Upcoming season on track for California celery - The Packer

Upcoming season on track for California celery

11/01/2004 12:00:00 AM
Eden Ecklund

Widerburg said that the recent rain helped their crops, as did the warmer nights.

Boskovich will have its celery in East Coast stores before Thanksgiving, said Widerburg, between Nov. 10 and Nov. 22.

“Thanksgiving is the Christmas of celery,” said Duda, who also said that one notable trend in the market seems to be toward buying celery hearts. He said it seems to be the fast-growing commodity in the celery market, possibly because celery heart packaging is smaller than that of stalk celery.

VEGETABLES AND FRUIT

Other produce being harvested in Ventura County includes onions, lettuce, bell peppers and tomatoes, and crops including celery hearts, romaine lettuce and cabbage are being shipped.

Some berries are in production right now, many of which are exported to Japan. Strawberry prices are about $14-16 a flat, according to Laird.

Laird noted that he has seen more pumpkin patches and roadside stands in the county recently.


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