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Georgia is not known as a citrus state. Not yet, anyway.

But Lake Park, Ga.-based Ken Corbett Farms LLC is adding satsuma acreage to its solid base of vegetable production, said Eric Bolesta, salesman for the company.

The firm, just north of the Florida-Georgia line, had limited volume of satsumas last year, with fruit coming off in October and November. A frost March 16 last year killed much of the potential crop, but this year’s crop is improved, he said.

Some other citrus varieties are coming, he said.

“We have had a handful of acreage in production for a couple of years, and now we have planted more acres and got more acres and got more on the way,” he said.

“It’s an emerging market, and we hope to be able to capitalize on it,” he said.

The colder winters in Georgia are supposed to keep the Asian citrus psyllid, the vector for citrus greening, away from Georgia citrus groves.

Some growers are trying satsumas, but Bolesta said Ken Corbett Farms is one of the big produce houses that are really getting into citrus.

Ken Corbett Farms grows and markets bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, (zucchini and straight neck), jalapeños, cubanelles, long hot peppers, serranos and poblanos.

Squash acreage for the farm is down in response to lower prices in recent years, he said, while pepper and cucumber acreage is steady.

The firm expects to ship vegetables through July 4.

 
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