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Market Outlook - July 23, 2020

locally grown melons

Melons mixed 300x300Warm summer days have finally led us to local heirloom melon season! We are currently sourcing our local melons from R. Kelley Farms. R. Kelley Farms is a family owned farming venture which has been providing quality fruits and vegetables to the local community for over 25 years. Located in South Sacramento, along River Road, the 58-acre farm is owned and operated by Ron Kelley and his wife, Ella. Both Ron and Ella have been very much involved in every aspect of their business and surrounding farming community. Ron has worked in the agricultural industry for over 45 years. As an agricultural production consultant, Ron advises his fellow farmers on plant health. We are currently offering the following specialty melons by the case (approximately 6 per case):
Ambrosia: An exotic melon hybrid often confused with a cantaloupe, but it's quite different. Its flesh is very sweet, floral, tender, and pale orange in color.
Crème de la Crème: Creamy white flesh marbled with pale orange. The skin is orange/yellow and slightly netted. Deliciously fragrant and very sweet.
Diplomat: Diplomats are a honeydew-type melon with thick, pale green flesh and fine netting on their skin. Diplomats have a tropical aroma and taste.
Savor: Bright orange flesh, deep aroma and very sweet flavor. Excellent with prosciutto.
Local Mixed Melon: A mixture of at least 3 of the varieties above, available by the case. Please specify local when ordering.
We are also sourcing local Shishito peppers from R. Kelley Farms. Shishitos are sweet, thin-skinned peppers commonly used as a starter dish. They can be roasted until blistered and seasoned. While shishitos are mostly sweet, one in every ten can have very mild heat. 5# case only.

stillwater orchards

stillwater bartlett 300x300Stillwater Orchards is located along the Sacramento River in the town of Courtland– an area known to produce some of the best pears in the world. The land has been owned and operated by the Elliot family since 1860 when their ancestor, David Osborne, settled on the Delta on the heels of the Gold Rush and ordered the area’s first pear trees from France. The Elliot’s take pride in producing some of the most flavorful pears in the Delta. They grow, pack, and ship on site ensuring the highest quality standards.
The first varieties available are Green and Red Bartlett. Green Bartlett pears are the most identifiable in flavor, with a true “pear” flavor. Sweet and crisp when on the greener side and extremely juicy as they fully ripen. Aside from color, there is not much difference between the red and green Bartlett. Green Bartletts are available by the 40# case and by the pound. Red Bartletts are available by the 20# case and by the pound. As the season progresses, we will begin to bring in more varieties from Stillwater Orchards. Bosc, Comice, French Butter, and Seckle pears should all be available within the next month, weather permitting.

barsotti juice
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We are proud to offer a full line of all natural, freshly pressed juices from Barsotti Juice Company, located in Placerville, CA. The Company has been family owned and operated by Gael and Joan Barsotti since 1976. Freshly pressed, all natural juices are their passion! In addition to their quality apple juice, Barsotti processes a variety of juices and blends using fresh fruit juice. They are all handcrafted daily in small batches at their family's solar-powered cider mill in Apple Hill, surrounded by orchards and pines in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Their team is committed to pressing only the best fruits and vegetables in creating their tempting variety of juices and juice blends, using no preservatives. Each one is flash pasteurized- a method of heat pasteurization that does not compromise taste and quality. We are currently offering the following from Barsotti:
Limited Time! Watermelon Juice– 100% watermelon juice with nothing added– no added sugar or flavors. Think of it as the juice at the bottom of a bowl of watermelon. Available seasonally. Sold by the 1/2 gallon.
Limited Time! Strawberry Lemonade– A delicious twist on their classic lemonade. Flavored with fresh strawberry puree and no preservatives. Available seasonally. Sold by the 1/2 gallon.
Lemonade– A refreshing summer classic made with tree-ripened lemons, cane sugar, and filtered water. Available year round. Sold by the 1/2 gallon or 6-1/2 gallon case.
Apple Juice- Freshly pressed using a variety of local apples. It takes roughly 12 pounds of apples to produce one gallon of fresh juice! Available year round. Sold by the gallon or 6-1/2gal case.
Orange Juice- Genuinely sweet and full flavored without all the pulp. 100% orange juice. Available year round. Sold by the gallon.
Carrot Juice- Naturally sweet carrots- that’s it. Available year round. Sold by the half gallon.