Pacific Organic Produce’s lemon program includes a large grower in Sonora with highly sophisticated post-harvest infrastructures and packing lines. High volume organic lemons are available out of this region and will be marketed by Pacific Organic, packed in their Purity label. The season runs Mid-August through October, spilling into November, depending on the previous month’s weather. Expect smaller fruit size due to lighter than usual rains and a freeze during bloom. They are projecting the overall industry will be heavy on 140/165 count this season. Pacific Organic is excited to build volume for this growing commodity in Sonora.
“Our philosophy is that farming practices should leave the soil, water, plant life, animals, and people healthier - and happier!” says one of Pacific Organic’s growers. Watching their young organic lemon groves finally reach maturity, the company is witnessing just how the Sonoran Desert provides optimal weather conditions prime for organic lemon production.
Enrique Gracia Jr. states: “We are looking forward to the start of this season and I speak for myself, my father, and our whole production team when I say we just couldn’t be happier to be represented by Pacific Organic, whom we share the same values and philosophy with.”
According to Delilah Romo, Commodity Manager for Pacific Organic, the program’s main objectives are consistent quality, price, and customer satisfaction. She says: “The better we perform; the more growth can be expected in the years to come for the Sonoran lemon category. Our growers have put their heart and soul into these groves and are deeply committed to the expansion in Sonoran citrus. My goal is to help get them to the next level.”
Sales Director Amy Rosenoff agrees, concluding: “We are excited to launch our Sonoran-grown, organic lemon program in partnership with the premier citrus grower and packer in the region. Our focus will be on quality, an efficient supply chain, and consistent supply – providing customers with high-grade lemons with a longer lasting shelf-life. We can offer programs on 40 lb bulk packs as well as 1 and 2 lb bags in our Purity Organic brand.”