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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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Hafner Puff Pastries

Puff Pastries - Sweet
Hafner Tart Shell #24250 Fords Produce #24250 - HA 977
Cream Horn

72 per case
Length: 5.25"
Sweet-Margarine
4+ Bites
Covered with Casson Sugar, the sweet puff pastry horns are traditionally filled with pastry cream and a drizzle of edible decoration at the mouth of the horn. 

One elegant way to raise the level of the dessert is to dip the large end of the horn into chocolate, let it dry, then fill the horn with a firm pastry cream or Bavarian cream.

Puff Pastries - Savory 4 + Bites
Hafner Puff Pastries by Fords Produce #241190 - HA 706
Vol-Au-Vent
108 per case
Diameter: 4.7"
Height: 1.7"
Margarine

If you fill this with chunks of white meat, it is expected to have a white sauce (possibly with tarragon).  With red meat, customers will want a dark sauce with mushrooms and possibly black pepper.

In general, puff pastry can be re-heated up to 250F without any damage to the shell.  They'll always improved in taste when warmed.  In the Mini-Bouchee, the Mini-Fish or the assorted Mini-Bouchees, one would expect a warm appetizer or warm finger food.  For example, a filling made with melted cheese with herbs, some meat or sea food, a mushroom preparation or anything which does not release much water.

In the Mini-Fish, a salmon mousse or a crab salad will look beautiful with fresh herbs.  Our favorite is to fill the Mini-Fish with cocktail sauce, and put peeled and de-veined shrimp into it in an arch shape.  Or course, this would be served cold.

The advantage of the assorted Mini-Bouchee is that you only need to purchase one case to feed up to 72 people, with each person receiving 3 different pieces.

Our Large Savory shells are very useful during the creation of your weekly medley of items to serve in a thick sauce.   Whether sea food, beef or chicken, any sauce based entrée will benefit from this elegant presentation.

Puff Pastries - Savory 1 Bite
Hafner Tart Shells by Fords Produce #24180 - HA 702
Mini-Bouchee

240 per case
Diameter: 1.35"  /  Height: 1"
Margarine
Puff Pastries - Savory 2 and 3 Bites
Hafner Tart Shell #24210 - HA 941
Bouchee

150 per case
Diameter: 1.95" / Height: 1.3"
Savory-Margarine

 

 

We look forward to serving you!