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Market Outlook - July 11, 2019

annual summer farmer's market

Our annual Summer Farmer's Market brings over 35 local farmers and chefstogether to highlight the best of the season! Each chef creates a delicious bite featuring their paired farm. Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day!

Chefs, cooks, servers, bartenders, hosts, managers, bloggers... We welcome anyone involved in the restaurant industry to attend this free event courtesy of Produce Express! Please encourage your staff and team members to attend for the most delicious afternoon of research and development!

We are trying something new this year! We are sending out a series of 8 invitationsto all of our customers. If you bring back all 8 invitations, you automatically win a $25 gift card! Make sure to ask your driver or sales rep for invitations you are missing! We will also have tons of giveaways and raffles (just showing up enters you into the raffles)!

Our list is continuously growing but we are happy to welcome the following participating restaurants:

Adamo's/ Amour de Patisserie/ AR Provisions/ Bella Bru/ Biba's/ Carpe Vino/ Celestin's/ Classique Catering/ Corner Tavern/ Dad's Kitchen/ Divine Gelateria/ Father Paddy's/ Karen's Bakery/ La Provence/ Marly n Moo/ Mulvaney's/ North Fork Chai Co/ Origami/ Paisley Cafe/ Putah Creek Cafe/ R-15/ Rudolf Steiner College/ Sac City Brews/ Savory/ Simple Pleasures/ Stonehouse/ Streetzlan/ Taste/ Watershed at the Owl/

A special thank you to our participating farms and purveyors for all their hard work to provide our chefs with great produce:

Aldon’s Leafy Greens/ California Endive/Casa Sanchez/ Chocolate Fish/ Clover Sonoma/ Del Rio/ DiNapoli/ Dragon Gourmet Mushroom/ Dwelley Farms/ Early Bird/ Elegant Beans/ Flora Fresh/ Full Belly/ Jones and Company/ Mac Knives/ Mi Rancho Tortillas/ Napa Nuts/ Nicolau Cheese/ Nippon Shokken/ Numi Tea/ NutHouse Granola/ Orland Farmstead Creamery/ Paradiso Tomatoes/ Premier Mushroom/ Paragary's Bakery/ Produce Alive/ Queso Salazar/ Ray Yeung/ Riverdog Farm/ Rue and Forseman/ Sacramento Sprouting Company/ Sciabica Olive Oil/ Sierra Nevada Cheese Company/ Sparrow Lane Vinegars/ Sonoma Brinery/ Tampico Spices/ TCHO Chocolate/ Twin Peaks
 

Local 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. Their 60+ acre farm was established in 1950 in West Sacramento. Ray’s tomatoes are ‘open-pollinated’ and are able to reproduce itself from seed. By definition, an heirloom tomato must have been introduced more than 50 years ago and have a history of its own- for example, the origin of the popular Brandywine tomato is credited to the Pennsylvania Amish community and is named for a local river. Yeung Farm grows over two dozen varieties during the season, which usually runs from now through October. We are currently offering the following in 10# single layer cases:
  • Black Pineapple– Bright green flesh with deep red streaks; its flavor is both sweet and smoky with a hint of citrus.
  • Black Prince– Known for its rich, sweet flavor and juiciness; very deep red skin with red/brown flesh.
  • Black Zebra– Beautiful mahogany flesh with purple/mahogany skin with deep green steaks. Its flavor is rich and complex with hints of smoke and sweetness.
  • Carolina Gold- Beautiful gold/orange skin and flesh, sweeter than red varieties.
  • Green Zebra- Striped green/yellow skin with juicy green flesh, more tart flavor than other tomatoes.
  • Pineapple- A large, golden-orange beef-steak heirloom tomato often with red stripes and a luscious, very rich, sweet pineapple like flavor.
  • Pink Brandywine- Lovely pinkish red skin and flesh with a distinctive rich flavor. Tends to be on the larger side.
  • Purple Cherokee- Deep red/purple skin with dark green shoulders, more acidic than sweet.
  • Black Crimson
  • Black Trifele
  • Red Zebra
  • Striped Cavern
  • Mixed Toybox
  • True Vine Ripe Round Tomatoes—Shady Lady tomatoes, 5X5 size. Sold by the 20# case only.
Please keep in mind that varieties in stock change based on availability. If you are looking for a specific variety, please contact our office.

freestone peaches

We are currently in the heart of stone fruit season and that means freestone peaches from Twin Peaks in Newcastle, CA! Twin Peaks Orchards was established in 1912 and has been family owned and operated for four generations. They follow the principles of sustainable agriculture, using beneficial insects to control pests and organic fertilizers to promote healthy tree growth.

With unpredictable weather patterns, this season has been a rollercoaster for farmers and very harsh on delicate crops such as stone fruit. Twin Peak’s white and yellow peaches have proven to be resilient! They are full of flavor, juicy, sweet, bright in color, and freestone! Twin Peaks harvests their peaches when they are ripe but firm. Being picked while on the firmer side allows for a longer shelf life inside the kitchen as well as easier packing, so they do not get damaged during transportation. Keeping them at room temperature for a day or two will allow them to continue to ripen and develop their full flavor. Available by the pound and 18 pound case.

Market Outlook - July 5, 2019

locally grown Summer crops

Beans- Bluelake, Romano, and Yellow Wax
Carrots– Nantes
Corn– Yellow and White
Figs– Black, Kadota, and Violette
Greens– Bloomsdale Spinach, Collards, Green Chard, Red Chard, and Rainbow Chard.
Mushrooms– White (various sizes), Shiitake, Portabella, Oyster, Crimini, Brown and White Beech, and Eryngii
Potatoes– Fresh dug Bintje and Desiree
Spring Onions– Red only
Sprouts– Alfalfa, Mung Bean, Daikon, Sno Pea, Clover, and Sunflower
Squash– Italian, Yellow, Gold Bar, Summer, Sunburst, Ronde Nice, and Grey
Stonefruit– Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, and Pluots
Tomatoes– Red Pear Cherry, Yellow Pear Cherry, Sweet 100’s, Mixed Medley Cherry, Toybox Heirlooms, and Green tomatoes

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CROPS

Artichokes
Berries– Strawberries, Raspberries
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage– Green, Red, Napa, and Bok Choy
Carrots– Baby Bunch, Baby Bunch Round, and Baby Bunch Mixed
Cauliflower– White, Purple, Orange, Broccoflower, and Caulilini
Celery
Cucumbers– Regular, English, and Pickling
Leeks
Lettuce– Iceberg, Butter, Green Leaf, Red Leaf, Romaine, Baby Mixed Lettuces, Frisee, Mizuna, Little Gems, and more!
Melons– Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Crenshew, Casaba, Santa Claus, Galia, Juan Canary, Tuscan Cantaloupe, Seedless Watermelon
Radish– Baby Easter Egg and Baby French Breakfast

Annual summer farmer's Market

Our annual Summer Farmer's Market brings over 35 local farmers and chefs together to highlight the best of the season! Each chef creates a delicious bite featuring their paired farm. Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day!

Chefs, cooks, servers, bartenders, hosts, managers, bloggers... We welcome anyone involved in the restaurant industry to attend this free event courtesy of Produce Express! Please encourage your staff and team members to attend for the most delicious afternoon of research and development!

We are trying something new this year! We are sending out a series of 8 invitations to all of our customers. If you bring back all 8 invitations, you automatically win a $25 gift card! Make sure to ask your driver or sales rep for invitations you are missing! We will also have tons of giveaways and raffles (just showing up enters you into the raffles)!

Our list is continuously growing but we are happy to welcome the following participating restaurants:

Adamo's/ Amour de Patisserie/ AR Provisions/ Bella Bru/ Biba's/ Carpe Vino/ Celestin's/ Classique Catering/ Corner Tavern/ Dad's Kitchen/ Divine Gelateria/ Father Paddy's/ Karen's Bakery/ La Provence/ Marly n Moo/ Mulvaney's/ North Fork Chai Co/ Origami/ Paisley Cafe/ Putah Creek Cafe/ R-15/ Rudolf Steiner College/ Sac City Brews/ Savory/ Simple Pleasures/ Stonehouse/ Streetzlan/ Taste/ Watershed at the Owl/

A special thank you to our participating farms and purveyors for all their hard work to provide our chefs with great produce:

Aldon’s Leafy Greens/ California Endive/Casa Sanchez/ Chocolate Fish/ Clover Sonoma/ Del Rio/ DiNapoli/ Dragon Gourmet Mushroom/ Dwelley Farms/ Early Bird/ Elegant Beans/ Flora Fresh/ Full Belly/ Jones and Company/ Mac Knives/ Mi Rancho Tortillas/ Napa Nuts/ Nicolau Cheese/ Nippon Shokken/ Numi Tea/ NutHouse Granola/ Orland Farmstead Creamery/ Paradiso Tomatoes/ Premier Mushroom/ Paragary's Bakery/ Produce Alive/ Queso Salazar/ Ray Yeung/ Riverdog Farm/ Rue and Forseman/ Sacramento Sprouting Company/ Sciabica Olive Oil/ Sierra Nevada Cheese Company/ Sparrow Lane Vinegars/ Sonoma Brinery/ Tampico Spices/ TCHO Chocolate/ Twin Peaks

Join us in celebrating 35 years of partnerships with local farms!

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.