Eden Valley Growers completes certification

Eden Valley Growers, Eden, N.Y., has completed harmonized good agricultural practices certification on all of its growers.

The grower-shipper’s eight growing members achieved the global markets addendum, said Dave Walczak, sales and operations manager.

The addendum is requested by only one buyer and complies with the GlobalG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance standard, he said.

The addendum involves more in-depth recordkeeping on where a shipper receives its products and is one step beyond the harmonized audits, Walczak said.

“They had their harmonized GAP audits last year,” Walczak said.

“As their anniversary comes up, they will get their global markets audits this year. We are always trying to be ahead of what our customers are looking for to be competitive in the marketplace. There are several growers that unfortunately haven’t done this. They may not be around much longer.”

Eden Valley also added heirloom tomatoes to its mix.

The heirlooms are smaller than plum tomatoes but larger than cherry and grape tomatoes and are of mixed color, Walczak said.

Eden Valley planned to start its heirloom tomatoes in mid-July. The season runs through early October.


Turek Farms partners with corn grower

Turek Farms is expanding its corn season by partnering with a Delaware sweet corn grower.

The King Ferry, N.Y.-based Turek is working with Magee Farms in Selbyville, Del.

The Delaware partnership brings 300 acres of corn to Turek from July 5 through Aug. 10 and helps bridge the gap in corn production between the southern and northern U.S., said Jason Turek, Turek Farms partner.

“We’ve always struggled a little between the seasons,” he said. “This should give us some better continuity.”

Turek also works with south Florida corn growers.

Williams Farms adds cooling space

Williams Farms LLC in Marion, N.Y., has installed additional refrigeration.

The grower-shipper of onions and potatoes finished the addition last summer.

The upgrades provide Williams enough cooler capacity to store 100,000 cwt. of potatoes, said John Williams, partner.

The capacity is the same Williams used before but the improvement fills those parts of the packing operation that weren’t refrigerated, he said.

This year, Williams plans to upgrade its grading and packing equipment by adding some chain sizers and washers.

The sizers remove smaller potatoes.

The planned upgrades will give Williams all stainless steel packing equipment to comply with food safety regulations, Williams said.

Williams grows 230 acres of potatoes and 140 acres of onions.