Steven Silk, president and owner of Arthur G. Silk Inc., located on the New England Produce Center in Chelsea, MA, told The Produce News that business this year has been decent.
“Currently, some product is coming out of Georgia and some out of Mexico, which is a bit earlier than normal,” Mr. Silk said Oct. 26. The heavy rain on the East Coast forced us to move away from local sources earlier than normal this year.”
Arthur G. Silk handles a wide range of vegetables, including green beans, cucumbers, sweet corn, peppers, squashes, eggplant, cabbage, lettuce and broccoli. But it also handles some fresh fruits, such as mangos, strawberries, blueberries, peaches and melons.
The company has been in business since 1957 and was started by Mr. Silk’s grandfather and the company’s namesake, Arthur G. Silk. His great-grandfather also was in the fresh produce business, making Steven Silk the fourth generation of his family to work in the industry. The company has been on the New England Produce Center since it opened in 1968.
Mr. Silk said that in late October, green beans, cucumbers, peppers and eggplant were moving strongly at the company. Supplying its customers, which are foodservice operators, major retail chains and small independent retailers, with locally grown produce has been a priority at the company.
“New England-produced fruits and vegetables have always been a pretty big deal here,” he said. “Things here at the terminal market tend to get a little quieter when local produce is coming on strong because of the many small roadside stands that pop up everywhere. Any time we can get good produce from local growers for our customers, we do it.”
Mr. Silk said that the company’s goal is to stay strong in what it knows and does best. “We know our commodities and we know our customers,” he said. “They know they can depend on us for the items they need and in the quality they demand. We strive to provide great product and the best-possible service.”