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Market Outlook - August 30, 2019

delta pears from stillwater orchards

stillwater bartlett 300x300Stillwater Orchards is located along the Sacramento River in the town of Courtland– an area known to produce some of the best pears in the world. The land has been owned and operated by the Elliot family since 1860 when their ancestor, David Osborne, settled on the Delta on the heels of the Gold Rush and ordered the area’s first pear trees from France. The Elliots take pride in producing some of the most flavorful pears in the Delta. They grow, pack, and ship on site ensuring the highest quality standards. We are currently stocking the following pear varieties from Stillwater:
 
Bartlett– Sweet and juicy with buttery flesh. Their flavor and smooth texture make Bartlett pears a great addition to salads, pizzas, jams, pies and galettes, or simply add to a cheese board. 40# case, piece, or pound.
 
Bosc– Great for a variety of applications. A ripe Bosc will still be firm and dense with tender, sweet honey flesh that is rich and aromatic. 40# case, pound, or piece.
 
Comice– One of the sweetest and juiciest varieties with creamy flesh and an aroma reminiscent of wine. 20# case.
 
French Butter– Juicy, buttery flesh with hints of lemon; a great baking pear. 20# case only.
 
Red Star Crimson– Similar to a Bartlett but with beautiful red skin. 20# case, piece or pound.
 
Seckel– An excellent dessert pear, small in size but big on sweetness. Great served with cheese or baked into tarts. 20# case only.

point reyes farmstead cheese

 point reyes cheese stack 300x300At Point Reyes, every stage of the cheese making process is managed on the farm; from birthing, raising, and milking the cows to aging the cheese. The unique bacteria of Tomales Bay, along with the land’s lush rye grass and crisp, pristine air contribute to the delectable flavor of Point Reyes cheeses. We offer the following  varieties:

Point Reyes Toma
Aged for a minimum of 90 days, this classic Italian cow’s milk cheese is semi firm with a creamy texture, buttery flavor and tangy finish. It is a delicious melted into pastas and on sandwiches, also a great addition to cheese boards. 10# wheel
 
Point Reyes Bay Bleu
Rustic style blue cheese reminiscent of Stilton. It is known for its mellow flavor and sweet, salted-caramel finish. Best of Show 2016 California State Fair Award Winner. 6# wheel
 
Point Reyes Original Bleu
A creamy, full flavored Blue cheese with sweet, fresh milk flavor. A great Cheese Course blue, perfect for salads, dressings, dips, in a sauce for steak and grilled  vegetables. Pairs well with stone fruit, honey, and berries. 6# wheel

locally grown figs

tiger striped fig mc 300X300Windmill 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. 12 pint flat only
 
Tiger Stripe– Tiger Stripe figs have a bright    yellow skin with green “tiger” stripes. They have a deep red flesh that is candy sweet with a texture similar to jam. 12 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. 12 pint flat only

Market Outlook - August 15, 2019

LOCAL PEPPERS

gypsy jimmy nardello and padron peppers 300x300Seasonal produce is currently flourishing and this week is no different. Although you may be able to source different peppers year round, summer peppers are only available once a year. We are fortunate enough to have outstanding local farms to supply us with a variety of seasonal peppers. We are currently stocking the following from Riverdog in Guinda, CA:

Jimmy Nardello Peppers– Sweet and light when enjoyed raw; great frying pepper as its fruity raw flavor becomes creamy and soft when fried. Makes a gorgeous pepperonata, or delicious in pastas, pizzas, and risottos. 10# case

Gypsy Peppers– Gypsies are known to change color through the season. The first crops are a pale yellowish green color and gradually transform into bright orange and rich red. They have an intense sweet flavor; perfect for stuffing. Enjoy raw or roast to enhance sweetness. 10# case.

Padron Peppers– Small, crinkled green peppers that are sweet and mild with one in ten being very spicy! Lively addition to pizzas, salads, soups, and rice dishes. They can also be pan-fried or blistered and served as a side. 5# case

Shishito Peppers- We are currently sourcing Shishito peppers from R. Kelley Farmin Sacramento. Shishitos are sweet, thin skinned peppers commonly used as a starter dish. They can be roasted until blistered and seasoned. While shishitos are mostly sweet, one in every ten can have mild heat. 5# case

RUE & FORSMAN RANCH
FARM TOUR

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We welcome you to join us for a  wonderful farm tour of Rue & Forsman Ranch just before harvest season! Michael Bosworth, step-son of one of the original founders, has helped make Rue and Forsman one of the most innovated and sustainability-minded rice producers in the state. He will be there to guide the tour and educate on how they grow and harvest over a dozen varieties of  outstanding rice. Coffee and pastries will be provided before boarding the bus and lunch will be served on the ranch. The tour will kick off at 8am on Tuesday, August 27th. We are expected to return by 2pm. Contact your sales rep or our office to RSVP!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

Sonoma brinery product line 300x300If you happened to miss our Produce Express Picnic, we introduced numerous new products at our event and here is the scoop:
 

Sonoma Brinery

Based in Healdsburg, CA, Sonoma Brinery produces all natural, pickled products. They do not use any heat processing, pasteurization, artificial flavors, additives, or preservatives. We are now stocking the following in 2 gallon tubs:

Manhattan Style Whole Pickles- flavored with nine spices, fresh garlic & sea salt. Barrel fermented, never pasteurized & probiotic.

"The Wedge" Pickle Spears- The “Wedge” is a fresh-packed, all-natural dill spear with no artificial preservatives, additives, colors or other chemicals such as “natural” flavors. This pickle is an ideal accompaniment to sandwiches of all types.

"Wild West" Dill Pickle Chips- They combine a bright tartness with fresh dill & lively spices to make it perfect inside a sandwich, in your potato salad or hamburger.

Bread & Butter Pickle Chips- These crispy pickle “chips” are seasoned with southwestern flavors & a little bit of chili heat. Tuck them into a hamburger, panini, or falafel pita to give them a tasty new level of flavor. Sweetened with real sugar.

"Sizzling" Bread & Butter Pickle Chips- Fire-roasted red bell pepper & fiery Thai chilies give these pickles a sizzling kick. Sweetened with real sugar.

Traditional Fresh Sauerkraut– Crisp & crunchy in texture, packed with fresh cabbage flavor & a mellow tartness.

Dill & Garlic Fresh Sauerkraut- Made with fresh dill & garlic, this sauerkraut will bring your hotdog or braised meats to a new level.

Chipotle Fresh Sauerkraut- The mild, smoky flavor of chipotle and roasted red bell peppers give this sauerkraut a full rich flavor that complements other foods such as sausages, braised pork or beef.
 

Numi Iced Tea

BERRIED TREASURE 300X300We are happy to announce three new additions to our Numi Tea line. Each of the following teas are cold brew, iced teas. One bag brews one gallon of tea. Sold by the case of 24 bags 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. It brews into an amber color, low in astringency, rich in flavor, and clean on the palate.

Citrus Green Tea– Organic and fair trade smooth green tea infused with a refreshing lemon zest.

Market Outlook - August 8, 2019

SCIABICA OLIVE OIL

The Sciabica (pronounced Sha-bee-ka) family has been cold-pressing olive oil on the same property in Modesto for over 80 years, making them the oldest producer in the United States. Thesciabica olive oil and pizza 300x300 artisan tradition of olive oil production was learned in Sicily in the olive oil mills of Castelvetrano by Nicola Sciabica, the patriarch and founder of Sciabica’s California Olive Oil. Their olive oils are pressed from only California-grown olives, 100% GMO-free, sustainably farmed, and artisan-crafted in small batches. We are proud to offer the following olive oils:
 
Mission Trail Extra Virgin: 100% California. 100% extra virgin. 100% no gimmicks. An olive oil with a rich, fresh flavor and a smooth finish. Nutty and herbaceous, it's a fantastic olive oil for dressings and finishing dishes. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-box”
 
Arbequina (Sevillano) Extra Virgin: Also known as “fruity and smooth”. It is a smooth, full flavored oil with hints of artichokes and fresh herbs. A single-variety olive oil pressed from newly-ripened green olives. Perfect for bread dipping, salad dressings, and main courses. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-box”
 
California Pure 90/10: 90% Refined Olive Oil and 10% virgin olive oil. Very subtle flavor that will not add or subtract anything from the recipe. Ideal for chefs that are committed to 100% olive oil but prefer to not have the olive oil flavor. Gallon or 4/1gal case
 
80/20 Blend: 80% USA Canola and 20% California EVOO. Delicate and clean. It has the versatility and affordability of Canola but the flavor of olive oil. Perfect for cooking, marinades, and dressings. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-a-box”

FRESH MOZZARELLA

In the heart of heirloom tomato season, another item comes to mind almost immediately: fresh mozzarella. We currently offer four varieties of the mild, creamy cheese, ranging from uniformburrata with olive oil 300x300 sized bites to fresh curd. All of our fresh mozzarella products are sourced from Di Stefano Cheese in Pomona, CA. We are currently stocking the following:
 
Ovoline: Fresh mozzarella rolled into egg-size 4oz balls, in a salt water brine. Easy to slice for pizzas or for salads. 3# tub (12/4oz balls)
 
Ciliegine: Small, bite size mozzarella balls. Roughly the size of a cherry tomato, easy to add to salads or  appetizers. Also melts wonderfully on pizzas and pastas. 3# tub (144/.33oz balls)
 

Burrata: A rich, creamy, and delectable product. Burrata is a small ball of fresh mozzarella with a creamy mixture of heavy cream and mozzarella curd in the center. A rich addition to pizzas, salads, or pastas. Also great on its own with  olive oil. 12/4oz case
 
Fresh Mozzarella Curd: Looking to make your own mozzarella? We offer fresh, high quality mozzarella curd. 5# bag or 4/5# case

PRODUCE PICNIC
TASTING TUESDAY 

Join us for our Produce Picnic at our next Tasting Tuesday! We will be debuting a new line of fresh pickles and sauerkraut from Sonoma BrineryDavid Ehreth, founder and owner of Sonoma Brinery, will be here to share their small business story as well as elaborate on what makes their fresh products so unique. Sac City Brews will also be joining us and cooking up some Beyond Meat brats and Beyond Meat burgers to showcase the delicious fresh pickles and sauerkraut! We will also be sampling a few other new products, including a line of iced teas from Numi Tea. There will be games for everyone to play and we will also be raffling off gift cards to local restaurants! You do not want to miss out on this afternoon full of fun and tasty treats! Everyone in the industry is welcome to attend and we encourage you to spread the word!
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August 13th | 1PM-3PM
8340 Belvedere Ave | Sacramento, 95826

RUE & FORSMAN RANCH
FARM TOUR
 

We welcome you to join us for a  wonderful farm tour of Rue & Forsman Ranch just before harvest season! Michael Bosworth, step-son of one of the original founders, has helped make Rue and Forsman one of the most innovated and sustainability-minded rice producers in the state. He will be there to guide the tour and educate on how they grow and harvest over a dozen varieties of  outstanding rice. Coffee and pastries will be provided before boarding the bus and lunch will be served on the ranch. The tour will kick off at 8am on Tuesday, August 27th. We are expected to return by 2pm. Contact your sales rep or our office to RSVP!

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