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David J. Elliot & Son expects window of opportunity for California pears
David J. Elliot & Son – Stillwater Orchards has been farming pears since the 1860s. It is one of the last family-owned and operated pear growers and shippers in California,... Read more
Marketing matters to increase sales of pears
California pear farmers are preparing to harvest a crop of fresh pears in early July. After two years of late harvest timing, the 2020 California pear harvest appears to... Read more
Organic mushrooms 'skyrocketing' for Mother Earth
Operating out of 53 growing houses in West Grove, Oxford and Landenberg, PA, Mother Earth LLC continues its strong legacy in the organic mushroom industry, despite facing... Read more
Demand and production of garlic on the rise
Garlic has been one of the items that has seen a spike in sales as the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has resulted in more people cooking at home with the pungent bulb a relatively... Read more
Lakeside Organic Gardens introduces organic Fioretto
Lakeside Organic Gardens has added a new and uniquely organic commodity to its stable of products, organic Fioretto, also commonly known as flowering cauliflower. “We believe... Read more
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council kicks off National Blueberry Month celebration
The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council will launch its ode to blueberries with 1,000 broadcast TV segments that will begin airing across the country on July 1. Blueberries will... Read more
A new global entry in cherry breeding and commercialization
Malling Cherry Ventures is the joint venture between NIAB EMR of Kent in England, their funding partner Berry Gardens Growers Ltd and the Associated International Group of... Read more
Rivermaid Trading Co. projects nice demand for Bartletts
With more than 4,000 acres of pears, Rivermaid Trading Co. is one of California’s largest and most experienced pear growers, packers and marketers. The Lodi-based company... Read more
The California Pear Advisory Board is anticipating a successful summer season
July is a special time for the California Pear Advisory Board. It marks the start of the state’s pear season, which means those delicious and healthy fruits are ready to... Read more
Sunset chats new normal and new products
Fourth-generation, family-owned Sunset/Mastronardi Produce is one of the leading greenhouse vegetable companies on the continent, growing and selling world-class... Read more
Organic  blueberries to offer major boost in sales
Awe Sum Organics has partnered with high-quality small and mid-sized family farms in Oregon and Washington to bring blueberries that have a wonderful complex, sweet and tangy... Read more
Blueberries remain strong for Homegrown Organic Farms
Homegrown Organic Farms begins harvesting its blueberries in the San Joaquin Valley and moves north into Oregon as the season progresses. Stephen Paul, stone fruit... Read more
Rainier Fruit delivers on organic blueberry quality, consistency
Growth in the organic blueberry category has been significant over the past several seasons, and Rainier Fruit Co. based in Selah, WA is poised to make the most of it. The... Read more
Superfresh Growers in year two of Norris Farms partnership
Domex Superfresh Growers has 700 acres of blueberry fields in Roseburg, OR, which is nestled in the Umpqua River Valley. Of the 700 acres, half are organic. The company also... Read more
Double D Farms succeeds through hard work
It’s shaping up to be an exciting year for Double D Farms Organics for a few reasons, not the least of which is the introduction of its new logo. “We were selling our organic... Read more
New  Jersey is primed  for a  robust peach season
A mild February and March led to cautious optimism for an early peach season in New Jersey. However, a cool, wet April and frosty nights in May led to some spotty losses... Read more
New York success for Parker Farms comes  from relationship with Kludt Bros. Farm
Parker Farms is well known in the south for its marketing of broccoli and sweet corn, squash and peppers in partnership with about half a dozen farms on several thousand... Read more
Florida Classic Growers announces partnership with three major citrus organizations
Florida Classic Growers, Inc. is excited to announce their new partnership with Riverfront Packing Co., LLC, The Packers of Indian River, Inc. and Quality Fruit Packers,... Read more
Peach growers prepare for a challenging harvest
With a good crop of peaches being thinned for size and quality, New Jersey growers — like most farmers — are working under new protocols to protect farm workers’ health during... Read more
NJ Peach Promotion Council spread the joys of peaches
Since 1950, the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council has been devoted to marketing and promoting the Garden State’s delicious and healthy peaches. Its members include growers,... Read more

Students gain real world experience thanks to L&M internships
The future of the produce industry will depend largely on new people being introduced to the field, which is why L&M Cos. offers internships based on seasonal needs throughout the L&M farms, warehouses and sales teams. “Intern programs in fresh produce are great exposure for young people to be a part of a vital industry,” Read More ...
New Whole Foods Market features 75 local growers
Whole Foods Market recently opened a new 35,000-square-foot store in East Austin, TX. Special features of the new East Austin store include: Produce department offering a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, including selections from about 75 local growers throughout the year including fresh flowers, peaches and Read More ...
Retailer announces plans to rebuild
CUB and its franchise partner Jerry’s Foods announced its commitment to the Minneapolis community to rebuild its Broadway Avenue and Lake Street stores, both of which are owned by Jerry’s Foods. CUB also announced that while those two locations remain closed, CUB plans to open temporary community stores at each location to Read More ...
Sun World takes firm stance on IP rights breach
California-based variety development and licensing company Sun World International LLC has reached settlement of a dispute with a prominent Australian table grape producer (and associated entities) within the Sunraysia region. This follows breaches of Sun World’s intellectual property and contractual rights discovered Read More ...
Fall Creek names regional director for Mexico
Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc., a global blueberry breeding and nursery company, has announced that Alberto Medina-Mora has joined the company as regional director for Mexico. Most recently, Medina-Mora served as senior director of development and innovation at NatureSweet Mexico, a vertically integrated tomato grower, Read More ...

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