“It was a typical start,” Sharp said. “We had some cool weather early on and thought there would be a delay, but then some hot weather caught us back up.”
Fresh-Pik’s Carolina romaine was expected to wind down in mid-May, Sharp said.
Sharp reported similar romaine volumes as last year, and said product was very clean. Marketed by Cedarville, N.J.-based Eastern Fresh Growers Inc., much of Fresh-Pik’s winds up in Carolina foodservice channels, he said.
Romaine production has picked up in North Carolina, particularly on the state’s coast, said Nick Augostini, marketing specialist for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.