Ford's Produce Supply Update

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Asparagus markets are on the way down, the Peru continuing to have better supplies as pricing will slowly come down towards the end of May.

The Stone fruit season has begun and we’ve had peaches, cherries, plums and nectarines.

As for California products, Celery supplies remain extremely limited, but cauliflower hit the skids as several growing areas on the east coast have begun harvesting.

Squash, the bad news… Mexico is finished for the season, taking a lot of volume out of the market.

Tomato markets have been trying to rise for about 3 weeks now.  But after several false starts, prices are changing this week.

Corn is reaching peak production in Florida.  Quality doesn’t get much better.

Local News….

Local strawberries and blueberries are still going strong, and we’ll feature them as long as we can.

We’re seeing good supplies of local cabbage.

Broccoli just started locally.  Check it out.

Squash and zucchini are really cranking up locally, with many farmers reaching harvest time.

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Produce Handling

Fruit Storage Guide | Vegetable Storage Guide

Proper rotation practices must be followed in order to keep produce fresh.

Simply write the delivery date on the outside of every carton received and store the cartons so the date can be easily read. The oldest product should be used first according to the FIFO method (First-In, First-Out).

Temperature fluctuates widely from front to back of the cooler due to the location of the cooling unit and frequency of the door being opened. Divide the cooler into three areas and store as noted below:

1. Apples, Basil, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carambola, Citrus,Fords Produce Asparagus Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Honeydews, Jicama, Limes, Okra, Onions, Papayas, Pears, Peppers, Pineapples, Plums, Radishes, Rhubarb, Ripe Tomatoes (for short periods only), Zucchini.

2. Alfalfa, Apricots, Bean Sprouts, Berries, Carrots, Corn, Fresh-Cut Salads, Greens, Head Lettuce, Herbs, Kale, Leaf Lettuce, Parsnips, Ripe Nectarines, Ripe Peaches, Spinach

3. Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cherries, Coconuts, Grapes, Green Onions, Kiwifruit, Mushrooms, Parsley, Peas, Turnips, Watercress

Store at room temperature: Pineapples, bananas, papayas, pears, mangos, avocados but they should really be used upon arrival. Be careful not to over-buy; if you refrigerate a ripe tomato, it loses flavor.

Do not refrigerate these items: potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger roots, rutabagas and yams.

We look forward to serving you!