Good demand, quality expected for Carolina fruit - The Packer

Good demand, quality expected for Carolina fruit

05/21/2009 03:26:49 PM
Andy Nelson

Small said he’ll gladly take a lower price if it means getting rid of all his melons.

“I hope somebody buys them at some price,” he said. “The last eight years we’ve been able to get rid of them. I hope we can this year.”

Fresh-Pik expects to begin harvesting watermelons about July 1, with shipments continuing through mid-September, Sharp said.

Production of specialty sprite melons will likely begin in late June and wind up about Sept. 1, Sharp said. Boasting brix levels of up to 17, the sprite is like a honeydew but, at 1 ¼ pounds, much smaller, he said.

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