<![CDATA[Tailor Cut Produce - Uncle Jack\'s Blog]]>Mon, 15 Aug 2022 15:31:50 -0700Weebly<![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”!

<![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”.

<![CDATA[Spring will spring]]>Mon, 28 Mar 2022 14:40:16 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/spring-will-springPunxsutawney Phil saw his shadow two weeks ago; as a result, we’ll be suffering through another month of winter (if you give credence to the combination of rodents and meteorology, that is). Another 30 days or so of bitter cold, snow, ice, and leaving for work in the dark of night only to return in the same. With everything else going on in the world, it would be easy to get down on the weather, too, but...

There is reason for optimism; while we haven’t gotten by completely unscathed, many other industries and professions have been hit much more by pandemic-induced shortages and hardships. We, on the other hand, are still able to procure tropical rays in the form of avocadoes from the Dominican Republic, graffiti eggplant from Spain, ginger from Peru, herbs from Columbia and Israel, kiwi from Greece, melons from Brazil and Guatemala and pineapple from Costa Rico… just a few items from a wide assortment of produce from an equally large number of exotic locales.

​So, the next time a scrawny little rascal informs you that you’ll be enduring another round of inclement weather, simply lean back, take a sip of your fruit-adorned, island-infused cocktail and tell the little fellow to crawl back into his hole… you’ve got a whole boatload of sunshine coming your way!

<![CDATA[Supply pain issues]]>Mon, 22 Nov 2021 15:52:38 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/supply-pain-issuesThe restaurant down the street cannot seem to hire enough kitchen help, so the owner turns to their food service provider and places a much larger order than usual for cut fruit and vegetables. Likewise, the food service provider hands Tailor Cut Produce the order for his customer. This pattern repeats itself many times over and, although grateful for the increase in business and revenue, we experience some of the same issues as the aforementioned restaurant owner: a lack of employees to process the heightened volume. (Not to mention packaging materials sitting in a container off the coast of California that can't seem to get unloaded [not that it would matter, for there is a shortage of trucks, and truck drivers {yet no shortage of gas prices}].)

These are real issues that have been around for months and do not seem to be going away anytime soon. But it is not all gloom and doom. It can't be. Plusses include: for the most part we have gotten all the produce we need. We are grateful for the increased business (even if it is logistically challenging at times). Lastly, we are all in this together. Every cycle eventually cycles out. This one will, too... hopefully sooner rather than later. In the meantime, hang in there. And if you have any extra packaging materials taking up space, let me know.

Enjoy and happy and healthy holiday season.
<![CDATA[The fall harvest is here]]>Tue, 21 Sep 2021 15:02:14 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/the-fall-harvest-is-hereAh, Fall! Crisp, clear air! The pageantry of football! And once green leaves start turning brilliant hues of gold, orange, and purple! Speaking of a spectrum of colors (weren't we?)...

What better way to celebrate your upcoming events over the next few months but with a side dish (perhaps even the main attraction?) consisting of petite Cauliflower florets, diced Butternut Squash, cored and halved Brussel Sprouts, bias cut Carrots, and Red Pearl Onions?! Introducing Tailor Cut's very own "Jack Frost Winter Roasting Medley" (who wants to wait until winter for this delectable dish?)!

This vegetable blend was specifically designed in our test kitchen so that all components roast at a temperature that will produce an aromatic, flavorful, and evenly-cooked dish. Entertaining made simple, delicious and colorful; "leave" it to Tailor Cut Produce!
<![CDATA["The Blog"]]>Tue, 07 Sep 2021 13:36:48 GMThttp://tailorcutproduce.com/blog/the-blogSo… I’ve been tasked with writing “The Blog” (at first I thought they said The Blob [the cult classic Steve McQueen movie {I can’t hear as well as I used to AND I remember films from 1958- is it any wonder everyone calls me “Uncle”?}]). I am probably the least technological person you will ever meet; however, I’m going to give it my best shot. Stay tuned for what I hope will be some entertaining (and possibly educational) missives in the coming months. Thank you, in advance, for blobbing (er, blogging) along with me!
- “Uncle” Jack Dalton