Tom Karst

Tom Karst

MightyVine tabs Rabo AgriFinance for greenhouse expansion plan

Rochelle, Ill.-based MightyVine has struck a deal with Rabo AgriFinance to expand its production capabilities.
Jun 07, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Retail, #Greenhouse

Fresh market takes on greater importance for Michigan asparagus

Michigan asparagus growers are fending off competition from imports and battling for long-term survival while leaning on H-2A for labor needs and moving an increasing percentage of asparagus on the fresh market.

Michigan apple industry expects a big crop

Bloom was about 10 days late and harvest could be about four or five days late for Michigan apples, but early signs point to a full crop.

Michigan set for good volume when weather warms

Michigan produce growers said rain and cool weather have delayed crop progress through May, but that was all subject to change in the weeks ahead.

Cosmic Crisp partners with Crunch Pak, Litehouse

Cashmere, Wash.-based Crunch Pak will be the exclusive slicer of newly available Cosmic Crisp apples, beginning in December.

U.S. fresh apple holdings 7% less than a year ago

In the last storage report of the season, the U.S. Apple Association reported June 1 fresh apple inventories are 7% less than the same time a year ago.
Jun 07, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples

Chilean lemons positioned for foodservice growth

For foodservice operators, a new research report shows that Chilean lemons are in the right place at the right time.

Pazazz promotions abound

Promotions that support local retail sales of Pazazz apples are abundant.

What keeps stoking the celery market?

Celery isn’t the only high-priced, high-demand produce item on retail supermarket shelves, but the commodity’s enduring run of high f.o.b. prices is truly remarkable.
Jun 06, 2019 by Tom Karst #Opinion, #Celery, #Produce Retail

Blueberry farms purchased by Gladstone

McLean, Va.-based Gladstone Land Corp. has purchased two blueberry farms in Michigan.