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Market Outlook - June 25, 2020

SUMMER SIZZLE

Figs: Local black mission figs are in from Del Rio Botanicals! Available by the single layer flat only. Varietal figs from Windmill Vineyards are expected in 2 weeks.

Pluots, Plums, and Apricots: Pluots and plums are available from J&J Ramos in Hughson, CA. Blenheim apricots from Polestar Farm are expected to finish by the end of this week.

Mixed Medley Cherry Tomatoes: Due to labor shortages and restrictions, locally grown mixed cherry tomatoes are struggling to find their way to the market. We will have product from Durst Organics the 1st of July.

Heirloom Tomatoes: Local heirlooms have started to trickle in from Uncle Ray, most varieties and mixed toybox will be available the first of July.

Squash Blossoms: Currently available from Del Rio by the 35ct clamshell.

Baby Squash: Baby mixed summer squash is available by the 10# case from Del Rio. Single variety baby squash is available from Santa Maria, CA.

Summer Squashes: Varietal squashes are available from Dwelley Farms– gold bar, green zucchini, yellow crookneck, ronde nice, summer (green patty pan), and sunburst (yellow patty pan). Available in single variety or toybox, by the 22# case only.

Corn: Brentwood white and yellow corn are in stock from Dwelley. Both are outstanding in quality and flavor.

Bloomsdale Spinach: Bloomsdale is currently available by the 4# case from Riverdog, although the heat will cause some limitations.

Summer Beans: Local summer beans are available from Dwelley– blue lake green beans, yellow wax, and romano. We are hoping to have cranberry beans by next week.

Melons: Local varietal melons from R. Kelley Farm are forecasted to be available by mid July. Local black watermelon is expected by early July.

Peppers: Locally grown varietal peppers typically start appearing in mid July. Gypsy and padron peppers will be in this weekend.

UNCLE RAY'S HEIRLOOM TOMATOES


Ray Yeung tomatoes are highly praised by local chefs for their intense flavor, unique sizes, shapes, and colors. Yeung Farm is owned by “Uncle” Ray Yeung and his family. Their 60+ acre farm was established in 1950 in West Sacramento. Yeung Farm grows over two dozen varieties during the season. A bit ahead of schedule, we are currently stocking the following from Uncle Ray:
Carolina Gold– Bright, golden-yellow in color. They are sweet, low in acidity, and full of flavor. Sold by the 10# case only.

Pink Brandywine– A rosy pink tomato with an old-fashioned tomato taste. It is considered one of the most flavorful varieties. Sold by the 10# case only.

Vine Ripe Rounds– Uncle Ray’s vine ripes are a variety named Shady Lady, a sweet and full-flavored tomato. Unlike most round tomatoes, they are picked off the vine when they are fully ripe and red. They are a meaty tomato with no seed cavity. Vine ripes are roughly the size of a 5X5 tomato and packed in a 2-layer 20# case only.

Also available: Green Shady Lady tomatoes. Available by the 20# case. Perfect for fried green tomatoes!

Z SPECIALTY HONEY

Z Specialty Foods is family owned and operated by the Zeldner family, who have been producing honey in Woodland, CA since 1979. California honeys, fruit spreads, and nut butters from Z Specialty Foods are perfect for baking and make great additions to cheese boards, tea service and more!
Z Specialty honey is minimally processed, unheated, unpasteurized, and certified Kosher. Each honey is specific to a single floral source and location contributing to their unique flavors, colors, and aromas.
NEW! California Avocado Honey (12# tub)- Rich, dark honey with a silky texture and notes of chocolate, caramel, and molasses.
Local Wildflower (12# tub)– Light in color with subtle floral overtones.
California Pomegranate Honey (12# tub)- A deep mahogany color with subtle notes of grenadine and dried fruit.
California Orange Blossom (12# tub)– Pollen from California orange groves is used to produce this fragrant, light honey.
California Coriander (12# tub)– Savory and rich, this amazing honey has hints of spice and cardamom.
Honey Straws (125ct)– Local wildflower honey in a clear, 7-inch straw that easily pops open. These are perfect for beverage service or to-go drinks.

Fruit Spreads and Nut Butters

Apricot Honey Spread (10# tub)– A sweet/tart blend of local Blenheim apricots and wildflower honey.
Tart Cherry Honey Spread (10# tub)– Tart Montmorency cherries blended with sweet honey.
Apricot-Cherry Honey Spread (10# tub)– Balanced sweet/tart flavor.
California Almond Butter (7.5# tub)– Made simply with roasted California almonds– no salt, sugar, or stabilizers.
Nut Crunch (7.5# tub)– California almonds, filberts from the Northwest, and tropical cashews make a delicious crunchy combination.