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Market Outlook - March 04, 2021

Local Cheese

HARD CHEESES
CAPRA STANISLAUS– Nicolau Farms (5# block)
DRY JACK– Vella Cheese Co. (8# wheel)
LAMB CHOPPER– Cypress Grove (9# wheel)
MIDNIGHT MOON– Cypress Grove (9# wheel)
QUATRO PEPE– Nicolau Farms (5# wheel)
TOME– Laura Chenel (4# wheel)

SEMI-HARD CHEESES
BLACK TRUFFLE CASIAGO– Nicolau Farms (6# wheels)
HABANERO JACK– Sierra Nevada (5# block)
HATCH CHILI JACK– Sierra Nevada (5# block)
SAN JOAQUIN GOLD– Fiscalini (7# piece)
SMOKED CHEDDAR– Fiscalini (5# block)
SMOKED JACK– Sierra Nevada (5# block)
TOMA– Point Reyes Farmstead (10# wheel)

SOFT CHEESES
BRIE, TRIPLE CREME– Marin French (8oz round)
BURRATA– Di Stefano (12/4oz)
CAMEMBERT– Marin French (8oz round)
CHEVRE GOAT– Sierra Nevada (2.2# log)
MT. TAM– Cowgirl Creamery (4oz round)
PURPLE HAZE CHEVRE– Cypress Grove (12/3oz)
RED HAWK– Cowgirl Creamery (4oz round)

SEMI-SOFT CHEESES
AGED GOAT CHEDDAR– Sierra Nevada (5# block)
BAY BLUE– Point Reyes (6# wheel)
ORIGINAL BLUE– Point Reyes (6# wheel)
HUMBOLDT FOG– Cypress Grove (5# wheel)

For a full list of the cheeses we carry, please contact our office.

 

Penna Olives

Penna Olives is known for consistency and quality for decades. Their olives are grown, processed and packed at M&CP Farms in Orland, CA. Owned and operated by Maurice and Cindy Penna, M&CP Farms is the only end-to -end handler from tree to package. Maurice is a recognized authority on olives and is responsible for all phases of olive production.

ITALIAN DELI MIX

A mildly spicy blend of pitted olives with pearl onions, and Greek and California peppers. Available in 2/5# bags in brine.

CALIFORNIA MIXED
Blend of Sevillano, Mission, Manzanita, and Picholine. Available pitted (2/4#) or with the pit (2/5#).
 
CALAMON (KALAMATA)
A California grown Kalamata, this olive is a large, purple/ black olive with rich and fruity flavor. Available pitted-2/4# bags.

LUCQUES
Crescent shaped green olives with firm meaty texture (with pit). Available 2/5# bags in brine. 

PITTED SICILIAN(SEVILLANO)
Large meaty green olive with mild fruity flavor. Pairs well with sheep and goat milk cheeses. Available 2/5# bags in brine.
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CASTELVETRANO
A bright green, medium sized olive with a buttery flesh. Castelvetranos are juicy, fruity, and slightly salty while still mild. We stock both whole (10# tub) and pitted (2/4# case). They are grown and produced in Italy.
 

Napa Nuts


Napa Nuts is a family business that has been owned and operated by the Miluso family in Napa since 1990. Napa Nuts is committed to building relationships with growers, and sourcing consistently high quality nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Napa Nuts also recognizes the importance of food safety, especially in regards to food allergies. They have implemented systems to prevent peanut cross contamination, including a dedicated packing room exclusively reserved for peanuts. With such a broad product line available from Napa Nuts, there is no need to shop around.
 
NUTS
Almonds– diced & roasted, slivered, roasted, sliced, blanched, raw
Cashews Pieces– raw, roasted/ salted
Hazelnuts
Macadamias
Marcona Almonds– raw, roasted and salted
Peanuts– roasted/salted, raw/ unsalted, Spanish
Pecans Halves or pieces
Pine Nuts
Pistachios
 
DRIED FRUIT
Dried Apples
Dried Apricots
Dried Banana Chips
Dried Blueberry
Dried Cherries
Dried Coconut– chips, flakes, and shredded (sweetened and unsweetened)
Dried Cranberry
Dried Currants
Dried Dates– chopped, pitted, medjool
Dried Figs (black)
Dried Kiwi
Dried Mango– diced
Dried Mixed Berries
Dried Mixed Fruit
Dried Nectarines
Dried Papaya
Dried Peaches
Dried Pears
Dried Pineapple
Dried Prunes (pitted)
Dried Red Plum
Raisins
Raisins, gold

SEEDS
Chia Seed (black)
Flax Seed (brown and gold)
Hemp Seed
Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Sesame Seed (white and black)
Sunflower Seed

Z Specialty Honey

Z Specialty Foods is family owned and operated by the Zeldner family. They 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!

HONEY
Their natural honey is minimally processed, unheated and unpasteurized, keeping the color, flavor, aroma, and healthy enzymes intact. Each honey is specific to a single floral source and geographic location contributing to their unique flavors, colors, and aromas. Available by the gallon: 
LOCAL WILDFLOWER HONEY
ORANGE BLOSSOM HONEY
CALIFORNIA CORIANDER
CALIFORNIA POMEGRANATE
CALIFORNIA AVOCADO BLOSSOM HONEY
WILD FLOWER HONEY STRAWS

FRUIT SPREADS
Their Honey-Fruit Spreads are made with creamed honey, which means the product will always be ready to spread. There is no need to refrigerate after opening. We stock the following in 10# tubs:
APRICOT CHERRY
APRICOT
TART CHERRY

NUT BUTTERS
California Nut Butters are unique nut spreadables made with 100% nuts- no salt, sugar, or stabilizers added! Refrigerate to keep fresh, smooth, and spreadable. Available by the 7.5# tub:
ALMOND BUTTER
NUT CRUNCH (ALMONDS, FILBERTS AND CASHEWS)

Market Outlook - February 18, 2021

Riverdog Farm


Broccoli di Cicco– An heirloom variety that is smaller than traditional broccoli with thinner stems and smaller heads. It is mild and sweet. 5# case
Braising Mix– A wonderful blend of seasonal, robust greens. Ideal for dishes that require sturdier greens that hold well under heat. 3# case
Bloomsdale Spinach- A sweet, heirloom variety with a deeper and more interesting flavor than the standard flat leaf spinach. Each leaf is heavily crinkled, giving it a heartier texture perfect for sautéing or wilting. 4# case 
King Richard Leeks- An heirloom variety of leeks with an edible 6-10 inch blanched white stalk; longer than the traditional leek. Their flavor is sweet and delicate. 12ct case
Red Spring Onion- Spring Onions look similar to scallions but have a small onion bulb at the base. They are wonderful grilled, roasted whole, or used in place of pearl onions. 10# case
Scarlett Queen Turnip– Scarlett Queens have a spicy red skin and sweet white flesh. 10# case.
Tokyo Turnip- Tokyo turnips look similar to radishes with smooth white skin and white flesh. They are mild, slightly spicy, with an earthy sweetness. 10# case
Watermelon Radish– A colorful, heirloom varietal radish with a green exterior and deep pink to bright red interior. Firm and crisp with a peppery taste and subtle sweetness. 10# case or per pound
Black Radish- This winter radish has deep black skin with crisp white flesh. Black radish deliver a spicy bite and can be slightly bitter. Per pound
Purple Daikon Radish- Purple Daikon has a beautiful inner flesh that is white with stunning starburst splashes of violet matching its purple skin. Its flavor is mildly spicy with a hint of sweetness. 10# case
 

Sciabica Olive Oil


The Sciabica (pronounced Sha-bee-ka) family has been cold-pressing olive oil on the same property in Modesto for over 80 years, making them the oldest producer in the United States. Their olive oils are pressed from only California-grown olives, 100% GMO-free, sustainably farmed, and  artisan-crafted in small batches. We are proud to offer the following olive oils:
 
Mission Trail Extra Virgin: 100% California. 100% extra virgin. 100% no gimmicks. An olive oil with a rich, fresh flavor and a smooth finish. Nutty and herbaceous, it's a fantastic olive oil for dressings and finishing dishes. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-box”

“Buttery and Sweet” Extra Virgin: A Mission variety that is similar to an Arbequina. A lush buttery flavor, with a delicate underlying touch of sweetness and subtle notes of olive blossoms. Artisan-crafted from sun-ripened black olives, this brilliant golden oil is superb as a butter replacement and enhances the flavor of pastry and cake preparation. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-box”

California Pure 90/10: 90% Refined Olive Oil and 10% virgin olive oil. Very subtle flavor that will not subtract from the recipe. Ideal for chefs that are committed to 100% olive oil but prefer to not have the olive oil flavor. Gallon or 4/1gal case

80/20 Blend: 80% USA Canola and 20% California EVOO. Delicate and clean. It has the versatility and affordability of Canola but the flavor of olive oil. Perfect for cooking, marinades, and dressings. 2.64 gallon “bag-in-a-box”

Sierra Nevada Cheese Co.

Sierra Nevada Cheese Company, founded in 1997, has remained 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.
Capra Bianca 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 (30/1# 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.

Market Outlook - February 11, 2021

Locally Grown Produce


Broccoli di Cicco– An heirloom variety that is smaller than traditional broccoli with thinner stems and smaller heads. It is mild and sweet. 5# case, Riverdog
Broccoli Rabe– A deep green veggie that is completely edible. Broccoli Rabe slightly resembles broccoli but has much smaller florets, longer and thinner stems, and an abundance of leaves. It is bitter but does become milder when cooked. 12 bunch case, Full Belly
Braising Mix– A wonderful blend of seasonal, robust greens. Ideal for dishes that require sturdier greens that hold well under heat. 3# case, Riverdog
Bloomsdale Spinach- A sweet, heirloom variety with a deeper and more interesting flavor than the standard flat leaf spinach. Each leaf is heavily crinkled, giving it a heartier texture perfect for sautéing or wilting. 4# case , Riverdog
Chicories– Radicchio, Treviso, Rosa Radicchio, Puntarelle, and Castelfranco are available from J. Marchini Farms.
Radish– Both black and watermelon radish are available from Riverdog Farm. Daikon radish is available from Yeung Farm.
Purple Daikon Radish- Purple Daikon has a beautiful inner flesh that is white with stunning starburst splashes of violet matching its purple skin. Its flavor is mildly spicy with a hint of sweetness. 10# case, Riverdog
Turnips– Scarlett Queens and White Tokyo turnips are available from Riverdog. 10# cases, Riverdog
Nantes Carrots- Nantes are a French heirloom variety with smooth skin and an almost perfect cylindrical shape. Nantes are distinctly sweeter than other carrots and are rounded at the top and tip. 24 bunch case, Full Belly Farm
King Richard Leeks- An heirloom variety of leeks with an edible 6-10 inch blanched white stalk; longer than a traditional leek. King Richard leeks have a sweet and delicate flavor. 12ct case, Riverdog
Red Spring Onion- Spring Onions look similar to scallions but have a small onion bulb at the base. They are wonderful grilled, roasted whole, or used in place of pearl onions. 10# case, Riverdog
Spring Green Garlic– Spring garlic is loved by chefs for its light, delicate flavor. It is the same species as regular garlic, but its bulbs have not yet matured into the pungent bulbs of common garlic. Quite sharp when raw, it mellows when cooked and is ideal for infusing sweet garlic flavor. 10# case or pound, Riverdog
Squash– Butternut, red kurri, and spaghetti squash are available from Yeung Farms.
Mixed Mizuna– Also known as Japanese mustard greens. Mizuna is a cross between arugula and mustard, giving it a mild peppery taste. It can be cooked or used raw in salads. We are currently carrying a mixed case of red and green mizuna. 12 bunch case, Full Belly

ASPARAGUS UPDATE
Say goodbye to 11# cases! We are now carrying 28# cases of asparagus from Mexico. California product is expected to be in by late February and will remain in the larger case size.

Point Reyes Farmstead


At Point Reyes, every stage of the cheese making process is managed on the farmstead; from birthing, raising, and milking the cows to aging the cheese. The unique bacteria of Tomales Bay, along with the lands lush rye grass and crisp, pristine air contribute to the delectable flavor of Point Reyes cheeses.

Original Blue (6.5# wheel)– Creamy texture and bold flavor, with hints of sweet milk, a peppery finish, and medium/strong blue flavor. Original Blue is wonderful as a stand-alone table cheese, for topping salads, melting onto burgers and steaks, mixing into pastas, on a cheese board with local honey, and much more. Rindless; aged 3.5 months.

Bay Blue (6# wheel)– A rustic style blue cheese, reminiscent of Stilton; known for its mellow flavor and sweet, salted caramel finish. Its texture is almost fudge-like with a beautiful natural rind; aged 90 days. Bay Blue compliments mushrooms or as a delicious after-dinner cheese, especially when paired with a Vintage Port or Barrel-Aged Scotch.

Toma (10# wheel)– A semi-hard table cheese perfect for any occasion. It has a creamy, buttery flavor and texture with a grassy tangy finish. Toma is a great melting cheese; perfect for pasta, risotto, sandwiches, burgers, vegetables, soups, and more. It also balances out a hop-heavy beer beautifully!

 

Marin French

Praised for their ultra rich and creamy texture, Marin French soft-ripened cheeses start with milk sourced from local dairies within 20 miles from their creamery in West Marin. We offer the following:

Camembert: Their Camembert cheese differs distinctly from Brie by the cultures used to produce the Camembert’s earthy flavor and flowing texture. It is complex, aromatic, and creamy, and its flavor is robust with hints of mushrooms. 8oz round

Triple Crème Brie: 75% butterfat creates a rich and ultra smooth texture, slightly sweet flavor and blooming with fluffy white rind. 8oz piece