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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Produce Handling

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.

We look forward to serving you!