After slow start, New Jersey vegetables catch up - The Packer

After slow start, New Jersey vegetables catch up

05/26/2011 04:07:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Eastern Fresh will likely begin shipping squash about June 10, cucumbers about June 20 and peppers about July 15, Sheppard said. The company expects to have all three commodities available throughout the summer.

Peppers were planted a bit late because of the heavy rains early in the growing season, but good growing weather in early May was helping crops get caught up.

And Sheppard said when it comes to the weather, it’s all relative.

“When you see the conditions in other parts of the country, we’re happy with what we’ve gotten,” he said.

More and more New Jersey vegetable growers are extending the season by growing under row covers, said Ben Casella, field representative for the New Jersey Farm Bureau, Trenton.

It’s common to see commodities like squash and cucumbers grown under cover in the Garden State, Casella said.

Now, however, more growers are trying to grow tomatoes under cover, too, he said.

“It’s pretty labor-intensive and expensive, but growers see the benefits,” he said.

“It’s not only the heat, but protection from the wind.”

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