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Market Outlook - June 6, 2019

NUMI ORGANIC TEA

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 flavors, we will provide a complimentary tea display rack or wood chest**
 
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 teasans 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 Tea
  • 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 FRESH DUG POTATOES

Fresh dug potatoes are a staple of spring crops and we are excited to announce their arrival! New potatoes are distinctly different from conventional Russet or Idaho potatoes both in their flavor, moisture content, texture, and seasonal availability. Fresh potatoes are best kept refrigerated in order to prolong their shelf life. We are currently sourcing fresh dug potatoes from Full Belly Farm. Full Belly is a 400-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley of Northern California. Full Belly has been farming using organic practices since 1985 and is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers.

We are currently stocking two varieties of fresh potatoes. The first is the German Butterball. German Butterballs are a russet-type potato loved for its rich, golden flesh, buttery flavor, versatility, and long-term storability. It is smaller in size compared to a russet with a rounder shape. The other variety offered is a Bintje. These particular potatoes are oblong with a thin, pale yellow skin and yellow flesh. Bintje potatoes have a very mellow flavor which is best retained when roasted, fried, or made into chips. (25# cases only)

 

PERFECT PUREE

The Perfect Puree allows chefs and bartenders to use handmade purees, concentrates, and mixers year-round without the added time and cost associated with hand-crafted purees. Perfect Puree produces an extensive variety of fruit purees and blends with exceptionally smooth consistency and brilliant flavor. Their flavors are made from the finest raw ingredients harvested at the peak of ripeness. The fruit is quickly processed and frozen to retain freshness and quality. We currently offer the following in 30 ounce containers:
  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Black Currant
  • Blackberry
  • Blood Orange
  • Blueberry
  • Caramelized Pineapple
  • Cherry
  • Coconut
  • Cranberry
  • Ginger
  • Green Apple
  • Key Lime
  • Kiwi
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Meyer Lemon
  • Papaya
  • Passion Fruit
  • Pink Guava
  • Pomegranate
  • Prickly Pear
  • Raspberry
  • Sir William Pear
  • Strawberry
  • Tamarind
  • Tangerine/Mandarin
  • White Peach
  • Chipotle/Sour- a blend of mesquite, smoky, and citrus flavors.
  • El Corazon- passion fruit, blood orange and pomegranate blend.
  • Passion Colada– Adding a twist to a classic favorite, a blend of passion fruit, pineapple, and coconut.
  • Red Sangria– a mix of citrus, pear, apple, and passion fruit, inspired by the traditional punch.
  • Thai Basil & Black Pepper– a blend of citrus and Thai basil with notes of black pepper.
  • Yuzu Luxe Sour– Use this blend of yuzu, lemongrass, and kaffir lime in place of your traditional sour mix.

Market Outlook - May 30, 2019

LOCAL STONE FRUIT

June is just around the corner and that means it is the beginning of stone fruit season! One local farm we source from is Frog Hollow, located in Brentwood, CA. Frog Hollow was founded by Farmer Al in 1989 and has become famous for their legendary apricots. In the same year they were founded, Frog Hollow was also certified organic with CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). They believe in sustainable farming practices and do not use any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. We are currently offering Frog Hollow Apricots in a 10# case only. These are the first of Frog Hollow crops and need time to ripen. Please specify Frog Hollow when ordering.

Another local farm we source local stone fruit from is Twin Peaks Orchards located in Newcastle, CA. Twin Peaks 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. We are currently stocking Twin Peaks white peaches and yellow peaches available by the 18# case or by the pound. Nectarines will be available shortly!
 
We also source local fruit from Dwelley Farms located in Brentwood, CA. Dwelley 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 stone fruit, beans, squash, corn, and much more! We are currently stocking Flavor Rosa Pluots in a 20# case and by the pound.
 

We will offer more varieties of local fruit as the season progresses. Please keep in mind the season has just begun. Peak stone fruit season is from mid June to mid August.

Z SPECIALTY - LOCAL HONEY & MORE!

Z Specialty Foods is family owned and operated by the Zeldner family, who have been producing honey in Woodland, CA since 1979. California Honeys, Fruit Spreads, and Nut Butters from Z Specialty Foods are perfect for baking and make great additions to cheese boards, tea service and more!

LOCAL HONEY

Z Specialty honey is minimally processed, unheated, unpasteurized, and certified Kosher. Each honey is specific to a single floral source and location contributing to their unique flavors, colors, and aromas.
  • Local Wildflower (12# tub)– light in color with subtle floral overtones.
  • Orange Blossom (12# tub)– pollen from California orange groves is used to produce this fragrant, light honey.
  • California Coriander (12# tub)– savory and rich, this amazing honey has hints of spice and cardamom.
  • Honey Straws (125ct)– local wildflower honey in a clear, 7-inch straw that easily pops open. These are perfect for beverage service or to-go drinks.

HONEY FRUIT SPREAD

  • Apricot Honey Spread (10# tub)– a sweet/tart blend of local Blenheim apricots and wildflower honey.
  • Tart Cherry Honey Spread (10# tub)– tart Montmorency cherries blended with sweet honey.
  • Apricot-Cherry Honey Spread (10# tub)– balanced sweet/tart flavor.

NUT BUTTER

  • California Almond Butter (7.5# tub)– made simply with roasted California almonds– no salt, sugar, or stabilizers.
  • Nut Crunch (7.5# tub)– California almonds, filberts from  the Northwest, and tropical cashews make a delicious crunchy combination.

 

DRAGON GOURMET MUSHROOMS

Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms, located in Sloughhouse, CA, is a staple at local farmers markets. DGM 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. We offer the following varieties from Dragon Gourmet:
 
• Oyster Mushrooms– fluted, scallop shaped, soft brown caps, with a delicate, sweet flavor and velvety texture. Best when cooked as the stem is somewhat tough. 5# case.
• Beech Mushrooms– available in Brown or White; Quarter size caps with 2-3” white stems. They have a crunchy texture that holds up to cooking; a hot sauté truly brings out their mild nutty flavor. 4# case.
• Shiitake Mushrooms– tan to dark brown with broad, umbrella shaped caps. They have a rich, earthy, umami flavor with a meaty, slightly chewy texture. 5# case.
 Eryngii Mushrooms– aka King Trumpet/ Trumpet Royale. They have a savory flavor with a firm, meaty texture; often used in place of wild mushrooms. Unlike many mushrooms, the stem has the same texture and flavor as the cap; 100% yield. Good for high heat cooking. 5# case.
• Lion’s Mane– unique globular shaped mushrooms; crab-like texture and a buttery flavor, making them a fantastic sub in  recipes calling for crab. VERY LIMITED; 5# case.

Market Outlook - May 23, 2019

Twin Peaks Orchard

We officially have local stone fruit from Twin Peaks in Newcastle, CA! Twin Peaks Orchard 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.

We are pleased with the first harvest of Snow Angel Peaches– a white peach variety that is highly floral and slightly more acidic than other varieties. They are now  available by the 18# case or by the pound.

As the season progresses, the first varieties of yellow peaches available will include Rich May, Springcrest, and Super Rich. These yellow peaches are juicy with high acidity, typical of early season fruit. The first of yellow nectarines we will have available are the Z Fire Variety. Z Fire nectarines are bright, tangy, and fairly   acidic. Both yellow peaches and yellow nectarines from Twin Peaks will hopefully be available by late next week or the end of may. As for white nectarines, the first  variety harvested will be Turquoise. This particular variety of nectarines is sweet, floral, and aromatic. They are expected to be available by the beginning of June. All Twin Peaks peaches and nectarines will be available by the 18# case or by the pound. Early season fruit are considered clingstone, which means the flesh will stick to the pit.  Several varieties of freestone peaches will follow in the coming weeks along with nectarines.

Cold temperatures have had a huge effect on the ripening and development of early fruit. The recent rain has also caused damage to the existing crops. Please keep in mind that the projected timeline for stone fruit is weather sensitive and can change at any time.

Summer farmer's Market
july 17th, 2019

Our annual Summer Farmer’s Market has officially been announced and you do not want to miss it! 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 invitation cards in the weeks leading up to the Farmer’s Market. Each card will showcase a few of the chefs and farmers we have paired together and 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.

If you are interested in being one of our featured chefs, please contact your sales representative or reach out to our office. We would love to include you! This event is open to everyone in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Please spread the word to your team and industry friends.

 

 

Sparrow Lane Vinegar

Just as you select wines to  complement the flavors of your food, we believe it's equally important to have variety in the vinegars you use as foundations for fresh green  salads, marinades and dressings. Sparrow Lane’s “chef inspired”  vinegars were first introduced in 1996 in the heart of the Napa Valley. Their vinegars were a hit among chefs because of the quality ingredients and perfect balance of fruit to acid. We currently stock the following: 

Champagne Vinegar- Delicate, crisp and fresh, with the classic color of fine champagne.(Gallon)

Dark Balsamic Vinegar- Rich dark chestnut color with slightly sweet silky hints of caramel. (Gallon)

D’Anjou Pear Vinegar- Light yellow color with a luscious crisp pear flavor.(Gallon)

Gravenstein Apple Cider Vinegar- Fresh Sebastopol apples give this rich golden colored vinegar a crisp zing! (Gallon)

Golden Balsamic Vinegar- Honey colored with the slight floral tones of the sweet Muscat Grape. Delightfully sweet with just enough pucker. (Gallon)

Mango Vinegar- Sweet white wine married with the distinctive orange-peach flavor of fresh mango juice give this light amber colored vinegar a unique refreshing flavor (Gallon).

Raspberry Vinegar- Dark rose color, bright and slightly sweet with tastes of luscious raspberries and sweet pear. (Half Gallon)

Red Wine Vinegar- Dark red color, robust and full bodied. (Gallon)

White Wine Vinegar- Slight golden color, smooth, crisp and clean. (Gallon)

We also stock:

  • Cabernet Vinegar
  • Citrus Vinegar
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Sherry Vinegar
  • Zinfandel Vinegar