Consalo Family Farms sees strong crops ahead
Consalo Family Farms, based in Vineland, NJ, maintains vegetable and blueberry growing operations year-round and continues to expand in the state.
Last season, the company handled a record 9.5 million pounds of New Jersey blueberries and it’s hoping for similar numbers in 2020.
Skip Consalo, president and owner of the Vineland, NJ-based company, said though the company originally planned on harvesting blueberries the first week of June, things have been pushed about a week due to cooler weather, with plans now to start around June 13.
In fact, Mother Nature has been responsible for delays on most of Consalo Family Farms’ crops, as the unseasonably cool spring has caused seven- to 10-day delays on most harvests.
“Our latest forecasts show a warming trend heading toward Memorial Day,” Consalo said. “That will help us catch up on production and see all our vegetable crops in full swing.”
So far, Consalo noted demand from retail customers this spring has been strong, but like most, the company has seen the devastation that COVID-19 has had on both the foodservice and terminal market industries.
“That has resulted in lower market prices than normal across the board on our vegetable crops this spring,” he said. “At the retail level, we are seeing a shift to larger pack sizes, with more requests for pints combined with larger sizes like 18-ounce and two-pound packs.”
Thankfully, Consalo Family Farms will be able to offer its customers a full line of vegetables and blueberries from New Jersey in the spring, summer and fall.
On May 1, the company began harvesting cooking greens and herbs and a week later, it was harvesting romaine and leaf lettuce. For these crops, Consalo said that the cool weather did not hurt the quality as the crops have been excellent.
Never one to rest on its laurels, Consalo Family Farms has continued to expand operations in New Jersey and provide top produce around the United States and the world. This is done, Consalo said, thanks to strong partnerships, farming expansion and by offering the freshest varieties available.
Photo: Jeff DiMatteo, Chelsea Consalo and Anthony Consalo.