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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

Market Outlook - October 15, 2020

Fall decor & Pumpkins


Winter Squash is distinguished from Summer Squash by the hard outside ‘rind’, dense flesh, and the ability to store the squash for several months after harvest. Though many varieties of winter squash are available year round, the California season is October through March. We are stocking the following:
Acorn Squash– From Yeung Farms in West Sacramento. The outside rind is dark green with a smooth and creamy, yellow flesh. 35# case or each

Butternut– From Yeung Farms. Both the most familiar and often used, butternut squash has abundant, meaty flesh, pronounced sweet flavor, and creamy texture when cooked. 35# case or each

Honeynut– From Yeung Farms. Honeynut squash look very similar to a butternut, just much smaller. They are packed with much more flavor than the larger squash and have a smaller seed cavity. 35# case only

Kabocha– From Yeung Farms. Kabocha squash has a green exterior with a bright yellow flesh. It is prized for its sweet taste and velvety texture. 35# case or each

Red Kurri– We are currently stocking Red Kurri from Yeung Farms. Red Kurri has a vibrant reddish orange rind with an orange flesh. Its flesh is firm with a delicate and mellow chestnut-like flavor. 35# case only

Spaghetti– Grown by Yeung Farm. Spaghetti squash range from ivory to a rich yellow in color. Spaghetti squash is much different than other hard squashes in terms of texture. Once cooked, its flesh can be separated into long strands, much like spa-ghetti. 35# case or each

Sugar Pie Pumpkins– Available from Riverdog Farm. Weighing in at about 4-5lbs, Sugar Pies are the modern baking pumpkin. Their skin is noticeably thinner than a regular pumpkin. They also have much sweeter and smoother flesh. Sugar Pies are ideal for pies, custards, cupcakes, and more. A 4lb pumpkin should yield roughly a cup and a half of mashed pumpkin35# case only

Delicata– Grown by Yeung Farms. Cream-colored squash with prominent stripes. Although considered a winter squash, delicata has thin, edible skin. Because of its thin skin, the squash has a shorter shelf life. Delicata can be roasted, sautéed, baked, boiled, or stuffed, no need to peel. 35# case only

Local Persimmons

We are pleased to announce the beginning of persimmon season! We are currently stocking local fuyu persimmons from Del Rio Botanicals in West Sacramento.

Del Rio’s Fuyu persimmons are sweet and mild. The Fuyu persimmon is non-astringent and can be eaten as soon as they are picked. The flesh is crisp like an apple and are excellent in salads, on a cheese board, baked, or enjoyed out of hand. Keep in mind, locally grown persimmons are smaller in size than commercial varieties. Sold by the 24ct case only.
 

Coming Soon

Amagaki (Cinnamon) Persimmons– A local favorite! Grown by Twin Peaks Orchards, these sweet beauties are golden fleshed with brown flecks. Amagaki persimmons have a buttery texture and a cinnamon sweetness. Amagaki persimmons are expected to be available by early November and will be sold by the 10# case only.

The return of del rio botanicals

For over 15 years, we have proudly partnered with Del Rio Botanical to offer an array of unique and delicious organic produce grown exclusively for Produce Express. Del Rio is an 80-acre certified organic farm located in West Sac along the Sacramento River.

As most small farms nationwide, Del Rio was severely impacted when COVID made its first appearance. Del Rio had lost nearly their entire workforce due to labor restrictions, which stopped them from harvesting their crops or planting for the following season. This left the farm bare, with the exception of a handful of crops. The lack of labor and sparse production forced them to make tough decisions and left them with a dim future.

Despite the hurdles that the Del Rio team faced, they have persevered through their hardships and are making a come-back. We will see seasonal products begin to trickle in as the farm’s production picks back up. We are proudly stocking the following items:

Salad Mix with Petals- Del Rio’s salad mix is a beautiful blend of baby lettuces, leafy greens, and edible flower petals, all grown on the farm. Often harvested and delivered within 24 hours. Sold by the 2# case only.

Braising Mix– A wonderful blend of seasonal, robust greens including different varieties of kales, chards, and more. Perfect for dishes that require sturdier greens that hold well under heat. Sold by the 2# case only.

Red Frisee– Small, serrated leaves with a beautiful purple hue and green stems. Red frisee has a pronounced mustard flavor and a crisp yet delicate texture. Red frisee can be used raw in salads, wilted, sautéed, or braised. 2# case only.

Arugula– Bright green leaves with a peppery flavor. Arugula can be used as an herb, salad green, or a leaf vegetable. Great addition to salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and more. Available by the 4# case. Pre-order only.