They grow best in a climate with moderate temperatures, not too hot or too cold.
We carefully select each of our seasonal growing regions so that we can grow
your favorite lettuces to their maximum potential, year round.
Set in a country landscape in the Southern Rivers part of Georgia, this major growing region is dotted with quiet, serene lakes.
Moultrie is one of our primary cabbage-growing regions. With the area’s moderate temperatures, we are able to harvest cabbage here in summer and winter months.
We’ve been growing in this area since the early 2000s. By growing in Moultrie, GA, Fresh Express can deliver our produce quickly to our southeast packaging facility. This close proximity decreases our trucking miles, which is better for the environment and for getting our southern consumers their salads fast and fresh.
Yuma’s mild winter weather makes it ideal for our winter growing season from late fall to spring, November to April. Other areas might be too cold during these months, but Yuma’s temperatures are just right for growing your favorite leafy greens.
By adding this growing region, we supplement our supply of fresh lettuces in the winter. We typically grow from fall through spring, October to June.
We began growing lettuce in El Bajio, Mexico in 2006 to supplement our supply of fresh lettuces in the winter. By adding this growing region, we were been able to cut 623,584 transportation miles in 2010. Decreasing our trucking miles means we can deliver our fresh lettuces quicker, and reduces our carbon footprint as well.
For us, the Inner Banks of North Carolina is primarily a cabbage-growing region. Since this crop can grow well in colder temperatures, we can harvest not only during summer months of May to July, but also again in the winter from December to January.
Bruce Church Company started growing in the Imperial Valley in the 1930s, around the same time that Yuma, AZ was starting to grow lettuce. Today, the Imperial Valley still works perfectly as a supplement to Yuma throughout the winter months.
Northwest New York’s growing season for cabbage is June to November. This growing region supplements our supply of red and green cabbages for Fresh Express salads and coleslaws.
Bruce Church, the founder of Fresh Express, started his agricultural career in 1926 in the Salinas Valley, where he was an innovator from the start, developing projects and partnerships to improve seed development, new farming practices and transporting produce, to name just a few. Our passion for growing the most flavorful fresh lettuce began here.
The Salinas Valley is our primary growing region. The mild year-round climate allows us to grow here for the majority of the year. We harvest our lettuces from this beautiful valley from April to November.
We grow our lettuces and cabbage in central and southeast Florida to supplement our primary winter growing in Yuma, Arizona. The Florida growing season typically lasts from December to May, and that’s when we make the most of the mild temperatures, rich soil, and perfect growing conditions around Belle Glade, Okeechobee, and Mt. Dora in Florida.
We began growing lettuce in Belle Glade in 2007 to supplement our continuous supply of fresh lettuces in the winter months, and because of the southeastern U.S. location, we were able to cut thousands of transportation miles in one year. Decreasing our trucking miles means we can deliver our fresh lettuces quicker, and reduce our carbon footprint too.
The climate in Huron is ideal for growing lettuces in the spring from March through April, and again in the fall from October through November.
We began growing and harvesting in Huron because of its ideal spring and fall weather, providing us with an additional plentiful supply of lettuces in the spring and once again in the fall, as we transition between our main growing seasons in Salinas Valley and Yuma.
The summer months in the San Luis Valley are as close to perfect as you can get. The air is cool and dry, while the sun is warm. This is why so many visitors come to this alpine valley to cool off from summer’s heat and humidity.
We grow in the San Luis Valley area to supplement our summer and early fall harvests. We are here approximately July to September. We began growing lettuce here in 2005. By adding this growing region, we were able to cut transportation by hundreds of thousands of miles. Decreasing our trucking miles means we can deliver our fresh lettuces quicker and reduce our carbon footprint.
One main difference is Ohio’s growing season is considerably shorter than California’s — but this isn’t a concern, since cabbage thrives in cold temperatures, thus extending the growing season. We grow cabbage here from June to November.