Boston produce distributors see big potential in locally grown

03/25/2011 12:36:27 PM
Susie Cable

Many ask for local tomatoes and salad mixes. One item that Crafts experimented with last year was Solstice Salads, which were packed in Maine.

Solstice Salads was an organic line of spring mixes, spinach and romaine.

The deal didn’t last long because the supplier changed its business direction and is now packing for another organic spring mix supplier.

Crafts said there was demand for the product, and he would be interested in carrying another local salad line.

Other market merchants said local produce is not a factor in their businesses.

Frank Lisitano, president of Lisitano Produce Inc., Chelsea, said his company doesn’t carry much local produce, and Community-Suffolk Inc., Everett, doesn’t look for locally grown produce to buy, said Steven Piazza, salesman.

Richie Travers, partner in Mutual Produce Inc., Chelsea, doesn’t carry local produce because it’s not a big deal for Boston.

Local growers in the area more often sell their produce at farm stands or go directly to chain supermarkets, instead of selling to distributors, he said.


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