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Late harvest kale performing well in Ontario

With harvests finished for other growers, Ontario’s only active local kale supplier is reaping the benefits of strong crop and a wide-open market.

“Our product is doing excellent,” says Marco Bertucci of Bayshore Vegetable Shippers. “A little bit of cold weather does kale a lot of good.”

While most Ontario kale growers wrap up their harvests in early November, Bayshore’s growers aren’t expected to finish their season until December 10. “We’re the last kale growers in Ontario going,” says Bertucci. That leaves Bayshore with a one-month window where demand remains high for local kale, with competing supply non-existent.

Bayshore, who admit to using “different growing practices” than their competitors, rely on a similar strategy for springtime crop. “We try to grow a little bit more at the beginning [of the season],” says Bertucci. “We start about three weeks to a month before everybody else.”

Bertucci says that the early starts and late ends to Bayshore growers’ kale seasons are highly profitable thanks to the lack of competition, noting that local buyers are much more inclined to buy Ontario product than kale shipped up from New York farms.

For more information:
Marco Bertucci
Bayshore Vegetable Shippers
Tel: +1 905-335-3523

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