Ford's Produce Supply Update

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Tomato markets started to ease off late last week, as Thanksgiving demand begins to wind down.

The transition from Central to  Southern California is almost complete, and supply chains are improving daily.

More and more apple varieties are available, and prices are softening as shippers get their harvesting done and get in the mood to sell apples.

Squash and zucchini are in an oversupply situation right now, with more available than the farmers can sell.

Georgia’s corn season is wrapping up and everyone is looking to Florida to be the next source.

Egg usage goes way up for the holidays, with all of the wonderful baking and other recipes that depend on hen fruit.

We still have some pumpkins and gourds for your Thanksgiving decorations, but they’re going fast.

We have all kinds of winter hard squashes.

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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.

We look forward to serving you!