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Weather delays most Carolina veggies

05/24/2013 10:49:00 AM
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“That will have an impact on the production this fall, though, because we won’t have enough time to plant as many acres as we usually do,” Hill said.

Steven Ceccarelli, Farm Fresh ProduceCourtesy Farm Fresh ProduceSteven Ceccarelli, owner of Farm Fresh Produce, says the Napa cabbage is looking great this season.Other staples for Carolina growers also are late but poised to provide good quality despite the off weather.

At Farm Fresh Produce, Faison, N.C., Steven Ceccarelli and wife, Bethany, said they’re glad they re-entered the bell pepper deal for the 2013 season. Bethany Ceccarelli said the bells are coming in strong and looking good. They expect harvest to begin around the second week of June.

The napa cabbage at Farm Fresh is also in good shape, she said, with sales already brisk.

“We could even use some more to sell,” she said.

The bell peppers at Patterson Farm Inc., China Grove, N.C., are looking strong, said vice president Doug Patterson, but they are also late.

“All of the vegetables are at least two weeks behind,” Patterson said. “Our cucumbers are probably three weeks or more later than usual.”

Patterson said he put in 150 acres each of tomatoes and bell peppers for the 2013 season. Some blooms have emerged, but development is behind schedule.

Patterson Farm tomatoesCourtesy Patterson Farm Inc.Doug Patterson is expecting the tomatoes at Patterson Farm Inc. to be good quality this season.Patterson said he did not plant any cantaloupe this season because they are generally ready at the same time as the tomatoes and peppers and all three crops coming in at once wasn’t manageable from a harvest standpoint.

Even though his tomato fields are lagging behind the traditional calendar this year, Patterson is shipping the summer favorite already.

He said his year-round tomato repacking business is going well and provides some stability when the weather disrupts his normal harvest routine.

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