Delayed but bountiful vegetable harvest expected

06/14/2013 02:44:00 PM
David Mitchell

He said sweet corn harvest would last through September. Fall squash also is expected to start in late July and last into late November.

Gene Talsma, president of Crispheart Produce Inc., Hudsonville, Mich., said celery harvest typically starts around July 4. The cool, wet weather could push the start date back a few days, but quality and volume should not be affected.

“We anticipate a good crop,” said Talsma, who added that peak volume should last into September before harvest winds down in mid-October.

Michigan’s asparagus deal typically wraps up by the third week in June, but Tyler Hodges, sales manager for Todd Greiner Farms, Hart, Mich., said that might not be the case this year.

“We started late with asparagus from a persistently cold spring,” he said June 4. “Our weather in June so far looks to be outstanding, which will allow us to go further into June, nearly reaching July with supply. If we’re able to get the production out in June, the later start will not hurt as much.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported June 4 that 28-pound cartons of bunched, asparagus from Michigan were $50-54.


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