Cantaloupes will be available for six weeks, and watermelons will wind down around July 1.
Quality should be good on all the company’s products.
“There are no known issues right now,” he said April 25.
Food safety has become an important concern for cantaloupe growers, Van Dyke said.
Five Crowns Marketing has been micro testing for pathogens in the fields for the past four years.
The company is a member of the Cantaloupe Advisory Board, which works with the Food and Drug
Administration as well as the state and will come out with a matrix outlining requirements for a certification process, he said.
“We want to present to the public that California is providing safe and certified fruit,” Van Dyke said.