Canada seen as good market with narrow window

09/06/2013 02:37:00 PM
Jim Offner

He described Vancouver as a “significant market” for some growers, since it’s just an hour’s drive north of the valley.

“I think it’s significant but not a major market for most growers,” he said.

Cliff Corwin, marketing and sales manager of Skagit Valley’s Best, marketing and sales subsidiary of Smith & Morrison Farms LLC in Mount Vernon, said his company’s potatoes reach numerous Canadian markets, but the timing has to be right.

“There’s a small window when they’re through with their local stuff and they’re looking to buy from us — usually somewhere after their Thanksgiving (Columbus Day in the U.S.) and will go probably until Florida gets going,” he said.


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