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Market Outlook - July 08, 2021

Local tomatoes

Ray Yeung tomatoes are highly praised by local chefs for their intense flavor, unique sizes, shapes, and colors. Yeung Farm is owned by “Uncle” Ray Yeung and his family. Their 60+ acre farm was established in 1950 in West Sacramento. Yeung Farm grows over two dozen  varieties during the season. We are currently offering the following:

Shady Lady (True Vine Ripes)- Uncle Ray’s true vine ripes are a variety named Shady Lady, a sweet and full-flavored tomato. Most round tomatoes are harvested when they are green and ripen off the vine, leaving them lacking in flavor and texture. Ray’s shady lady tomatoes are picked off the vine when they are red and ripe. They are a meaty tomato with no seed cavity. True vine ripes are roughly the size of a 5X5 tomato and perfect for slicing. They are great for sandwiches, burgers, salads, and more! True vine ripe tomatoes are packed in a 2-layer 20# case only.

Toybox Heirlooms– A mixed box of different varieties, shapes, and   sizes. Perfect for salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, and more! Sold by the 10# case only. Single varieties are limited but we will have plenty individual varieties by next week.

Green Tomatoes– Uncle Ray’s infamous tomatoes that have been picked off the vine while still green. Simply an unripened tomato but a true summer staple. Sold by the 10# case or 20# case.
  

MIXED MEDLEY CHERRY TOMATOES
Locally grown mixed cherry tomatoes have finally arrived! These beautiful gems are full of summer flavor and the perfect addition to numerous seasonal dishes. Freshly harvested local cherry tomatoes offer the flavor of a homegrown tomato in a small bite. We are currently sourcing from three local and organic farms- Durst Organic Growers (Esparto, CA), Riverdog Farm (Guinda, CA), and Full Belly Farm (Guinda, CA). Each case can contain numerous varieties, including:
Black Cherry– Dark red and round.
Black Plum– Dark red and pear shaped.
Carolina– Yellow and round.
Esterina– Bright yellow and round.
Juliette– Red and oblong.
Pink Cherry– Light red and round.
Red or Yellow Grape– Pear shaped.
Sungold– Golden and round.
Sweet 100– Red, round, and small.
Yellow Pear– Bright yellow.
White Cherry– Pale yellow/white and round.
Sold by the 12/1pint flat or half flat.

Market Outlook - June 17, 2021

Dwelley Farms

The first harvest of Dwelley Farms corn began arriving last week, along with fresh beans and squash! Dwelley Family Farms is located in Brentwood, CA and is fortunate to be in a region that experiences hot days and cool nights. Their climate results in ideal growing conditions for a variety of fruits and vegetables such as beans, squash, corn, stone fruit, and much more!

White and Yellow Corn– Although corn is available year-round, local summer corn usually tastes sweeter– from fresh off the cob to succotash, soups, and more. Sold by the 48ct case or per piece.

Blue Lake Green Beans– Often called snap or string beans, these beans are bright, sweet, and tender. Sold by the 30# case or pound.

Yellow Wax Beans– Another variety of snap bean that is crisp and meaty. Available by the 10# case or pound.

Romano Beans– Also referred to as Italian flat or broad beans, romanos lend well to braising and are perfect for summer minestrones. 10# case or pound.

Cranberry Beans– Beautiful pale pods with reddish-pink streaks. A type of ‘shelling’ bean, cranberry beans are picked fresh from the pod in the same manner as English Peas or Fava Beans and must be cooked. Cranberry beans are wonderful in stews or added to salads. 15# case only.

Flavor Rosa pluots are currently gapping and are expected back in by mid-July.

Blenheim Apricots

Blenheim apricots, said to be one of the best eating apricots, are rumored to be quickly disappearing from produce markets due to their fragile nature. They are petite with green shoulders and a soft blush over their warm colored skin. Do not let their looks fool you– they are full of the coveted “apricot flavor,” even with their tinge of green. Blenheims are not only delicious to eat out of hand but also work well in desserts and jams. We are currently stocking Blenheims as our house apricot from Polestar Farm. They are available by the 12# case or by the pound.

Polestar Farm is a 12-acre property nestled in the Capay region of Northern California, just east of Lake Berryessa. They are a new, family-owned, organic operation, headed by Jim and Karina Knight. When Jim and Karina purchased their land, they sought out to do more than just own an orchard. The pair hoped to create a gathering place for the community that embodied wellness while sharing their bounty. Polestar tends to over 12 hundred trees- 800 Royal Blenheim apricot trees, 400 Elegant Lady peaches, and 50 Skeena cherries. Polestar is currently the only supplier of the prized Blenheim apricot for Produce Express.

Market Outlook - May 20, 2021

Full Belly Farm - Fresh Dug Potatoes

Full Belly Farm is a 350-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley north of Sacramento. They supply us with an array of produce throughout the year, depending on the season.
This week, we are pleased to offer Fully Belly Farms fresh hand-dug potatoes. The potatoes need to be rinsed and cleaned before use as there is some dirt that remains on the skin. They are best when simply prepared with the skin left on and using minimal additional ingredients- baked whole, sliced and roasted, or mashed! We are currently stocking fresh dug potatoes in 10# cases:

Bintje- Bintje potatoes have a silky, pale yellow skin and buttery flesh. They have a very mellow flavor which is best retained when roasted, fried, or made into chips.

Yellow Finn- A great all-purpose potato with yellow flesh, creamy texture, and buttery flavor. Yellow Finns have the perfect balance of sugar and starch, which make delicious mashed potatoes, gratins, gnocchi, and salads.

We are also offering the following items from Full Belly:
Nantes Carrots– A French heirloom carrot with an almost perfectly cylindri-cal shape, rounded at the top and root ends, and are distinctly sweeter than other carrots. 24ct case only.

Green and Red Little Gem– A cross between romaine and butter lettuce with sweet, crisp leaves. Red and green are both available by the 5# case.

Speckled Lettuce– An heirloom romaine lettuce variety with a delicate flavor. The crisp leaves are pale green with maroon flakes. 24ct case only.

 

Twin Peaks Orchards

Twin Peaks Orchards, Newcastle, CA, 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.

White Peaches: We are currently stocking Snow Angel white peaches and will soon transition to the Spring Rose variety. Spring Rose white peaches are delicious but slightly more delicate than the Snow Angel. Single layer flat/pound

Yellow Peaches: We are currently stocking Spring Treat yellow peaches, a clingstone variety that is juicy with a wonderful spring time flavor. Single layer flat/pound

Nectarine Update: Yellow nectarines are expected in by early next week, beginning with Zee Fire. Zee Fire nectarines are bright, tangy, and fairly acidic.

As the season progresses, we will be stocking multiple varieties at a time and can not guarantee single variety availability. Please keep in mind that early season stone fruit is typically on the smaller, firmer side and clingstone.