Ford's Produce Supply Update

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There isn’t much change on squash and zucchini pricing from last week.  Markets remain strong and demand exceeds supply.

Tomato markets cranked up again last week, with the cooler weather in Mexico slowing production in the tomato factories.

There are lighter supplies of romaine this week as most growers are preserving supply in order to minimize gaps at the end of the desert season.

Rain in California strawberry growing regions over this past weekend along with rain in the forecast this week will cause supply to be tight.

The Mexican Asparagus crop is currently fairly tight as we start the week.

Egg prices continue to climb as we head towards Easter weekend.

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Mexico has started harvesting new crop onions.

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Ford's Produce Fruit Ripening Guide

Fruits that Ripen After Harvest
Fruits that Don't Ripen After Harvest
Apricots Nectarines Apples Limes
Avocado Papaya Berries Mandarins
Bananas Peaches Cherries Oranges
Cantaloupe Pears Grapefruit Pineapple
Carambola Plantains Grapes Strawberry
Honeydew Plums Lemons Watermelon
Kiwifruit Tomatoes

Ethylene Gas:  Benefits and effects to produceFords Produce Bananas
Ethylene is one of the most active plant hormones known.  Fruit can be ripened quickly by introducing ethylene gas into a controlled environment.  For example, it is often used to ripen bananas, tomatoes, and avocados.  By placing peaches in a closed bag, you’re taking advantage of the fruits natural ethylene to speed softening.

While ethylene is great for ripening some fruits, the gas can cause premature decay of other fruits and vegetables that are sensitive to it.  To avoid deterioration or rapid ripening of sensitive foods, you should avoid storing them too close together with products that emit a great deal of ethylene gas.  Damaged or older fruits generate increased levels of ethylene, so remove injured produce right away.  If you only have one cooler, keep lids on storage boxes, store sensitive items as far away as possible from ethylene producers, and rotate product properly.  If your inventory turns quickly, ethylene should not cause quality problems.

Fruits that produce high amounts of Ethylene
Apples Kiwifruit
Apricots Mangos
Avocados Papayas
Bananas Peaches
Cantaloupe Pears
Honeydew Plums
Fruits that are sensitive to Ethylene
Beans Greens
Broccoli Lettuces
Brussel Sprouts Okra
Cabbage Peas
Cauliflower Peppers
Cucumbers Spinach
Eggplant Squash


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