L&M Quadruples Organic Production in Florida, Adam Lytch and Greg Cardamone Discusses
- by Kayla Webb
BRANFORD and PALATKA, FL - L&M’s Florida farming season is in full swing, and this year the company is seeing four times more organic production thanks to a growing program on two of its company-owned farms.
“We have made great progress on our organic program and are as proud of our attention to detail and exceptional quality on organics as we are on our conventional products. So far this year we have produced some very nice organic broccoli, cabbage, and kale; and we look forward to beginning harvest of beets, peppers, cucumbers, and squash in the coming weeks,” said Adam Lytch, Operations Manager, in a press release.
Over the years, L&M has worked hard to bolster its certified organic farming and packing program to the same caliber as its other farming programs, including sustainability and food safety. With organic broccoli, green and red cabbage, and kale already in the works in Palatka, FL, L&M will be adding red and golden beets and cauliflower into the mix this year as well. And, in Branford, FL, L&M is planning to expand its organic bell peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, and butternut and spaghetti squash offerings.
“Organics is an exciting space to move into with continued growth and popularity. Year after year, consumption of organic fruits and vegetables is increasing, and we are excited to be able to meet our customers’ needs with East Coast production. With the recent truck shortage our customers have found it valuable to be able to load their organic and conventional items together—without giving up the valuable shelf life that large cross-dock programs often bring,” added Greg Cardamone, General Manager of Vegetables.
Along with increased organic farming, L&M has also developed new purple organic packaging, displayed on the latest new organic broccoli and cauliflower bags and tags, butt tags for organic cabbage, 3 lb mesh sweet potato bags, and hard squash labels.
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