The changing of the seasons from summer to fall signals an exciting time for Dragonberry Produce. “We’re evolving into certain programs that are really strong,” Sales Executive Amy Nguyen told The Produce News on Aug. 26. Dragonberry Produce is located in Clackamas, OR, and markets blueberries, raspberries, black raspberries and blackberries, from June through September. A full range of spring and summer mixed vegetables grown in the Pacific Northwest are also available.
Dragonberry began its seasonal shipments of mini pumpkins at the end of August. Ms. Nguyen said that the program is approximately four years old, and the line is primarily sold to wholesalers marketing table decorations through the Thanksgiving season. The product line is comprised of Jack Be Little and Lil’ Pump-Ke-Mon mini pumpkins. Baby Boo and Wee Be Little mini pumpkins are suitable for painting. Dragonberry also markets mixed gourds as part of the program.
The first pumpkins harvested were shipped to Japan, and the domestic program ramped up on Sept. 5. According to Ms. Nguyen, interest in the program continues to grow. “It’s becoming stronger,” she stated.
A variety of root vegetables are also marketed during the fall. Several beet varieties, carrots, turnips, rutabagas, parsnips, Yukon Gold potatoes, shallots and varieties of pearl onions are available.
“Dragonberry is always doing a lot of things,” she stated. “It’s constantly exciting. We select items when they’re peak for the Northwest.”
She also said that the shallot program is particularly strong for the company. Commenting on quality, Ms. Nguyen said, “They’re gorgeous.”