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Market Outlook - April 3, 2019

dragon gourmet mushroom

Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms (Sloughhouse, CA), is a staple at local farmers markets, and has been supplying Sacramento area restaurants since 2000. DGM mushrooms are grown indoors using a scientific method involving untreated hardwood sawdust and wheat or rice bran. They have complete control over moisture, humidity and temperature. No manure, supplements, herbicides, pesticides or any other additives are ever used. The founder of Dragon Gourmet, Ryker Walker, began his career as a bio-chemist and turned to growing mushrooms for their medicinal healing properties. We proudly offer the following from DGM:

  • Oyster Mushrooms (5# case)- scallop shaped, soft brown caps, with a delicate, sweet flavor and velvety texture.
  • Eryngii Mushrooms (5# case)- also known as King Trumpet and Trumpet Royale. They have a wonderful savory flavor, with a firm, meaty texture. Often used in place of wild mushrooms.
  • Shiitake Mushrooms (5# case)- tan to dark brown with broad, umbrella shaped caps. They have a rich, earthy, umami flavor with a meaty, slightly chewy texture. Great for stuffing.
  • Beech Mushrooms (4# case)- white and brown varieties available. Quarter size caps with 2-3” white stems. They like a hot sauté to bring out their mild nutty flavor. Their crisp, crunchy texture holds up to cooking.

sierra nevada cheese co.

Sierra Nevada Cheese Company was founded in 1997 by Ben Gregersen and John Dundon. The two men worked together at the Gregersen’s Family Creamery (a Sacramento Landmark for over 40 years) and discovered they had a common interest in making the best quality artisan cheeses. Demand for their cheese quickly increased after Ben and John introduced their cheeses at local farmers markets. In 2003, Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. moved their creamery to a bigger facility in Willows, just north of Sacramento. Ben and John are both hands-on owners and operators of Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. They remain committed to providing the highest quality product using only the most wholesome milk, free of added hormones, preservatives, stabilizers, gums, and nothing artificial, just great cheese. We proudly offer the following:

  • Goat Feta (5# loaf)– brine-cured cheese that is semi-firm, compact and less salty than most European versions.
  • Capra Bianca Aged Goat Cheddar (5# loaf)– aged for over 6 months, this semi-soft cheese offers a cheddar like quality with creamy smooth texture and a complex nutty flavor; excellent for a cheese board.
  • Organic Farmhouse White Cheddar (2/5# case)– mild yet has a full-bodied, authentic flavor, and a creamy, buttery texture; an excellent melting cheese.
  • Organic Smokehouse Jack (3# wheel)– ultra-creamy texture and great for adding a smoky, bacon-like flavor to your sandwich, burger, mac n cheese or vegetarian dish.
  • Habanero Jack (5# block)– bold and spicy yet smooth and creamy with a lingering kick. Great for burgers, mac-n-cheese, sandwiches, and pizzas.
  • Hatch Chile Jack (5# block)- ultra creamy and smooth texture that melts beautifully with a pleasantly mild taste. Full of flavor without the spice! This is a great cheese for chile con queso, chile rellenos, sandwiches, burgers, and more.
  • Goat Cheese/Chevre (2.2# log)– smooth texture, fresh flavor, and a tangy, citrus finish. Use in salads, spread on crostini, great for cheese boards and more.
  • Gina Marie Cream Cheese (2.5# chub)– made with fresh milk, cream and sea salt. Light, fluffy texture and fresh creamy flavor.
  • Organic Euro-Style Butter (30/1# chubs)– high butterfat content creates an ultra rich, creamy flavor. It is vat-cured with live active cultures in a time-activated process to develop a distinctive all-natural flavor. Available salted or unsalted.

spring pop-up

wednesday, april 17, 2019 from 1pm to 3pm

Please join us at our spring pop-up featuring Aldon’s Leafy Greens, Sac Sprouts and Numi Tea. We will have a display of spring produce plus small bites and samples. This event is open to everyone in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Please spread the word to your team and industry friends. Our warehouse is located at 8340 Belvedere Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Market Outlook - March 28, 2019

Aldon's Leafy Greens

We are proud to now offer a unique variety of locally grown microgreens and living greens from Aldon’s Leafy Greens. Located in Fair Oaks, CA, products from Aldon’s Leafy Greens are grown 365 days/year in a contained agriculture environment, and are pesticide and GMO free. Aldon’s uses 90% less water and energy than conventional growers and contribute zero agriculture runoff to local waterways. We are proud to offer nutrient dense products from Aldon’s Leafy Greens.

Microgreens– packed in 4oz clamshells:

  • Borage Shoots– mild cucumber or oyster leaf flavor with succulent texture.
  • Miz America Hybrid- mizuna mustard microgreens with deep purple color and a pleasant, spicy taste.
  • Mitsuba- Japanese parsley is a popular Asian herb with the clean, wild flavor of chervil-meets-celery leaf.
  • Mixed Mizuna– a combination of up to three Mizuna Mustard varieties adds color, texture, and spice to dishes.
  • Mixed Bok Choy– a mix of white stem bok choy and purple magic bok choy microgreens make a crunchy, colorful garnish.

Living Greens with root ball attached:

  • Chef’s Sampler (22 root balls total)– mixture of living greens listed below.
  • Red Veined Sorrel (6 root balls)- bright green leaves with rich red stem and veins; lemon tangy flavor.
  • Esmee Arugula (4 root balls)- beautiful, oak-leaf shaped fine leaves. Its flavor is more nutty than spicy which sets Esmee apart from other arugulas.
  • Miz America Hybrid (6 root balls)- living mizuna mustard with deep purple color and a pleasant, spicy taste.
  • Mitsuba (4 root balls)- living Japanese parsley with the clean, wild flavor of chervil meets celery leaf.
  • White Stem Bok Choy (2 root balls)- smooth green leaves and thick white stalks. It is one of the most popular Asian vegetables and a main ingredient in Asian cooking.

penna olives

Penna Olives grows, processes and packs right at M&CP Farms in Orland, CA. Owned and operated by Maurice and Cindy Penna, M&CP olives have been known for quality and consistency for decades. Freshly harvested olives are bitter and must be cured before eaten. Maurice chooses to ferment with lactic acid which leaves more of the natural olive flavor intact than the traditional method of using lye. We proudly offer the following:

  • California Mixed Olives (2/4# bags)- blend of Sevillano, Mission, Manzanita, and Picholine. Available pitted or whole with the pit.
  • Italian Deli Mix (2/5# bags in brine)-mildly spicy blend of pitted olives with pearl onions, and Greek and California peppers.
  • Kalamata Olives (2/4# bags)- large, purple/black olive with rich and fruity flavor. It is a great table olive and excellent in tapenades. Available pitted or with pit.
  • Calabrese Olives (2/5# bags)- a unique variety of Sevillano olives cured in a salt brine for 12-18 months, desalted, then packed with olive oil, herbs, and hot pepper flakes.
  • Stuffed Olives (1 gallon tub)- premium olives hand-stuffed with California jalapeno flavored with lime. Excellent for a dirty martini! Lucques Olives (2/5# bags in brine)- crescent shaped green olives with firm meaty texture (with pit).
  • Pitted Sicilian/Sevillano (2/5# bags in brine)- large meaty green olive with mild fruity flavor. Pairs well with sheep and goat milk cheeses.
  • Preserved Meyer Lemons (2/5# bags)- packed in salt until cured. Use to enhance the flavor of braised meats, soups, stews and salads.

Numi teas (new!)

Produce Express has partnered with Numi Tea to elevate your tea service with uniquely blended, exceptional tasting teas. Numi 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. **If you purchase 8 or more of the following flavors, we will provide a complimentary tea display rack.**

Black teas

Hearty, robust, full-bodied and brisk flavors with high caffeine levels.

  • 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

 Fresh, vegetal, nutty and grassy flavors with medium caffeine levels.

  • Jasmine Green (18ct box)– green tea scented with real jasmine blossoms.
  • Gunpowder Green (18ct box)- full leaf, smooth green tea pearls.

White Teas

White teas are the least processed teas. Their flavor is delicate, smooth, and slightly sweet with low caffeine.

  • Orange Spice (16ct box)- white tea, real orange peel & spice.
  • White Rose (16ct box)- white tea and fragrant rose buds.

Herbal Teasans

Containing no tea leaves, herbal teas are herbs, fruits and flowers. Teasans are calming, grounding, exotic, and naturally caffeine free. Their flavor is minty, earthy, tart, sweet, floral or fruity.

  • 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 teas

  • Decaf Ginger Lemon (16ct box)- decaf green tea, ginger and lemongrass.

Turmeric teas

Numi’s Turmeric blends offer rich, cleansing flavors, highlighting the ingredient’s earthy and robust character.

  • Turmeric Amber Sun (12ct box)- with rooibos, cinnamon and vanilla.

Market Outlook - March 20, 2019

Numi teas (new!)

Produce Express has partnered with Numi Tea to elevate your tea service with uniquely blended, exceptional tasting teas. Numi 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. **If you purchase 8 or more of the following flavors, we will provide a complimentary tea display rack.**

Black teas

Hearty, robust, full-bodied and brisk flavors with high caffeine levels.

  • 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

 Fresh, vegetal, nutty and grassy flavors with medium caffeine levels.

  • Jasmine Green (18ct box)– green tea scented with real jasmine blossoms.
  • Gunpowder Green (18ct box)- full leaf, smooth green tea pearls.

White Teas

White teas are the least processed teas. Their flavor is delicate, smooth, and slightly sweet with low caffeine.

  • Orange Spice (16ct box)- white tea, real orange peel & spice.
  • White Rose (16ct box)- white tea and fragrant rose buds.

Herbal Teasans

Containing no tea leaves, herbal teas are herbs, fruits and flowers. Teasans are calming, grounding, exotic, and naturally caffeine free. Their flavor is minty, earthy, tart, sweet, floral or fruity.

  • 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 teas

  • Decaf Ginger Lemon (16ct box)- decaf green tea, ginger and lemongrass.

Turmeric teas

Numi’s Turmeric blends offer rich, cleansing flavors, highlighting the ingredient’s earthy and robust character.

  • Turmeric Amber Sun (12ct box)- with rooibos, cinnamon and vanilla.

local rice from rue and forsman ranch

Rue & Forsman Ranch was founded in 1946 just south of Marysville, CA by Frank Rue and John Forsman. In 1974, Frank’s son, Michael Rue, decided that the clay soils on the ranch would be good for rice production. In order to produce the highest quality rice possible, each step is carefully controlled from the day the rice is planted until it is milled and delivered to customers. All of their rice varieties are source identified and are fully traceable back to the fields where they were grown. Rue & Forsman Ranch partners with The Nature Conservancy and other conservation groups to provide optimal habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife that call the ranch home.

  • White Short Grain Rice (25# bag)- soft moist texture and a nice sticky texture from the short grains. The grains stick together when cooked and the rice maintains plenty of moisture.
  • Brown Short Grain Rice (25# bag)- soft moist texture with a slight crunch and pleasantly nutty flavor. As this is a brown rice product, the flavor will be nuttier and there will be some texture from the intact rice bran.
  • White Long grain Rice (25# bag)- wonderful fluffy texture when cooked and a mild pleasant taste that serves as an great addition to any dish.

carrot varieties

Carrots are a root vegetable that come in many shapes, sizes and colors. All carrots have a sweet flavor with earthy undertones. The smaller the carrot, the sweeter and juicier. Depending on the variety and season, Produce Express sources carrots from local farms including Capay Organic, Babe Farm, Riverdog Farm, and Full Belly Farm. We offer an array of carrots to satisfy a variety of culinary applications.

  • Jumbo Carrots (25# bag or per pound)– orange color, 8-10” long with a wide diameter. They are sweet, crunchy, and best when cooked. They are often used as a utility carrot for chopping, slicing, roasting, soups, stews and stocks.
  • Rainbow Carrots (25# bag)– multi-colored (red, purple, orange, white, yellow); 8-10” long. They are somewhat sweeter as the color gets darker. Best when roasted, boiled, steamed, or sliced for soups and stews.
  • Clip Top Carrots (50# bag)- uniform in size, length and diameter. Clip tops are sweet, crunchy, skinny, soft and juicy. Their uniform size makes them easier to peel, grate, pickle and cut.
  • Nantes Carrots (24ct case)- orange color, medium sized and rounded from the top to the tip with minimal tapering. Nantes are known as the perfect carrot for their taste, smooth skin and a nice tender crunch. They can be used in any application where generic carrots are used.
  • Ice Bunched Carrots (24ct case)- orange color with green tops still attached. Ice Bunched carrots are a bit younger with a smaller core which makes them sweeter and softer.
  • Baby Bunch Carrots (24ct case or per bunch)- a “true baby carrot” grown to be harvested as immature carrots. They are sweeter than full size carrots and have a more delicate and tender texture. They are 3-4” long, orange colored with green tops still attached. May be enjoyed raw, grilled, roasted, or sautéed.
  • Baby Bunch Mixed Carrots (24ct case)- multicolored purple, maroon, white, yellow, and orange with green tops still attached. They are 3-4” long.
  • Baby Round Carrots (24ct case)- also known as “Thumbelina carrots”; 1.5-2” round and orange in color with the green tops still attached.
  • Peeled Baby Carrots (5# bag only)– skin and greens removed leaving only a small bit of green stem.
  • Peeled Mixed Baby Carrots (5# bag only)- multi-colored with skin and greens removed leaving a small bit of green stem.
  • Mini Carrots (1# bag or 30/1# case) / Carroteeni (200/1.3oz bag case) / Snack Pack (100/2.6oz bag case)- great for salad bars, grab and go counters, and schools.