From late April to the end of October, growers harvest a variety of produce, including asparagus, corn, cucumbers, lettuce and leafy greens, potatoes and tomatoes.
“The local deal gives us a good five to six months of lots of items,” said Joel Panagakos, executive vice president of J. Kings Foodservice Professionals Inc., Holtsville, N.Y.
“There could be as many as 60-80 items we receive on a daily basis. It’s pretty involved. Supermarkets are looking for this product and shopper interest has helped it a great deal.”
Panagakos said J. Kings meets with the Long Island Farm Bureau to work on different programs to help farmers better market their products.
RLB Food Distributors LP, West Caldwell, N.J., remains heavily involved in procuring and selling locally grown produce, said Joe Granata, director of produce.
Last summer, RLB conducted some farm-to-table local produce promotions for product grown within an 800-mile radius with its New York and New Jersey retail customers.