Business updates: New York Vegetables

07/15/2011 11:12:00 AM
Amelia Freidline

Eden Valley expands broccoli production

Eden Valley Growers, Eden, N.Y., has increased its broccoli acreage.

The grower-shipper doubled its acreage from 15 acres to 30 acres, said Dave Walczak, sales and operations manager.

This is the fourth season Eden Valley plans to grow broccoli, which runs mid-June through late July before returning to production in late August.

The later production finishes in late October.

Eden Valley also grows bell peppers, squash, cucumbers, corn, eggplant, cabbage, tomatoes and lettuce.

New York ag department redesigns website

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Albany, is redeveloping its website.

The agency plans to turn the new site, which replaces the older Pride of New York page, into an online directory of the state’s growers and processors.

The site should be more comprehensive and include new features, including the ability for consumers to view agriculture tours and destinations.

It should also contain a robust search engine to make it easier for consumers to find local growers, said Jessica Ziehm, director of communications.

“It will have a mapping capability so consumers can map where farms are or put together a route,” she said.

“Eventually, this will be a tool for wholesalers as well.”

The Web address is www.agmkt.state.ny.us.

Williams Farms adds storage, washing line

Williams Farms LLC, Marion, N.Y., is installing an exterior washing line for its potatoes.

The western New York grower-shipper also installed cold storage.

Williams Farms only had common storage before adding 21,000 square feet of refrigerated storage that can hold 10,000 boxes or 100,000 cwt. of potatoes, said John Williams, partner.

He said the refrigeration should improve the quality of the storage potatoes.



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