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L&M quadruples organic production in Florida

L&M is full swing into the Florida farming season with three times more organic production in 2018. Unlike many Florida companies that are consolidating organics, L&M is growing organics on two of its own farms in Florida.

LM-Branford---Organic-ZucchiniLM Organic ZucchiniThe company is growing organic Bell peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, and butternut and spaghetti squash in Branford, FL, while in Palatka, FL, it has already begun harvesting organic broccoli, green and red cabbage and kale. L&M will be adding red and golden beets and cauliflower into the mix this year as well.

Over the years, L&M has worked to build its organic program, taking the same pride in its certified organic farming and packing as it does on other farming programs, including sustainability and food safety.

“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,” said Adam Lytch, operations manager of L&M Farms. “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.”

Greg Cardamone, general manager of vegetables, added, “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.”

Along with increased organic farming, L&M has also developed new purple organic packaging. Most recently, L&M added new organic broccoli and cauliflower bags and tags, butt tags for organic cabbage, three-pound mesh sweet potato bags, and hard squash labels.