C & L Produce is located in the well known Oakland produce market near Jack London Square, and has been a part of this produce market since operations began in 1949. Yes, this means we have been delivering fresh produce to the greater Bay Area for over 70 years! We provide the highest quality fruits and vegetables, along with a variety of other food service items such as dairy, artisan cheeses, tortillas, fresh juice, spices, grains, micro greens and more. Taking pride in our quality and service has allowed for three generations of superior family-operated services to benefit our Bay Area community.
Utilizing C & L for your produce needs has several unique benefits, including custom cuts of fruits and vegetables, seasonal education through our produce reports, and individualized service. We continually strive to build lasting relationships with our customers by providing premium local produce at great prices with the best service available. Contact us today to learn more about what C & L can do for you!
What’s in Season?
This wet winter season’s best locally grown produce from Coke Farms, Happy Boy Farms, River Dog Farms, Full Belly, Dwelley and Knoll farms, Terra Firma to name a few includes:
Spring garlic– also known as young garlic. This product has a mild yet delicious garlic flavor. Great for vinaigrettes, braising with meats, grilling, to go on a pizza or simply sautéed with some chilis and clams. Cut the green tops and use them to flavor all your stocks!
Spring onions both red (pictured to the right) and white are being plucked from the garden to be charred on your grills.
Peas Peas and More Peas!
Tendrils and sprouts add sweetness and texture to any dish, and are also signs of the local English, snap and snow pea season on the horizon, which is about 2 to 3 weeks away.
Fava tendrils and leaves (pictured below, bottom right) are also a sign of the local fava season coming up. They will be harvested locally here within the next few weeks. While we wait feel free to take advantage of these delicate and delicious young leaves. They can be turned into pesto with toasted pistachios, they can be blanched and pureed and turned into pasta and /or added to a risotto or your favorite green healthy smoothie!
For the Citrus World…
Oro Blanco Grapefruit– a white seedless slightly sweeter cousin of the more traditional ruby red grapefruit
Meyer Lemons- delicious balance of sweet and mild tartness, perfect for vinaigrettes, sorbets or just cut and grill
Blood Oranges– the segments with their beautiful red color belong on your winter salads
Satsuma Tangerines– seedless, loose skins make these little gems fun to eat
Cara cara oranges– A red fleshed navel orange, bright with color and layers if flavor
Finger limes– citrus caviar, perfect compliment to all you seafood preparations
Page mandarins– a cross between a clementine and a tangelo, probably the sweetest mandarin out there
Other Seasonal Fruit
Honey crisp Apples
Pink Lady Apples
Pears- Bosc, Anjou. Asian
Wild Mushrooms Locally Foraged Following the rains are plentiful…
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Not only do we offer a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables here at C & L Produce, but also useful fresh food service items such as milk products, cheese, eggs, butter, nuts, legumes, grains, freshly squeezed juices, and tortillas for your convenience. Check out our Specialty Items section towards the bottom of the Fresh Produce page for more details on what we have to offer!
Processed Fruits and Vegetables
Need your fruits or vegetables diced or sliced but don’t seem to have the time? Let C & L Produce take care of it for you! We can prepare your food items and deliver to your restaurant ready to use. For instance, popular fresh items we process include onions, lettuces, fruit salads, carrots, celery, and much more.