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Ace Endico embraces local produce connection and family owned farms

March 22, 2019 11:36 am

BREWSTER — Ace Endico, the largest food distributor in Westchester and Putnam Counties, looks forward to the warm weather embrace of turned soil, new crops, and the seasonal bounty that New York State farms and Metro-NY farms so beautifully produce year after year. Ace Endico is a proud member of the Pride of New York, a state run program which began in 2015 and unites growers and producers of New York grown or produced products with wholesalers, retailers and end users.

Local farm partners include: Satur Farms, 160 acres of nutrient rich soil since 1997 and a long time vendor for Ace Endico, located on the “North Fork” of Long Island and rich in salad greens, root vegetables, heirloom tomatoes and herbs; Hepworth Farms, a seventh-generation organic family farm in Milton with more than 500 acres of NOFA-certified land producing many varieties of organic vegetables but specializing in tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers and many varieties of greens; Wallkill View Farms, 400 acres in New Paltz, a third-generation farm operating since 1960 by the Ferrante family, which supplies Ace Endico with local corn, pumpkins, squash and more; Jerry Shulman Produce, home of the well-known “Jerry’s Pride” label specializing in round white potatoes grown on Long Islands “North Fork.” Solar panels are used to operate their Cutchogue packing shed facility; and many more such as Dagele Brothers, Deer Run, Koppert Cress and Intergrow Greenhouses.

Year-round producers are also plentiful with such sourcing companies as Rockhedge Herb Farm which sources herbs locally when in season and from Florida to Hawaii, which are then cleaned and packed in their state of the art packing facility in Pleasant Valley and Lucky’s Real Tomatoes, family owned and based in Brooklyn, supplying American grown, never gassed, never picked green, farm to fork tomatoes using their own farms in Florida and a network of partner farms up the east coast and transporting the tomatoes in their own trucks within a day or two of picking.