C&L Produce is a local family owned and operated wholesale produce company located in the 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!
Produce Buyer’s Local Seasonal Report
Artichokes have been excellent lately, with larger sizes more readily available, consistent in size of softballs. Small loose are also available but in limited quantities. Quality on the larger sizes is superior!
Asparagus has thankfully seen a significant price decrease as of recently. California has begun harvesting, and Mexico is increasing its supply thanks to better weather in certain growing regions. The abundance of product has led to lower costs, while maintaining high quality.
Unfortunately, there’s been a shortage of green bell peppers from the desert growing areas, resulting in higher prices for larger, quality peppers. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Of course we will do our best to source the best workable product and price.
Green garlic has started to appear, with our partners at Knoll Farms and others gearing up to deliver more this week. We have also started to see local spring onions. There have been some challenges with the harvest of red and white spring onions due to weather, though they are expected to improve soon. With the arrival of these spring favorites, the transition from winter to spring is rapidly approaching.
Additionally, we are also anticipating the return of fava leaves with a bit of sunshine, perfect for enjoying alongside the early fava beans that are beginning to emerge from both Mexican and Californian sources.
For those seeking fresh salad options this late winter, we recommend trying our locally sourced and organically grown selections such as Rosso Bianco radicchio (perfectly pink color for Valentine’s Day), Bloomsdale spinach, and our Little Gem Trio—a delightful mix of three varieties of little gem lettuce.
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!