[Market-farming] veggie crates and coolers
eas9 at cornell.edu
Sun Feb 6 21:45:51 EST 2005
>I would love advice on where to get reasonably priced crates for veggies.
I have been unsuccessfully searching the web. I probably don't know what to
call the things.
>I am looking for two kinds:
plastic tomato flats for taking tomatoes to the farmers market and
delivering to restaurants. I have found plans in a Growing for Market to
make wooden ones, but have seen plastic ones around and wonder how much
The other is a heavy plastic box with a folding lid. I have seen two sizes
- big for most veggies, and half size for heavies like onions. They seem to
be about 15 inches tall? I am told they are expensive.
At our local market only one person uses them, and is impatient with me
asking about them. I have seen them when I have visited other farms, but
was out in the field or packing house and they didn't have purchasing info
One fellow vendor has suggested a source for packing crates that don't have
lids, and are slotted. My plan that I had liked when I saw it elsewhere,
used solid boxes with hinged lids that met in the middle. They rinsed the
veggies, put them in the crate, then turned the crate on end with the lid
shut, and let it drain. Then put in the cooler. My assumption is that
things will stay fresher/crisper in the cooler if they are in a closed
container rather than in slotted, open-top crates. Correct or not?
Ahhhh, my good news is the cooler. We came across the panels from a
commercial cooler. The cooler was 20 feet by 40 feet by 14 feet tall. With
sliding doors on tracks (don't know if we'll use that). The whole shebang
was $1000, and we split the purchase with another grower. Still may have
enough to share with someone else if we cut them down to 6 1/2 and 7 1/2
height (there is an anchoring hook in the middle at the 7 foot mark so we
can't just saw them in exact half). Any advice on getting a compressor? Or
sizing the cooler? I am thinking 8 by 10 or longer, with some sort of
divider midway so the back stays colder than the front.
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Peru NY 12972
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