White onions now shipping from the Northwest
by Kathleen Thomas Gaspar | July 20, 2009
Sweet Clover Produce began moving a good size mix of white onions out of the Pacific Northwest July 20, and Sales Manager Bill Brownfield said that reds would start shipping July 27. "The whites are grown by Grotz Bros. of Hermiston (OR)," Mr. Brownfield said July 10. "They are our summer growers and produce whites, reds, sweet yellows and yellows," he added. "The whites this year have a wide range of sizing, with pre-packs in mediums, jumbos and colossal. They are very white, all retail quality, and we're shipping in cartons as well as 50-, 25- and 10-pound bags and consumer packs." Mr. Brownfield went on to say that growing conditions in the Northwest have been "ideal for high-quality onions," and he said the whites are showing excellent quality and supplies. "Yellows will ship later in the week for mixers, and there is a wide range of sizes there as well. And they're sweet and have a very good shelf life," Mr. Brownfield said. The yellow sweets, which along with the whites and reds are direct-seeded, will ship through March. Stressing the American-grown product and year-round supplies, Mr. Brownfield said, "More retailers are asking for domestic onions and are supporting American farmers. They are confident in the farming practices and know where the water comes from. They also trust the certification and have confidence in Sweet Clover. We guarantee U.S. No. 1 at arrival." As the 2009 Northwest onion crop gains steam, Mr. Brownfield said that receivers are assured of no gaps in red supplies through May 2010. "Our growers are certified in Good Agricultural Practices and are third-party audited, and we have the GTIN data bar available, too," he said.