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After a warm winter peach trees are already blooming in South Carolina. Matt Cornwell, marketing specialist for the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, said he expects a very early peach crop. He also took some time to discuss the state’s strawberry, kale and watermelon crops.


Eight farming families across the United States come together to form Fresh Solutions Network. At the Southeast Produce Council's recent Southern Exposure the organization featured its Steamables line. Triple-washed, microwavable in the bag and ready to eat in eight minutes, the potatoes require no prep work and no guesswork.


Black Gold Farms is a few weeks away from harvesting its red potatoes in Texas. “The crop looks great,” said Leah Halverson Brakke, director of business development. “We feel like red potatoes have a chance to be the new sexy vegetable.”


Shuman Produce is coming off a bumper crop of Vidalia onions, and after experiencing very favorable growing conditions for 2017, the Vidalia onion industry should see equal or better numbers than last year. This year the official pack date for Vidalia onions will be April 12, two weeks ahead of what was expected.


The Syngenta-grown Crisp Delight watermelon is Melon 1’s exclusive variety, according to Rachel Syngo, director of business development. Designed for the fresh-cut market, this watermelon is bursting with flavor as you’ll see by the reaction of Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living.