C&L Produce is a local family owned and operated wholesale produce company located in the well known Oakland produce market near Jack London Square. C&L has been a part of this historic 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, vinegar, micro greens and much 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, some of which include custom cuts of fruits and vegetables, seasonal education through our weekly produce market reports, and individualized service as our valued customer. 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?
Local Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom tomatoes coming from all directions!
Shapes, colors and sizes tied with great flavor belong ALL over your summer menus.
Beautiful varieties include green zebra, lemon boy, amana orange, Berkeley pink tie dye, early girl, Cherokee purple, black prince, just to name a few.
Heirloom Recipe Inspirations
Try tomato crudo with toasted garlic and basil tossed with some fresh Pasta Shop bucatini pasta…
or cut tomatoes into wedges and combine with local melons, mint, basil, fennel and a little queso Salazar ricotta salata and toss with Sonoma Vinegar Works champagne vinegar…
or even simply slice and serve with Double 8 Dairy’s handmade burrata or buffalo mozzarella- they’re that good.
Blistered padrone peppers are a wonderful summer appetizer that patrons loves! Be sure to add to your menus while they are fresh and local.
These thin skinned, lemon flavored cucumbers are terrific wedged and topped with pesto, pickled, or sliced with heirloom tomatoes for a colorful dish.
Like potatoes or cauliflower, sunchokes can be roasted, fried, boiled, steamed, grilled, pickled, mashed, smashed, and twice-baked. The possibilities are truly endless.
We have delicious selections from Balakian Farms-white peaches, Santa Rosa plums, and nectarines. Plouts are coming by the end of the week.
Terra Firma Farms
Try these poached in milk and pureed with butter with a piece of local wild king salmon.
Melons, Melons and More Melons!
They are finally here, and the sugar is right. Whether you just peel, cut and serve or you get a little more creative and serve them grilled or with some prosciutto and some buffalo ricotta, any way you choose to serve them you can’t go wrong. The time is now!!
Sweet Corn, Pole Beans
Sweet white corn and all the pole beans varietals (romano, yellow wax & blue lake) available now!
Happy Boy Farms
Try patty pan, costata Romanesco and zephyr varietals, they’re fantastic.
In the world of locally foraged gifts from Mother Nature we are seeing this week:
- Morels are happening and the prices are the lowest we have seen in years
- Porcinis are rolling and the price is dropping…call and ask for our latest
- Summer Truffles are here and the price and quality are great. Call for pricing
Fresh Burrata: Our friends at Double 8 Dairy that make the amazing Jersey cow and Buffalo cheeses that so many of you are enjoying just started rolling out fresh burrata.
This comes in a 5.5oz ball in its own individual container for $3.50 each. These are a preorder like the other cheese Tuesday for Thursday delivery and Wednesday for Saturday delivery. Let us know if you would like a sample!
Also from Double 8 Dairy is their BUFFALO SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM BASE in gallon size. You just shake and pour into your soft serve ice cream machine, spin for allotted time and serve “Fior di Latte”
Let us know if you would like to try this product or any other of our fantastic offerings!
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 or help to make it happen? Let C & L Produce take care of it for you! We can freshly prepare and customize any product and deliver to your restaurant sealed and ready to use. Popular produce items we process include onions, lettuces, fruit salads, carrots, celery, green beans, potatoes, squash, and much more. Our processing room offers your operation a professional solution to time consuming tasks. Please inquire for a sample!