Shade houses continue to gain momentum

05/21/2012 03:00:00 PM
Jim Offner

In addition, if returns on field-grown fruit are low, they serve as a drag on shade house or greenhouse product, said Dick Spezzano, owner of Monrovia, Calif.-based Spezzano Consulting Service, which specializes in retail issues.

Retailers want top-quality fruit, too, and shade houses provide it, Spezzano said.

“If you have 70% No. 1s (in an open field), it goes up to 85% in shade houses,” he said.


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