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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