“We really stress quality and make sure the varieties and color we pick will make it to the destination,” Brammer said. “So far we’ve had pretty good luck.”
The dog days of August are a transitional time of year, as summer winds down and consumers are focused more on buying books, school clothes and lunch pails than they are on filling those lunch pails, Uribe said.
However, a boost in prices is almost automatic after the weather cools in September and homegrown deals wind down, he said.
Andrew & Williamson plans put a strong emphasis this winter on diversifying its growing regions, Munger said.
Last year’s winter freeze was a sobering experience, he said, so the company is growing in several different areas as well as in open fields and in shade houses.
The trend seems to be toward more extreme weather, Munger said, “So we must have systems in place to handle extremes — we can’t afford interruptions for customers.”