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Market Outlook - June 27, 2019

locally grown summer beans

With the summer heat in full swing, we now have a few varieties of Pole Beans available from Dwelley Family Farms. Dwelley Family Farms is located in Brentwood, CA and 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 beans, squash, corn, stone fruit, and much more! Dwelley has been growing produce in Brentwood since 1921. With over 95 years of growing experience, the Dwelley family has truly learned how to produce healthy, fresh, and full-flavor produce. They use sustainable farming practices to cultivate their land, keeping mindful of their impact on the environment.

Blue Lake Beans– Vibrant green color, long and straight, and naturally stringless. Crisp with a mild flavor. Available by the pound and by the 30# case.

Green Romano Beans– Broad and flat beans with a juicy, sweet flavor and great crunch. They can be eaten raw but are also fantastic when grilled, blanched, pickled, or blistered. Available by the 10# case or by the pound.

Yellow Wax Beans– Very similar to the Blue Lake except their color. Yellow Wax Beans are long and straight with a crisp snap. They are mild in flavor but hold up well when paired with bolder flavors. Available by the 10# case or by the pound.

Locally grown Baby French Beans have been delayed and are expected to begin within the next week or two. We are still stocking Mexican grown, trimmed French Beans.

windmill farm

Windmill 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. 6 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. 6 pint flat only.

Keep your eyes open for Tiger Striped Figs which are expected to begin within the next 2 weeks. They will be available by the 6 pint flat.

Annual summer farmer's Market

July 17th | 10am-2pm

You will not want to miss out on this year’s annual Summer Farmer’s Market! 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 eight invitation cards starting this week. Each card will showcase a few of the chefs, vendors, and farms that will be featured at the market. Each invitation 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!

Spaces are filling up quickly but if you would like to participate, please contact your sales representative or inside sales at (916) 446-8918. This event is open to everyone in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Please spread the word to your team and industry friends.