Weather creates lagging start for Mid-Atlantic produce - The Packer

Weather creates lagging start for Mid-Atlantic produce

06/06/2014 10:50:00 AM
Jim Offner

The season, for conventional and organic berries, will run around 16 weeks, depending on various factors, Von Rohr said.

“We have large organic grower also out of New Jersey who will be starting at the same time,” he said.

It is shaping up to be a full crop for blueberries, Von Rohr said.

As far as Sunny Valley’s peaches and nectarines, the deal should get underway around July 7, Von Rohr said.

“We had a cold winter, plenty of chill hours, plenty of moisture and no real damage that occurred like the South had,” he said. “Everything looks good for New Jersey for yellow peaches, white peaches or nectarines.”

Steve Balderston of Colora, Md.-based Colora Orchards, which grows and ships apples and peaches, said the crops were looking good.

“Unless temperatures really go into the 50s or 60s every night, we’ll probably be on a normal schedule,” he said.

Vegetable crops in Virginia could be seven to 10 days later than last year, said Russell Brown, salesman with Oak Grove, Va.-based Parker Farms, which has cucumbers, squash, sweet corn and some specialty crops, including asparagus.

“If they’re anything like the Georgia crops, they’re going to start on the weak side but come in with some good volume right after the Fourth of July,” he said.

Calvert Cullen, owner of Cheriton, Va.-based Northampton Growers Produce Sales, said he was running anywhere between five days to a week later than normal.

“Right now, we’re looking at starting probably June 6 with beans, cabbage and squash,” he said.


Delaware deal

Fifer Orchards in Wyoming, Del., was about halfway through its asparagus deal in the third week of May, said Curt Fifer, sales director.

“We’ve started into some strong strawberry volume and will for the next three weeks,” he said. “The crop’s better than last year. There seems to be a lot of interest.”

Potato grower Lazy Boy Farms in Middletown, Del., anticipates a mid-July start for its round whites, reds and yellows, said Ken Wicks, president.

“We have cabbage, too, and it’s coming along,” Wicks said.

Ed Kee, Delaware secretary of agriculture, said the weather finally broke for the better in late April.

“It was a brutally tough winter, but in the last month or so the weather kind of straightened out,” Kee said.

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