items and when they are expected to finish. As always, weather and mother nature are the determining factors regarding seasonal crops.
Beans- Yellow Wax, Bluelake, and Romano beans from Dwelley Farms are expected to finish by late October.
Corn– Locally grown yellow and white corn from Dwelley Farms is expected to end by mid October.
Squash- Local summer and baby squashes have finished for the season.
Eggplant– Varietal eggplant is coming to an end and will be finished by the first week of October.
Peppers– Gypsy, Jimmy Nardellos, and Padron peppers will be finished by mid October. Locally grown Shishito peppers have finished for the season.
Tomatoes– Heirloom tomatoes from Ray Yeung are expected to be available until the end of October. This includes single varieties, toybox heirlooms, and true vine ripe rounds. Local mixed medley cherry tomatoes will be finishing a little earlier than heirlooms, most likely by mid October.
Pears– Locally grown pears from Stillwater Orchards are currently available but will be ending soon. Northwest product is expected to start by the beginning of October.
Stone Fruit– Locally grown stone fruit from Twin Peaks Orchards has finished. We are now stocking stone fruit from J&J Ramos but expect the season to finish within the next few weeks. This includes peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots.

Fall Produce

Fall has officially began! It is always exciting to see new crops trickle in. To help get a jumpstart on fall menus, we have created a list of items that flourish in autumn and when we expect to see them on the market.
Hard Squash– Locally grown hard squashes have started to make their way onto the market. Local butternut squash and sugar pie pumpkins are available now, delicata squash is also available but limited. By early October, we expect to see local kabocha, red kurri, and honeynut.
Citrus– Mandarins are expected from Twin Peaks Orchards by the first week of November. We will also have meyer lemons from Twin Peaks around the same time.
Persimmons– Local fuyu persimmons should make their way to the market by mid October. Amagaki persimmons (or cinnamon persimmons) are typically available shortly after, by the beginning of November.
Pomegranates– Available now from southern California. We are still currently waiting on a local source.
Cranberries– Fresh cranberries are expected by mid October (not locally grown).
Kiwi– Local kiwi from Wild River should be available by early October.
Greens– Collard greens and dino kale are expected locally by mid October. Bloomsdale spinach will follow, expected by late October.
Brussel Sprouts– California brussel sprouts are currently available from the coastal region.
Leeks– King Richards leeks are expected from Riverdog Farm by the first week of October.
Decorative Fall Items– Indian corn, gourds, and varietal pumpkins will be available by the beginning of October.

la tourangelle artisan oils

Starting with perfectly pure ingredients, each batch of artisan oil from La Tourangelle is unique and hand-crafted in Woodland, CA.
Pumpkin Seed Oil– Should not be cooked due to its low heat point but makes a great finish for salad dressing, soup, pasta, spreads and baked goods, and more. 250mL canister.
Roasted Hazelnut Oil– Delicious in salad dressing, pasta, and on meat, fish, and baked pastries. Great butter substitute; works best with low heat. 1,000mL canister
Roasted Walnut Oil– Rich nutty taste and light color. Use in baking, salads, pasta, sauces, or on grilled fish or meat. Works well with      medium-high heat. Gallon
Roasted Pecan Oil– Full-bodied, intense flavor; fragrant addition to baked good, sauces or drizzled on pasta or greens. Works well with medium-high heat. 250mL canister
Roasted Almond Oil– Good sub for olive oil; adds subtle almond    flavor to any dish. Works well with medium-high heat. 1,000mL
Basil Infused Oil– Fragrant basil flavor perfect for pesto, caprese salad, grilled chicken or fish, or as a dipping oil for bread. Works well with high heat. 250mL canister
Avocado Oil– Rich emerald green oil; thick with a subtle buttery flavor. Delicious in uncooked items like salads and dips, but also ideal for cooking because it has a higher smoke point than olive oil. 1,000mL canister
Toasted Sesame Seed Oil– Golden brown oil with bold, nutty flavor ideal for vinaigrettes, stir fry, and marinades. Works well in medium-high heat applications. 1,000mL canister
Grapeseed Oil– Light, neutral flavor and a very high smoke point make this oil best for stir fries and sautés; also makes a lovely addition to marinades. Gallon
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil– Organic coconuts pressed within 4 days of being hand harvested. Pure coconut taste and beautiful texture, perfect for cooking, baking, dressings, or frying. 15oz canister

NEW! Oil Sprays

A convenient, non-aerosol, and propellant-free spray. La Tourangelle oil sprays are 100% oil and full of flavor. We currently offer white truffle infused and garlic infused, both excellent  finishing oils. Each variety is sunflower oil based. 8oz spray

Market Outlook - August 27, 2020

Summer Bounty

heirloom caprese 300X300Beans– Summer beans are one of the most popular summer items. We have bluelake green beans, yellow wax beans, romano beans, and cranberry beans in stock from Dwelley Farms.
Corn– Although corn is available year-round, local summer corn usually tastes sweeter. Available from Dwelley Farms in Brentwood, CA. Both yellow and white corn are sold by the 48ct case or per piece.
Peppers– Summer peppers are only available once a year and we are fortunate enough to have outstanding local farms supplying us with a variety of seasonal peppers. We are currently stocking Gypsy, Shishito, Padron, and Jimmy Nardello peppers.
Squash– We are currently stocking multiple varieties of locally grown squash from Dwelley Farms, including: gold bar, sunburst (yellow patty pan), summer (green patty pan), and grey squash. Each variety is available by the 24# single variety case. We are also offering a toy box squash that consists of gold bar, sunburst, summer, and grey, with the occasional appearance of zucchini and crookneck. Toy box squash is sold by the 22# case only. Baby mixed squash is available from Del Rio Botanicals in West Sacramento. Sold by the 10# case.
Tomatoes (Heirloom)- Ray Yeung tomatoes are highly praised by local chefs. We stock multiple varieties of heirlooms by the 10# case as well as a 10# mixed toy box case. We also stock vine-ripened round tomatoes and green tomatoes by the 20# case from Yeung Farms. Mixed Medley cherry tomatoes are available from Riverdog and Durst.
Stone Fruit– Local stone fruit has flourished this year and is now beginning to wind down. We are currently stocking yellow and white peaches from Twin Peaks Orchards in Newcastle and J&J Ramos Farms, located in Hughson. Nectarines, plums, and pluots are from J&J Ramos.
Melons- The melons this year have been beautiful and fragrant. We have multiple varieties in stock, including Crenshaw, Canary, Galia, Sharlyn, and more. Each variety is available by the case or the mixed case. We are currently sourcing local specialty melons from R. Kelley Farms, Riverdog Farm, and Full Belly Farm. Black Imagination watermelon and yellow watermelon are available from Vierra Farms in West Sacramento and DF&TF Farm in Woodland.
Figs– Figs are a wonderful summer fruit that can be added to sweet or savory dishes. Our varietal figs are sourced from Windmill Farm in Woodland. We are currently stocking Black Mission, Kadota, Tiger Stripe, and Violette de Bordeaux. Each variety is available by the 12 pint flat or in a mixed toy box flat. Black Missions are the only variety available by the basket.
Pears– We are currently sourcing our local pears from Stillwater Orchards in Courtland. Stillwater is owned by the Elliot Family, who take pride in producing some of the most flavorful pears in the Delta. We have green Bartlett, red Bartlett, and Bosc pears in stock. Green Bartletts are available by the 40# case and by the piece. Both red Bartletts and Bosc pears are available by the 20# case and by the piece.

California Fires
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Our hearts are with everyone who has been affected by the fires in California. We know that our community is struggling to push through the hardships we are currently being faced with. We will get through this together.
The current fires have posed a large threat to the local agriculture here in Northern California. California farmers are facing difficulties from all directions- land being damaged by the flames, high-risk working conditions for farmers and their workers, and crops affected by the smoke. Farmers and farmworkers near active fires are at a high risk for exposure to smoke, ash, and chemical residue, both during fires and throughout the cleanup process. Some farmers have chosen to shorten their work days in an attempt to keep their workers in good health. Shorter work days ultimately means less time to harvest. Because of this, we may begin to see limited availability of a number of crops.
Another thing to keep in mind during the fires is the presence of ash on produce. Many growers have reported large amounts of ash accumulating and affecting their crops. While they are doing everything they can to alleviate the ash, it is nearly impossible. We would like to remind you of the importance of washing all of your produce.
We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy through these difficult times. As always, we will provide updates as they are available.

Market Outlook - August 20, 2020

Locally grown Melons

Crème de la Crème- Creamy white flesh marbled with pale orange. The skin is orange/yellow and slightly netted. Deliciously fragrant and very sweet. Case only, limited availability from R. Kelley Farms. 
Crenshaw– Crenshaws are rounder melons with yellow, wrinkled skin with green freckles. They have light green flesh that is juicy, tender, and subtly sweet. Case only, R. Kelley Farms.
Charentais– One of the smaller varieties, Charentais melons are softball size with skin ranging from grey to pale yellow with green ribbing. They have deep orange flesh that is incredibly sweet and aromatic. Case only, Riverdog Farm.
Canary– An oval melon with smooth, canary-yellow skin. The flesh of a canary melon is a light cream color. They are crisp and very sweet. Case only, Fully Belly Farm.
Galia– Galia melons are round with light orange skin, covered in a tight netting. Their flesh is light green and very sweet, similar to a cross between a cantaloupe and honeydew. Case only, Fully Belly.
Goddess– An oval shaped melon with netting similar to a  cantaloupe. Goddess melons have orange flesh that is juicy and very sweet. Case only, Fully Belly.
Piel de Sapo (Santa Claus)- An oval shaped melon with green skin and spots of yellow. Piel de Sapo melons have a light colored flesh that is slightly sweet, similar to honeydew. Case only, Fully Belly.
Sharlyn– Sharlyns are an oblong shape with thin skin that is light orange. They have light flesh that is very sweet, juicy, and tropical. Case only, Fully Belly.
Mixed Melon– A mixed case of at least 3 varieties. 

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 uniform sized bites to fresh curd. 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 that are roughly the size of a cherry tomato. Ciliegine mozzarella is 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: Sourced from Formaggi Di Ferrante in Fairfield, CA. Looking to make your own mozzarella? We offer fresh, high quality mozzarella curd. 5# bag or 4/5# case.

consumer boxes - updated ordering info

Times are continuously changing, especially in the face of the current pandemic. Our consumer boxes truly took off in ways we could have never imagined. We want to thank each member of the community who supported our new program and helped us thrive.
In order to provide the freshest ingredients and maintain a fast-paced warehouse, we have decided to scale down our consumer box availability days. As of August 24th, consumer boxes will only be available two days a week. We will only offer consumer box drop zones on Thursdays and pick ups at our warehouse on Fridays. Orders placed any day of the week will automatically be set up for Thursday delivery or Friday pick up.
We have loved seeing all of your warm smiles and hope to still see them on Fridays! We appreciate your understanding and patience as we evolve.
Placing the Order: Orders must be placed before 2am the morning of your desired delivery/pick up day. We can no longer accept same-day orders or add-ons.
Deliveries: We are not able to deliver to residential areas but have had a few of our customers volunteer to let us use their space as delivery zones. We will have a stationary truck in the following locations from 8:30am to 10:30am on Thursdays only: 
Bella Bru Cafe - El Dorado Hills
Don Quixote's- Watt Ave
Pushkin's Bakery and Cafe- Roseville
Beach Hut Deli- Davis (Fermi Place)

Drop Zones: We have had a few local restaurants volunteer to be "Drop Zones". These drop zones are open businesses where you can pick up from on Thursdays. For information on pick-up hours at the participating restaurants, please contact our office. The following are participating restaurants:
Kodaiko | Downtown
Wild Flour Café | Midtown
Pizza Bell (Grant Line) | Elk Grove
Paisley Café | Orangevale
Imperial Hotel | Amador City 

Fruit Mix- 5 each green kiwi, 1 clamshell of each blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries, 1 cantaloupe, 1 honeydew, 1 pineapple, 2 mangos, 2# peaches, 1 bag red grapes.
Grain Box- 2/2# Giusto’s all purpose flour, 2# white sugar, 2# white rice, 2# brown rice, 2# dried black beans, 2# dried pinto beans, 1# tri-color quinoa, and 1# green lentils.
Mexican Inspired Box- 2# bag of rice, 2# dried beans, 1 pack 6” corn tortillas, 1 pack 10” flour tortillas, 2 bunches cilantro, 6 each jalapeno, 3# tomatillos, 1 head green cabbage, 2# pascilla chilies, 12 roma tomatoes, 6 each  avocados, 3 each limes, 3 each yellow onions, 3 bunches green onions, and 2# shredded mixed cheese.
Organic Local Box- 2# fresh dug potatoes, 2# zucchini, 2# sunburst squash, .5# spring mix or bloomsdale spinach, 3 heads varietal lettuce, 1 clamshell sungold cherry tomatoes, 2# bluelake green beans, 1# romano beans, 1# yellow wax beans, 1# plums, 4 each peaches, and .5# whole pistachios.
Farms featured: Full Belly, Riverdog, Terra  Firma, Twin Peaks, and Polestar

Salad Kit- 1# spring mix, 3# little gem lettuce, 3 each romaine hearts, 3 heads mixed  hydroponic lettuce, 2 each     English cucumbers, 2 each red onions, 6 each radish, 1 bunch or pound of carrots, and 2 clamshells of red grape cherry tomatoes. Just add dressing!
Snack Mix- Great for kids or for on the go! 5# oranges, 4# apples, 3# peaches, 2# bag of red grapes, 1 bunch celery, 1 bag of mini carrots, 2 cups of banana chips, and  a cup of raisins.
Veggie Box- 4 ears corn, 2# green beans, 1# yellow wax beans, 4 each zucchini, 4 each yellow squash, 1 each red, green, and yellow bell peppers, 2# medium red potatoes, and 2 each red onions.