Good quality on tap from Texas Mexico - The Packer

Good quality on tap from Texas Mexico

11/16/2012 11:34:00 AM
Tom Burfield

Frontera Produce Ltd., Edinburg, Texas, already has started its Texas-grown cilantro, and general manager Lisa Hilton Waters expected to start cabbage in mid- to late November.

Growing conditions have been typical, she said, and quality on the cilantro is good.

The company also was shipping good-quality pineapples and peppers, she said, adding that peppers have been lighter this year because of tight water supplies.

Pharr-based Vision Produce Partners of Texas was shipping broccoli and greenhouse-grown roma tomatoes from Mexico, said Ben Brittain, executive vice president and managing partner.

Growing conditions were good, but rain in Mexico’s lime country affected that fruit. Brittain hoped that quality on the limes will improve as the season progresses.

Texas-grown organic produce is also under way.

Mission-based South Tex Organics LC was slated to start its organic citrus deal in mid-November, said Garrett Edwards, office manager and sales manager.

Growing conditions have been good, and there was plenty of moisture from December through March to help the fruit set, he said.

Rainfall over the past few months has been minimal, but the company has turned to flood irrigation.

Some trees in the area experienced hail damage last winter, but damage was minimal for South Tex Organics, Edwards said.

The crop looks clean, he said in early November, but a little on the small side.

The company should have grapefruit until early April, early oranges through January and valencias from February through early April.

Meyer lemons should be available through mid-January and grapefruit from November to early April.

“There is very high demand for organic Texas citrus,” Edwards said.

San Antonio-based State St. Produce is shipping a variety of products from Mexico, said vice president Nick Hurter.

“We’re going hot and heavy with broccoli, celery, bell peppers and carrots,” he said in early November.

The company sources from several locations in Mexico, where weather has been “pretty much ideal,” he said in early November.

The company also partners with another firm for a small spring deal out of Texas that includes carrots, napa cabbage and bok choy.


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