How would you rank the "produce towns" in North America for livability? Where are the best places to live if you are on staff with a produce grower-shipper-marketer? What makes them good?

That’s a question I put to readers of The Packer today, and one that I’ve already floated to the LinkedIn Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group.

If you are on staff with a grower/shipper/marketer, what makes the town you live a great place to be? What is the, ahem, least appealing produce town?

Having recently been to Washington State to cover pears, I offered that the Wenatchee/Cashmere/Chelan region is tough to beat for mountain views.

 Here are some other thoughts from members of the discussion group:

  •  Philadelphia: Winter import deal, New Produce Terminal, Ports, PMA, Mushroom & Blueberry deal. Good sports town.
  • Visalia, CA is a pretty great place. Great housing prices, right in the center of California produce industry. 1 Hour from great mountain hiking, 3 Hours from the beach. 3 Hours from Los Angeles, Ca and 4 hours from San Francisco. Probably in the most conservative county in the state. Great weather!
  • Port Everglades (Miami), Pompano Beach and Palm Beach County, Fla. A lot of produce deals are done here.

I hope Fresh Talk readers “represent” and speak up for their choice of top “produce town,” and what makes it special.