3/8/2014 7:00 AM
By Jessica Rose Spangler Market Editor
EPHRATA, Pa. — The Easter holiday usually signals the opening of produce auctions for the growing season each year. However, since the holiday occurs late this year, April 20, many auctions have already opened to offer flowering plants, shrubs and trees for home gardeners anxious to “dig in the dirt.”
Of course, that might be difficult with much of the Northeast still frozen and snow-covered.
Following is a list of regional auctions with their opening dates and times, plus information on their plans for additional sales as the growing season progresses. For more information, contact the auction directly.
As reports become available, they will be published in Lancaster Farming each weekend.
Buffalo Valley Produce Auction, 22 Violet Road, Mifflinburg, Union County, Pa., will open Tuesday, April 15, and hold sales every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. 570-966-1151.
Farmer’s Produce Auction, 8076 SR 241, Millersburg, Ohio, opened March 6 with a plug sale. Seasonal sale days are Monday at 11 a.m., and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. 330-763-0533.
Finger Lakes Produce Auction, 3691 Route 14A, Penn Yan, N.Y., is already open for the season. Its next plug sale is Friday, March 21. Produce sales start Wednesday, April 23, and continue Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. 315-531-8446.
Kutztown Produce Auction, 209 Oak Haven Road, Fleetwood, Berks County, Pa., is having its first produce sale Tuesday, March 25. Sales will continue on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m. The final plug and liner plant sale will be Saturday, March 22. Nursery sales are scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 27, April 10 and 24, May 8 and 22, and June 5. 610-683-7161.
Laurel Produce Auction, 10667 Georgetown Road, Laurel, Del., has not yet announced its 2014 sale schedule. 302-875-3147.
Lebanon Produce Auction, 166 W. Reistville Road, Reistville, Lebanon County, Pa., has not yet decided on its spring opening. 717-367-8379.
Leola Produce Auction, 135 Brethren Church Road, Leola, Lancaster County, Pa., will begin its produce season Tuesday, March 18, at 10 a.m. with sales to continue on Tuesdays. 717-656-9592.
Loveville Produce Auction, 40454 Bishop Road, Loveville, Md., will open Friday, March 14, at 9 a.m. with sales continuing on Fridays. Monday sales will be added April 7 at 11 a.m. Wednesday sales will be added April 30 at 9 a.m. No phone number is available.
Oxford Produce Auction, 190 Union School Road, Oxford, Chester County, Pa., is opening Tuesday, March 18. Sales will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. Monday and Friday sale dates will be added as needed. 610-932-2722.
Shippensburg Produce Auction, 1120 Ritner Highway, Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pa., will announce its opening at a later date. 717-532-5511.
Snyder County Produce Auction, 6130 S. Susquehanna Trail, Port Trevortown, Snyder County, Pa., will open, Friday, March 28, with sales continuing on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. 570-374-3793.
Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction, 2839 Lumber Mill Road, Dayton, Va., will open Thursday, April 3, and continue with Tuesday and Thursday sales at 9:30 a.m. 540-879-2211.
Sugar Valley Produce Auction, 1634 W. Valley Road, Loganton, Clinton County, Pa., will open for the season on Friday, April 25, at 9 a.m. Sales will continue on Fridays until May 5 when Mondays will be added. 570-725-2000.
Sunnyburn Produce Auction, 101 Atkins Road, Airville, York County, Pa., has not announced its spring schedule yet. 717-862-3650.
Tri County Produce Auction, 3238 State Route 208, New Wilmington, Lawrence, County, Pa., is planning to open Thursday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m. with flowers, and will continue on Thursdays. Produce sales will pick up through May and into June, and days will be added as needed. 330-465-6276.
Weaverland Produce Auction, 1030 Long Lane Road, New Holland, Lancaster County, Pa., will open Thursday, March 13, at 9 a.m. Sales will be Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. 717-355-0834.
Westminster Produce Auction, 1117 Old New Windsor Pike, Westminster, Md., is still uncertain of its sales due to a fire at the sale barn over the winter. 410-848-9820.
Any produce auctions that are not part of this list are welcome to contact Lancaster Farming market editor Jessica Spangler at 717-733-6397.