We bunch and pack on cartons our radishes or top them and pack it on polyethylene bags of different sizes. Radishes will be harvested depending on the post-seeding days which may very from 30 to 60 days; we will pack mild flavor and crisp radishes with a minimum size of 5/8 Inches. Quality Red Radish are uniform and a similar shape for the variety, well FORMED, smooth, firm but tender texture of, and free of growth or harvest damage, and free from decay, disease or insects. Bunched radish tops are fresh in appearance, turgid, and free of freeze injury or other serious injury, seed stalk, yellowing or other discoloration, disease, decay or insects. Temperature Optimum temperature for radishes is 0 C (32 F) and a relative humidity of 95 to 100%, rapid cooling is essential to Achieve the full storage potential for bunched and topped roots. It also can be packed top-iced, with this conditions will have acceptable quality for 7 to 14 days with tops and 21 to 28 days if topped.
We size our onion according to the USDA when the size and the maturity are at the right stage we will harvest and undercut the bulbs and let them dry in the fields until it is lost 5-8% of the weight after harvest then the product its transported to the packing shed where it is sorted and bagged in a automated process. Quality We only pack mature fairly firm and well shaped onions, free from decay, wet sunscald, doubles and bottlenecks. Free from damage caused by seeds items, splits, dry sunken areas, sunburn, and sprouting, staining, dirt or any mechanical damage or disease and insect caused defects. Temperature Optimum conditions for field curing are when temperatures are at least 24 C degrees (75 F) or exposure for 12 hours up to 30 to 45C (86 to 113F) for forced air-curing. Storage of mild onions will last up to .5 to 1 month at 0 C (32F) and pungent onions will last from 6 to 9 months at 0C (32F).
We will define the time of harvest according to the mean diameter of the base plate of the immature bulb. This diameter is between .6 and 1.3 cm (1/4 to 1/2 inch) and this will also define the size that it will go on small, medium or large. In the fields we will cut the root to a ¼ to ½ inch and the end leaving the green onion to a length of 11 inches, it is Transferred That after to the packing shed Were it is washed and packed. Quality Our green onions have a thin, with shank at least 5 to 7.5 cm (2-3 inches) in length, they are well formed, uniform in shape, thin necked, turgid, bright in color, well cleaned, and free from decay, insect-injury, mechanical damage, broken or crushed leaves, or dehydrated clipped ends. Temperature Green onions held at 0 C (32 F) and 98 to 100% relative humidity will remain fresh and flavorful for up to 4 weeks. Package- icing and perforated polyethylene film liners are used to maintain quality. Storage life of green onions at 10 C (50 F) is 7 to 10 days. Green onions benefit from light mist.
Different presentation in broccoli will include bunches (14 and 18), crowns, china cut crown and florets. Packed in our harvesting machines in the fields will be transported to the packing shed to cool it in the vacuum cooler or iced in the ice injector depending how our customers prefer it. Quality Good quality broccoli shuld have dark or bright green closed florets. The head should be compact, with a cleanly cut stalk of the required length. There should be no yellow florets and there should be no discoloration on the stem bracs. Temperature Low temperature is extremely important to achieve adequate shelf life in broccoli. A temperature of 0 is required to optimize broccoli storage life (21 - 28 days). Heads storage at 5 can have a storage life of 14 days; storage life at 10 is about 5 days.
Maturity indices We harvest our asparagus when they reach a 9 inch length and pack them in different sizes in a pyramid box with a soaked pad on the bottom to maintain humidity, this boxes will be hydrocooled and storage in our cooler until they are load and shipped. Quality Fresh asparagus will be dark green and firm with tightly closed, compact tips. Stalks are straight, tender and glossy in appearance. Temperature (0 - 2C (32-35.6F) Storage life is typically 14-21 days at 2 C and can be extended up to 31 days by 7-10 days storage at 0C and atmospheric modification. Extended storage (~ 10-12 days) in air at 0 C may cause chilling injury.
We do bunched beets, which are tied in bunches and tops are full length or partially or less than 6 inches. Beets With short tops trimmed to show leaf steams not more than Ranging 4 inches in length and topped beets tops With no more than removed to one half inch in length. Quality Our beets consist of similar varietal characteristics of the roots of which are well trimmed, firm, fairly smooth, fairly well shaped, fairly clean and free from soft rot and free from damage caused by cuts, freezing, growth cracks, disease, rodents or insects, or mechanical or other means. Bunched beets or beets with short trimmed tops have tops which are fresh and free from decay and free from damage caused by discoloration, freezing, disease, insects or mechanical or other means. Temperature Beets held at 0-C (32-F) and 98 to 100% relative humidity will remain fresh and flavorful for up to 4 weeks. Package-icing and perforated polyethylene film liners are used to maintain quality. Storage life of Beets at 10°C (50°F) is 7 to 10 days.
According to the requirement of our costumer we will harvest 24s, 30s, 36s or hearts trimming the celery with the stainless steel equipment and packing it and washing it on the field and then transfer to the packing shed where it will be cooled at the vacuum cooler and stored in our cooling room is loaded Until it and shipped. Quality Our celery consists of well-formed, well-developed and clean stalks with a medium to dark green color and are fresh crisp and free from dehydration. We leave out any celery That presents blackheart, brown stem, soft rot, double and any freeze damage, crack growth, horizontal cracks, pithy branches, seedstems, Suckers, wilting, blight, other disease, insects or mechanical damage. Temperature At optimum conditions, celery should have a good quality after storage for 5 to 7 weeks, to achieve this we pre-cool it in our vacuum cooler, the storage in our cool room at 0-2C and maintain at that temperature until our clients receive it .
We will pack our cilantro in the field that is why we put extra attenttion to this process, everything its done with stainless steel equipment and according to our food safety rules every worker should wear gloves, this crop may be packed in the packing shed if the client requires it.
Green beans are harvested when they are growing rapidly and developing. This will occur about 8-10 days after flowering for mature green beans. Beans are harvested when the fruit is bright green, the pod is fleshy and seeds are small and green. Quality Beans are well formed and straight, bright in color with a fresh appereance, and tender but firm. They should snap easily when bent. Leaves, stems, broken beans, blossom remains, insect damage are not present. Temperature Optimum temperature for green beans is 5-7.5 C (41-45 F) and a relative humidity of 95-100% Very good quality can be maintained at temperatures below 5 C after 7-8 days. At 5-7.5 C (41-45 F) at shelf-life of 8-12 days is expected.
Our Kale will be packed in the field but this does not mean food safety is less strict; We put special attention on this kind of crops packed outside. Every leaf we pack will be well trimmed no more than three fourths of an inch from the outer leaves. We can pack it Also in the packing shed if the client requires it. Quality Our kale consist of only one type of variety which is well trimmed, ot stuned, free from decay, and damage caused by yellow or discolored leaves, seeds items, wilting, bud burn, freezing, dirt, diseases, insects or mechanical or other means. Temperature Kale should be stored at 0 ° C (32 ° F) with 98 to 100% RH. Storage at -1 ° C (31.1 ° F) may cause freezing, while storage at 1 ° C (33.8 ° F) may promote senescence-related storage losses, especially if held in long-term storage. High RH minimizes decay; light in the storage reduces physiological disorders, mainly leaf yellowing, and weight loss.