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Market Outlook - February 04, 2021

Twin Peaks Citrus

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. We are currently stocking the following local citrus from Twin Peaks Orchards:

Moro Blood Oranges- Less acidic than other oranges, Blood Oranges have a complex flavor- juicy, sweet/tart and rich with a hint of raspberry. Their unique dark flesh comes from the presence of anthocyanin, a natural pigment common to red fruit and flowers, but usually uncommon to citrus fruits. Sold by the pound or 20# case.

Dancy Tangerines– One of the oldest citrus varieties. These tangerines have a beautiful orange flesh with a rich and sweet flavor, despite their seeds. Similar to Satsumas, Dancys are relatively easy to peel. Sold by the 25# case or pound.

Meyer Lemons– A cross between a lemon and a mandarin. The Meyer is smaller and rounder than a regular lemon with smooth skin. Its flavor is as distinct as the flesh; much less acidic, making them sweeter than other varieties. Available in a 10# case or by the pound.

Melogolds– A cross between a Pummelo and a White Grapefruit, this fruit has a very thick rind, yellowish-green pebbly skin, and pale yellow flesh that is sweet-tart in flavor. Almost seedless and very juicy, this delightful fruit can stand on its own, and is great in salads. Melogolds are only available for a few months throughout the year from Twin Peaks Orchards in a 25# case.

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..


Fresh Flowers

Although the past year has been anything but predictable, we are doing our best to supply our customers with flowers for the holiday. We currently source fresh flowers from Flora Fresh in Sacramento. Flora Fresh carries a wide variety of flowers from farms that are Veriflora and Florverde certified and practice sustainable farming.

Due to limitations on varieties of fresh flowers, we are asking for a minimum 48 hour pre-order. We are unable to source flowers on weekends, therefore all Saturday or Sunday orders must be placed by Thursday.

Please specify color preferences as well as a secondary choice. We will do our best to accommodate requests.