FRESH FROM OUR GARDENS
|.What can compare to the
taste of produce straight from the garden? The
crunch of a just-picked maroon carrot? The tangy
taste of cilantro? The aroma of leek soup simmering
on the stove? When it comes to fresh vegetables full
of flavor and good health, Little Bear speaks a
language everyone understands.
There's a tremendous difference between Little Bear
brand and ordinary produce. Here are some of the
things that set us apart:
- Each of our growers must
conform to stringent quality standards. One
contributing factor to the superior quality
associated with the Little Bear brand is the
fact that 90 percent of the seeds used are
- J&D employs seven field
supervisors who make certain that irrigation and
fertilization are correct and that we uphold
safety requirements for chemical application.
Our supervisors also ensure that cultivation is
performed properly and that produce is handled
gently during harvest.
- And you should see the
way we harvest! Our trucks drive into the fields
loaded with ice and shade cloths, to protect and
cool the fragile carrots, greens and other
produce as it is transported to the shed.
- To meet our requirements
for size, uniformity, and appearance, Little
Bear produce must pass our strict standards not
once, but twice.
- Then, when the produce
comes into the shed, we wash it up to three
times before packing. Next, we top off the box
layers with ice in preparation for the trip to
- Little Bear produce holds
up well during shipping because we donít scrimp
on our boxes. We use heavy, waxed cartons that
are substantial enough to take the weight of our
plump produce. These cartons cost us more but
are well worth it.
- When itís too hot to grow
in Texas, itís just right in the higher
elevations of Mexico. Thatís why J&D Produce has
fields in both placesóto maintain a longer
growing cycle that keeps fresh produce coming to
your stores beyond the limits of regional
- Because we manage the
entire processófrom field, to truck, to
warehouseó youíll discover that J&D Produce,
Inc. lowers spoilage and inventory shrinkage.
- J&D Produce preserves the
earth that has been so good to us by composting,
recycling, and managing our gardens according to
sensible horticultural practices.
- We owe our success to the
growers who bring their energy and knowledge
into the fields every day. We are all family.
Thatís why J&D Produce provides benefits such as
health insurance and above-average pay to
everyone who works here. And we are pleased that
so many of our people have chosen to stay with
J&D for years and years.