Ford's Produce Supply Update

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Mild springtime weather is helping Florida farmers to keep good harvests going on squash, zucchini, tomatoes, corn, beans, and most other items.

West Coast growing areas are seeing some beautiful weather, and it’s really helping along many crops.

Tomato markets are soft and pricing is cheap on all varieties.  Moderate supplies are coming from Florida, but Mexican growers are really pumping out the product, and selling into the US at minimum legal pricing.

February is Potato Lovers Month.  Check out our mixed color marble potatoes or mixed color fingerling potatoes for a splash of color on the plate and a delicious starch choice.

Weather continues to be perfect in the Asparagus growing areas and volume is very good.

Don’t forget to check out our extensive line of dry goods.  We stock most essential consumables like paper towels, napkins, to-go boxes and utensil kits.

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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

 

We look forward to serving you!