Ford's Produce Supply Update

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We all had an eventful week last week, with the CDC’s advisory on romaine lettuce out of Yuma, AZ and the recall on 200,000,000 eggs on the east coast.  These two back-to-back events created a lot of concern and conversation.  Here’s how we dealt with it.  We quickly implemented our recall policy and contacted and recovered all unused fresh-cut romaine from our customers.  Next we...

Tomatoes are still in an oversupply situation, and prices just don’t get any lower than this.

Freight rates for cross country trucks continue to climb, with new regulations on the trucking industry costing them many thousands of dollars per month, and severely limiting the amount of hours a driver can work per month.

The California Navel Orange is one of the most delicious of all fruit when it’s at peak season. 

What’s Local Now? We currently have local strawberries, Swiss Chard, Asparagus, and Sweet Potatoes.  Lots of other items coming soon!

We’re starting to see some traditional spring time items, like English Peas, Ramps, and Morels.

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Ford's Produce Supply Update
April 23, 2018 Edition

We all had an eventful week last week, with the CDC’s advisory on romaine lettuce out of Yuma, AZ and the recall on 200,000,000 eggs on the east coast.  These two back-to-back events created a lot of concern and conversation.  Here’s how we dealt with it.  We quickly implemented our recall policy and contacted and recovered all unused fresh-cut romaine from our customers.  Next we made sure that their romaine needs were met with the substitution of whole romaine and / or romaine hearts.  Then we contacted our egg supplier and made sure that none of our eggs came from the egg houses involved in the recall.   We know how important your business is to you, and how disruptive and unsettling a recall like this can be.  We always have your best interest at heart and strive to smooth bumps in the road like this as much as possible.  We have since sourced our romaine from unaffected areas of the country to supply once again the fresh-cut romaine that saves so much labor.

Tomatoes are still in an oversupply situation, and prices just don’t get any lower than this.  What a great time to stock up and roast or can some for later in the year when prices are higher.

Freight rates for cross country trucks continue to climb, with new regulations on the trucking industry costing them many thousands of dollars per month, and severely limiting the amount of hours a driver can work per month.  This amounts to less trips per month, and thus they need more money per trip to pay their bills.  This is driving the costs of everything in our economy upwards.

The California Navel Orange is one of the most delicious of all fruit when it’s at peak season.  Unfortunately, the peak of their season occurs just before the season ends for the year.  That’s where we find ourselves currently.  California Navels are at their most juicy and sweet right now, but farmers are warning that their picking and harvests are reaching the end for this year.  We’ll stay with the Navel Oranges as long as we can, and then switch over to Valencia oranges as quality needs dictate.


What’s Local Now?
We currently have local strawberries, Swiss Chard, Asparagus, and Sweet Potatoes.  Lots of other items coming soon!

We’re starting to see some traditional spring time items, like English Peas, Ramps, and Morels. Give us a call to find out more! Spring is such an exciting time as we look forward to our local growing season.

Ford’s Produce now has an App!  Downloand Now Google Play & Itunes.We’ve developed and perfected a great new ordering application to make your job easier.  Now you can order your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables right from your Android or Apple smartphone.  You can download it in the Google or Apple app stores, just search for Ford’s Produce.  It uses the same credentials that many of you have already set up for online ordering.  If you need a user ID and password, just give us a call! Be sure to check it out on Google Play & Itunes.

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