Heading into summer with good volume and quality on all varieties, Sweet Clover Produce in Walla Walla, WA, is now shipping its famed Walla Walla sweets as well as organic yellows and reds and conventional reds, whites and yellows.
Sales Manager Bill (Sweet Willie) Brownfield said earlier in the season that healthy stands and good irrigation were harbingers of a strong season.
“Quality is very good now, and our fall crop looks excellent,” Brownfield confirmed in mid-July. Current crop onions will ship through next spring, and Brownfield said reds and sweet yellows have been seeing brisk movement.
For its Walla Walla sweet program, Sweet Clover has worked again this year with the father-son team of Fernando Enriquez Sr. and Jr. in addition to other growers in the federally established growing area.
Mid-July saw the start of Sweet Clover’s Northwest organic sweet yellow deal as well as the new crop of storage Red Wing single-center reds grown in Quincy, WA. The operation also has a strong Northwest organic yellows organic sweet yellow and organic red program, and certified direct-seeded onions ship from mid-July through spring.
Sweet Clover is also certified for export to the European Union through an agreement struck by the United States and the EU in 2012. GSI bar codes are on every onion sticker, and Sweet Clover provides complete traceability. Sheds are GAP-certified and are in compliance with state and federal food-safety protocol.
The vertically integrated onion grower, shipper and marketer provides a year-round sweet onion program, sourcing product from other growing areas. When Northwest product cleans up, new-crop whites, yellows, sweets and organics are available from those sources.
Packs include the Carry-Fresh mesh bags for all of Sweet Clover’s onions, including the signature Red Wing reds along with yellow hybrids, whites and organics.
The bags are available in two-, three- and five-pound sizes. The company also offers a 25-pound specialty pack carton.