New York vegetable business updates

07/13/2012 02:58:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Tony Piedimonte, president, said he’s proud and excited to bring the tomato to N.Y., especially because developer Scott is originally from the area.

“I think it’s fantastic,” he said. “This tomato has it all, plus flavor. We’re looking for a big deal.”

Piedimonte reports that they are set to be the primary provider of the Tasti-Lee for western New York and that the tomato should appear in supermarkets soon in 12- and 16-ounce packages, according to a news release.

Turek tests varieties of non-GMO corn

Turek Farms, King Ferry, N.Y., has planted new, higher-seeding varieties this year, partner Jason Turek said.

“These are new to the industry and we’re excited about these new varieties,” Turek said.

Turek said the varieties have high yields and that the company has stayed away from genetically modified sweet corn.

“A lot of growers have chosen to grow it, but it’s just not what our customers are asking for so we can’t justify the price of that,” Turek said.

Williams Farms adds cold storage space

Williams Farms LLC, Marion, N.Y., is putting in cold storage for 100,000 cwt. of potatoes.

The company is also adding a new wash line, said John Williams, partner.

“We’ve never had refrigeration for potatoes before, so this is a major thing for us,” he said.

The project is expected to be completed before harvest begins around Labor Day.


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