STE.-CLOTILDE-DE-CHATEAUGUAY, QC — Several variations of colored radishes are being introduced by Les Fermes du Soleil Inc., located here, less than an hour south of Montreal.
Marc-Andre Chenail, president of the company, said that the radishes are pink, red, white, purple and dark purple. Fermes du Soleil is introducing these variations to stores, “and we’ll see what happens.” The radishes are packed in various combinations to appeal to consumers.
When The Produce News called upon Mr. Chenail July 20, the radishes were about to be harvested for the market, and he said there was “good” buyer interest in the new concept.
At that time, the yellow onion and carrot harvests were slated to begin in about a week. Other vegetable crops were underway or soon would be following.
Mr. Chenail said that the summer had been extraordinarily hot, with temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. “It’s been very dry. We’ve had no rain for a couple of weeks,” but irrigation was maintaining vegetable quality. “That is better than too much rain,” he said.
The vegetable markets were generally strong, so the grower-packer-shipper was on the way to a good shipping season.