Ford's Produce Supply Update

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North Carolina squash and cucumber growers are winding down for the year, finishing a great season.

The fall transition kicks into gear late October/early November. In a normal year, the final harvest of the Summer Salinas Season is typically the most susceptible to yield loss and quality concerns.

Thanks to improved growing techniques by our farmers, we expect to have local tomatoes into December this year.

The unseasonably warm weather last week has extended our local cucumber and squash seasons for a little while longer.

Tropical storm Nate generated significant damage to Costa Rica's infrastructure, affecting Pineapple production.

California Citrus growers have finished their valencia crop, and we’re still about 2-3 weeks away from harvesting Navel oranges.

Asparagus markets are way down this week, with heavier supplies coming from Mexican and Peruvian growers.

We have all kinds of fall decorations! Choose from gourds, pumpkins of all sizes, and indian corn.

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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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