Ford's Produce Supply Update

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From Florida’s Sun Sentinel Newspaper… Florida's agriculture commissioner said last Monday that the path of Hurricane Irma "could not have been more lethal" to the state's farmers and that the scope of damage to the state's fruits and vegetables is unprecedented.

Florida’s agricultural business has been devastated for the fall crop.  Expect the slack to be picked up by Mexican shippers, but with the much more limited supplies and higher freight costs, markets will reflect the shortages this season, especially going into the Thanksgiving holiday.

Idaho potato growers finished with their harvest and have the potatoes in the warehouse.

Evidence from California’s recent heat wave is expected to linger in leaf items for the next 2-3 weeks.

Q:  If it took six pigs two hours to eat the apples in the orchard, how many hours would it take three pigs?

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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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