Normal cabbage, celery, lettuce and radish deals expected - The Packer

Normal cabbage, celery, lettuce and radish deals expected

11/11/2013 02:27:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Oviedo-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., plans to begin harvesting on time in mid-December.

Jason Bedsole, sales manager of Eastern vegetables and citrus, said quality looks up to par.

“The stands look to be good, and quality should be good,” he said in late October. “We will have promotable volumes as soon as we start.”

Florida typically ships through April.

Celery

South Florida’s celery typically begins harvesting in mid-December.

Duda plans to start in early- to mid-December, a little earlier than normal, Bedsole said.

“The celery looks very good,” he said in late October. “We will have good supplies and volume and great quality. The stands look to be good.”

Pioneer plans to begin in early January as usual.

Jon Browder, sales manager, said early plantings went in well and said the crop looks favorable.

Browder said Pioneer’s acreage remains similar to last year.

He said last year’s celery market was strong and that growers harvested strong yields and high quality.

Radishes

Duda began harvesting radishes in light volume in late October and planned to increase production in early November.

“Quality and supplies look to be good,” Bedsole said in late October. “We have had ideal growing conditions for the radishes.”

Because of wet ground during plantings, Pioneer planned to begin harvesting radishes in early November, about a week or so later than normal, Browder said.

Though yields may suffer because of the rain, the crop looks good, he said.

Pioneer typically harvests through mid-May.


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