Ford's Produce Supply Update

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North Carolina squash and cucumber growers are winding down for the year, finishing a great season.

The fall transition kicks into gear late October/early November. In a normal year, the final harvest of the Summer Salinas Season is typically the most susceptible to yield loss and quality concerns.

Thanks to improved growing techniques by our farmers, we expect to have local tomatoes into December this year.

The unseasonably warm weather last week has extended our local cucumber and squash seasons for a little while longer.

Tropical storm Nate generated significant damage to Costa Rica's infrastructure, affecting Pineapple production.

California Citrus growers have finished their valencia crop, and we’re still about 2-3 weeks away from harvesting Navel oranges.

Asparagus markets are way down this week, with heavier supplies coming from Mexican and Peruvian growers.

We have all kinds of fall decorations! Choose from gourds, pumpkins of all sizes, and indian corn.

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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