Progressive Produce hitting peak potato and asparagus
Progressive Produce will begin shipping its strongest supply of nutritious and versatile potatoes and asparagus to shoppers across the United States and Canada.
The company's organic yellow and red potatoes are available now through the end of July. Organic russets will start mid-June, running through early August. Conventional red and gold potatoes will be available through mid-August — all with plenty of supply.
“We have a great crop of California grown potatoes this season," said Gael Vazquez, director of procurement. "Growing conditions were ideal and produced a better-looking crop than last year across all varieties, our volume is up compared to last year and we have plenty of availability.”
Currently, the company packs its potatoes in biodegradable polymesh bags. Starting this summer, it will offer 100 percent recyclable paper packaging to customers. The earth-friendly paper packaging comes in 1.5-pound bags for both conventional and organic red, gold and medley baby potatoes, three-pound bags for organic russet, red and gold potatoes, and five-pound bags for conventional russet, red and gold potatoes.
What better way to complete a potato dish than with asparagus
As Progressive Produce travels around the world importing the freshest asparagus, it will be stopping by Washington and Michigan during the late-spring and early summer months. "As a year-round shipper, we're proud to offer our customers promotable volumes of high-quality USA-grown asparagus," said Tyler Steele, sales manager. "While we also have product out of Mexico and Peru, our domestic program provides fast, easy access to the freshest produce and supports local economies."
The company's U.S.-grown program includes green, organic and purple asparagus. It recently began harvesting Washington asparagus in late April and will ship through late June. Organic supplies will be available through late June out of Washington, where Progressive will continue to be one of the largest shippers of organic asparagus grown in the state. Its Michigan season will run early May through the end of June.
Product will be packed in 11-pound boxes, but the company also has the capability to pack in 28-pounders. A dynamic bag program is also available with many sizes and styles.