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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Chef of the Month- January 2011

 Petey Rojas

Picture of Anthony WilkinsYears in a Kitchen“Since I was a little girl”.

TrainingMy Mom and Pop, The kitchen of the original Anna’s, Educated at Ohio State University and New York University.  Majored in Anthropology and Sociology.  Started working at Anna’s Pizza in New York in 1986 at the age of 13.

Current Position: Anna’s Pizzaria, Apex, NC

Previously Worked At:  Anna’s Pizzaria

Signature Style:  Old traditional Italian family recipes.

Signature DishesChicken Fresca and Tilapia a la’ Anna.

Proudest Accomplishment:  “Best New Business 2010”.

Biggest Challenge as a Chef“Maintaining consistency of both product and service quality.”

Awards:  Apex Chamber of Commerce 2009 Small Business of the Year, 2010 Cary Living Magazine Best Pizza, 2010 Cary Living Magazine Best Historic Society, 2010 Cary Living Magazine Best Kid Friendly, and 2010 Cary Living Magazine Best New Business.

Advice to Others in Foodservice“You have to love what you do.  Don’t EVER take a customer for granted.”

Family:  Younger brother, Yury (brother and owner of Anna’s.  Petey sees her whole crew as a family.

Interests:  Soccer, Kiwanis Club, Work