Ford's Produce Supply Update

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We’re kind of in a transition time between seasons.  Many of the storage items like potatoes, onions, and apples are in short supply as farmers wait for the new season to begin...

Avocado markets are still a mess.  Demand outstrips supply and inventories have become depleted.

Sweet corn is plentiful with excellent quality.  It’s a great time to showcase this taste of summertime.

Blueberry production continues to decrease as we head towards the fall and end of domestic production.

Quality is improving as farmers are getting back on track and caught up in the fields.

Marginal quality coming from most squash areas has the market very high, but zucchini is plentiful and really pretty.

Most California vegetables are lower this week, with growers settling into normal summertime patterns.

Tomatoes are settling back down to more typical levels,  especially romas.  Grape tomatoes are a real bargain now.

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Local vine ripened and heirloom tomatoes are still in good volumes, though the rains have given them troubles lately.

Hot peppers and eggplants seem to be the most prevalent local vegetables currently.

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Fruit Storage Guide | Vegetable Storage Guide

Proper rotation practices must be followed in order to keep produce fresh.

Simply write the delivery date on the outside of every carton received and store the cartons so the date can be easily read. The oldest product should be used first according to the FIFO method (First-In, First-Out).

Temperature fluctuates widely from front to back of the cooler due to the location of the cooling unit and frequency of the door being opened. Divide the cooler into three areas and store as noted below:

1. Apples, Basil, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carambola, Citrus,Fords Produce Asparagus Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Honeydews, Jicama, Limes, Okra, Onions, Papayas, Pears, Peppers, Pineapples, Plums, Radishes, Rhubarb, Ripe Tomatoes (for short periods only), Zucchini.

2. Alfalfa, Apricots, Bean Sprouts, Berries, Carrots, Corn, Fresh-Cut Salads, Greens, Head Lettuce, Herbs, Kale, Leaf Lettuce, Parsnips, Ripe Nectarines, Ripe Peaches, Spinach

3. Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cherries, Coconuts, Grapes, Green Onions, Kiwifruit, Mushrooms, Parsley, Peas, Turnips, Watercress

Store at room temperature: Pineapples, bananas, papayas, pears, mangos, avocados but they should really be used upon arrival. Be careful not to over-buy; if you refrigerate a ripe tomato, it loses flavor.

Do not refrigerate these items: potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger roots, rutabagas and yams.

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