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Growing for Wholesale: Grading and Packing Guidelines by Crop

Last Modified: August 29, 2019

Growing for Wholesale: Grading and Packing Guidelines by Crop

Grading and packing guidelines are now available for 18 commonly grown specialty crops in NYS: romaine lettuce, acorn squash, broccoli crowns, Brussels sprouts, sweet corn, green peppers, cucumbers, green cabbage, red cabbage, savoy cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, jalapenos, poblanos, Hungarian hot peppers, summer squash, and zucchini.

Acceptable quality standards and common defects that should be sorted out on the grading line are depicted in these resources, both visually and in outline form.

This resource was developed through the support of Cheryl Thayer of CCE Harvest NY, Dave Walczak of Eden Valley Growers, Angela (Parr) Ochterski and Robert Hadad of the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program, and Jim Monahan of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Further, development of this resource was made possible through grant funding from the USDA Local Food Promotion Program.

Additional sheets are being added. See the new Romaine Lettuce sheet (September 2019) and Acorn Squash sheet (2018). New sheets are created by Robert Hadad and Angela Ochterski of the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program.



Acorn Squash (pdf; 1397KB)

Broccoli Crowns (pdf; 1416KB)

Brussels Sprouts (pdf; 917KB)

Cabbage - Green (pdf; 1037KB)

Cabbage - Red (pdf; 1431KB)

Cabbage - Savory (pdf; 1087KB)

Cauliflower 9's (pdf; 1409KB)

Cucumbers - Select (pdf; 880KB)

Cucumbers - 24ct Super (pdf; 1143KB)

Cucumbers - 36ct Super (pdf; 1143KB)

Cucumbers - Super (pdf; 1142KB)

Eggplant (pdf; 1113KB)

Green Beans (pdf; 780KB)

Peppers - Choice Green (pdf; 743KB)

Peppers - Green Sweet Large (pdf; 875KB)

Peppers - Green Sweet Medium (pdf; 907KB)

Peppers - Hungarian Hot 1 1/9 (pdf; 660KB)

Peppers - Hungarian Hot 1/2 Bushel (pdf; 662KB)

Peppers - Jalapeno 1 1/9 (pdf; 824KB)

Peppers - Jalapeno 1/2 Bushel (pdf; 828KB)

Peppers - Pablano 1 1/9 (pdf; 753KB)

Peppers - Pablano 1/2 Bushel (pdf; 756KB)

Romaine Lettuce (pdf; 364KB)

Squash - Summer (pdf; 802KB)

Sweet Corn Boxes (pdf; 2089KB)

Zucchini (pdf; 1173KB)

Set of All Crop Sheets (pdf; 17316KB)
  • Download this file if you wish to have 1 file containing all 26 crop sheets


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Asparagus

Asparagus

Beets

Beets

Broccoli

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage

Cabbage

Carrots

Carrots

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Dry Beans

Dry Beans

Eggplant

Eggplant

Ethnic Vegetables

Ethnic Vegetables

Garlic

Garlic

Horseradish

Horseradish

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Leeks

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Melons

Melons

Onions

Onions

Parsnips

Parsnips

Peas

Peas

Peppers

Peppers

Potatoes

Potatoes

Pumpkins / Gourds

Pumpkins / Gourds

Radishes

Radishes

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Snap Beans

Snap Beans

Squash - Summer

Squash - Summer

Squash- Winter

Squash- Winter

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Turnips

Turnips

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