Ford's Produce Supply Update

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Washington apple growers are advising that there are approximately 40% fewer grannies on hand compared to the last 2 years.

There are spotty supplies on many varieties which will continue through the summer months.

March’s late freeze really did a number on many peach and blueberry farmers in the southeast.

We’re making the seasonal transition from Chilean grapes to California fruit, and quality has really improved with the switch.

Florida and Mexican vegetable fields have basically finished for the season, and the harvest is moving north for many items.

Corn is reaching peak production in Florida.  Quality doesn’t get much better.

Strong lettuce supplies persist this week as most growers are slightly ahead of their respective planting schedules.

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Local strawberries and blueberries are still going strong, and we’ll feature them as long as we can.

We’re got the first local tomatoes of the year last week!  Beautiful!

Plentiful supplies of local cabbage.

Squash and zucchini are coming into strong volume.

Cucumbers should start this coming week.

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Fruit Storage | Vegetable Handling

33 - 36 Degrees - 90 - 90% Humidity

Apple

Cantaloupe Gooseberry Nectarine (Ripe Only) Plumcot (Pluot)

Apricot

Cherry Grape Peach (Ripe Only) Pomegranate

Avocado, Ripe

Coconut Kiwi Fruit Pears, Asian Quince

Blackberry

Currant Loganberry Pears, Bartlett, Bosc, and D’ Anjou Raspberry

Blueberry

Cut Fruits Loquat Persimmon Strawberry

Boysenberry

Date Lychee Plum (Ripe Only)
40 - 50 Degrees - 85 - 95% Humidity

Avocado, Green

Guava Limequat Olive Pepino Melon Tamarind

Carambola

Horned Melon (Kiwano) Mandarin Pineapple Tangelo
Cranberry Juan Canary Melon Mango, Ripe Only Prickly Pear (Cactus Pear, Tunas) Tangerine
Custard Apple Kumquat Olive Pummelo Tomatillo
Feijoa Lemon Orange Sugar Apple
Grapefruit Lime Passion Fruit Tamarillo

55 - 65 Degrees - 85 - 95% Humidity

Banana

Crenshaw Melon

Mamey

Plantain

Tomato

Breadfruit

Cherimoya

Papaya

Rambutan

Watermelon

Casaba Melon

Honeydew Melon

Persian Melon

 
For Ripening 55 - 70 Degrees - 85 - 95% Humidity
Avocado Kiwi Fruit Nectarine Pear Plum
Banana Mango Peach Plantain Plumcot
Cantaloupe

 

We look forward to serving you!