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There isn’t much change on squash and zucchini pricing from last week.  Markets remain strong and demand exceeds supply.

Tomato markets cranked up again last week, with the cooler weather in Mexico slowing production in the tomato factories.

There are lighter supplies of romaine this week as most growers are preserving supply in order to minimize gaps at the end of the desert season.

Rain in California strawberry growing regions over this past weekend along with rain in the forecast this week will cause supply to be tight.

The Mexican Asparagus crop is currently fairly tight as we start the week.

Egg prices continue to climb as we head towards Easter weekend.

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Mexico has started harvesting new crop onions.

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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