Lettuce, tomatoes see smaller crops

07/15/2011 11:31:00 AM
Amelia Freidline

New York growers say they expect to ship smaller volumes of tomatoes and lettuce this season.

Eden Valley Growers, Eden, N.Y., plans to harvest its grape tomatoes in early August.

James J. Piedimonte & Sons Inc. & Anthony J. Piedimonte/Cabbco, Holley, N.Y., expects to begin its romas and round red tomatoes around the same time.

Production runs through October.

“The crop looks good,” owner Tony Piedimonte said in mid-June.

“We got ours in fairly timely. It maybe a week or so late but it’s taking off nicely.”

Dave Walczak, sales and operations manager for Eden Valley, called last season strong for grape tomatoes.

Because unfavorable weather struck some East Coast growing regions and reduced supply, he said the deal garnered prices that were a little higher than average.

Lettuce

Eden Valley began harvesting romaine, green leaf and boston lettuce in late May. Volume runs through October.

“The lettuce quality has been very good,” Walczak said in mid-June.

“Lettuce likes the weather we’re having. Demand has also been good.”

Walczak quoted $10-12 a carton.



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