Citrus sales more stable than other organics - The Packer

Citrus sales more stable than other organics

11/03/2011 02:16:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Homegrown Organic Farms, Strathmore, Calif., expected to start picking navels in the first 10 days of November, similar to last year, said Scott Mabs, director of marketing. Mandarins should start in mid-November followed by satsumas. The company plans to have a block of clementines for the first time this year.

“It won’t be a large amount this year, but it will be something to get started with,” he said.

Courtesy Florida Department of CitrusPacific Organic’s lemons out of the desert could be down 25% this season, Stair said.

“There was a freeze last winter which affected the set for the upcoming crop,” he said.

Lemon shipments began the week of Oct. 3, and grapefruit started the week of Oct. 17.

The company’s grapefruit deal likely will be similar to last year’s 50,000 cartons because the firm added acreage to compensate for freeze losses.

The firm plans to ship about 40,000 cartons of lemons, which should peak on a relatively small 140 count size. Grapefruit size should be larger than last year. Navels were expected the first week of November, and they should peak on 56 to 72 count.

Eco-Farm plans to start picking its organic navels in the San Joaquin Valley in November and in January in the Temecula area, Taft said. The company ships minneolas from January until March or April and offers valencia oranges from April until October or November.

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