Cool video, showing what is involved in getting produce from Field to Supermarket. As a cherry grower and packer, I face similar challenges with the majority of our cherries being picked, packed, shipped and received overseas within 48 hours. This is not an endorsement of Zon Fruit & Vegetables

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fresh Raspberries at a Farmer's Market

Overripe & Moldy Raspberries - Stained pad is an indication of quality problems

Overripe Raspberries - Dark discoloration means the fruit is too ripe

Fresh Looking Wet & Moldy Raspberries is a sign the fruit was picked right after a rainfall

Raspberries can deteriorate within hours, once mold begins to appear

Grades: No.1/Domestic
Packs: 4.4oz|6oz|1 pint|2 pint|18oz|1 quart
Cartons: 1.36kg/3#|2kg/4.4#|4kg/8.8#|4.54kg/10#
Store: Refrigerated|Optimum Temperature +1C/33F

Remarks: Raspberries require gentle handling, rotate regularly and pull down at close to avoid excessive shrink, culling and repacking.

Displaying: Dummy displays. If Raspberries are attracting fruit flies, place a small portable fan behind the display (the fan will blow them away). Firm berries will last several hours on display with little impact, ripe berries need to be moved quickly (cut displays if fruit is soft and ripe). Displaying fruit in refrigerated counters is best, although condensation can build up inside the clamshell lid and slow sales. Quantity pricing and cross selling with other berry varieties will increase sales.

Receiving: Raspberries are force-air cooled to extend shelf-life, good quality fruit looks bright, fresh and appetizing. Open clamshells and sample, inspect the white pads for red stains, this is usually an indication of aging fruit. Berries should feel firm not soft. Cases can spoil overnight if mold is found inside the center of just a few berries, this is an indication the fruit was picked after a heavy rainfall (a no-no). Reject dull looking, wet, moldy, or shrivelled fruit and shipments in general with an accumulation of more than 10% defects.



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