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Market Outlook - September 19, 2019

LARSEN APPLES 

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!

apple hill farm tour

September 24th | Apple Hill Farm Tour–We will be visiting Larsen Apple Barn where we will be taking a tour of the apple orchard and enjoying the rich history of their farm. Then we will head over to Apple Ridge Farm where we will have a cheese tasting with Sierra Nevada Cheese. There is a large “country store” filled with delicious baked goods. Take time to explore the handmade crafts before stopping for lunch. A barbecue lunch will be provided by Apple Ridge at the orchard. The tour is expected to kick off at 8:30AM and we are expected to return to Sacramento at 2:30PM. Please contact your sales rep or our office to RSVP. You can also RSVP here.APPLE HILL FARM TOUR BANNER 500X300
Keep an eye on future Market Outlooks and our social media for more events!

TINY TUBERS

baby sweet potato hasselback 300X300If you are looking for the perfect fall accompaniment, baby sweet potatoes and baby yams are a great choice! Typically, a medium-sized sweet potato will be roughly 6-8 inches. However, baby sweet potatoes and yams are only 3-4 inches in length, slightly larger than a fingerling potato. These tiny tubers can be prepared in numerous ways! They can be roasted, wedged, stuffed, or mashed into a perfectly portioned side for autumn dishes. We offer both white-flesh baby sweet potatoes and orange-flesh baby yams by the 15# case only.

We also stock both full-sized jumbo sweet potatoes and yams by the 40# case and by the pound.


Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams

While many people lump all potatoes into one category, potatoes can actually be quite different in terms of their taste, flavor, texture, and nutrients. Sweet potatoes are no exception! Sweet potatoes belong to an entirely different food family than the common potato. The moist-fleshed, orange-colored root vegetable that is often thought of as a "yam" in the United States, is actually a sweet potato. It was given it’s name after being introduced into the United States in the mid-20th century in order to distinguish it from the already popular white-fleshed sweet potato.

Yams vs Sweet Potatoes 21 150X150Many people are accustomed to referring to an orange flesh “yam” as a sweet potato. In order to assure you get the correct variety when ordering, we recommend specifying flesh color. Differentiating between orange and white flesh will help alleviate confusion.

Market Outlook - September 12, 2019

LOCAL PRODUCE UPDATE

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.

Fresh Dug Potatoes– Fresh dug potatoes from Full Belly are still available. German Butterball, Bintje, and Mountain Rose are all available by the 25# case only.

Turnips– We are stocking Riverdog Scarlet Queen Turnips, as well as Tokyo Turnips by the 10# case only.

Radish– Locally grown Watermelon Radish is available by the pound and 10# bag from Riverdog.

apple hill farm tour

September 24th | Apple Hill Farm Tour–We will be visiting Larsen Apple Barn where we will be taking a tour of the apple orchard and enjoying the rich history of their farm. Then we will head over to Apple Ridge Farm where we will have a cheese tasting with Sierra Nevada Cheese. There is a large “country store” filled with delicious baked goods. Take time to explore the handmade crafts before stopping for lunch. A barbecue lunch will be provided by Apple Ridge at the orchard. The tour is expected to kick off at 8:30AM and we are expected to return to Sacramento at 2:30PM. Please contact your sales rep or our office to RSVP. You can also RSVP here.APPLE HILL FARM TOUR BANNER 500X300
Keep an eye on future Market Outlooks and our social media for more events!

numi tea 

Gunpowder green tea 300x300Numi Tea blends premium full-leaf quality teas and herbs with only 100% real fruits, flowers, and spices for the perfect balance of richness and nuance. All of their teas are USDA Certified Organic, Kosher, and Halal. Numi teas are packed in verified non-GMO compostable filter-paper tea bags. Each tea is sold by the individual box. We currently stock the following varieties:
 
BLACK TEA
Aged Earl Grey (18ct box)- Assam black tea aged with real bergamot orange.
Breakfast Blend (18ct box)- a rich hearty blend of black teas.
 
GREEN TEAS
Jasmine Green (18ct box)– green tea scented with real jasmine blossoms.
Gunpowder Green (18ct box)- full leaf, smooth green tea pearls.
 
WHITE TEA
Orange Spice (16ct box)- white tea, real orange peel & spice.
White Rose (16ct box)- white tea and fragrant rose buds.
 
HERBAL TEAS
Moroccan Mint (18ct box)- refreshing sweet mint leaves.
Chamomile Lemon (18ct box)- sweet flowers and bright lemon myrtle.
Rooibos Chai (18ct box)- warming spices and earthy vanilla tones.
Honeybush (18ct box)- sweet honey South African nectar.
 
DECAF TEA
Decaf Ginger Lemon (16ct box)- decaf green tea, ginger and lemongrass.
 
TURMERIC TEA
Turmeric Amber Sun (12ct box)- with rooibos, cinnamon and vanilla.
 
COLD BREW ICED TEA
Each bag brews 1 gallon of tea. Sold by the 24ct box only.
Berried Treasures– A blend of dried hibiscus, currants, pineapple, apple, cherries, and bananas for a natural sweetness.
High Mountain Black Tea– Made of the finest whole leaf, single-estate black tea leaves. Low in astringency, rich in flavor, and clean on the palate.
Citrus Green Tea– Smooth green tea infused with a refreshing lemon zest.


To help elevate your tea service, we will provide a complimentary tea display rack or wood chest when you buy 8 or more boxes!

Market Outlook - September 5, 2019

FARM TO FORK

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.

Upcoming Events

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September 24th | Apple Hill Farm Tour–We will be visiting Larsen Apple Barn where we will be taking a tour of the apple orchard and enjoying the rich history of their farm. Then we will head over to Apple Ridge Farm where we will have a cheese tasting with Sierra Nevada Cheese. There is a large “country store” filled with delicious baked goods. Take time to explore the handmade crafts before stopping for lunch. A barbecue lunch will be provided by Apple Ridge at the orchard. The tour is expected to kick off at 8:30AM and we are expected to return to Sacramento at 2:30PM. Please contact your sales rep or our office to RSVP. You can also RSVP here.

November 6th | Fall Farmer’s Market- Celebrate the autumn season bounty! Join us for an afternoon of education and sampling. Farmer’s Markets are the opportune time to enjoy seasonal produce and meet the farmers that grow it. The market is from 10AM-1PM.

Keep an eye on future Market Outlooks and our social media for more events!

LOCALLY PRODUCED SPECIALTY ITEMS

Sonoma brinery product line 300x300Along with locally grown produce, we also stock locally produced specialty items. Here are our most recently added items:

Numi Iced Tea– Berried Treasures, High Mountain Black, Citrus Green Tea. 24ct case only

Sonoma Brinery– Whole dill pickles, dill spears, bread and butter chips, and spicy bread and butter chips. We also carry fresh sauerkraut in traditional, dill & garlic, and smokey chipotle. 2 gallon tubs

Beyond Meat Bratwursts- They sear, sizzle, and crisp just like pork. Beyond uses pea protein as their protein source. 50/3.5oz case

Sparrow Lane Vinegar– Fig balsamic, peach, and pink champagne. per gallon

TCHO Chocolate– 39% milk, 53% “serious” milk, 60.5% semi-sweet, 66% bittersweet, 68% dark chocolate, 81% extra dark, 99% unsweetened chocolate. (6.6# bags) We also carry 100% cocoa powder (4.44#) and 100% coca nibs (3.3#)

Frassinetto Flour– a unique variety of wheat with an unusually high protein content. Perfect for breads and pastas. Grain locally grown by Full Belly Farm and milled by Early Bird Farm. 10# bag

Lemon Pepper Seasoning– From Tampico Spice. 1.5# container

CELEBRATING 35 FRUITFUL YEARS

JB Trish BobProduce Express began operation in the winter of 1984 by Jim "Pops" Boyce along with his wife Barbara "Mom" Boyce. Produce Express started with the hopes of quality product at reasonable prices with exceptional service. Although it  began as a true "Mom and Pops" business with one truck, it has now grown into a 45 truck operation. We now have over 100 employees, including the 3rd generation of the Boyce family. “Pops” passed away in 2004 and “Mom” passed in 2015, but the original principles of our company remain as the foundation under the direction of their son, Jim Boyce. Jim’s two younger siblings, Bob and Trish, are also involved in managing our growing company.

We would love to express our deepest gratitude to our  customers and local farmers. We have all of you to thank for the success we have seen in our business. From Farmer’s Markets to Farm Tours, we thank you for 35 "fruitful" years and here is to 35 more!

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In memory of a Sacramento culinary icon, Biba Caggiano