I’ve brought in numerous new products to both our 18th Street and Divisadero Street Markets recently, and I to encourage you to come by and explore them! They’re highlighted in displays marked “New and Exciting!” But if you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask any of our Staff to help you and to share a taste–we’re all really thrilled to welcome them to our shelves.
Some of the new items about which I’m the most excited include:
Bianco DiNapoli Tomatoes are organically grown and harvested on Cliff Fong’s family farm in Yolo County, California. Within hours of harvest, these plum-shaped tomatoes are washed, steam-peeled and hand selected at the Olam Tomato Processors cannery in Williams, California. The tomatoes resulted from a partnership between Robert DiNapoli and Chris Bianco, a James Beard award-winning chef and founder of the acclaimed Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Arizona.
These are organic tomatoes at a great price. Chris’s inspiration has always been working with fresh product from local producers, and in this case he just wanted to make a darn good tomato. The whole tomatoes are good for any kind of sauce or soup, while the crushed tomatoes are great for heavily-seasoned or spicy dishes.
Moonshadow Grove California Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Moonshadow Grove is located in Oroville, Butte County and is one of California’s historic premier organic olive groves. The organic and sustainably-grown olives on this grove are all hand-picked and sent to the mill within twenty-four hours of harvesting, resulting in their one-of-a-kind Ascolano Olive Oil that is very floral and aromatic with hints of stone and tropical fruit. The Miscela Blend is a custom blend of Mission, Manzanillo, and Ascolano olives; it has a buttery texture and notes of bitter greens and green olive, followed with flair by a peppery finish.
Jams from The Jam Stand
The Jam Stand is Brooklyn’s happiest food company. It began when two best friends breathed life into their concept to create a food company that’s a true reflection of themselves and their community. They push the limits of what jam can be by combining unique flavors like blueberry and bourbon, Sriracha and peach, and banana and lime with a splash of rum. Using fresh fruit from local farms, Jess and Sabrina’s jams are vibrant and can be used in many applications.
C&B’s Old Fashioned Tonic
Founder Erin Cochran makes this wonderful tonic in San Francisco’s Mission District, not far from our 18th Street Market. It’s made with Cinchona bark (the natural form of quinine), pure agave nectar instead of corn syrup or cane sugar, and loads of citrus and lemongrass. C&B’s is perfect for cocktail enthusiasts, pairing delightfully with most base alcohols, while also standing on its own as a perfect substitute for an alcoholic beverage. Its complex flavor alone will whet your palate, and it will enliven any spirituous drink.
Bagels from Authentic Bagel Company
Breakfast-time guests on our grocery floor know that we make the most delicious bagel sandwiches in the Mission. In our quest to make them even better, we’ve recently switched bagel suppliers to Authentic Bagel Company. Authentic was recommended to us by several members of our staff and several of our longtime guests, so we requested some samples and found that everyone was blown away by their taste and texture.
Authentic was started by brothers Jason and Mark Scott, who have been working closely together in the food industry for ten years. While helping pack up their childhood house for their family’s move out west from the East Coast, the brothers stumbled upon a recipe handwritten by their grandmother for a bagel with a starter dough (a dough full of natural leavening yeasts and delicious fermentation that creates complex, flavorful, crusty breads). The brothers have added their own personality to their grandmother’s recipe by using a San Francisco sourdough starter, marrying the two coasts they call home to create a unique taste of their own. With its chewy crust and ideal density, and for only $0.99 for each bagel, this is a great bagel at a great price. And perhaps most exciting of all, Bi-Rite is the exclusive retailer/market to sell these bagels in the Bay Area. So stop in, grab one and ask our friendly Deli staff to use it to make you a sandwich!
I’ve had a great time getting to know Hot Cakes founder Autumn Martin, who is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. And to top it off, Hot Cakes makes an absolutely fantastic product–one of the best caramel sauces you’ll ever try! Made with lots of love in very small batches, the flavors of this caramel sauce are perfectly balanced–not an easy feat when marrying complex citrus with the sweetness of caramel. Autumn has built a brand that is committed to supporting local and organic farming through the creation of fine, innovative desserts, and she has spent many hours volunteering on farms both locally and abroad to understand the true meaning of sustainable agriculture. Her commitment to building relationships with farmers, friends, customers, and purveyors is inspiring.
This luscious caramel sauce has perfectly-balanced flavors and a phenomenally pleasing texture. Putting it on top of vanilla ice cream would be an obvious choice, but for a decadent indulgence, I’d also suggest trying it with Bi-Rite Creamery‘s Honey Lavender, Vanilla, or Ginger Ice Creams, all available in our ice cream case.