Bushman maximizing Colorado potato sources
by Kathleen Thomas Gaspar | January 11, 2011
Describing post-holiday potato movement as brisk, Tonya McCormick,
partner in H.R. Bushman & Son Corp. and manager of the Colorado office in
Golden, told The Produce News that she continues to maximize relationships
she's developed with Colorado spud grower-shippers.
Ms. McCormick, who is in her 10th year as partner in the St. Louis-based
Bushman operation, works the Colorado office with her sister, Melodie
Dorland. Ms. McCormick handles sales, and Ms. Dorland secures
"Market conditions are good right now," Ms. McCormick said in mid-January,
adding that tighter supplies across the country have bolstered prices and
demand. “We are working closely with San Luis Valley shippers, moving mostly
russets but also a good amount of yellows out of the valley.”
In addition to russets and yellows, Bushman brokers fingerlings and other
specialties. “This week we moved purple C-size potatoes,” Ms. McCormick
said Jan. 12. “And we sell organics when they’re requested.”
The longtime potato broker said that her domestic market areas “change with
demand,” and she noted that exports to Mexico have been light year-to-date.
“But there is a lot of time left in this shipping season,” Ms. McCormick said of
the export market’s demand.
On the transportation front, Ms. McCormick said that Ms. Dorland has found
transportation availability to “be very consistent,” and the 2010-11 potato
season is adding up to a “very fun year.”