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Market Outlook - June 11, 2020

Dwelley Farms

The first harvest of Dwelley Farms corn began arriving last week, along with fresh beans and squash! 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 such as beans, squash, corn, stone fruit, and much more!

Corn- Although corn is available year-round, local summer corn usually tastes sweeter– from fresh off the cob to succotash, soups, and more. Sold by the 48ct case or per piece.

Blue Lake Green Beans– Often called snap or string beans, these beans are bright, sweet, and tender. Sold by the 30# case or pound.

Yellow Wax Beans– Another variety of snap bean that is crisp and meaty. Available by the 10# case or pound.

Romano Beans– Also referred to as Italian flat or broad beans, romanos lend well to braising and are perfect for summer minestrones. 10# case or pound.

Varietal Squash– We are currently stocking 6 varieties of locally grown squash: green zucchini, yellow crookneck, gold bar, sunburst (yellow patty pan), summer (green patty pan), and grey squash. Each variety is available by the 24# single variety case. We are also offering a toy box squash that consists of gold bar, sunburst, summer, and grey, with the occasional appearance of zucchini and crookneck. Toy box squash is sold by the 22# case only.

Flavor Rosa Pluots– Pluots are a hybrid between plums and apricots (being plum dominant). The Flavor Rosa pluot is sweet and juicy with a vibrant flesh. Its skin is dark and tart. Sold by the 20# case or by the pound.

polestar farm


Polestar Farm is a 12-acre property nestled in the Capay region of Northern California, just east of Lake Berryessa. They are a new, family-owned, organic operation, headed by Jim and Karina Knight. When Jim and Karina purchased their land, they sought out to do more than just own an orchard. The pair hoped to create a gathering place for the community that embodied wellness while sharing their bounty. Polestar tends to over 12 hundred trees- 800 Royal Blenheim apricot trees, 400 Elegant Lady peaches, and 50 Skeena cherries. Polestar is currently the only supplier of the prized Blenheim apricot for Produce Express.

Blenheim apricots are rumored to be quickly disappearing from produce markets due to their fragile nature. They are petite with green shoulders and a soft blush over their warm colored skin. Do not let their looks fool you– they are full of the coveted “apricot flavor”, even with their tinge of green. They are considered to be one of the best eating apricot varieties but also work well in desserts and jams. We are currently stocking Blenheims as our house apricot. They are available by the 12# case or by the pound.

fresh & dried pasta 

Our fresh, handmade pasta is back! It is made daily in midtown Sacramento at Paragary Bakery. The bakery uses high quality ingredients like Giusto’s stoneground Duram flour and farm fresh eggs. We offer the following fresh pasta options, available by the pound:

Pasta Sheets– Made to fit a full-size hotel pan, these sheets are perfect for lasagna. They can also be cut into desired size and shape such as Ravioli, Cannelloni, Tortellini, Agnolotti, and other stuffed pasta. Approximately 2 sheets/pound.

Pappardelle– A 1-inch wide, flat ribbon of pasta traditionally used for rich, heavy sauces and ragu of meat and game.

Tagliolini– Long, cylindrical ribbons of pasta best served with smooth, light bodied sauces.

Fettuccine– A flat, thick noodle, slightly wider than Tagliatelle. Traditionally, fettuccine is served with slow cooked meat or chicken ragu or sugo but also pairs well with cream or butter based sauces.

EDUARDO'S PASTA

We also offer several varieties of dried egg pasta made by Eduardo’s in San Francisco. Their pastas are made with a blend of semolina and wheat flours and local farm eggs. No salt, preservatives or artificial colors are ever added. It is dried very slowly at low temperature to preserve the unique chewy texture and flavor. We offer the following dried egg pastas by the case (12/12oz bags per case):
Shells (Conchiglie)- Medium in size, the shell shape of the pasta allows the sauce to adhere to it.
Penne– A cylinder shaped pasta with angled ends. The hollow center allows it to hold sauce nicely.
Fusilli and Tri-Color Fusilli– Short cork-screw shaped pasta. Available in plain or tri-color (egg, spinach and beet pastas).
Rigatoni– Large tube shaped pasta with ridges down the length and square cut edges. Its namesake ridges make better adhesive surfaces for sauces and grated cheese than smooth-sided pasta like Ziti.
Spinach Fettuccine– Long, flat pasta made with spinach. The thickness of Fettuccine makes it suitable for ragu type dishes and other hearty sauces.