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Market Outlook - June 07, 2012

Local Gypsy Peppers

gypsy-peppersLocal sweet Gypsy peppers by Capay Organic. Three varieties currently available– Lipstick– very sweet 4-inch oblong red pepper, Yellow Gypsy-thin walled, great for roasting, and Cuerno di Toro-aka Bulls Horn– sweet red pepper but mildly hot. Available in single or a mixed variety 'Toy Box' cases.

Local Seasonal Produce

Though still spring in terms of the calendar, we have a tendency to associate the beginning of summer with the passing of the Memorial Day holiday rather than the Summer Solstice on June 20th. Our local farms are transitioning to new crops and, while beets and greens are still available, there is much to choose from with regard to summer produce. This week we are offering local produce from the following farms: Frog Hollow Farm-We continue this week with outstanding apricots from this organic farm in Brentwood.

stonefruitWe will be receiving the Robada variety-a large and robust apricot, orange with a vibrant red blushed skin and sweet flavor. Dwelley Farms-Offering this week Blue Lake, French, Romano and Yellow Wax beans as well as pluots and apriums. In case you didn't know, the first few letters of these two fruits indicates the dominant variety-so, pluots are a cross between a plum and an apricot and apriums are a cross between an apricot and a plum. Twin Peaks-Stone fruit season is upon us and we will be receiving early varieties of both yellow peaches and white nectarines from this foothill farm.

Located between Newcastle and Lincoln, Twin Peaks farm has become our staple grower for local stone fruit with the season running from now until the end of August. Capay Organics-We are receiving three types of peppers from Capay. These peppers are distinguished by thin, crunchy outside walls and mild, sweet flavor, though the Cuerno di Toro (Bull's Horn) may offer some degree of heat.

Del Rio Arugula Rapini

arugula-rapiniA collection of over 1600 varieties of seeds for vegetables and herbs places Del Rio in the unique position to provide a selection of produce that is varied, rare and targeted to restaurants. This week, in our ongoing effort to showcase one of those rare vegetables from our organic farm, we are offering Arugula Rapini as our 'Del Rio Product Of The Week'. Arugula Rapini-the edible leaves, stems, and shoots from over-wintered arugula plants packs some delicious heat, so consider adding it to dishes rather than eating it alone. Unlike arugula leaves, arugula rapini is hearty and needs cooking. It can be combined with other greens and cooked with garlic and olive oil to make a delicious vegetable component, side dish, or gratin and is fantastic in pasta, risotto and on pizzas-pairs well with poultry, salmon, tuna, shrimp, clams, mussels, and pork.