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Market Outlook - August 27, 2020

Summer Bounty


heirloom caprese 300X300Beans– Summer beans are one of the most popular summer items. We have bluelake green beans, yellow wax beans, romano beans, and cranberry beans in stock from Dwelley Farms.
Corn– Although corn is available year-round, local summer corn usually tastes sweeter. Available from Dwelley Farms in Brentwood, CA. Both yellow and white corn are sold by the 48ct case or per piece.
Peppers– Summer peppers are only available once a year and we are fortunate enough to have outstanding local farms supplying us with a variety of seasonal peppers. We are currently stocking Gypsy, Shishito, Padron, and Jimmy Nardello peppers.
Squash– We are currently stocking multiple varieties of locally grown squash from Dwelley Farms, including: gold bar, sunburst (yellow patty pan), summer (green patty pan), and grey squash. Each variety is available by the 24# single variety case. We are also offering a toy box squash that consists of gold bar, sunburst, summer, and grey, with the occasional appearance of zucchini and crookneck. Toy box squash is sold by the 22# case only. Baby mixed squash is available from Del Rio Botanicals in West Sacramento. Sold by the 10# case.
Tomatoes (Heirloom)- Ray Yeung tomatoes are highly praised by local chefs. We stock multiple varieties of heirlooms by the 10# case as well as a 10# mixed toy box case. We also stock vine-ripened round tomatoes and green tomatoes by the 20# case from Yeung Farms. Mixed Medley cherry tomatoes are available from Riverdog and Durst.
Stone Fruit– Local stone fruit has flourished this year and is now beginning to wind down. We are currently stocking yellow and white peaches from Twin Peaks Orchards in Newcastle and J&J Ramos Farms, located in Hughson. Nectarines, plums, and pluots are from J&J Ramos.
Melons- The melons this year have been beautiful and fragrant. We have multiple varieties in stock, including Crenshaw, Canary, Galia, Sharlyn, and more. Each variety is available by the case or the mixed case. We are currently sourcing local specialty melons from R. Kelley Farms, Riverdog Farm, and Full Belly Farm. Black Imagination watermelon and yellow watermelon are available from Vierra Farms in West Sacramento and DF&TF Farm in Woodland.
Figs– Figs are a wonderful summer fruit that can be added to sweet or savory dishes. Our varietal figs are sourced from Windmill Farm in Woodland. We are currently stocking Black Mission, Kadota, Tiger Stripe, and Violette de Bordeaux. Each variety is available by the 12 pint flat or in a mixed toy box flat. Black Missions are the only variety available by the basket.
Pears– We are currently sourcing our local pears from Stillwater Orchards in Courtland. Stillwater is owned by the Elliot Family, who take pride in producing some of the most flavorful pears in the Delta. We have green Bartlett, red Bartlett, and Bosc pears in stock. Green Bartletts are available by the 40# case and by the piece. Both red Bartletts and Bosc pears are available by the 20# case and by the piece.

California Fires
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Our hearts are with everyone who has been affected by the fires in California. We know that our community is struggling to push through the hardships we are currently being faced with. We will get through this together.
The current fires have posed a large threat to the local agriculture here in Northern California. California farmers are facing difficulties from all directions- land being damaged by the flames, high-risk working conditions for farmers and their workers, and crops affected by the smoke. Farmers and farmworkers near active fires are at a high risk for exposure to smoke, ash, and chemical residue, both during fires and throughout the cleanup process. Some farmers have chosen to shorten their work days in an attempt to keep their workers in good health. Shorter work days ultimately means less time to harvest. Because of this, we may begin to see limited availability of a number of crops.
Another thing to keep in mind during the fires is the presence of ash on produce. Many growers have reported large amounts of ash accumulating and affecting their crops. While they are doing everything they can to alleviate the ash, it is nearly impossible. We would like to remind you of the importance of washing all of your produce.
We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy through these difficult times. As always, we will provide updates as they are available.

Market Outlook - August 20, 2020

Locally grown Melons


Crème de la Crème- Creamy white flesh marbled with pale orange. The skin is orange/yellow and slightly netted. Deliciously fragrant and very sweet. Case only, limited availability from R. Kelley Farms. 
Crenshaw– Crenshaws are rounder melons with yellow, wrinkled skin with green freckles. They have light green flesh that is juicy, tender, and subtly sweet. Case only, R. Kelley Farms.
Charentais– One of the smaller varieties, Charentais melons are softball size with skin ranging from grey to pale yellow with green ribbing. They have deep orange flesh that is incredibly sweet and aromatic. Case only, Riverdog Farm.
Canary– An oval melon with smooth, canary-yellow skin. The flesh of a canary melon is a light cream color. They are crisp and very sweet. Case only, Fully Belly Farm.
Galia– Galia melons are round with light orange skin, covered in a tight netting. Their flesh is light green and very sweet, similar to a cross between a cantaloupe and honeydew. Case only, Fully Belly.
Goddess– An oval shaped melon with netting similar to a  cantaloupe. Goddess melons have orange flesh that is juicy and very sweet. Case only, Fully Belly.
Piel de Sapo (Santa Claus)- An oval shaped melon with green skin and spots of yellow. Piel de Sapo melons have a light colored flesh that is slightly sweet, similar to honeydew. Case only, Fully Belly.
Sharlyn– Sharlyns are an oblong shape with thin skin that is light orange. They have light flesh that is very sweet, juicy, and tropical. Case only, Fully Belly.
Mixed Melon– A mixed case of at least 3 varieties. 

Fresh Mozzarella

In the heart of heirloom tomato season, another item comes to mind almost immediately: fresh mozzarella. We currently offer four varieties of the mild, creamy cheese, ranging from uniform sized bites to fresh curd. Our fresh mozzarella products are sourced from Di Stefano Cheese in Pomona, CA. We are currently stocking the   following:
 
Ovoline: Fresh mozzarella rolled into egg-size 4oz balls, in a salt water brine. Easy to slice for pizzas or for salads. 3# tub (12/4oz balls)
 
Ciliegine: Small, bite size mozzarella balls that are roughly the size of a cherry tomato. Ciliegine mozzarella is easy to add to salads or appetizers. Also melts wonderfully on pizzas and pastas. 3# tub (144/.33oz balls)
 
Burrata: A rich, creamy, and delectable product. Burrata is a small ball of fresh mozzarella with a creamy mixture of heavy cream and mozzarella curd in the center. A rich addition to pizzas, salads, or pastas. Also great on its own with olive oil. 12/4oz case.
 
Fresh Mozzarella Curd: Sourced from Formaggi Di Ferrante in Fairfield, CA. Looking to make your own mozzarella? We offer fresh, high quality mozzarella curd. 5# bag or 4/5# case.

consumer boxes - updated ordering info

Times are continuously changing, especially in the face of the current pandemic. Our consumer boxes truly took off in ways we could have never imagined. We want to thank each member of the community who supported our new program and helped us thrive.
 
In order to provide the freshest ingredients and maintain a fast-paced warehouse, we have decided to scale down our consumer box availability days. As of August 24th, consumer boxes will only be available two days a week. We will only offer consumer box drop zones on Thursdays and pick ups at our warehouse on Fridays. Orders placed any day of the week will automatically be set up for Thursday delivery or Friday pick up.
 
We have loved seeing all of your warm smiles and hope to still see them on Fridays! We appreciate your understanding and patience as we evolve.
 
Placing the Order: Orders must be placed before 2am the morning of your desired delivery/pick up day. We can no longer accept same-day orders or add-ons.
 
Deliveries: We are not able to deliver to residential areas but have had a few of our customers volunteer to let us use their space as delivery zones. We will have a stationary truck in the following locations from 8:30am to 10:30am on Thursdays only: 
Bella Bru Cafe - El Dorado Hills
Don Quixote's- Watt Ave
Pushkin's Bakery and Cafe- Roseville
Beach Hut Deli- Davis (Fermi Place)

 
Drop Zones: We have had a few local restaurants volunteer to be "Drop Zones". These drop zones are open businesses where you can pick up from on Thursdays. For information on pick-up hours at the participating restaurants, please contact our office. The following are participating restaurants:
Kodaiko | Downtown
Wild Flour Café | Midtown
Pizza Bell (Grant Line) | Elk Grove
Paisley Café | Orangevale
Imperial Hotel | Amador City 


Fruit Mix- 5 each green kiwi, 1 clamshell of each blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries, 1 cantaloupe, 1 honeydew, 1 pineapple, 2 mangos, 2# peaches, 1 bag red grapes.
 
Grain Box- 2/2# Giusto’s all purpose flour, 2# white sugar, 2# white rice, 2# brown rice, 2# dried black beans, 2# dried pinto beans, 1# tri-color quinoa, and 1# green lentils.
 
Mexican Inspired Box- 2# bag of rice, 2# dried beans, 1 pack 6” corn tortillas, 1 pack 10” flour tortillas, 2 bunches cilantro, 6 each jalapeno, 3# tomatillos, 1 head green cabbage, 2# pascilla chilies, 12 roma tomatoes, 6 each  avocados, 3 each limes, 3 each yellow onions, 3 bunches green onions, and 2# shredded mixed cheese.
 
Organic Local Box- 2# fresh dug potatoes, 2# zucchini, 2# sunburst squash, .5# spring mix or bloomsdale spinach, 3 heads varietal lettuce, 1 clamshell sungold cherry tomatoes, 2# bluelake green beans, 1# romano beans, 1# yellow wax beans, 1# plums, 4 each peaches, and .5# whole pistachios.
Farms featured: Full Belly, Riverdog, Terra  Firma, Twin Peaks, and Polestar

Salad Kit- 1# spring mix, 3# little gem lettuce, 3 each romaine hearts, 3 heads mixed  hydroponic lettuce, 2 each     English cucumbers, 2 each red onions, 6 each radish, 1 bunch or pound of carrots, and 2 clamshells of red grape cherry tomatoes. Just add dressing!
 
Snack Mix- Great for kids or for on the go! 5# oranges, 4# apples, 3# peaches, 2# bag of red grapes, 1 bunch celery, 1 bag of mini carrots, 2 cups of banana chips, and  a cup of raisins.
 
Veggie Box- 4 ears corn, 2# green beans, 1# yellow wax beans, 4 each zucchini, 4 each yellow squash, 1 each red, green, and yellow bell peppers, 2# medium red potatoes, and 2 each red onions.

Market Outlook - August 6, 2020

Seasonal peppers


Seasonal produce is currently flourishing and this week is no different. Although you may be able to source different peppers year round, summer peppers are only available once a year. We are fortunate enough to have outstanding local farms supply us with a variety of seasonal peppers. We are currently stocking the following from Riverdog in Guinda, CA and R. Kelley Farms in South Sacramento, CA:
Mixed Gypsy Peppers (Riverdog Farm): Gypsies are known to change color through the season. The first crops are a pale yellowish green color and gradually transform into bright orange and rich red. They have an intense sweet flavor; perfect for stuffing. Enjoy raw or roasted to enhance sweetness. 10# case only.

Shishito Peppers (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.

Padron Peppers (Riverdog Farm): A crinkled green pepper similar to a shishito but slightly smaller with a thicker skin. They are sweet with a distinct kick, although one in ten is very spicy! They are a lively addition to pizzas, salads, soups, and rice dishes. 5# case only.

Jimmy Nardello Peppers (Riverdog Farm): Sweet and light when enjoyed raw; great frying pepper as its fruity raw flavor becomes creamy and soft when fried. Makes a gorgeous pepper-onata, or delicious in pastas, pizzas, and risottos. 10# case only.

Mixed Sweet Peppers (Riverdog Farm)– A mixed variety of Gypsy, Jimmy Nardello, and other sweet peppers. 10# case only

at a loss

At Produce Express, we pride ourselves on our close relationships with local farmers and growers, oftentimes considering them friends and family. One of our partnered farms, Twin Peaks Orchards, has experienced a great loss this past week. Here is a word from Camelia Enriquez-Miller, a member of the Twin Peaks family and sales representative here at Produce Express:
     “On Tuesday evening at approximately 9pm, our historic packing shed was destroyed in a fire. We are beyond devastated with this loss. This structure contained our only packing operation, storage, walk in, just harvested fruit, but more importantly this shed was the heart of our orchard. Countless irreplaceable boxes, equipment and relics were within those walls. Memories of both family and community gatherings honoring agriculture in Placer County were forged in that nearly 100 year old building. Many in the community have already reached out and the support and love we already feel is overwhelming.
     "We are in shock. We are thankful for the health and safety of our families and homes on the farm. We may be slow to respond to messages or phone calls as we wade through these next days. But as our founding fathers have engrained in us, we are resilient and will find a way to rebuild.”


If you would like to offer your support to Twin Peaks Orchards, please reach out to your personal sales rep or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

windmill figs

Windmill Farm and Vineyard is located in Woodland, CA. They have roughly 200 acres of land dedicated to farming an assortment of crops from figs and grapes to olives and stone fruit. The farm started as a passion project to grow specialty grapes. The land also functions as an event space with a focus on celebrating the farm to table movement. We are currently sourcing a variety of delectable figs from Windmill Farm including:
Black Mission– One of the sweeter varieties of figs. Despite their name, Black Missions have a deep purple-blue skin with a bright pink flesh. They are terrific when eaten on their own but also great when paired with tangy cheeses or yogurts. Available by the pint or 12 pint flat.
Kadota– Kadotas have light green skin with a pale pink flesh. They are noticeably less sweet than the other fig varieties when raw. They are a great variety for making jams or preserves. They can also be added to salads or pizzas. 12 pint flat only.
Violette de Bordeaux– Considered to be one of the best eating figs in terms of flavor. At a glance, Violette Figs are very similar to the Black Mission. They have a very dark purple skin with a deep red flesh. Violettes tend to be smaller and more pear shaped with a sweet, rich flavor. Excellent when eaten fresh or dried. 12 pint flat only.

Varietal figs are also available in a mixed flat– 4 baskets of each Black Mission, Kadota, and Violette. Tiger Stripe figs are expected by the end of next week.