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Long-standing knowledge, reputation serve Torrey Farms well

Throughout its many generations farming in the rich soil of Elba, NY, Torrey Farms Inc. has acquired the expertise necessary to bring the freshest quality produce to the marketplace.

“We continue to focus on growing proven varieties for flavor, nutritional value and freshness, and we are always trying new things to adapt and to produce the best product possible,” said Shannon Kyle, part of the company’s sales and marketing team.

Kyle said this philosophy has served the company well, especially now that consumers are increasingly interested in knowing where food is being produced and by whom.

TorreyFarmsMark Torrey checks out the progress of green beans at Torrey Farms Inc. in Elba, NY. Green beans are one of the first commodities to move into the pipeline, with the harvest ramping up in mid-July. (Photo courtesy of Torrey Farms Inc.)“We are a 12th-generation family farm, and we understand the importance of telling our story as more of our customers are looking for more information on our farm and family to provide point-of-sale materials to put in the stores because the end consumers are continuing to look to have that connection to their farmer,” she added.

Attention to food safety is paramount at Torrey Farms. “We continue to have a strong commitment to food safety, and we are in complete control of all of our products from seed to shelf,” Kyle went on to say.

“We grow, harvest, pack and ship all of our products ourselves, allowing us to have complete traceability and control over the products that we are producing,” she said.

Torrey Farms’ commodity manifest is comprised of green, red and Savoy cabbage, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash, acorn, butternut and buttercup squash, miniature pumpkins, round white and yellow potatoes, and red and yellow onions. Product is grown on more than 10,000 acres of farmland.

Kyle was asked how the 2013 season is progressing. “Up until the last two weeks, the weather had been fairly normal,” she told The Produce News June 12. “The past two weeks have been wet, and we are now looking for some sunshine and warmer temperatures to dry things out, which hopefully is in the forecast during the next week.”

She said the harvest will kick off with green beans, cabbage and zucchini and yellow squash around July 15. “Cucumbers start about a week later around July 20 or 25,” Kyle went on to say. “We will start harvesting onions as early as August and shipping by mid-August or September 1.” Hard squash and miniature pumpkins will move into the pipeline at the beginning of September, and potato shipments will commence around Nov. 1.

Torrey Farms ships commodities under the “Elba Brand,” “Banner Brand” and “Torrey Farms” labels. Retailers comprise half of the company’s customer base, with the balance sold to foodservice, wholesale and terminal markets.

“We ship up and down the East Coast,” Kyle said. “But depending on market conditions and weather around the country, we can ship to other areas as well.”