Barring damage from earlier than normal subfreezing temperatures, buyers should expect ample supplies of Georgia greens, shippers report.

Shay Kennedy, co-owner and sales manager of Georgia Vegetable Co. Inc., Tifton, Ga., said freezing temperatures that struck south Georgia Dec. 6-7 only caused minimal damage to flat mustard while collards and kale greens, turnips and curly mustard were making arrivals well.

It was too early to assess damage from a Dec. 14 freeze which struck the growing region, Kennedy said.

She called quality of shipments high.

“So far, the greens have been real nice out of Georgia,” she said Dec. 13. “The quality has been very good on all of them.”

Kennedy said demand is normally light from October, when Georgia Vegetable began harvesting, through Thanksgiving, when heavier demand hits.

She said demand was beginning to increase in mid-December.

On Dec. 13, Kennedy quoted cartons of bunched 24 collards selling for $7.35-7.85, up from $6.35-7 the U.S. Department of Agriculture quoted on Dec. 10 for cartons of bunched 24 collards, kale and curly and flat mustard from Georgia.

Last year, in mid-December, the USDA reported $7-7.50 for cartons of bunched 24 collards, kale, curly and flat mustard and turnip tops from Georgia.

Adam Lytch, operations manager for Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos. Inc., which grows and ships from Moultrie, Ga., characterized crop quality as strong.

Though L&M started harvesting in early November, a little later than its typical mid-October start, Lytch on Dec. 13 said the product looked well.

“Overall, the movement has been good,” he said. “Demand has slowed the last couple of weeks but it’s ramping up for New Year’s.”

While L&M usually starts its north Florida production near Palatka, Fla., around Christmas, Lytch said extreme dry growing conditions have delayed the start until early January.

Lytch said the dryness harmed some of the direct-seed plantings and prevented them from producing good stands. Though the transplants were doing well, Lytch said the dry conditions slowed those plantings as well.

Lytch said L&M’s mix and volume remains consistent from last season’s.

Florida production normally ends in mid-April while south Georgia’s usually runs through late May and early June.

Georgia greens deal produces typical supplies

Courtesy Georgia Vegetable Co. Inc.

Ice helps keep greens fresh in the Tifton, Ga., warehouse of Georgia Vegetable Co. Inc. Co-owner and sales manager Shay Kennedy says an early December freeze caused little damage to the company’s greens.