Ford's Produce Supply Update

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From Florida’s Sun Sentinel Newspaper… Florida's agriculture commissioner said last Monday that the path of Hurricane Irma "could not have been more lethal" to the state's farmers and that the scope of damage to the state's fruits and vegetables is unprecedented.

Florida’s agricultural business has been devastated for the fall crop.  Expect the slack to be picked up by Mexican shippers, but with the much more limited supplies and higher freight costs, markets will reflect the shortages this season, especially going into the Thanksgiving holiday.

Idaho potato growers finished with their harvest and have the potatoes in the warehouse.

Evidence from California’s recent heat wave is expected to linger in leaf items for the next 2-3 weeks.

Q:  If it took six pigs two hours to eat the apples in the orchard, how many hours would it take three pigs?

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Chef of the Month- January 2011

 Petey Rojas

Picture of Anthony WilkinsYears in a Kitchen“Since I was a little girl”.

TrainingMy Mom and Pop, The kitchen of the original Anna’s, Educated at Ohio State University and New York University.  Majored in Anthropology and Sociology.  Started working at Anna’s Pizza in New York in 1986 at the age of 13.

Current Position: Anna’s Pizzaria, Apex, NC

Previously Worked At:  Anna’s Pizzaria

Signature Style:  Old traditional Italian family recipes.

Signature DishesChicken Fresca and Tilapia a la’ Anna.

Proudest Accomplishment:  “Best New Business 2010”.

Biggest Challenge as a Chef“Maintaining consistency of both product and service quality.”

Awards:  Apex Chamber of Commerce 2009 Small Business of the Year, 2010 Cary Living Magazine Best Pizza, 2010 Cary Living Magazine Best Historic Society, 2010 Cary Living Magazine Best Kid Friendly, and 2010 Cary Living Magazine Best New Business.

Advice to Others in Foodservice“You have to love what you do.  Don’t EVER take a customer for granted.”

Family:  Younger brother, Yury (brother and owner of Anna’s.  Petey sees her whole crew as a family.

Interests:  Soccer, Kiwanis Club, Work