Ohio Vegetable Loadings are Underway with Good Volume

Ohio Vegetable Loadings are Underway with Good Volume

Good-quality Ohio vegetables are being predicted thanks to good weather and timely rains, which had vegetable shipments starting right on time at the end of June, according to growers and shippers.

Buurma Farms Inc. of Willard, OH notes there has good growing weather and rains.

The grower/shipper grows about 35 commodities, including radishes, greens, green onions, several kinds of lettuce items, beets, cucumbers and green and yellow squash.

Because of volume and the number of different veggies grown, the company notes it results in fewer multiple pickups for truckers.

All the commodities were being shipped by the end of June except sweet corn, which gets underway in mid-July.

The company ships to customers up and down the Eastern Seaboard, as far south as Florida, into the New England area and west to Chicago, Wisconsin and Memphis.

Buurma reports it has a freight rate advantage over growers in the West with loads that originate east of the Mississippi.

Sirna & Sons Produce of Ravenna, OH, was acquired by FreshEdge of Indianapolis last July and has added new computer and phone systems, upgraded GPS systems in trucks, conducted training programs and is preparing to implement a warehouse management system.

Sirna & Sons offers a variety of local products, such as peppers, squash, tomatoes and greenhouse lettuces.

Holthouse Farms of Ohio Inc., Willard, is shipping squash, bell peppers, chili peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, Ohio green beans, hard squash, sweet corn and cabbage and will have all commodities moving by mid-July,

Holthouse Farms ships to a number of retail, foodservice and wholesale customers in the Ohio Valley and in western Pennsylvania to New Jersey, New York City and into Detroit, Chicago and Kentucky.