D’Ottavio offers conventional and organic blueberries

vineland, nj — M. D’Ottavio Produce Inc.’s “old homestead farm is certified organic through QCS,” company President Michael D’Ottavio told The Produce News Wednesday, May 23, referring to the company Quality Certification Services. “We will offer organic and conventional blues off the farm this season, and with bushes that are only six years old, we will have amazing size and taste.”

dottaviophoto0746Elaine D’Ottavio, Mike D’Ottavio, Anthony D’Ottavio and Erica D’Ottavio of D’Ottavio Produce in the company’s blueberry farm in Vineland, NJ. New Jersey blueberries are an important item at D’Ottavio Produce, a grower, shipper, wholesaler and transportation firm headquartered here at the Vineland Produce Auction. Looking to the upcoming 2018 season, D’Ottavio said, “I’m looking at June 18 as a start date.”

Regarding what retailers and other buyers can expect from D’Ottavio Produce regarding Jersey blues, he stated, “I would say that we will have 30 percent more volume than we had last year, due to the newer plantings that are coming on.”

Of the total New Jersey blueberry volume at D’Ottavio Produce this coming season, the company president estimated that 70 percent would be conventional berries and 30 percent would be organic berries.

He added, “Every year for the past six years, we have done the research and planted new varieties to this area that hold up better, have better size and are much firmer than some of the old varieties planted in the past. Looking at the flowers on the bushes and how the bees are pollinating, I believe we will have an outstanding crop this season. The weather down below [Georgia and the Carolinas] has created a strong demand, and I believe the beginning of our deal will start out very strong.”

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