It’s our roots, and by far our largest sales category. We specialize in the procurement and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables from every major growing region in the world as well as right here in our backyard. As a direct buyer/first-handler, Paragon gets produce right from the source—not from wholesalers or redistributors. We buy from growers whose commitment to quality mirrors our own, and these partners are aware of our high standards and fill our orders accordingly.
When it comes to produce, fresher is always better. That’s why we’re proud to have the fastest inventory turns in the business. Our goal is to keep inventory to a minimum and buy each item as frequently as possible. We receive daily truckloads of fruits and vegetables from the West Coast and Florida, not to mention several loads of potatoes, onions, apples, melons and citrus weekly—all direct from growers and all on our own trucks so product arrives on-time.
And if local is your thing, our program is unique on several fronts.
- Every local grower is required to pass an annual 3rd party audit from one of five recognized auditing agencies.
- We make training and funding available to farmers who need assistance getting up to speed.
- Every box carries our Farmers Table label, which denotes the specific farm that grew the product.
- As an in-house processor, we offer pre-cut items that are 100% local when available. So throughout late summer/fall we have local sliced peppers, diced tomatoes, cubed squashes, etc.
Specialty Produce Spring 2017