Some Michigan growers are adding organic sweet corn to their mix this season. ( E. Miedema & Sons )

E. Miedema & Sons adds organic option

Byron Center, Mich.-based E. Miedema & Sons has organic cabbage and squash and this season is also offering organic sweet corn for the first time.

“It’s customer-driven,” said sales manager Steve Haaksma. “If they need a pallet of organic corn to go along with their 23 pallets of regular corn, we want to be the person that can supply them with that.”

The company also had a couple of updates in the leadership department, with third-generation owner Dave Miedema mostly retired.

Jeremy Miedema is serving as president, Joel Miedema as treasurer, Tim Miedema as lead mechanic, Ryan Miedema as head of field operations and Jeff Miedema as lead agronomist. Jeremy, Joel and Tim are Dave’s sons. Ryan and Jeff are his nephews, sons of the late Ken Miedema, who owned the company with Dave.


Riveridge investing in cider

The cider company for Sparta, Mich.-based Riveridge Produce Marketing continues to grow, said operations manager Justin Finkler and account manager Trish Taylor.

Riveridge opened its cider facility in September and is adding another press and increasing capacity.

The company has also expanded and renovated its farm and cider offices. Riveridge is also building more labor housing.


Superior Sales grows volume

Hudsonville, Mich.-based Superior Sales expects to have more apples this fall.

The company started that program in 2017 and plans to increase it, said sales manager Todd DeWaard.

Superior is working with grower and packer American Apple and Asparagus in New Era, Mich., on that program.


More organic on way for Van Solkema

Byron Center, Mich.-based Van Solkema Produce plans to start offering organic sweet corn this season.

The company will also do some organic zucchini and yellow squash, said CEO Todd Van Solkema.

He also noted the organization has been adding equipment lately to allow for more efficient packing.

Van Solkema has also increased its volume of Brussels sprouts and celery along with bagged beans and different sizes of bagged jalapeños, responding to retail demand.