Tom Consalo, director of sales for Freshwave Fruit & Produce LLC, said the warmer spring allowed for earlier than normal shipments and said grower-shippers were busier than normal in early May.
“We were into our overwinter crops by mid-March and early April. We’re not into our new fields and they look great,” he said in mid-May.
Consalo said big volumes of lettuce began in mid-May.
The summer bell peppers, cucumbers and squash appear to be on time, said Joe Marino, director of sales and marketing for Sun Valley Orchards LLC, Swedesboro.
“The early warm weather kind of made people think we’d be early,” he said in mid-May.
“But the weather straightened out and we now have a normal spring where temperatures have cooled down. Everything looks great and this should be a normal season. There’s nothing that should affect things otherwise.”
Jersey state peaches are expected to begin production July 1, about a week earlier than normal.
“We are on track for a July 1 start,” Bob Von Rohr, marketing and customer relations manager for Sunny Valley International Inc., Glassboro, said in mid-May.
“The crop looks outstanding. There are no problems. We should have a better than normal crop this year out of New Jersey.”
On blueberries, Sunny Valley plans to begin June 1, seven to 10 days earlier than normal, Von Rohr said.
This season’s blueberry crop also should begin a week earlier than normal.
“This crop is beautiful. It’s big. It’s early. They are sizing up nice,” Chris Bowe, president of ABI Imports Inc., Hammonton, said in mid-May.
“We are expecting exceptional quality. We will be aggressively marketing them so we can move the crop.”