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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.