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Market Outlook - September 16, 2021

APPLE HILL APPLES

The first varieties of local apples have arrived! Our local apples come from Larsen Apple Barn in Camino, CA– a region nicknamed Apple Hill and known for its rich soil and crisp mountain climate. Larsen Apple Barn was founded in the 1860’s by the Larsen family and continues to be the oldest, continuously family-owned farm in Apple Hill. We are pleased to offer the following with more varieties to follow as the season progresses:

Gala– Red skin over a pale yellow background and creamy flesh that is yellow and crisp. Galas are mildly sweet in flavor and are best for salads, eating raw, or used for applesauce; not the best for baking. Available in a 10# case or 40# case.
Fuji– Medium to large sized apple with thick skin that is light red with a yellow blush. Its flesh is creamy white, dense, juicy and crisp. Its subtle sweet flavor pairs well with sharp cheeses, and its dense flesh holds up well when cooked.
Jonathan– A medium-sized sweet apple that is firm with smooth, thin red skin with blushes of yellow and green. While they are sweet, Jonathan apples tend to have a slight tartness and hints of spice. They are delicious with both sweet and savory applications. Available in a 40# case only.
 
AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK
Golden Delicious– A versatile apple that is great for multiple uses, especially for cooking and baking into tarts or pies.
McIntosh– A small to medium sized, red and green apple. McIntosh apples have a thicker skin that is easy to peel with a tart and tender flesh.
Mutsu– Beautiful green skin with some light red blush; sweet and spicy flesh that is juicy and crisp.

 

DELTA PEARS

Stillwater Orchards is located next to the Sacramento River in the town of Courtland– an area known to produce some of the best pears in the world. We are pleased to offer the following varieties:
Delta Bartlett– Sweet and juicy with buttery flesh. Their flavor and smooth texture make Bartlett pears a great addition to salads, pizzas, jams, pies and galettes, or simply add to a cheese board. 40# case, piece, or pound.
Red Star Crimson– Similar to a Bartlett but with beautiful red skin. 20# case, piece, or pound.
Bosc– Great for a variety of applications. A ripe Bosc will still be firm and dense with tender, sweet honey flesh that is rich and aromatic. 40# case, pound, or piece.
Comice– One of the sweetest and juiciest varieties with creamy flesh and an aroma reminiscent of wine. 20# case.
French Butter– Juicy, buttery flesh with hints of lemon; a great baking pear. 20# case only.
Seckel- An excellent dessert pear, small in size but big on sweetness. Great served with cheese or baked into tarts. 20# case only

SIERRA NEVADA CHEESE

Sierra Nevada Cheese Company was founded in 1997 by Ben Gregersen and John Dundon. In 2003, Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. moved their creamery to a bigger facility in Willows, just north of Sacramento. Ben and John are both hands-on owners and operators of Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. They remain committed to providing the highest quality product using only the most wholesome milk, free of added hormones, preservatives, stabilizers, gums, and nothing artificial, just great cheese. We proudly offer the following:
Goat Feta (5# loaf)– Brine-cured cheese that is semi-firm, compact and less salty than most European versions.
Aged Goat Cheddar (5# loaf)– Aged for over 6 months, this semi-soft cheese offers a cheddar like quality with creamy smooth texture and a complex nutty flavor; excellent for a cheese board.
Organic Farmhouse White Cheddar (2/5# case)– Mild yet has a full-bodied, authentic flavor, and a creamy, buttery texture; an excellent melting cheese.
Organic Smokehouse Jack (3# wheel)– Ultra-creamy texture and great for adding a smoky, bacon-like flavor to your sandwich, burger, mac n cheese or vegetarian dish.
Habanero Jack (5# block)– Bold and spicy yet smooth and creamy with a lingering kick. Great for burgers, mac-n-cheese, sandwiches, and pizzas.
Hatch Chile Jack (5# block)- Ultra creamy and smooth texture that melts beautifully with a pleasantly mild taste. Full of flavor without the spice! This is a great cheese for chile con queso, chile rellenos, sandwiches, burgers, and more.
Goat Cheese/Chevre (2.2# log)– Smooth texture, fresh flavor, and a tangy, citrus finish. Use in salads, spread on crostini, great for cheese boards and more.
Gina Marie Cream Cheese (2.5# chub)– Made with fresh milk, cream and sea salt. Light, fluffy texture and fresh creamy flavor.
Farmer’s Cheese (10/1# chubs)– A versatile Russian-style farmers cheese, similar to cream cheese but with a distinct tanginess from live probiotics. Excellent for lasagna, filled pasta, cheesecakes, or as a spread on toast or bagels.
Organic Euro-Style Butter (15/1# chubs)– High butterfat content creates an ultra rich, creamy flavor. It is vat-cured with live active cultures in a time-activated process to develop a distinctive all-natural flavor. Available salted or unsalted.