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We’re kind of in a transition time between seasons.  Many of the storage items like potatoes, onions, and apples are in short supply as farmers wait for the new season to begin...

Avocado markets are still a mess.  Demand outstrips supply and inventories have become depleted.

Sweet corn is plentiful with excellent quality.  It’s a great time to showcase this taste of summertime.

Blueberry production continues to decrease as we head towards the fall and end of domestic production.

Quality is improving as farmers are getting back on track and caught up in the fields.

Marginal quality coming from most squash areas has the market very high, but zucchini is plentiful and really pretty.

Most California vegetables are lower this week, with growers settling into normal summertime patterns.

Tomatoes are settling back down to more typical levels,  especially romas.  Grape tomatoes are a real bargain now.

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Local vine ripened and heirloom tomatoes are still in good volumes, though the rains have given them troubles lately.

Hot peppers and eggplants seem to be the most prevalent local vegetables currently.

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Hafner Puff Pastries

 

Puff Pastries - Sweet
Hafner Tartshell #24240 - HA 976 #24240 - HA 976
Mini-Cream Horn

108 per case
Length: 3.25"
Sweet-Margarine
2 & 3 Bites
Hafner Tart Shell #24250 Fords Produce #24250 - HA 977
Cream Horn

72 per case
Length: 5.25"
Sweet-Margarine
4+ Bites
Covered with Casson Sugar, the sweet puff pastry horns are traditionally filled with pastry cream and a drizzle of edible decoration at the mouth of the horn. 

One elegant way to raise the level of the dessert is to dip the large end of the horn into chocolate, let it dry, then fill the horn with a firm pastry cream or Bavarian cream.

Puff Pastries - Savory 4 + Bites
Hafner Puff Pastries by Fords Produce #24190 - HA 706
Vol-Au-Vent
72 per case
Diameter: 3.5"
Height: 1.7"
Margarine

If you fill this with chunks of white meat, it is expected to have a white sauce (possibly with tarragon).  With red meat, customers will want a dark sauce with mushrooms and possibly black pepper.

In general, puff pastry can be re-heated up to 250F without any damage to the shell.  They'll always improved in taste when warmed.  In the Mini-Bouchee, the Mini-Fish or the assorted Mini-Bouchees, one would expect a warm appetizer or warm finger food.  For example, a filling made with melted cheese with herbs, some meat or sea food, a mushroom preparation or anything which does not release much water.

In the Mini-Fish, a salmon mousse or a crab salad will look beautiful with fresh herbs.  Our favorite is to fill the Mini-Fish with cocktail sauce, and put peeled and de-veined shrimp into it in an arch shape.  Or course, this would be served cold.

The advantage of the assorted Mini-Bouchee is that you only need to purchase one case to feed up to 72 people, with each person receiving 3 different pieces.

Our Large Savory shells are very useful during the creation of your weekly medley of items to serve in a thick sauce.   Whether sea food, beef or chicken, any sauce based entrée will benefit from this elegant presentation.

Puff Pastries - Savory 1 Bite
Hafner Tart Shells by Fords Produce #24180 - HA 702
Mini-Bouchee

240 per case
Diameter: 1.5"  /  Height: 1"
Margarine
Puff Pastries - Savory 2 and 3 Bites
Hafner Tart Shell #24210 - HA 941
Bouchee

150 per case
Diameter: 2" / Height: 1.3"
Savory-Margarine

 

We look forward to serving you.