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Market Outlook

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Market Outlook - January 20, 2019


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The recent freezing temperatures in several growing regions have caused significant harvesting and growing issues. Numerous crops have been affected throughout California and Arizona. Rain, freezing nightly temperatures, below-average daytime highs, and high winds have caused damage to crops such as lettuce, spinach, arugula, broccoli, herbs, and many more. These weather related issues include:
  • A higher chance of mold, mildew, and disease
  • Dehydrated leaves or stems
  • Brittle product
  • Oxidation (pink ribs)
  • Discoloration in leaves
  • Fringe burn
  • Blistering
  • Shorter shelf life
It can take many weeks for plants to recover, if at all. Freeze damage has made evaluating fields and upcoming supplies very difficult. Long-range forecasts show freezing temperatures are expected to continue. As a direct result, the fields are also experiencing lower yields. All of these factors have caused an increase in pricing, even in crops that typically have a steady market.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your sales rep or to our office during normal business hours. We will provide updates as they are available.

Twin Peaks Orchards Farm Tour

twin peaks tour 300X300Our first farm tour of 2020 is quickly approaching! We will be heading out to Twin Peaks Orchards in Newcastle on Monday, January 20th. With citrus season in full swing, the farm is bursting with bright, seasonal fruit all around. After our tour of exploring the orchards and groves, there will be a fun mocktail class featuring Twin Peaks citrus. To finish the day, Chef Tyler Bond will be preparing a wonderful lunch for all who are attending. The tour is expected to leave at 9am and will return by 2pm.

Twin Peaks Orchards was established in 1912 and has been family owned and operated for more than 100 years. They are a fifth generation family farm which supplies Produce Express with a variety of exceptional fruit. The warm days and cool nights of the spring/summer months result in firm Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, and Apricots with beautiful color and high sugar content. As the seasons change, the cooler climate, and sometimes near freezing temperatures, is ideal for growing Persimmons, Satsuma Mandarins, Blood Oranges, and Grapefruit in the winter months.

If you are interested in joining us for the tour, please RSVP with your sales rep or call our office. (916) 446-8918.


Marin french

baked brie with pomegranates 300x300Praised for their ultra rich and creamy texture, Marin French soft-ripened cheeses start with milk sourced from local dairies within 20 miles from their creamery in West Marin. We offer the following: 

Camembert: Their Camembert cheese differs distinctly from Brie by the cultures used to produce the Camembert’s earthy flavor and flowing texture. It is complex, aromatic, and creamy, and its flavor is robust with hints of mushrooms. 8oz round

Triple Crème Brie: 75% butterfat creates a rich and ultra smooth texture, slightly sweet flavor and blooming with fluffy white rind. 8oz piece



Founded in 1997 by chefs-turned-cheesemakers, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, Cowgirl Creamery has produced over 2,000 tons of award-winning cheese that is loved by chefs and consumers alike.

Mt. Tam: Mt. Tam is their most popular cheese and named for a Northern California landmark- Mt. Tamalpais. It is a bloomy rind cheese with a creamy, buttery flavor and smooth texture. 10oz piece

Red Hawk: Aged four weeks and washed with a brine solution to create a red-orange rind, the pungent aromas complement it’s rich, smooth flavor. 12oz piece 

Hop Along: A rich, semi-firm organic cow's milk cheese washed with organic cider and aged 45 days. Hop Along offers bright acidity and flavors of brown bread and milk chocolate with a distinct savory note toward the rind. 5# wheel