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Torrey Farms expects good volume, quality season

Although the production year has been a wet one, Torrey Farms Inc., located in Elba, NY, will have a good volume season. “We had rain like everyone else,” Vice President Maureen Torrey told The Produce News June 17. “We’ll have volume comparable to last year and pretty normal quality.”

She added that the only area where planting was more difficult due to rain was the company’s muck farm operation, where onions and potatoes are grown. “But everything went in normally,” she stated.

Company operations are now overseen by 11th and 12th generation farmers. Torrey Farms’ commodity manifest is comprised of green cabbage, red cabbage, Savoy cabbage, green beans, cucumbers, Zucchini squash, yellow squash, Acorn squash, Butternut squash, Buttercup squash, pumpkins, potatoes, red onions and yellow onions. Product is grown on more than 10,000 acres of fertile farmland.

Torrey Farms was gearing up for the harvest when this interview took place, expected to be delayed by a week to 10 days due to weather. The harvest will begin the last week of July or first week of August. The first crops to be harvested are cabbage, summer squash and green beans.

Torrey Farms continues to pack commodities under the “Elba Brand,” “Banner Brand,” and “Torrey Farms” labels. “Commodities are sold to retailers, foodservice, wholesales and terminal markets. Primary markets are located along the East Coast and west of the Mississippi.

The company is a member of the Pride of New York program and uses the program logo and materials to showcase its locally grown produce. Consumers are interested in learning more about who is producing their food and how it is produced, and the program has received acclaim throughout the country. “It’s been a good program to recognize New York [produce],” Ms. Torrey said. “People realize on a national level we have this program. People really connect with it.”