Ford's Produce Supply Update

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Many apple shippers are done with Golds and Galas, and pricing suddenly jumped last week as a result.

South Carolina peach farmers are winding down for the season, and probably making their harvest this week.

Lots of different stone fruits are in a surplus right now.  We have red and yellow (Rainier) cherries at bargain prices.

The asparagus market remains volatile with limited supplies.  Air freight has been a struggle out of Peru and costs have increased considerably.
Idaho’s potato supply continues to dwindle as shippers sell out for the year.

Zucchini and squash are very plentiful, with heavy volumes coming out of New Jersey, North Carolina, Michigan, Arkansas, and Tennessee.

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Green peppers are winding down locally.

Local vine ripened and heirloom tomatoes are reaching peak harvest.

Squash and zucchini are in very heavy volumes locally

All sorts of varietal eggplant are available locally now.

Local watermelons are at peak production.

My friend asked me to help round up his 37 sheep....

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Ford’s Own Mr. Fresh!™ Fresh-Cut FacilityFords Produce Precut Operation Mr. Fresh!

Ford’s Produce started and operates the only state inspected and approved fresh-cut processing facility in eastern North Carolina. Ford’s Mr. Fresh! provides the freshest and highest quality of fresh-cut produce possible year-round.

Fresh-Cut Produce describes produce Fords Produce Precut Operation Mr. Fresh!that is table ready. In the food service industry where limited availability of labor, staff retraining and cost of waste removal are extremely high, many customers are finding it much more efficient to buy their produce already prepped, washed and ready to serve.

Compared to west coast source providers, our product is usually at least five days fresher! We also offer a high level of flexibility in our operation. While we offer many stock items to choose from, we can provide practically any customized product that Mr Fresh Precut pineapples, cantaloupe and kiwi.you need. With the production done in house by our well-trained staff, constant availability of products is assured.

Reduce your total operational cost. In preparing bulk produce to be table ready, total operational overhead must be considered, not just the initial product price.
Some important points to consider:

Check Reduce Food Safety concerns. Our trained staff members are ServeSafe® certified.

Check Fresh-Cut is ready to serve! It is properly washed, dried when needed and cut to correct specifications, including the blending of other fresh-cut products when needed.

Check Consistency of presentation. Our fresh-cut is always cut to the same specifications.

Check Fresh-Cut produce requires very little training for the final service provider. Training of new employees can focus more on presentation when using fresh-cut produce.

Check Saves overall labor cost! In addition to reducing the number of staff required for product prep, you are also saving Workers Comp insurance cost, possible Workers Comp claims from lifting injuries from larger, heavier boxes (Fresh-cut usually weighs 20 lbs or less), initial staff training, post production clean up, prep supervision and down time labor cost.

Check Saves on Equipment cost (purchasing and ongoing maintenance cost of multiple machines).

Check No preservatives. It is all 100% natural.

Check Fresh-Cut saves valuable cooler storage space. One 20 lb. salad mix takes about one forth the space as a case of bulk lettuce.

Check Less product and cardboard waste to dispose of or recycle. Saves trash removal fees.

Check Let Ford’s Mr. Fresh! make all your fresh-cuts for you. It lets you save money and do what you need to do in the kitchen. Mr. Fresh! makes various salad mixes, shredded lettuce, diced onions, sliced onions, sliced peppers, diced peppers, cole slaw, carrot sticks, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, fruit salads and many custom cuts.

We look forward to serving you!