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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 Supply Update
October 16, 2017 Edition

Two months of abundant supply and severely depressed markets have, as we predicted in early September, shifted to production shortages, quality concerns, and higher prices. The extreme heat stress of early September affected growth, weights and quality, driving down yields and creating October shortages.

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. Unusual weather fluctuations have magnified this impact. Prices are strong, and quality is less than we’d all like to see. It will remain troublesome until shippers make the move to Yuma, AZ fields for the winter season.

Thanks to improved growing techniques by our farmers, we expect to have local tomatoes into December this year. Quality has been exceptional,
so we’re going to ride the wave as long as we can.

The unseasonably warm weather last week has extended our local cucumber and squash seasons for a little while longer. Supplies are pretty strong, but overall weak demand is keeping prices for many commodities at rock bottom.

Tropical storm Nate generated significant damage to Costa Rica's infrastructure, affecting Pineapple production. Lost bridges, landslides and washed out roadways are reported in most regions of the pacific coast, central valley and Northern region. The roadway conditions have a direct effect
on supply as farms struggle to ship out their product. Strong rains and thunderstorms typical of the rainy season will continue affecting the country,
making the recuperation efforts more difficult. Quality of the fruit is reported as good but still with slightly lower sugar levels.

California Citrus growers have finished their valencia crop, and we’re still about 2-3 weeks away from harvesting Navel oranges. Prices jumped
up with the limited supplies, and will remain there until solid Navel harvests push the market down. Overall, farmers are expecting the navel crop to
be about 15% less than last year. I think we’re in a new “normal” now, with Florida taking a minor role in the citrus deal. In this new normal,
everyday orange prices are higher than before.

Asparagus markets are way down this week, with heavier supplies coming from Mexican and Peruvian growers. Also the problems in Miami’s port
caused by Irma have been sorted out and freight is going through there at full speed again.

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

Check out our line of Dry Goods Essentials. Our line continues to grow, and our customers are excited about the selection and prices.


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