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Market Outlook - June 27, 2019

locally grown summer beans

With the summer heat in full swing, we now have a few varieties of Pole Beans available from Dwelley Family Farms. Dwelley Family Farms is located in Brentwood, CA and is fortunate to be in a region that experiences hot days and cool nights. Their climate results in ideal growing conditions for a variety of fruits and vegetables including beans, squash, corn, stone fruit, and much more! Dwelley has been growing produce in Brentwood since 1921. With over 95 years of growing experience, the Dwelley family has truly learned how to produce healthy, fresh, and full-flavor produce. They use sustainable farming practices to cultivate their land, keeping mindful of their impact on the environment.

Blue Lake Beans– Vibrant green color, long and straight, and naturally stringless. Crisp with a mild flavor. Available by the pound and by the 30# case.

Green Romano Beans– Broad and flat beans with a juicy, sweet flavor and great crunch. They can be eaten raw but are also fantastic when grilled, blanched, pickled, or blistered. Available by the 10# case or by the pound.

Yellow Wax Beans– Very similar to the Blue Lake except their color. Yellow Wax Beans are long and straight with a crisp snap. They are mild in flavor but hold up well when paired with bolder flavors. Available by the 10# case or by the pound.

Locally grown Baby French Beans have been delayed and are expected to begin within the next week or two. We are still stocking Mexican grown, trimmed French Beans.

windmill farm

Windmill Farm and Vineyard is located in Woodland, CA. They have roughly 200 acres of land dedicated to farming an assortment of crops from figs and grapes to olives and stone fruit. The farm started as a passion project to grow specialty grapes. The land also functions as an event space with a focus on celebrating the Farm to Table movement. We are currently sourcing a variety of delectable figs from Windmill Farm including:

Black Mission– One of the sweeter varieties of figs. Despite their name, Black Missions have a deep purple-blue skin with a bright pink flesh. They are terrific when eaten on their own but also great when paired with tangy cheeses or yogurts. Available by the pint or 12 pint flat.

Kadota– Kadotas have light green skin with a pale pink flesh. They are noticeably less sweet than the other fig varieties when raw. They are a great variety for making jams or preserves. They can also be added to salads or pizzas. 6 pint flat only.

Violette de Bordeaux– Considered to be one of the best eating figs in terms of flavor. At a glance, Violette Figs are very similar to the Black Mission. They have a very dark purple skin with a deep red flesh. Violettes tend to be smaller and more pear shaped with a sweet, rich flavor. Excellent when eaten fresh or dried. 6 pint flat only.

Keep your eyes open for Tiger Striped Figs which are expected to begin within the next 2 weeks. They will be available by the 6 pint flat.

Annual summer farmer's Market

July 17th | 10am-2pm

You will not want to miss out on this year’s annual Summer Farmer’s Market! Mark your calendars for July 17th, 2019 from 10am to 2pm. This year is even more exciting than the last: we are celebrating our 35th year in business! Join us to celebrate the bounty of the season and our 35 years of partnerships with local farms! We will have numerous chefs from the Sacramento region paired with our local farms and purveyors to showcase the seasonal harvest. This is the opportune time to meet our vendors and farmers!

This year we will be changing things up a bit. We will be releasing a series of eight invitation cards starting this week. Each card will showcase a few of the chefs, vendors, and farms that will be featured at the market. Each invitation will be numbered one through eight. Each person to show up with all eight cards will receive a $25 gift card to a local restaurant! So make sure to keep all of the invitations you receive!

Spaces are filling up quickly but if you would like to participate, please contact your sales representative or inside sales at (916) 446-8918. This event is open to everyone in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Please spread the word to your team and industry friends.

Market Outlook - June 20, 2019

brentwood corn

The first harvest of Dwelley Farms corn has arrived this week! Dwelley Family Farms is located in Brentwood, CA and is fortunate to be in a region that experiences hot days and cool nights. Their climate results in ideal growing conditions for a variety of fruits and vegetables including beans, squash, corn, stone fruit, and much more! Dwelley has been growing produce in Brentwood since 1921. With over 95 years of growing experience, the Dwelley family has truly learned how to produce healthy, fresh, and full-flavor produce. They use sustainable farming practices to cultivate their land, keeping mindful of their impact on the environment.

While corn is available year-round, local summer corn usually tastes sweeter with larger, plump kernels. The sugar in corn quickly turns to starch once it is harvested and that is why Produce Express picks up directly from Dwelley several times a week. Enjoy the summer varieties of sweet corn in succotash, salsa, salads, soups, or fresh off the cob! Available in both yellow and white, sold by the 48ct case or by the ear.

 

 

organically grown blenheim apricots

Polestar Farm is a 12-acre property nestled in the Capay region of Northern California, just east of Lake Berryessa. They are a new, family-owned, organic operation, headed by Jim and Karina Knight. When Jim and Karina purchased their land, they sought out to do more than just own an orchard. The pair hoped to create a gathering place for the community that embodied wellness while sharing their bounty. Polestar tends to over 12 hundred trees- 800 Royal Blenheim apricot trees, 400 Elegant Lady peaches, and 50 Skeena cherries. Polestar is currently the only supplier of the prized Blenheim apricot for Produce Express.
 

Blenheim apricots are rumored to be quickly disappearing from produce markets due to their fragile nature. They are petite  with green shoulders and a soft blush over their warm colored skin. Do not let their looks fool you– they are full of the coveted “apricot flavor”, even with their tinge of green. They are considered to be one of the best eating apricot varieties but also work well in desserts and jams. We are currently stocking Blenheims as our house apricot. They are available by the 12# case or by the pound.

 

Yolo county farm tour
june 24th | 8am-3pm

Join us for a field trip featuring a few Yolo County farms. We will be visiting Riverdog Farm, Polestar Farm, and Full Belly Farms on Monday, June 24th. We will meet at the Produce Express warehouse at 8AM and returning by 3PM. Transportation and lunch will be provided.
 
Polestar Farm is a 12-acre property nestled in the Capay region of Northern California, just east of Lake Berryessa. They are a new, family-owned, organic operation. Polestar tends to over 12 hundred trees, 800 of which are Blenheim Apricots. Polestar is currently the only supplier of the prized Blenheim Apricot for Produce Express.
 
Riverdog Farm is a 450-acre certified organic, diversified family farm that grows vegetables, fruits, nuts, and raises chickens and pigs. The rich creek-bottom soil, intense summer heat, and winter frost of the beautiful Capay Valley contribute to growing exceptionally tasting fruits and vegetables year-round.
 
Full Belly was founded in 1985 and is certified organic. With help from about 80 employees, the farm produces an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. The farm also has a flock of chickens and sheep, a tribe of goats, and several cows.
 
Seating is limited. Please RSVP with your sales representative or contact inside sales by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling our office at (916) 446-8918.

 

Market Outlook - June 13, 2019

Locally grown summer squash

With the weather getting warmer, we will be welcoming locally grown summer vegetables. The first summer crop available is a variety of squashes including: Gold Bar, Sunburst, Summer, Grey, Ron de Nice, Italian, and Yellow Crook Neck. Please keep in mind that locally grown summer squash is extremely limited this season due to labor restraints and unpredictable weather.
 
Both Italian and Yellow Squash are grown by Maciel Farm, a family owned farm located in Gridley, CA. Danny Maciel Sr., the father of the Maciel family, has been farming for over 25 years in Mexico. In 2010, he and his family set out on a quest to begin farming in California. The farm is a total of 20 acres with their squash crops consuming roughly seven acres of the land. Italian and Yellow Squash are both available by the 22 pound case and by the pound.
 
Gold Bar, Sunburst, Summer, Grey, and Ron de Nice are extremely limited and will be available by the 22 pound mixed toybox case only. We are sourcing each variety from two local growers: The first is Dwelley Farms. Mark Dwelley and his family have been growing a variety of summer crops in Brentwood since the 1920’s. Dwelley Farms is fortunate to be located in a long established agricultural area in Contra Costa County. Their weather is characterized by hot days and cool nights which results in excellent growing conditions. Produce Express is able to pick up direct three times a week during the season, ensuring freshness and quality of products. The second farm we are sourcing a variety of squash from is Castaneda Brothers. Castaneda is a 40 acre farm in Vacaville. Silverio Castaneda founded Castaneda Brothers Produce in 1978.

 

Yolo county farm tour
june 24th | 8am-3pm

Join us for a field trip featuring a few Yolo County farms. We will be visiting Riverdog Farm, Polestar Farm, and Full Belly Farms on Monday, June 24th. We will meet at the Produce Express warehouse at 8AM and returning by 3PM. Transportation and lunch will be provided.
 
Polestar Farm is a 12-acre property nestled in the Capay region of Northern California, just east of Lake Berryessa. They are a new, family-owned, organic operation. Polestar tends to over 12 hundred trees, 8 thousand of which are Blenheim Apricots. Polestar is currently the only supplier of the prized Blenheim Apricot for Produce Express.
 
Riverdog Farm is a 450-acre certified organic, diversified family farm that grows vegetables, fruit, nuts, and raises chickens and pigs. The rich creek-bottom soil, intense summer heat, and winter frost of the beautiful Capay Valley contribute to growing exceptionally tasting fruits and vegetables year-round.
 
Full Belly was founded in 1985 and is certified organic. With help from about 80 employees, the farm produces an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. The farm also has a flock of chickens and sheep, a tribe of goats, and several cows.
 
Seating is limited. Please RSVP with your sales representative or contact inside sales by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling our office at (916) 446-8918.

 

cyPress grove cheese

Cypress Grove is home to an 18-acre creamery in Humboldt County. They work with an expert nutritionist to help source the best feed and diet for their animals. They take great care for their goats and it has paid off. Cypress Grove’s goats produce more milk per head than any other commercial dairy in the U.S. We offer the following:

Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog
This goat’s milk cheese has a subtle, tangy flavor and distinctive layer of edible vegetable ash. You'll enjoy buttermilk and fresh cream, complemented with floral notes, herbal overtones, and a clean citrus finish. 5# wheel
Cypress Grove Lamb Chopper
Aged three months, Lamb Chopper is Cypress Grove’s only sheep’s milk cheese. It has a buttery color and smooth texture. Pairs beautifully with sautéed mushrooms and polenta or shaved over a salad or pasta. 9# wheel
Cypress Grove Midnight Moon
Aged six months or more, this blushing, ivory-colored cheese is nutty and brown buttery up front with a long caramel finish. As it ages, protein crystals form adding a slight crunch to the otherwise dense and smooth cheese. Serve with fig jam or add as a decadent addition to macaroni and cheese. 10# wheel
Cypress Grove Purple Haze
Chevre disc blended with lavender and hand-harvested wild fennel pollen. Its deliciously distinct flavor makes a great addition to cheese boards, stuffed into pitted Medjool dates, or crumbled on a salad. 12/4oz discs in a 3# case