Ford's Produce Supply Update

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We’ve seeing good production for local tomatoes, and quality has been beautiful on the increasing volumes.

Local NC farmers have been harvesting good numbers on squash and zucchini and are now picking cucumbers, peppers, and white and bi-color corn.

Domestic asparagus is finishing up for the season, with Michigan and Washington State reaching the end of their harvests.

Stonefruit season is upon us!  We have plums, peaches, pluots, cherries, apricots and nectarines!

Mexico’s grape season has begun, but supplies are way down compared to past years.

Even though local strawberries are winding down for the year, markets are down with California hitting peak production.

The heat wave forecast from last week is expected to peak but won’t be quite as hot as originally expected.

Domestic growers are harvesting good numbers of cantaloupes and honeydews now, and we’re even seeing some Athena variety melons starting up with light

Q:  What type of lettuce did they serve on the Titanic?

What’s New at Ford’s Produce?
We are super excited to tell you about new project that we’re working on. We’re finishing up construction on our own organic greenhouse facility. We’ll be planting within the month and harvesting many local herbs, lettuces and specialty vegetables ourselves to serve you with this summer and in the future.

 It’s going to be organic, local, and the most sustainable farmingmethod available. More information to come, as we get further along.

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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!