L&M typically harvests cabbage through late April before moving to south Georgia and the Carolinas.
Surviving the cold
Bryan Biederman, assistant sales manager for Pioneer Growers Co-op, Belle Glade, said buyers can expect promotable volume for St. Patrick’s Day.
One Pioneer grower, which packs Homestead-grown cabbage in the Wilson brand, enjoys a loyal following because of sizing and product consistency, Biederman said.
Pioneer also has Belle Glade area growers harvesting cabbage.
“So far, cabbage quality has been excellent,” he said in late February. “The cabbage market has done well in the cold weather. When north Florida is affected by the cold weather, south Florida benefits. We have had a couple of good years in terms of markets and quality.”
Biederman called demand strong. He said the deal opened in the high teens in early January but has since leveled to $8-10.
Pioneer plans to ship south Florida cabbage through April 10.
Jason Bedsole, sales manager of Eastern vegetables and citrus for Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., the fresh division of Oviedo-based A. Duda & Sons Inc., said south Florida cabbage wasn’t harmed by the December cold.
“The cabbage has been very consistent,” he said in late February. “We have had very good quality.”