Progressive Produce is beginning to ship its strongest supply of potatoes and asparagus to shoppers across the United States and Canada.
Organic yellow and red potatoes are available now through the end of July. Organic russets will start mid-June through early August. Conventional red and gold potatoes will be available through mid-August and all have plenty of supplies.
“We have a great crop of California-grown potatoes this season,” says Gael Vazquez, director of procurement. “Growing conditions were ideal and produced a better-looking crop than last year across all varieties. Our volume is up compared to last year and we have plenty of availability.”
Currently, Progressive packs its potatoes in biodegradable polymesh bags. Starting this summer, the company is excited to offer 100 percent recyclable paper packaging to customers. The earth-friendly paper packaging comes in 1.5 lb. bags for both conventional and organic red, gold and medley baby potatoes; 3 lb. bags for organic russet, red and gold potatoes; and 5-lb. bags for conventional russet, red and gold potatoes.
And what better way to complete a potato dish than with asparagus? As Progressive travels around the world importing the freshest asparagus, it will stop by Washington and Michigan during the late-spring and early summer months. “As a year-round shipper, we're proud to offer our customers promotable volumes of high-quality USA grown asparagus," says Tyler Steele, sales manager. “While we also have product out of Mexico and Peru, our domestic program provides fast, easy access to fresh produce and supports local economies."
Progressive’s USA-grown program includes green, organic and purple asparagus. It recently began harvesting Washington asparagus in late April and will ship through late June. Organic supplies will be available through late June out of Washington. The Michigan season will run early May through the end of June.
Product will be packed in 11 lb. boxes, but Progressive also has the capability to pack in 28 lbs. A dynamic bag program is also available with many sizes and styles.