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Market Outlook - May 11, 2020

seasonal update

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Cherries: We are starting out the season with Coral Cherries from Lodi, CA. They are available by the 16# case or by the pound. Varieties such as Bing and Brooks will follow in the coming weeks, weather permitting.
 
Pluots and Apricots: Flavor Rosa pluots from Dwelley are expected in late May with more     varieties trickling in by mid July. Local Blenheim apricots are due in the first week of June from Polestar Farm.
 
Mixed Medley Cherry Tomatoes: Mixed medleys are expected from Del Rio Botanicals by the end of May.
 
Heirloom Tomatoes: Following the schedule of years passed, local heirloom tomatoes will be available the first of July from Uncle Ray Yeung.
 
Squash Blossoms: Currently available from the coastal region and will be available from Del Rio the beginning of June.
 
Baby Squash: Baby mixed summer squash varieties are expected to arrive in the beginning of June from Del Rio.
 
Summer Squashes: Multiple varieties of  summer squashes are expected by the beginning of June from Maciel Farm and Dwelley Farms.
 
Corn: White and yellow corn are both expected from Dwelley Farm at the beginning of June.
 
Bloomsdale Spinach: Bloomsdale is currently gapping and expected to return in just a couple of weeks.
 
Summer Beans: Local summer beans are expected late May and into early June from Dwelley. Bluelakes are expected in late May, yellow wax and romano beans available early June, and cranberry beans by the middle of June.
 
Melons: Local varietal melons from R. Kelley Farms are forecasted to be available by mid July. Local black watermelon is expected by early July.
 
Peppers: Locally grown varietal peppers typically start appearing in mid June, with multiple varieties being harvested throughout  July.

twin peaks orchards


We officially have local stone fruit from Twin Peaks in Newcastle, CA! Twin Peaks Orchard was established in 1912 and has been family owned and operated for four generations. They follow the principles of sustainable agriculture, using beneficial insects to control pests and organic fertilizers to promote healthy tree growth. The goal at Twin Peaks is to pick tree ripened fruit that will reach a maximum degree of ripeness within 2-3 days after harvest.

We are currently stocking Snow Angel white peaches. The Snow Angel variety is very floral, juicy, and full of spring flavor! They are currently sold by the 18# case or by the pound. Because they are early season stone fruit, they are on the smaller, firmer side. Early season fruit are considered cling/semi-freestone, which means the flesh will stick to the pit. Several varieties of freestone peaches will follow in the coming weeks, most likely by the beginning of June. Yellow peaches are expected by the beginning of next week.

Yellow nectarines are expected in by the end of next week, beginning with Zee Fire. Zee Fire nectarines are bright, tangy, and fairly acidic.
 

Market Outlook - March 12, 2020

Z SPECIALTY

Z Specialty Foods is family owned and operated by the Zeldner family, who have been producing honey in Woodland, CA since 1979. California honeys, fruit spreads, and nut butters from Z Specialty Foods are perfect for baking and make great additions to cheese boards, tea service and more!

Z Specialty honey is minimally processed, unheated, unpasteurized, and certified Kosher. Each honey is specific to a single floral source and location contributing to their unique flavors, colors, and aromas.

NEW! California Avocado Honey (12# tub)- Rich, dark honey with a silky texture and notes of chocolate, caramel, and molasses.
Local Wildflower (12# tub)– Light in color with subtle floral overtones.
California Pomegranate Honey (12# tub)- A deep mahogany color with subtle notes of grenadine and dried fruit.
California Orange Blossom (12# tub)– Pollen from California orange groves is used to produce this fragrant, light honey.
California Coriander (12# tub)– Savory and rich, this amazing honey has hints of spice and cardamom.
Honey Straws (125ct)– Local wildflower honey in a clear, 7-inch straw that easily pops open. These are perfect for beverage service or to-go drinks.
 
Fruit Spreads and Nut Butters
Apricot Honey Spread (10# tub)– A sweet/tart blend of local Blenheim apricots and wildflower honey.
Tart Cherry Honey Spread (10# tub)– Tart Montmorency cherries blended with sweet honey.
Apricot-Cherry Honey Spread (10# tub)– Balanced sweet/tart flavor.
California Almond Butter (7.5# tub)– Made simply with roasted California almonds– no salt, sugar, or stabilizers.
Nut Crunch (7.5# tub)– California almonds, filberts from the Northwest, and tropical cashews make a delicious crunchy combination.

TERRA FIRMA FARM


We are excited to announce Terra Firma Farm as a new addition to our local farm partnerships! Terra Firma Farm is a 200-acre CCOF-certified organic farm in Winters, CA, that has been growing vegetables and fruit year-round for over 25 years. The seeds for Terra Firma Farm were planted in the late 1980s when Paul Holmes began farming a few acres in the hills west of Winters with a few friends under the name Sky High Farm. In 1993, the name of the farm was changed to Terra Firma. Paul then gained two new additions to the ownership of the farm, Paul Underhill (Pablito) and Hector Melendez-Lopez. Terra Firma prides themselves on being a non-traditional family farm. They practice ecologically sustainable agriculture that protects and builds the soil, provides habitat for wildlife, conserves energy and water, and produces healthier, more nutritious fruits and vegetables.

We are currently offering the following products from Terra Firma Farm:
Little Gem Lettuce– Described as a combination of butter lettuce and romaine. It has thin stalks and thicker leaves. Specify local or Terra Firma when ordering. Sold by the 24ct case.

Red Oak Leaf Lettuce– A vibrant burgundy in color with smaller leaves. It has a buttery texture with an incredibly mellow, nutty, and sweet flavor. 24ct case only.

Baby Mixed Lettuce– A mix of both Little Gem and Red Oak Leaf. 24ct case only.

White Spring Onions- Spring Onions look similar to scallions but they have a small onion bulb at the base that can be red or white, depending on the varietal. They are wonderful grilled, roasted whole, or used like pearl onions. Sold by the 10# case.

Red Beets– Earthy in taste, bright red in color, and easy to pair. We are currently stocking Terra Firma’s beets by the 25# sack only. Please specify organic/local when ordering.
 

DELTA ASPARAGUS 

Delta Asparagus is just around the corner! We are expecting to transition into Delta product by next week. We will be stocking all sizes in 28# cases. Asparagus is packed in five sizes: pencil, standard, large, extra large, and jumbo. The size of the asparagus should be determined by how you intend to cook it.

Pencil (about the diameter of a pencil) is best for sauté/ stir-frys and very quick cooking.

Standard (roughly the diameter of your pinky finger) is great blanched in chilled salads or cold appetizers.

Large (the diameter of your index finger) is the most common size and is great for grilling as it will allow you to add a nice char and still be al dente.

Extra Large and Jumbo (about the diameter of your thumb) is perfect for longer cooking applications such as roasting or braising.
It is important to know that size has no bearing on flavor or color.

Market Outlook - March 05, 2020

TERRA FIRMA FARM


We are excited to announce Terra Firma Farm as a new addition to our local farm partnerships! Terra Firma Farm is a 200-acre CCOF-certified organic farm in Winters, CA, that has been growing vegetables and fruit year-round for over 25 years. The seeds for Terra Firma Farm were planted in the late 1980s when Paul Holmes began farming a few acres in the hills west of Winters with a few friends under the name Sky High Farm. In 1993, the name of the farm was changed to Terra Firma. Paul then gained two new additions to the ownership of the farm, Paul Underhill (Pablito) and Hector Melendez-Lopez. Terra Firma prides themselves on being a non-traditional family farm. They practice ecologically sustainable agriculture that protects and builds the soil, provides habitat for wildlife, conserves energy and water, and produces healthier, more nutritious fruits and vegetables.

We are currently offering the following products from Terra Firma Farm:
Little Gem Lettuce– Described as a combination of butter lettuce and romaine. It has thin stalks and thicker leaves. Specify local or Terra Firma when ordering. Sold by the 24ct case.

Red Oak Leaf Lettuce– A vibrant burgundy in color with smaller leaves. It has a buttery texture with an incredibly mellow, nutty, and sweet flavor. 24ct case only.

Baby Mixed Lettuce– A mix of both Little Gem and Red Oak Leaf. 24ct case only.

White Spring Onions- Spring Onions look similar to scallions but they have a small onion bulb at the base that can be red or white, depending on the varietal. They are wonderful grilled, roasted whole, or used like pearl onions. Sold by the 10# case.

Red Beets– Earthy in taste, bright red in color, and easy to pair. We are currently stocking Terra Firma’s beets by the 25# sack only. Please specify organic/local when ordering.
 

CALIFORNIA ASPARAGUS 

Spring is quickly approaching which means it is asparagus season! We are currently offering California grown asparagus from Southern California. Because it is just the beginning of the season, we are only offering large/extra large in 11# cases only. 28# cases are expected to be available by early next week and more sizes will be available as the season progresses.

DELTA ASPARAGUS UPDATE
Due to a combination of increased competition from Mexico and rising labor costs, Delta asparagus is getting a late start to the market. In the early 2000’s, California grew upwards of 40,000 acres of asparagus, nearly 10,000 of those acres being in the San Joaquin Delta. California’s crop has now dwindled down to less than 2,000 acres. Some farmers have even made the difficult decision to abandon their crops this season. Currently, there is a large gap in pricing between the California and Mexico markets. California is in the high 30’s for 11# cases and Mexican product is in the high 30’s for 28# cases. The market is expected to steady as the season progresses. We are expecting Delta asparagus by late March or early April.

ASIAN INSPIRED INGREDIENTS 

We are proud to offer a variety of high quality, locally produced items that may be used in a variety of dishes.

Hodo Soy Tofu (Oakland, CA)

Hodo Soy Beanery only uses Organic Non-GMO soy beans grown in the United States, and supplies acclaimed Bay Area restaurants such as Benu, Quince, and more.

Firm Tofu– made fresh daily in small batches; keeps its shape when grilled or added to stir-fry. Available in a 10oz pack, 6/10oz case, 5# pack or 4/5# case.

The following is also available with a pre-order. Please call the office for more details: Medium Tofu, Tofu Veggie Burgers, Tofu Puffs, Braised Tofu, Thai Curry Tofu Nuggets, Fresh Yuba Sheets, and Soy Milk.

Nippon Shokken (West Sacramento)

Nippon Shokken produces a variety of sauces and batters that are free of MSG, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and preservatives.
Tempura Batter– Creates a crisp and light texture for anything that can be battered and fried. Sold in a 3.3# bag.
Karaage Batter– Use for crispy fried chicken, onion rings, fish and chips, and calamari. 3.3# bag.
Teriyaki Sauce– Soy sauce perfectly balanced with sweetness (from prune juice) and fresh ginger. It makes the perfect glaze or marinade. Available in a 4.9# container.
Ginger Sauce– Use as a marinade and stir-fry sauce. Made with fresh ginger and miso paste. Available in a 4.8# container.
Black Pepper Sauce– A nice balance of sweet and peppery that makes a delicious marinade, sauce, and glaze for meat and seafood. Available in a 4.8# container.
Orange Sauce– Made with three types of orange components: juice, peel, and natural flavor. Available in a 5.2# container.
Peanut Sauce– Use as a dipping sauce or peanut dressing for cold noodles & salads. It is made with roasted peanuts, peanut butter and lemon. Available in a 60oz container.
Japanese Dressing– A soy-sauce base dressing with a hint of wasabi that makes a flavorful addition to salads, meats and seafood. Available in a 60oz container.