Don’t expect to hear any complaints about the economy from Gus Pappas, president of Pete Pappas & Sons Inc., in Washington, D.C.
“The produce economy has been good,” he said in early June. “We have been very busy. The economy overall seems to be going well, too. We have the government here that keeps everything artificially inflated and insulated from the rest of the country. There is a lot of business here in the government institutions which keeps everything moving.”
Rose Harrell, director of facilities for the Maryland Food Center Authority, which owns and operates the Jessup-based Maryland Wholesale Produce Market and the Maryland Wholesale Seafood Market, cites a healthy economy.
“Business has been very steady,” she said in early June. “Winter hit everyone hard. Though our tenants were hit pretty hard by the weather, they managed to make it through and are moving forward.”