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Market Outlook - January 28, 2021

J. Marchini Farms

The Marchini family grows several varieties of Italian specialty vegetables, including multiple varieties of chicories. Chicories are a closely related group of leafy vegetables that exhibit a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. Chicories are quite versatile and may be used in any manner of culinary techniques. They are excellent raw in salads and have a sturdy texture that is great for both braising and grilling. We are pleased to offer the following varieties from J. Marchini Farms (LeGrand, CA):
Radicchio– Globe shaped, similar looking to a small head of red lettuce or cabbage with a distinctive bitter flavor. 12 count case or by the each.
Radicchio Treviso– A radicchio with romaine shaped heads of red and white. 12 count case only.
Rosa Radicchio- This gorgeous pink chicory is mild in flavor with sweet, slightly bitter notes. The leaves are delicate and soft, and vary in color from blush pink to light magenta. Use this beautiful chicory to elevate chicory salads, pizzas, pastas, or grill it as an appetizer or side dish. Available in an 8ct case.
Castelfranco– Seasonal variety with the mildest flavor of all the chicories. Individual heads with attractive purple-red flecked, creamy white leaves. 12 count case only.
Puntarelle– Puntarelle has an elongated shape, light green stems, and dandelion shaped leaves. It also has a pleasantly bitter taste, characteristic of chicories. 12 count case only.
Mixed Chicory– A toybox case containing 4 varieties of the chicories listed above. 12 count case only..

Edible Flowers

We offer an extensive variety of edible flowers and microgreens from Fresh Origins. Edible flowers are a great way to add a pop of color and flavor to a variety of dishes, cocktails, and cheese boards. Located near San Diego, Fresh Origins has been growing consistent and quality microgreens and edible flowers for over 20 years. Please keep in mind that edible flowers are delicate– the must be handled with care and have a short shelf life of 3-5 days. To help ensure availability, we are requesting a 72 hour pre-order. We currently stock a limited amount of the following varieties:

MIXED FLOWERS- Variety of tastes and textures. 50ct
ORCHID- Mild, earthy, crisp texture. 100ct
LAVENDER- Herbal, earthy, fragrant. 50ct
PANSY- Mild, various color combinations. 50ct
VIOLA- Mild, vibrant colors, delicate. 50ct
MARIGOLD- Mild, slightly peppery, thick petals. 50ct

More varieties of edible flowers are available with a 72 hour pre-order only, including: borage blossom, firestix, hibiscus, nasturtium, princess flower, micro star, snapdragon, sparklers, and more!
If you are looking for a specific variety that is not listed, please call our office or contact your sales rep.

Valentine's Day Berries

Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Although we are just reaching the beginning of February, we have started the preparation for the holiday.

Each year there is a high demand for strawberries and a lack of supply. This year is no different, even more so given the difficult labor conditions. We are urging our customers to pre-order all strawberries and long stem strawberries for Valentine’s Day as soon as possible.

Stemberries are sold by the case only. We are currently offering 48ct cases (4/12ct), although 64ct (4/16ct) stemberries may be supplemented to fill orders. Berry size can not be guaranteed, though we will do our best to accommodate requests.