Get to know Farm Fresh Produce

    A family company with family values, working to get the best prices and produce for everyone we associate with.



North Carolina produce
-- especially our delicious sweet potatoes -- makes up a good portion of our business.

    Some of the best produce in the world comes from the great state of Mississippi.

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    The Farm Fresh Produce team is always happy and available to answer any questions you may have. Just call us or drop us an email.

Great growers produce great fruits & vegetables

    Our relationship with two of the finest farming outfits in the United States allows us to always provide quality product.
   Alexander Farms and Topashaw Farms were carefully selected by Farm Fresh Produce to meet the needs of even the most demanding customer.

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Toll-Free: 1-800-606-9267 (YAMS)

Fax: 1-800-807-9267 (YAMS)

Local N.C. Phone: (910) 920-9874

Local Quebec, Canada: (514) 461-0836

Local Mississippi Phone: (662) 796-1977

Cell Phone: (910) 508-8933



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    Sweet Potatoes

    Information Courtesy of Blue Book Services, 845 E. Geneva Road, Carol Stream, Il., 60188-3520. (630) 668-3500.

    Varieties

    Beauregard, Nema Gold, Jewel, Georgia Red, Jersey Velvets and Covington.

    U.S. Grades

    U.S. Extra No. 1, U.S. No. 1, U.S. Commercial and U.S. No. 2.

    Sizes

    Sweet potatoes come in a variety of sizes, which corresponds to the number of sweet potatoes shipped per carton.
    • Size: 6 to 8 ounces. Approximately 85 to 90 units per carton.
    • Size: 6 to 10 ounces. Approximately 85 to 85 units per carton.
    • Size: 8 to 12 ounces. Approximately 60 to 70 units per carton.
    • Size: 10 to 14 ounces. Approximately 50 to 55 units per carton.
    • Size: 12 to 16 ounces. Approximately 40 to 45 units per carton.
    • Size: 20 to 24 ounces. Approximately 30 to 35 units per carton.

    Containers

    Sweet potatoes are shipped in 40- to 50-pound cartons.

    Compatibility

    Sweet potatoes fall in Group 7. Contact with ice is not recommended by the USDA. Sensitive to ethylene-induced ripening.

    Temperatures

    USDA recommends stoarge between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit (13 to 18 degrees Celsius). Approximate freezing point is 29.7 degrees Fahrenheit or -1.3 degrees Celsius.

    Sweet potatoes: packed with flavor *and* nutrients


    You know sweet potatoes are tasty.

    But did you know what else they provide? Check the list below for a full list
    of the vitamins, amino acids -- also known as "the building blocks of life" -- and minerals that a serving of sweet potatoes can deliver.

    Information courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service 1999; USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Release 13.

    Nutrition Info based on a serving of one medium-sized baked sweetpotato

    General Nutrition
  • Calories: 117 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 28 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Fat 0.1 grams
  • Dietary Fiber: 3 grams

  • Minerals
  • Calcium: 32 mg
  • Iron: 0.5 mg
  • Magnesium: 23 mg
  • Manganese: 0.6 mg
  • Phosphorous: 63 mg
  • Potassium: 397 mg
  • Sodium: 11 mg
  • Selenium: 0.8 micrograms
  • Zinc: 0.3 mg
  • Copper: 0.2 mg

  • Vitamins
  • Vitamin C: 28 mg
  • Thiamin: 0.1 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.1 mg
  • Folate: 26 micrograms
  • Niacin: 0.7 mg
  • Pantothenic acid: 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin A: 24877 International Units
  • Vitamin E: 0.3 mg of alpha-tocopherol equivalents

  • Amino Acids:
  • Tryptophan: 0.02 grams
  • Threonine: 0.1 grams
  • Isoleucine 0.1 grams
  • Leucine: 0.14 grams
  • Lysine 0.1 grams
  • Methionine: 0.05 grams
  • Cystine: 0.02 grams
  • Phenylalanine: 0.12 grams
  • Tyronsine: 0.08 grams
  • Valine

  • General Information

    "Temperature-related problems in sweet potatoes are fairly common, as sweet potatoes have a narrow window of temperature tolerance. Sweet potatoes held below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, for even a few hours, will be negatively affected
    in both appearance and taste. When held at temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, sprouting may occur. At temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, decay organisms may become prevalent. Chilling injury manifests itself
    in the sweet potato as an internal brown-to-black discoloration, which seems to focus around the vascular elements in the central core of the sweet potato. These areas lead to the development of a phenomenon known as "hard core" after the sweet potatoes have been cooked. While some varieties are more tolerant to chilling injury than othes, it is advisable to avoid temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit at all times during storage, transport and marketing."
    ---- Courtesy Blue Book Services.






     Why choose Farm Fresh Produce?


    Relationships. For the long term.
        The team at Farm Fresh Produce has one goal -- keeping our customers happy.     We want you to be with us for a long time -- hopefully, as long as you're in business.
        Farm Fresh Produce knows how to deliver the timely, 24-7 service your operation needs.

    An international company.
    Farm Fresh Produce is based in beautiful Eastern North Carolina -- one of the finest growing areas in the continental United States -- but we have worldwide sensibilities.

    Our customers span the globe, and we can ship by land, sea or air to make sure your produce arrives as fresh, crisp and tasty as possible.

     Standards

        You can count on Farm Fresh Produce to provide produce that meets the most stringent criteria.




    The staff of Farm Fresh Produce is well-versed in international standards, including GLOBALG.A.P., which works to bring the best agricultural practices to every country.

    Gourmet sweet potato recipes

    Do you know your sweet potatoes?

     Perhaps you do. But chances are good that you haven't stumbled across these delicious ways to prepare them, in recipes prepared by some of North Carolina's finest chefs. Do your tastebuds a favor, and make a toast to good health,
    because sweet potatoes are packed with both flavor and nutrients.

    All recipes courtesy of
    The North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission