<![CDATA[Tailor Cut Produce - Uncle Jack\'s Blog]]>Thu, 16 May 2024 00:58:07 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[The “Hallmark” of a Good Christmas Movie]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2023 18:17:49 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/the-hallmark-of-a-good-christmas-movieDisclaimer: this particular blog entry has absolutely, positively nothing to do with produce.

What makes a good Christmas movie? Well, if you’re anything like me (I’ve been watching them
for eleven years and counting), you readily have the answer to that very poignant question:
A college girl moves to the big city and, within in a few short years, becomes a very successful
event planner / businesswoman / veterinarian. Through an overwrought series of career
misunderstandings / mishaps / perceived slights, she returns (disillusioned and disenchanted) to
her small town only to bump into her high school sweetheart who never left and now runs the
family Christmas tree farm / bed and breakfast / candy cane factory.

Hilarity ensues. Fate brings them (close) together. Perhaps they are ice skating / dancing /
giftwrapping, and just as they are about to kiss, they are interrupted by a sibling / friend / co-
worker, none of whom are aware of the unfolding drama.

Undeterred, our two star-crossed lovers carry on and eventually their lips do indeed lock. Re-
energized, and with her Christmas spirit restored, our protagonist returns to the place she should
have never left and becomes a very successful event planner / marketing executive / legal
counsel for her one true love and his Christmas tree farm / gingerbread bakery / reindeer ranch.
The end.

Why do I watch (sometimes) two to six hours a night for a couple of months leading up to
December 25th? If each story is basically the same, if every plot is paper thin and if the final
scene has been replicated dozens and dozens and dozens of times, what do these admittedly fluff
pieces have to offer?

They offer hope.

The hope that, after all, we’re human and need to love and be loved. The hope of a better today.
I know this firsthand…

The founder and owner of Tailor Cut Produce, David, died suddenly and unexpectantly
on September 12, 2012. Although many others within my inner circle were greatly more affected
than I was, we all faced bleak weeks, months and years, and I was shaken to the core.

Without going into great detail, the months following David’s death were the darkest times
we’ve ever experienced.

How did I move forward?

The “Hallmark” channel.]]>
<![CDATA[“Fall” for Autumn’s Show Stopper!]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2023 16:47:37 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/september-19th-2023​Butternut squash is this season’s most delicious and versatile superstar. A winter
squash (somewhat misnamed, as it will be harvested the next few weeks) that
grows on a vine, it has a sweet, nutty taste that is comparable to pumpkin. The
riper it gets, the sweeter and richer the flavor!

Butternut squash is a great source of fiber, magnesium, potassium and vitamins A
and C. Originating in New England in the 1940s, it is botanically a fruit (actually a
berry), but culinarily, it is used as a vegetable and can be roasted, sauteed, toasted
and pureed for soups. Likewise, it can be mashed and baked in casseroles, breads,
muffins and pies.

We at Tailor Cut Produce will be processing a lot of butternut squash throughout
the season. We whole peel, dice, cube or shred it… whatever our clients request.
Speak to your customers and let us supply you (and them) with this incredibly
delicious and versatile fruit… you’ll be “berry” glad you did!]]>
<![CDATA[Summertime, And The Living Is Easy]]>Thu, 18 May 2023 13:42:08 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/summertime-and-the-living-is-easy​  Allow Tailor Cut Produce to make the sunny span from Memorial Day to Labor
Day the easiest three months you’ve had in a long, long time. No matter what the
event, let us take the hassle (not to mention the heat!) out of the kitchen. Consider
the following options, made with only the freshest of seasonal fruits and
vegetables… perfect for grillin’ and chillin’:

Cole Slaw mix- a picnic staple!
Corn husked- does it get any simpler than that?!
Mango Salsa- so sweet (don’t forget the chips)!
Onions and Bell Peppers in a large dice- outstanding for kabobs!
Pico de Gallo- for bruschetta or as a garnish for grilled items!
Squash Yellow and Green planks (“Grillers”)- perfect for any barbecue!
Tomatoes sliced- ratchet up those cheeseburgers!
Watermelon chunks- instant refreshment!

Lastly, our “Fajita Vegetable Blend” will liven up any outdoor Fiesta (we also
process many other tasty and colorful seasonal blends)!

We pride ourselves on consistent quality and100% edible portions with zero
additives or preservatives. We assist you with reduced labor and storage needs and
no waste or spoilage. With the help of Tailor Cut Produce, you will never again
have to “sweat” the (culinary) details! Have a fun-filled, safe and healthy summer!

“I pick those tomatoes we grew off the vine
They look out the window, just killing time”


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<![CDATA[Crappy Valentine's day]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2023 17:01:18 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/crappy-valentines-day​As I write this, the latest entry to Tailor Cut Produce’s blog, I glance at the calendar. Tuesday,
February 14 th . Valentine’s Day.
The Philadelphia Eagles just lost Super Bowl LVII less than 48 hours ago. It was a heart
breaking, gut-wrenching loss. I realize that, at 62 years of age, with a beautiful wife, two
wonderful children and oh-so-many other things to be thankful for, it is a silly and overstated
way to be, but there it is.
What does a football game played many states away have to do with a produce company in
North Brunswick, New Jersey? Not much, really, except most writers will say, “Write what you
know”. And this is what I know:
I grew up in Haddon Heights (Camden County), New Jersey. My family, like many in the area,
bleeds Eagles green. Philadelphia was “our city”. I went away to school, but never lost sight of
my sporting roots.
Many years later I found myself nightly at the old produce market on Galloway Street near the
stadiums. I was reunited with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of that old building and the
wealth of treasures (and crazy cast of characters that worked there) it contained. The experience
simply solidified my love for the gritty, blue-collar “City of Brotherly Love” and the passion the
inhabitants feel for their sports teams.
Now I feel empty. And hollow. I suppose it will pass. There will be other sports and other
seasons and, hopefully, other championships.
But this, this will always be “the one that got away” and today, of all days, all I can think about
is how much my heart aches.]]>
<![CDATA[Grown-Up Christmas (Produce) List]]>Mon, 12 Dec 2022 18:54:33 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/grown-up-christmas-produce-list​“Son of a nutcracker”! Christmas is less than two weeks away! How did that happen (again)?
‘Tis the season to make lists; better get down to business…
Presents to purchase and wrap (lots).
Gifts to receive (since when?).
Things to buy (fire extinguisher, ham, turkey, snacks, cookie dough, alcohol, etc.).
Things to do (bake cookies; use aforementioned fire extinguisher).
Wait. What? The family’s coming over (more alcohol!).
Lastly, my favorite list of all… the holiday music-inspired, produce-centric grocery shopping list
(you may clip and save [you’re welcome]):
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Apples (“Crisp apple strudels” from My Favorite Things)
Bananas (“You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel” from You’re A Mean One, Mr.
Grinch)
Chestnuts (“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” from The Christmas Song)
Collard greens (“Mom’s cookin’ chicken and collard greens” from Christmas In Hollis)
Corn (“And I’ve brought some corn for poppin’” from Let It Snow!)
Figs (“Oh, bring us a figgy pudding” from We Wish You A Merry Christmas)
Pears (“And a partridge in a pear tree” from The Twelve Days Of Christmas)
Plums (“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker Suite; no words [but there are
some pretty cool dancing mice!])
Pumpkins (“When they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie” from Sleigh Ride)
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From the Tailor Cut Produce family to you and yours… Merry Christmas and Happy New
Year!!!
ps. Speaking of New Year’s, I resolve not to make a list of resolutions this year. Or perhaps I’ll
just recycle last year’s. It was barely used.]]>
<![CDATA[Testing, One, Two, Three… Testing]]>Tue, 08 Nov 2022 14:11:00 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/november-08th-2022​“Testing, One, Two, Three… Testing”

I am involved in many facets of Tailor Cut Produce’s daily operations, but there is
one arena that I have purposely avoided (or perhaps it’s been strongly suggested
that I stay away). Regardless, I recently ventured into parts previously unknown to
me… the Test Kitchen!

As one can imagine, our test kitchen is very well-appointed and looks ironically
like an everyday household kitchen with one striking addition… an (over)
abundance of produce! The masterminds of this domain are forever trying to
devise new and different combinations of items to enhance our already wonderful
array of products. Two areas of concentration at this point:

With school back in full swing, the chefs have recently rolled out 12 new 100/2
ounce school snack ideas. These healthy, colorful treats (with such monikers as
“Green Is Good”, “Citrus Circus” and “Money Money” [by the way… who names
these things?]) have quickly received some very positive and enthusiastic
feedback.

The second focal point of our “culinary mad scientists” is vegetable blends. The
day I stopped by (and was promptly escorted out), the team was busily working on
something called “Wok ‘n Roll” (again, who names…). Although not quite ready
to debut, the finishing touches appear to be close, and the new addition to our
roster should be ready to hit the market very soon.

All in all, a very exciting (albeit short) glimpse behind the curtain of the “Tailor
Cut Produce Test Kitchen”.
Maybe next time I’ll actually make it past the front door…]]>
<![CDATA[The Fruits Of our labor]]>Mon, 19 Sep 2022 14:15:11 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/the-fruits-of-our-laborTailor Cut Produce privately hosted their Annual Employee Summer Picnic at Eagle’s Landing
in North Brunswick on Saturday, July 30, 2022.
Nearly 100 participants (employees and their families) attended the festive bash on an incredibly
pleasant, breezy day.
Everywhere you looked on the colorful, immaculate grounds, children and their parents were
playing games: miniature golf, basketball, soccer… you name it, it was being played in the
glorious sunshine.
Naturally, food is a big draw at any outdoor celebration, and this event was no exception.
Hungry partygoers munched on hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecued chicken, as well as a vast
assortment of side dishes and salads. Plenty of drinks were to be had for young and old (“adult”
beverages for the senior circuit [“Don’t mind if I do.”]) alike, followed up with ice cream,
cookies and sliced watermelon (c’mon… we had to sneak cut produce in there somewhere!).
The main attraction, though, was the large, pristine pools and the children’s “Splash Garden”, all
of which kept everyone cool and comfortable in the late July sunbeams.
Another highlight included bonus checks given out to select employees who entered winning
suggestions in the “Bright Ideas” contest facilitated by Tailor Cut Produce management.
Workers were encouraged to offer up suggestions on how to make the workplace and the
company more efficient. Many employees participated and we received a host of great thoughts
which are in the process of being implemented.
There was a second trio of bonus checks handed out to employees who were singled out for their
hard work, accountability and dedication to Tailor Cut Produce.
All in all, a sun-soaked, jam-packed, fun-filled afternoon where many, on the short bus ride
home, fell quickly and quietly asleep, undoubtedly dreaming about next year’s gala.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the visionary founder of Tailor Cut Produce, whom we
lost 10 years ago this month. David Young, who proudly hailed from the Buffalo, New York
area, worked his way up professionally through a series of New Brunswick hotel kitchens and
discovered the need for a company to provide said outlets with fresh, processed fruits and
vegetables.

Never one to back down from a challenge (“Jump and a net will appear” would have been his
mantra [if he believed in mantras {which he didn’t}]), David almost single-handedly launched
Tailor Cut Produce and the success story that it became. He worked incredibly hard, fought
many obstacles, and never packed it in when the going got tough.
Because of his leadership, Tailor Cut Produce is a multi-million dollar company that supplies
their products in kitchens up and down the east coast (and, incidentally, hosts a splendid annual
summer picnic for their employees). We all miss him very much, but take comfort in the fact that
he would be very proud of us for successfully continuing his legacy.]]>
<![CDATA[The Ghost Of Market past]]>Mon, 15 Aug 2022 13:00:46 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/the-ghost-of-market-past​A few months ago, I strolled down “Memory Lane” in a blog about the former
Philadelphia Regional Produce Market on Galloway Street. I wrote longingly about
the bitter cold, the sweltering heat, too many items and / or too small a truck, the
stench of rotting produce on a hot August evening and a colorful cast of characters
who operated under the cover of pitch black nights.
Fast forward to a recent trip to the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
(PWPM) on Essington Avenue.
The PWPM is truly a marvel to behold with nearly 700,000 square feet of
refrigerated space.
Plenty of bright white lights.
Clean, shiny and safe with an emphasis on cold-chain protection.
Easily accessible, nice signage and a clear, concise floor plan (read: you don’t have
to go across the parking lot while dodging an array of vehicles to get from one
store to another!).
An equally colorful cast of characters as vibrant as the vast selection of product
and as theatrical as a Walnut Street Theatre production.
All in all, a fantastic experience!
Reminiscing fondly about bitter cold, sweltering heat and the stench of rotting
produce? What was I thinking?!!?]]>
<![CDATA[“Who could ask for more?”]]>Fri, 03 Jun 2022 17:44:53 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/who-could-ask-for-moreWhat, you may ask, is “prompt”-ing this particular blog? Well, I have a little time on my hands. Actually, a great deal of time. 27 minutes, to be exact. That is when (approximately) my phone call will (may?) be answered. In the meantime, I am on hold…

A robotic voice repeats every few minutes, “Thank you for your patience. The next available representative will be with you shortly. Estimated time of…”. That refrain is interspersed with a somewhat lackluster orchestral version of Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana”. At least that’s what it sounds like. Perhaps it’s the original version (is there a difference?). Yet, I digress…

Automation may very well have it’s time and place; however, it does not belong in the realm of customer service where a warm, friendly, knowing voice and tone is paramount. Speaking of personalization (weren’t we?)…

At Tailor Cut Produce, we pride ourselves on cutting fruits and vegetables to your exact specifications (and to those of your customers). A small (but mighty) company, we artfully process the jobs that the assembly line big boys will not. We offer a very wide variety of colorfully layered vegetable blends, not to mention sticks and fries in an assortment of hues and items that goes well beyond carrots, celery and potatoes. Add in healthy, delicious school snacks in two ounce portions and just about anything that can be spiralized (yes, I’m talking to you, beets), and you have an incredibly winning combination.

So, allow us the opportunity to share our customized offerings and personalized (read: un-automated) service with you. Simply call Tailor Cut Produce in North Brunswick, New Jersey at 732-246-2002.

Press “one” to speak with Lola.
Press “two” to speak with Tony.
Press “three” to speak with Rico.

“Hold” on… we’re just kidding!!!

From your friends at TCP. (“TCP!”)

ps. We’ll meet you “at the Copa”!

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<![CDATA[Market Futures (and Market pasts)]]>Mon, 04 Apr 2022 13:22:34 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/market-futures-and-market-pasts
I do not get to the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market very often, but I am going to pay a visit (in all of its shiny chrome and steel glory) next week. It is truly a marvel to behold, but I can’t help but feel nostalgic for the old market down by the stadiums.


Every night for years, whether it was bitterly cold or sweltering hot, I would be armed with a list and tasked with procuring produce to be cut the next day. In the beginning, I was very green. I knew very little about produce (or even about driving a truck for that matter), yet found myself charged with both.


I remember having too many items and pallets to fit on my truck. I recall being finished early, but still waiting around until soft pretzels arrived at the restaurant at 2:00 am. I remember the stench of rotting produce on hot August evenings. Once I accidentally dumped a whole skid of tomatoes down one of the ramps and they rolled throughout the parking lot for what seemed like days (I think some are still making their way down Delaware Avenue). Everyone sped by on their ride-on pallet jacks and laughed. Everyone, that is, except Rob Ranieri of Brandywine Produce who stopped and helped me collect my cargo (thanks, Rob!).


Most of all, I remember how fun and exciting it was to be out and about in the pitch black with a colorful cast of characters. Every night was a new series of adventures. I was on my own and left to my own devices. It was me against the market, and although the market sometimes won, I’d like to think that, with a list completed and a truck full, I had a few wins, too.


I am many years removed from those funny, crazy evenings and yet, sometimes, I can’t help but miss the “the good old nights”.

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