While much of the nation is just waking up to spring, Palm Beach County’s vegetable farming industry is in high gear, supplying millions of pounds of fresh produce by the truckload throughout the country.
South Floridians can buy truly locally produced sweet corn, celery, lettuce, Chinese vegetables, radishes, green beans, herbs and more at the supermarket. Just look for the “Fresh from Florida” logo. The $355 million worth of vegetables produced in Palm Beach County are shipped all over the country with most being sold on the Eastern Seaboard, said Arthur Kirstein, the county’s agricultural economic development director.
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Top winter/spring vegetables produced in Palm Beach County
Sweet corn, green beans, lettuce, bell peppers, Chinese vegetables, celery, eggplant, radishes
Total vegetable production is valued at $355 million.
About 36 percent of the county’s land mass, or 461,588 acres, is dedicated to agriculture.
The largest chunk is sugar cane, followed by vegetables, pasture, sod, equestrian and tropical fruit.
Sources: Palm Beach County Agricultural Extension Service,