Ford's Produce Supply Update

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More local tomato farmers are starting their seasons, and looking forward to a great year.

Cabbage prices jumped up a bit last week, with many southern growing areas finished for the season and the northern states not quite ready yet.

Pear season is winding down for most growers, and we’re looking forward to the new crop Bartletts to begin in another month or so.

Better numbers of cantaloupes and honeydews are being harvested domestically now.

Peach season continues, and though the supply is limited, the quality has been awesome.

Stronger demand leading into July 4th is expected to drive up strawberry and watermelon markets. 

Sweet corn is coming in very heavy volume right now.  Quality doesn’t get much better than this, the price is great, and it’s locally grown.

California’s heat wave has pushed lettuces, greens and other vegetables to maturity early, creating a heavy amount of supply currently.

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NC Blueberries are at their prime.

Snap beans began last week.

Local tomatoes have been awesome and volume is increasing.

Squash and zucchini remain in shorter supply, though are still available.

Cucumbers are coming on strong.

Bell Peppers started locally last week and will increase in volume.

White and Yellow Corn are reaching their peak.  Quality has been excellent.

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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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