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Market Outlook - November 19, 2020

Fall Baking


Autumn is in the air and we have all of your baking needs covered! We have compiled a list of the most popular fall baking items that we carry to help narrow down your search:
EXTRACTS
Crafted by Jones and Co., sold by the quart: Vanilla, Maple, Almond, Lemon, Orange, and Peppermint.
DRIED SPICES
Ground Nutmeg (1#), Pumpkin Spice (1#), Star Anise (8oz), Whole Cloves (12oz), Ground Cinnamon (1#), Cinnamon Sticks (2#), Ground Ginger (1#)
FRUIT PUREES
All natural purees with pristine flavors from Perfect Puree: Black Currant, Blood Orange, Cranberry, Ginger, Green Apple, Lemon Zest, Meyer Lemon, Orange Zest, Pear, Pomegranate.
NUT & NUT BUTTERS
All nuts are available by the 5# bag: Almonds (sliced, slivered, diced, whole raw, whole blanched, whole roasted), Walnuts (halves or pieces), Hazelnuts, Pecans, and Cashews. Our nut butters are made with 100% nuts- no salt, sugar, or stabilizers added from Z Specialty in 7.5# tubs: Almond Butter, California Nut Crunch—a blend of hazelnuts, cashews, and almonds.
SUGAR
Vanilla sugar and Cinnamon Sugar from Jones & Co. available by the 1# bag. We also carry C&H White Sugar as well as Brown Sugar in 25# sacks.

Giusto's Vita Grain

Giusto’s was founded on the premise of providing high quality, freshly milled, flours and natural baking ingredients of all types, including those for breads, cakes, and pizzas. They mill their own flour, in South San Francisco, using a variety of techniques including true stone milling on rare 30” Meadows stones. We are pleased to offer Giusto’s Specialty Flours by the 25# bag.
All Purpose Flour- Unbleached enriched flour made from Hard Red Winter Wheat. 11% protein
Organic “All Family” Flour- Unbleached all-purpose flour made from Organic Hard Red Winter Wheat. 11% protein
Semolina- Produced from enriched Durum Wheat, this high protein granular flour is ideal for pasta and bread making.
“00” High Protein Flour- European-style  proprietary blend of select whole wheat flours that works  perfectly for tender thin-crust pizza, pasta, and breads.
High Performer Flour- This is the top of the line, natural, high gluten, high protein unbleached flour that performs especially well in bread, pizza, and pastries (even croissants). 13-13.5% protein
Rice Flour- Fine textured white rice flour. An excellent ingredient in making gluten free pastries, pasta, and bread.

TCHO Chocolate

TCHO chocolate factory is located in Berkley, CA, where their complex chocolates are created with the highest quality flavor and flawless performance in mind. We offer the following varieties:
39% Cacao Milk Chocolate (6.6# bag)- A classic milk chocolate with rich caramel notes, hints of butterscotch and honey.

53% Cacao Milk Chocolate (6.6# bag)- A dark milk chocolate with a rich, fudgy flavor and creamy finish.

60.5% Cacao Semi-Sweet Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- Complex chocolatey notes with hints of raisins, vanilla, and a lingering caramel finish.

66% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate (6.6# bag)- Warm complex cocoa notes with hints of dried cherries, currants and roasted coffee.

68% Chocolately Dark Chocolate (6.6# bag)- Robust cocoa richness with notes of roasted coffee, nuts, and raisins.

81% Extra Dark Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- Sharp, bright, acidic flavor  balanced by rich and fudgy notes. This decadent chocolate also has hints of almond, hazelnut, and tangy dried cherry.

99% Unsweetened Chocolate (6.6# bag)- Smooth, complex, and rich, this unsweetened chocolate has hints of espresso with a toasted undertone.

100% Cocoa Powder (4.4# bag)- Very versatile, all natural, high fat cocoa powder made with no chemical processing. Rich chocolate flavors are balanced with delicate acidity. Ideal for baking, ice cream, and garnishing.

100% Roasted Cocoa Nibs (3.3# bag)- Deep, nutty, and toasty chocolate flavor with hints of chicory and coffee. These cocoa nibs have a crunchy, nut-like texture. Great for garnishing, incorporating into marinades or sauces, or sprinkling on ice cream.

Drinking Chocolate (6.6# bag)- TCHO Drinking Chocolate is made from ground up dark chocolate bars to create an intensely rich, deep fudgy flavor. Reminiscent of decadent European-style drinking chocolate, TCHO’s not-too-sweet version is perfect for making a cozy cup of extraordinary hot chocolate. You can also use the drinking chocolate for any iced chocolate drink,  chocolate sauce, chocolate mousse, and more!

Market Outlook - November 05, 2020

Seasonal Updates


The fall season has finally swept in and we are excited for the numerous autumn and winter crops that are beginning to appear! With the introduction of new crops, we do have to say goodbye to seasonal summer items. The following is a list of our most popular seasonal produce and availability updates:
Winter Squash– Locally grown winter squashes are in full swing. Local butternut, delicata, kabocha, red kurri, and honeynut squash are available from Yeung Farms. Sugar pie pumpkins are available from Riverdog Farm.
Citrus– Satsuma mandarins are available from Twin Peaks available by the case and by the pound. Meyer lemons are expected by next week.
Persimmons– Local fuyu persimmons are currently available from Twin Peaks Orchards and Del Rio. Amagaki persimmons (or cinnamon persimmons) are expected to be available by next week from Twin Peaks.
Pomegranates– Available now from various growers in Northern California, including Del Rio and J&J Ramos.
Cranberries– Fresh cranberries are currently available, although not locally grown.
Kiwi– Local green kiwi and tropikiwi (golden kiwi) are available from Wild River Farm in Marysville, CA.
Apples– Apple Hill apples are available from Larsen Apple Barn, including Fuji, Granny Smith, Arkansas Black, and Red Delicious. Pink Lady apples are expected in 7-10 days.
Greens– Bloomsdale spinach is currently available from Riverdog Farm. Locally grown chards and collard greens are available from various growers in Northern California.
Brussel Sprouts– California brussel sprouts are currently available from the coastal region.
Leeks– King Richards leeks are currently available from Terra Firma.
Decorative Fall Items– Indian corn, gourds, and varietal pumpkins will be available until the end of November.
Beans– Local summer beans have finished for the season. Bluelake and French beans are still available from other sources.
Corn– Brentwood corn has finished for the season.
Peppers– Jimmy Nardello peppers have finished for the season. Gypsy and Padrons are expected to finish within the next week or two.
Summer Squash– Local summer squash varieties have finished for the season, including baby squashes and squash blossoms.
Tomatoes (Heirloom)- Heirloom tomatoes, both single variety and toybox, are still available from Uncle Ray but are expected to end shortly. We will begin sourcing Mexican product when the season ends.
Local Mixed Medley cherry tomatoes have finished for the season.
Stone Fruit– The last of local stone fruit has also finished for the season, aside from pluots. Local pluots are available by the pound and by the 18# case

Consumer Boxes

In the face of the current pandemic, Produce Express vowed to continue offering fresh produce to those in our community. We are happy to announce that our consumer box program is still in full swing! We have made seasonal updates to our boxes and have included more local product. Our consumer boxes are geared to help not only the members of our community, but also local farms that we are partnered with. Please keep in mind that consumer boxes are only available for Thursday deliveries or Friday pick ups. We are currently offering the following:

Veggie Box– 1 butternut squash, 1 bunch of carrots, 2# of brussel sprouts, 2 bunches of chard, 1 bunch of broccoli, 2# of baby yams, 2# of red potatoes, 1 each red and yellow onion, and 2 bulbs garlic. $20.00

Fruit Box– 2# of Apple Hill apples, 2# of pears, 4 each oranges, 2# of grapes, 6 each kiwi, 1 each pineapple, 2 each pomegranate, 1 each cantaloupe, 2 each persimmons, and 1# of satsuma mandarins. $30.00

Salad Kit– 1 bag of romaine hearts (3 each), 1 head of hydroponic butter lettuce, 1 bunch of dino kale, 1/2# of bloomsdale spinach, 1 bunch of radishes, 2 bunches of carrots, 1 each red onion, 2 each avocado, 2 baskets of red grape cherry tomatoes, 1 each English cucumber. $25.00

Mexican Inspired- 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. $40.00

Local– 2 each honeynut squash, 1 each red kurri squash, 1/2# bloomsdale spinach, 1 bunch of dino kale, 2 bunches broccoli, 1/2# shiitake mushrooms, 2# Apple Hill apples, 4 each kiwi, 1# satsuma mandarins, 2# dried heirloom beans, 1 canister La Tourangelle oil, and 1 round of Cypress Grove Purple Haze cheese. $50.00

Grain- 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. $25.00

Market Outlook - October 30, 2020

dried heirloom beans


We are proud to announce our new partnership with local heirloom bean distributor, Chili Smith! Chili Smith, located in Carmichael, CA, features local heirloom bean growers from Northern California. They select their growers based on their commitment to high quality products and safe, practical, and sustainable farming practices.
The following are available in 5# bags:
Black Garbanzo– An heirloom variety of the classic chickpea. Black garbanzo beans have a firm texture with a nutty flavor and subtle smoky and sweet notes. They can range from dark brown to black.
Black Turtle– A small, shiny black bean. Black turtle beans are the most common variety of black beans and are especially popular in Latin American cuisine.
Black Valentine– Medium size black bean, turning purple-black when cooked. Meaty texture, nutty flavor, cooks quickly.
Butter- A smooth, pale white bean. The texture of butter beans is similar to its name– buttery and creamy. Also known as baby lima beans.
Christmas Lima– Large, flat bean, bicolor-cream with dark maroon spots. They have a buttery texture and chestnut-like flavor.
Eye of the Goat– Tan beans with curved dark brown stripes with thin skin but are firm enough to hold their shape while cooking. Eye of the Goat, or Ojo de Cabra, have a wonderful natural flavor on their own yet are versatile enough to pair well with other flavors.
Good Mother Stallard– Deep maroon and white speckled beans with a creamy texture and nutty flavor. Good Mother Stallard beans are an excellent variety to prepare simply, to truly enjoy their natural flavor.
Green Black-Eyed Peas– Small, light green bean with distinctive black mark at sprouting point. Earthy sweet flavor & buttery texture. Used often in Caribbean/African cooking.
Green Flageolet– Small pale green bean used often in French cooking. Holds shape well when cooked.
Hisatsu Red– A Native American bean originally from North Dakota. Nutty flavor, dark red color, medium size, and similar in texture to kidney beans.
Jacob’s Cattle– Plum, white and red speckled, kidney shaped bean. Rich aroma and full flavor. Holds shape under long cooking.
Pebbles– Variety of colors. Tender skin and mild flavors make an excellent salad bean.
Peruano– A mild, buttery flavor with a creamy texture. Peruano beans range from ivory to light yellow in color and are very common in Latin American cooking.
Snow Cap– The Snow Cap bean is one of the most beautiful beans; with its tan color and a snow-cap of white along the side and spots of burgundy speckling overall. It has a creamy texture making it ideal for chowder. The markings on a Snow Cap beans remain after cooking and is excellent for soups.
Sunset Runner– Medium size purple and black bean with a creamy texture & distinct flavor. Excellent when used as a baked bean.
Tarbais– A somewhat flat, creamy white bean with a very thin skin that stands up well to longer cooking times. They are low in starch and very tender when cooked. Tarbais beans are very similar in size and color to Runner Cannellini beans but differ slightly in shape, as Tarbais are flat.

Consumer Boxes

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 continue to offer consumer boxes to the community, we have made seasonal updates to our boxes. Consumer boxes are only available for Thursday deliveries or Friday pick ups. We are currently offering the following:

Veggie Box– 1 butternut squash, 1 bunch of carrots, 2# of brussel sprouts, 2 bunches of chard, 1 bunch of broccoli, 2# of baby yams, 2# of red potatoes, 1 each red and yellow onion, and 2 bulbs garlic. $20.00

Fruit Box– 2# of Apple Hill apples, 2# of pears, 4 each oranges, 2# of grapes, 6 each kiwi, 1 each pineapple, 2 each pomegranate, 1 each cantaloupe, 2 each persimmons, and 1# of satsuma mandarins. $30.00

Salad Kit– 1 bag of romaine hearts (3 each), 1 head of hydroponic butter lettuce, 1 bunch of dino kale, 1/2# of bloomsdale spinach, 1 bunch of radishes, 2 bunches of carrots, 1 each red onion, 2 each avocado, 2 baskets of red grape cherry tomatoes, 1 each English cucumber. $25.00

Mexican Inspired- 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. $40.00

Local– 2 each honeynut squash, 1 each red kurri squash, 1/2# bloomsdale spinach, 1 bunch of dino kale, 2 bunches broccoli, 1/2# shiitake mushrooms, 2# Apple Hill apples, 4 each kiwi, 1# satsuma mandarins, 2# dried heirloom beans, 1 canister La Tourangelle oil, and 1 round of Cypress Grove Purple Haze cheese. $50.00

Grain- 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. $25.00