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Market Outlook - December 12, 2018

nicolau farms artisan cheese

The Nicolau family has been making cheese since the early 1900’s in Stanislaus County. Over a century later, nicolau farmstead artisan cheeseWalter Nicolau III continues the tradition by creating delicious farmstead cheese following the same principles as his great grandfather. Their farm is located just outside of Modesto in the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Nicolau Farms cheeses begin with quality milk produced from their herd of dairy goats. Nicolau uses an older method of pasteurization that does not impart a cooked flavor on the milk. All of their cheeses are skillfully and delicately handled and cared for on a daily basis. We are proud to offer the following from Nicolau Farms; available in 5# wheels:

  • Black Truffle Casiago– robust flavors of black truffle flow throughout this mixed milk cheese. Distinguishing notes of Italian black truffle combine beautifully with buttery cows milk & rich goats milk in this semi–hard Asiago style cheese aged 45-90 days.
  • Capra Stanislaus– the flagship cheese of Nicolau Farms is firm, dense, and slightly salty with notes of goat’s milk, caramel and a toasted, nutty-olive finish from the sea salt brine. This hard cheese is aged 2-4 months and is the perfect balance of creamy and dry.
  • Quatro Pepe– hard, aged cheese that has a pale ivory body studded with “Quatro” peppercorns- black, white, pink, and green. Notes of sweet and creamy goat milk blend beautifully with burst of intense and savory peppercorns creating the perfect balance of salt and pepper.

perfect puree

Perfect Puree allows chefs and bartenders to use a complete array of handmade purees, concentrates and mixers year round without the added time and cost associated with hand-crafted purees. The Perfect Puree produces fruit purees and blends with ideal consistency and exceptional 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 the highest degree of quality and freshness. Their products are completely smooth in texture and absent of any particles or graininess; ideal for cocktails, marinades and sauces, glazes, salad dressings, vinaigrettes, soups, ice creams & sorbets, custards, candies, tarts, cakes and icings and much more! We offer the following flavors in 30oz jars:

Pomegranate •Passion Fruit •Kiwi • Cherry •Prickly Pear •Apricot • Blood Orange •Cranberry •Key Lime • Mango •Meyer Lemon •Banana • Caramelized Pineapple •Strawberry • Tangerine/Mandarin •Black Currant • Red Raspberry •White Peach •Cherry• Pink Guava •Coconut •Blueberry • Papaya •Tamarind •Green Apple • Lychee •Sir William Pear • Ginger • Marion Blackberry • Chipotle/Sour • El Corazon (passion fruit, blood orange and pomegranate blend) • Red Sangria (berry concentrate blend) • Thai Basil & Black Pepper • Yuzu Luxe Sour (yuzu, lemongrass and kaffir lime blend)

thank you for a great 2018

We had fun and learned a lot on our educational field trips to Premier Mushrooms, Hodo Soy Beanery, Twin Peaks Orchard, Clover Sonoma Dairy, DiNapoli Tomatoes, Barsotti Family Juice Co, Larsen Apple Barn (pictured above), and Produce Alive.



Our Tasting Tuesdays were a great opportunity to learn about and sample a variety of items such as Perfect Puree, Cordillera Chocolate, Local Cheeses, Fresh Pasta, Impossible Burger, seasonal produce, dairy and grains.



Our Summer and Fall Farmer’s Markets were our best ones yet with over 300 local chefs and farmers coming together to enjoy delicious food, celebrate our community and local bounty. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated!

You can find more pictures from tastings, tours and farmer's markets on our Facebook page.



We added several new products to our line-up: Produce Alive local hydro Watercress and Flowering Wasabi Arugula, The Impossible Burger, Sac Sprouts local microgreens, Pure Rice First local Calrose rice, Early Bird Farm Pancake Mix, and Sierra Nevada Hatch Chile Jack Cheese.

If you were not able to make it to an event this year, stay tuned for our 2019 plans! We hope to see you on a tour or at a tasting! Upcoming events can be found on Facebook, Instagram (@producexpress) and our website event page.

We recognize that you have many choices when sourcing produce and we appreciate your continued loyalty and support of Produce Express as your local produce provider, and of all the local farms we work with.

holiday hours

Please note that we will be CLOSED on Tuesday, December 25th for Christmas and Tuesday, January 1st for New Year’s Day. The office will be closing at 2pm on Monday, December 24th and Monday, December 31st. Our answering machine will be in operation throughout the holiday.

SPECIALTY ITEMS: For delivery on Wednesday, December 26, all specialty items should be ordered no later than Wednesday, December 19. For delivery on Wednesday, January 2, all specialty items should be ordered no later than Wednesday, December 26.
PRE-CUT ITEMS: must be ordered by noon on Sunday, December 23 and Sunday, December 30.

The more notice we have increases our ability to locate product. Many items will be scarce due to inventory reductions and freight schedules. Please plan ahead!

From all of us at Produce Express,