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Market Outlook - May 02, 2019

Super Spring Mix and baby kale
from Field fresh farms

Field Fresh Farms is our main supplier for spring mix and baby kale here at Produce Express. There have been some notable changes in our house baby lettuces. Our house baby kale, previously baby dino kale, has now changed to a mixed baby kale. In the mixed baby kale, you will find baby red kale and baby dino kale. We are no longer stocking a single variety baby kale.

Along with baby kale, spring mix ingredients have also been revamped. Our previous house spring mix was a blend of red and green tango and red and green baby oak lettuce. Our new standard spring mix will include: red and green tango, red and green baby oak lettuce, red and green baby chard, mizuna, tatsoi spinach, and baby spinach. If you do not want the new ‘super’ spring mix and prefer the previous blend, please order ‘lettuce only’ spring mix. If there is no specification when ordered, we will ship the new blend. Please keep this in mind when placing your order.

 

 

tasting tuesday
May 7th, 2019 from 1PM-3Pm

Please join us for Tasting Tuesday on May 7th, 2019 from 1PM to 3PM! This event will take place at our warehouse, located at 8340 Belvedere Ave, Sacramento, CA 95826.

We will be welcoming Renee Cade from TCHO, our new  chocolate purveyor, to give insight on their locally crafted chocolate. Also joining us is Ted Jones, owner of Jones and Company Vanilla and Flavorings. We will feature Jones and Co. vanilla beans, extracts, and baking ingredients.

We will have several chefs from Sacramento and the surrounding areas joining us to create tasty bites. Included in our guests will be:

  • Elizabeth McCleary, owner of a Sacramento favorite, Devine Gelateria. Elizabeth will be providing us with her own rich gelato made with TCHO chocolate.
  • Rising Star Pastry Chef Award winner, David Rodriguez, currently at Watershed in Grass Valley. He will be joining us with various tasty creations of his own, showcasing  both TCHO and Jones and Company.
  • Martha Curry, owner and chef at Amour de Patisserie, spotlighting TCHO with her decadent chocolate covered  strawberries.
  • Karen Holmes, owner and chef at Karen’s Bakery in Folsom. Karen will be creating a spectacular ‘super snickerdoodle’, featuring Jones and Co. products.
  • Milk Money will also be spotlighting numerous Jones and Co. products with their rich vanilla donut filled with vanilla cream and rolled in vanilla sugar.

Plus, we will be raffling gift cards from local restaurants every half hour (must be present to win). This event is open to everyone in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Please spread the word to your team and industry friends.

farmer's Market Strawberries

We have finally reached the beginning of the Northern California strawberry season! The first of the berries are sweet, vibrant, and juicy, all great signs for a promising season! California strawberries account for 88% of the strawberries produced in the U.S., with three major growing regions– Santa Maria, Watsonville, and the Southern District (Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties). The mild days and cool nights in Watsonville produce the sweetest tasting berries, especially in the spring months. The peak harvesting season runs through June, when up to 10 million pint baskets are shipped daily. All strawberries are picked, sorted and packed by hand in the field. Large growers that ship to outlying areas rush the full trays to onsite refrigerators that quickly cool the berries down to 34 degrees to create a longer shelf life. Strawberries from smaller operations are picked riper, are more flavorful, and are typical of the quality you find at farmer’s markets.

We are now offering a farmer’s market quality strawberry from Watsonville. Farmer’s Market Strawberries are hand-packed into 12/1# pint baskets and available by the flat only. Price is slightly higher than 8/1# flats, but the yield is greater as well. Because Farmer’s Market Strawberries are picked at the peak of ripeness, they should be used within 3 days.

Please specify FARMER’S MARKET STRAWBERRIES when ordering or we will send a conventional case.

Market Outlook - April 25, 2019

farmer's Market Strawberries

We have finally reached the beginning of the Northern California strawberry season! The first of the berries are sweet, vibrant, and juicy, all great signs for a promising season! California strawberries account for 88% of the strawberries produced in the U.S., with three major growing regions– Santa Maria, Watsonville, and the Southern District (Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties). The mild days and cool nights in Watsonville produce the sweetest tasting berries, especially in the spring months. The peak harvesting season runs through June, when up to 10 million pint baskets are shipped daily. All strawberries are picked, sorted and packed by hand in the field. Large growers that ship to outlying areas rush the full trays to onsite refrigerators that quickly cool the berries down to 34 degrees to create a longer shelf life. Strawberries from smaller operations are picked riper, are more flavorful, and are typical of the quality you find at farmer’s markets.

We are now offering a farmer’s market quality strawberry from Watsonville. Farmer’s Market Strawberries are hand-packed into 12/1# pint baskets and available by the flat only. Price is slightly higher than 8/1# flats, but the yield is greater as well. Because Farmer’s Market Strawberries are picked at the peak of ripeness, they should be used within 3 days.

Please specify FARMER’S MARKET STRAWBERRIES when ordering or we will send a conventional case.

 

tasting tuesday

May 7th, 2019 from 1PM-3Pm

Please join us for Tasting Tuesday on May 7th, 2019 from 1PM to 3PM! This event will take place at our warehouse, located at 8340 Belvedere Ave, Sacramento, CA 95826.

We will be welcoming Renee Cade from TCHO, our new chocolate purveyor, to give insight on their locally crafted chocolate. Also joining us is Ted Jones, owner of Jones and Company Vanilla and Flavorings. We will feature Jones and Co. vanilla beans, extracts, and baking ingredients. Also, we will have several chefs from Sacramento and the surrounding areas joining us to create tasty bites. Included in our guests will be Elizabeth McCleary, owner of a Sacramento favorite, Devine Gelateria. Elizabeth will be providing us with her own creations made with TCHO chocolate. Another great addition to Tasting Tuesday will be Rising Star Pastry Chef Award winner, David Rodriguez currently at Watershed in Grass Valley. David was formerly with a two Michelin Star awarded restaurant, Providence, in Los Angeles. He will be here to share his own pastry creations also showcasing TCHO.

Plus, we will be raffling gift cards from local restaurants every half hour (must be present to win). This event is open to everyone in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Please spread the word to your team and industry friends.

cinco de mayo favorites


Whether Mexican themed dishes are a staple on your menu, or you are planning some specials for Cinco de Mayo, we have you covered– from fresh ingredients such as avocados, an array of peppers, cilantro and other herbs, to Mexican cheeses, rice, beans, tortillas, chips, and salsa!

CASA SANCHEZ CHIPS AND SALSA

  • Thin and Light Chips– known as “the delicate ones,” these restaurant-style white corn crisps are light and thin slices of heavenly freshness. Made with simple ingredients of just ground corn, oil, lime, and salt. Available in a 15# bulk case only (perfect for the Cinco de Mayo crowds!)
  • Medium Salsa– made with tomatoes, onions, peppers, vinegar, & cilantro; with a bit of heat. Sold by the gallon.
  • Salsa Verde– a tart and tangy salsa made with fresh green tomatillos. Sold by the gallon.

QUESO SALAZAR CHEESE

  • Queso Fresco– a creamy, soft and mild un-aged white cheese with a  trademark salty/sour flavor; often used to garnish soups and tacos. Available by the 7# wheel.
  • Oaxaca– a semi-soft, slightly acidic cheese often called ‘string cheese’ as it pulls apart similar to mozzarella. Perfect for quesadillas, stuffing chilies, and in vegetable dishes. Available by the 5# wheel.
  • Cotija– a dry aged cheese, similar to Parmesan with a nutty/salty flavor. Use crumbled over enchiladas and bean dishes. Available by the 7# wheel or grated by the 5# bag.

MI RANCHO TORTILLAS


We carry several sizes of tortillas- 14” Flour (10/10ct case), 12” Flour (10/10ct case), 10” Flour (20ct package or 6/20ct case), 8” Flour (5/20ct case), 6” Flour (6/24ct case), 6” Corn (60ct package or 12/60ct case), 4” Corn (50 dozen/case), 5” Sonora Corn (Blended) (20ct package or 16/20ct case).

We also carry Corn Tortillas Cut for Chips (30# case only).

Market Outlook - April 18, 2019

new spring arrivals

We are pleased to announce the arrival of several highly anticipated seasonal crops. The following are now available:

  • California English Peas (25# case or per pound; from Central California and Monterey coast)- tender, sweet, plump peas are delicious when used raw in salads. They are also great in soups, purees, as part of a vegetable ragout, and in stir-fry. The pea must be shucked from their inedible pods. 
  • “Farmer’s Market” Strawberries *LIMITED* (12/1# flat; from Watsonville)- delicious sweet/tart flavor with beautiful, deep red color. Please be sure to specify “Farmer’s Market Strawberries” when ordering otherwise you will receive the standard 8/1# case.
  • Field Grown Rhubarb (20# case or per pound; from Oregon)- retains its distinct color and tart flavor when cooked. Use this very seasonal item in pies, tarts, preserves, jams, and syrups.
  • Green Almonds (10# case; from J. Marchini Farms/Central Valley)- unripe almonds picked before the shell has a chance to harden. They have a fuzzy exterior and a gel-like interior. Their flavor is delicate, grassy and fruity. Green almonds are great when pickled, used as a garnish, added to salads or soups. They also pair well with fish and seafood.
  • Ramps (available by the pound)- a wild onion that resembles a scallion with broad leaves. The flavor of ramps is comparable to a combination of onions and garlic. They add wonderful and uniquely pungent flavor to soups, casseroles, rice, and potato dishes. Use them raw or cooked in any recipe calling for scallions or leeks.
  • Artichoke (available in 12ct, 18ct, 24ct, or 30ct case only; from Monterey County)- artichoke size is determined by the count per case. The more artichokes in the case, the smaller the artichoke will be.
  • Fava Beans (10# case; from Del Rio Botanical/West Sacramento)- excellent as part of a spring vegetable ragout or minestrone soup. Fava beans are also delicious when combined with ricotta cheese to make a fresh ravioli filling or spread for bruschetta. Del Rio also has Fava Greens in a 2# case.

califia farms oat milk barista blend

Many customers have asked for a dairy-free, nut-free “milk” option. We now offer Oat Milk Barista Blend from Califia Farms. With many alternatives on the market, we chose Califia Farms because they are based out of California; and they are committed to producing plant-based products, made from real ingredients, with little to no sugar. We offer the Oat Barista Blend by the 6 quart case only. Its consistency is slightly thicker than almond or soy milk. Oat Barista Blend steams beautifully, pairs perfectly with coffee, and tastes delicious by itself.

  • Made with whole rolled, gluten free oats grown in North America.
  • Other ingredients include water, sunflower oil, minerals and sea salt.
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Sugar Free
  • Carrageenan Free
  • No Gums or Stabilizers
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Kosher

TCHO Chocolate

This week we are proud to introduce a wide variety of decadent, locally produced chocolates from TCHO. The name TCHO is a phonetic spelling for the first syllable of chocolate (just say "cho!"). TCHO chocolate factory is located in Berkley, CA, where their complex chocolates are created with the highest quality flavor and flawless performance in mind. TCHO sources all of their cocoa pods from countries closest to the equator, with each country providing beans of different flavor profiles. Their 5 main origin countries include: Ghana, Ecuador, Peru, Madagascar, and the Dominican Republic. TCHO has taken on an innovative way to become successful chocolate makers by perfecting their blends to allow for more diverse tastes. After meticulously crafting their chocolate, TCHO guarantees their chocolate will add a level of sophistication to any creation.

We offer the following varieties ranging from rich, dark chocolates to expertly crafted blends:

  • 39% Cacao Milk Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- a classic milk chocolate with rich caramel notes and hints of butterscotch and honey. Ideal for baking, mousses, confections, or snacking! (Sourced from Peru and Ecuador; Fair Trade Certified; USDA Organic)
  • 53% Cacao Milk Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- a dark milk chocolate with a rich, fudgy flavor and creamy finish. Perfect for baking, ganache, mousse, and many more creations. (Sourced from Peru and Ecuador; Fair Trade Certified; USDA Organic)
  • 60.5% Cacao Semi-Sweet Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- complex chocolatey notes with hints of raisins, vanilla and a lingering caramel finish. This chocolate works well for ice creams, custards, ganache, baking, garnishing, dipping, molding, enrobing, and much more. (Vegan)
  • 66% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- warm complex cocoa notes with hints of dried cherries, currants and roasted coffee. Wonderful for tarts, baking, confections, sorbets, cakes, molding, enrobing and much more. (Fair Trade Certified; USDA Organic; Vegan)
  • 68% Chocolately Dark Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- robust cocoa richness with notes of roasted coffee, nuts, and raisins. Works well for ice cream, fillings, molten cakes, ganache, pastry cream, custard, baked goods, molding, bars, and more. (Vegan)
  • 81% Extra Dark Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- sharp, bright, acidic flavor balanced by rich and fudgy notes. This decadent chocolate also has hints of almond, hazelnut, and tangy dried cherry. Ideal for baking, ganache, garnishing, enrobing, dipping, molding, and many more creations. (Sourced from West Africa, Madagascar, Ecuador, and Peru; Fair Trade Certified; USDA Organic; Vegan)
  • 99% Unsweetened Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- smooth, complex, and rich, this unsweetened chocolate has hints of espresso with a toasted undertone. Perfect for baking, ganache, ice cream, fillings, molding, dipping, garnishing and much more. (Sourced from Peru and Ecuador; Fair Trade Certified, USDA Organic, Vegan)
  • 100% Cocoa Powder (2kg/4.4# bag)- very versatile, all natural, high fat cocoa powder made with no chemical processing. Rich chocolate flavors are balanced with delicate acidity. Ideal for baking, ice cream, and garnishing. (Fair Trade Certified, USDA Organic, Vegan)
  • 100% Roasted Cocoa Nibs (1.5kg/3.3# bag)- deep, nutty, and toasty chocolate flavor with hints of chicory and coffee, these cocoa nibs have a crunchy, nut-like texture. Great for garnishing, incorporating into marinades or sauces, or sprinkling on ice cream. (Fair Trade Certified, USDA Organic)