Ohio veg growers weathering recession

06/05/2009 11:00:11 AM
Andy Nelson

Consumers may not be as likely to stray from their grocery lists and act on those impulses.

Radishes are one commodity whose fate this season worries Buurma somewhat.

“People are asking, ‘Do I have to have radishes in my salad?’” he said.
 
But the concern is not just limited to individual commodities, Buurma. Across the board, retailers are seeing declines.

Recent signs, though, could be pointing up.

“Customers I’ve talked to have said demand is down 5% to 25%, depending on what items and what time of year it is,” he said. “But there are signs of life. Hopefully the economy will continue to get stronger.”

Even with the recession, which has hit the housing industry particularly hard and stopped many green-lighted commercial and retail projects in their tracks, growers in Ohio continue to be wooed by developers, Buurma said.

Not that he’s one of them.

“We’re 65 miles from Columbus, Toledo and Cleveland, so we don’t have that problem,” he said. “But there are a number of growers who are getting pressure and have sold out.”


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