The crops saw no adverse effects from the subfreezing temperatures that struck during the overnight hours of Jan. 3-4, said Jason Bedsole, sales manager of Eastern vegetables and citrus for Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., the fresh division of Oviedo-based A. Duda & Sons Inc.
Lettuce should rebound from damages caused by the early freeze. Product being harvested in February remained in good shape, and the cold temperatures only delayed harvesting, said Dan Shiver, co-owner of Hugh H. Branch Inc., Pahokee.
“Quality is excellent,” he said in late February. “We look to have a super spring crop.”
Bedsole said Duda is harvesting high-quality lettuce.
“The season started well,” he said in late February. “Demand has been fairly consistent.”