FM Report – Week of March 4th

Hey everyone!
Wow, a lot of our northern Cali growers are experiencing some heavy rain for this whole week – we are so lucky to be living in sunny San Diego!! Feels like spring already, doesn’t it?
Still a lot of baby beets, turnips, greens, and chards on the market so far. Hope you guys got a chance to check out those awesome Lyon artichokes with stem from Life’s A Choke; they are a variety from Southern France and are best broiled, steamed, marinated raw, stuffed, or baked! Let me know if you would like a sample!
Also, I would like to stick the the new baby broccoli from Coastal (excellent quality and a nice, smaller size) and the super sweet English peas from Rutiz. I liked them a lot better, hope you did, too!
Note: All pre-orders must be placed by Tuesday at noon to farmersmarket@specialtyproduce.com. Emergency orders or add-ons will be accepted, but we can longer guarantee availability. If there are any special requests please feel free to ask!
Laura

WHAT’S NEW:

  • MICRO Mix Carrots from Weiser Family Farm (note – even smaller than the baby mix!)

  • Lyon Artichoke with stem from Life’s A Choke
  • Firecracker lettuce from McGrath Farm
  • Bunch WHITE Beets from McGrath Farm
  • Baby Broccoli from Coastal Organics (the baby broc from Rutiz was a little large last week!)
  • English Peas from Rutiz Farm – sweet, tender, and better pricing!
  • 2 Peas in a Pod – Oxnard, CA

    Romanesco – a bright green, heirloom variety of cauliflower with a unique spiral pattern

    Beylik Family Farms – Fillmore, CA

    Persian Cucumbers
    Japanese Tomatoes – a deep red tomato with a unique earthy tone
    Yellow Tomatoes

    Coastal Organics – Oxnard, CA

    Black Kale – also known as tuscan kale, black cabbage, or cavalo nero!
    Pink and Yellow bunch Turnips – beautiful colors all the way through!
    Baby Broccoli

    Coleman Family Farm – Carpinteria, CA

    Broccoli Spigarello – great winter braising green!
    Red Butter (Piret) Lettuce
    Freckles Lettuce
    Lollo Rossa Lettuce
    Treviso – so young, you’ll barely recognize it. Deep green with a deep red blush
    Radicchio – note: small heads! Perfect for plate garnishes.

    Garcia Organic Farm – Fallbrook, CA

    Cara Cara Oranges– a mix between a grapefruit and a navel orange gives it its signature salmon colored flesh!
    Paige Tangerines – bet you can’t eat just one, so order up!
    Meiwa Kumquats – a Japanese variety that has a sweeter pulp

    Harry’s Berries – Oxnard, CA

    Note: Their tomatoes are reaching the end of their season, but they are still amazingly sweet, so keep up the orders for now!
    Strawberries
    Yellow Cherry Tomatoes
    Baby Red Roma Tomatoes

    Jaime Farm – Ontario, CA

    Mixed Baby Bunch Carrots – beautiful baby yellow, orange, and round carrots
    Rainbow Chard
    French Breakfast Radish, Easter Egg Radish, and Watermelon Radish!– clipped tops! Available for discounted pricing 🙂

    Life’s A Choke – Lompoc, CA

    Baby Anzio Artichokes – a cross between green and purple artichokes, and very meaty!
    Baby Purple (Fiesole) Artichokes– not as meaty, but beautiful color and a nutty flavor
    Lyon Artichoke with stem– large and in charge! This is a very jumbo, round, meaty variety from Southern France that has very little bitterness, if any, compared to other varieties
    Pencil Asparagus– pre-order only

    McGrath Family Farm – Camarillo, CA

    Wild Arugula
    Baby Bunch Candy Beets, Red Beets, Gold Beets, and NEW! White Beets
    Green and Red Frill Mustard Greens – both colors are available, so get frilly with it!
    English Peas – see Rutiz Farm
    Pea Tendrils
    Rapini
    Red Okami Spinach – a uniquiely shaped leaf with a deep red stem and veins – great for sauteing!
    Baby White Japanese Turnips
    Firecracker Lettuce – deep red and a bit frilly!

    Mike and Son Egg Ranch – Ontario, CA

    Brown Eggs (15 doz case only)

    Polito Family Farm – Valley Center, CA

    Oro Blanco Grapefuit – golden-flesh, sweet and juicy – still going strong!

    Rutiz Farm – Arroyo Grande, CA

    Green Garlic
    Sugar Snap Peas
    English Peas

    Weiser Family Farm – Bakersfield, CA

    Red Thumb Potatoes – red skinned on the outside, and pretty in pink on the inside
    Russian Banana Fingerlings – baker size, but oh so creamy..
    French Heirloom Fingerlings – red-skinned and white-fleshed, has a very silky texture (baker size)
    Mix Baby Carrots – all heirloom varieties!
    MICRO Mix Carrots– whoo hoo! They’re back! A little bit more expensive but I know some of you really love the super small size – same heirloom mix as the baby
    Teen Parships
    RED Sunchokes

    Windrose Farm – Paso Robles, CA

    *Only a few pounds left of Hauer Pippen and Granny Smith apples! Done for the season!

    Yasutomi Farm – Pico Rivera, CA

    Baby Bok Choy – amazingly tender, and small enough to braise whole
    Baby Celery – this celery’s life was cut short just for you

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