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 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!