Curry & Co. Inc., the Brooks, Ore.-based berry grower-shipper that launched a carrot deal in Georgia last year, has expanded by joining with a North Carolina carrot grower.

The acreage, about 60 miles east of Charlotte near Ellerbe, N.C., offers the opportunity of starting the carrot harvest as early as December, said Dave Hicks, chief operating officer/general manager.

“It’s absolutely perfect: cool nights, warm days and sandy soil with lots of drainage,” he said.

Colder than usual December weather delayed the harvest this season, but the quality is excellent, Hicks said.

Curry & Co. adds North Carolina to carrot deal“We’ll start shipping full blast Jan. 9, and we’ll go, depending on the weather, probably into May,” he said.

The carrots will be packed under the newly designed Curry & Co. carrot logo at the company’s Statesboro, Ga., plant.

“We can harvest one day and deliver within two days to nearly anywhere on the East Coast,” Hicks said.

The carrots are offered in 1-, 2- and 3-pound retail bags and bulk packaging for foodservice.

The North Carolina crop will include several varieties including the variety known as the Vidalia sweet carrot grown in Georgia.

“We are trying some different varieties,” Hicks said. “We have lots of trials set up, because it is a new area and a new project.”

The company’s goal is to be a long-term carrot grower-shipper in North Carolina, he said.

Hicks declined to project a volume for the North Carolina crop, “but it’s a pretty good chunk,” he said.