Coachella Valley grapes could be late but yield high quality - The Packer

Coachella Valley grapes could be late but yield high quality

05/03/2013 11:26:00 AM
Tom Burfield

Bagdasarian ships grapes under the Mr. Grape, Sunkist and Welch’s labels.

Peter Rabbit Farms in Coachella should start its table grape program by May 13, said John Burton, general manager of sales and cooler.

“The early flames this year are looking better than last year,” he said in mid-April.
“Right now, we’re waiting for the product to grow and color up.”

Preparing for start

Workers were thinning the grapes, making sure there would not be too many berries on a bunch or too many bunches on a vine.

“It’s one of the most hands-on commodities there is,” Burton said.

Stevco should kick off its season around May 20, which Clyde said is a normal starting time for the company.

Stevco grows sugraones, flames, thompsons, summer royals and scarlet royals in the Coachella Valley.

Shipments should continue into mid-July.

Sun World will kick off its sugraone Superior Seedless grape program in the Coachella Valley around May 12, with heaviest volume starting the last week of May and continuing through June, Paul said.

Flames will run from mid-May through mid-June, and Sun World’s Midnight Beauty black seedless grapes should start around May 24, with heaviest volume in June.

High winds took out some grapes, which is to be expected, he said, but the company still expects to have adequate supplies.

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