Cullen, whose company also ships cabbage, cucumbers, bell peppers, eggplants and sweet corn — said whether or not an early start would be beneficial would hinge on Georgia.
“It all depends on if Georgia finishes up early,” he said. “If not, we’ll run into them. Georgia started a week early.”
Cullen said Northampton would have promotable volumes of sweet corn, green beans and cucumbers by July 4.
“Fourth of July is big for sweet corn,” he said. “Everything right now looks very good. We’ve had ideal weather.”
Further north, Richard Papen, vice president of Papen Farms Inc., Dover, Del., said May 17 that his company would miss out on Fourth of July sweet corn promotions but would have ample supplies for Labor Day.
“It’s hard to get enough corn for Labor Day,” he said. “We can only pack so much. Everybody promotes it, and it moves well.”
Papen said he expected to start his sweet corn harvest in early July with promotable volumes by July 10 and supplies lasting to mid-September.
Papen said his company would harvest cabbage beginning June 10 with volume increasing by June 20. Green beans are expected to start June 20 with volume peaking July 1.
President Will Hales said Coastal Growers LLC, Salisbury, Md., expected to have vine-ripe tomatoes from June 25 through the end of September.