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Growing for Wholesale: Vegetable Grading Templates

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

February 21, 2018

Growing for Wholesale: Vegetable Grading Templates
To further assist farmers looking to sell into wholesale markets, the Cornell Vegetable Program has put together some helpful tools. The tools provided here consist of a color photo guide highlighting the grades of some of the most common vegetables grown for wholesale market in WNY.

To aid in the visualization of the grading sizes, the crop templates provided below are scaled to size (8.5 x 11 paper). They can be printed and used to create sizing templates to be used by workers on the wash and pack lines.

The accompanying PowerPoint PDF found below, Making the Grade: Grading and Packing Fresh Produce, will give growers an overview of what buyers are looking for and why. Selling wholesale isn't for every grower and having the information to make these important decisions is crucial. 

For more information within the Cornell Vegetable Program region of WNY, contact Robert Hadad.

Other resources are United States Standards and Grades, Purdue Agriculture - Illustrated Guides to Grading Vegetables, and UC Davis Produce Quality Rating Scales and Color Charts - Postharvest Technology Center.



Bell Pepper: U.S. Fancy (pdf; 494KB)

Bell Pepper: U.S. No. 1 (pdf; 588KB)

Bell Pepper: U.S. No. 2 (pdf; 585KB)

Broccoli (pdf; 577KB)

Brussels Sprouts (pdf; 479KB)

Cauliflower (pdf; 569KB)

Cucumber: U.S. Fancy (pdf; 518KB)

Cucumber: U.S. Large (pdf; 517KB)

Cucumber: Slicers (pdf; 586KB)

Eggplant (pdf; 559KB)

Potatoes (pdf; 512KB)

Tomaotes (pdf; 481KB)

Zucchini and Summer Squash (pdf; 719KB)

Set of All Vegetable Sizing Templates (pdf; 3996KB)
  • Download this file if you wish to have 1 file containing all 13 templates


Making the Grade: Grading and Packing Fresh Produce (PPT) (pdf; 1016KB)

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Sweet corn, pea, beet, and carrot processing growers and industry members are invited to attend. Discuss the 2018 growing season and management concerns. Reports and discussion of the 2018 Projects funded by the New York Vegetable Research Council/Association. Review priorities and the role of the advisory group in applications for state and federal grants. Give your input on the format of future advisory meetings and future educational programs. 
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Announcements

Vegetable Sizing Templates Available

To assist farmers looking to sell into wholesale markets, vegetable sizing templates are now available for bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini and summer squash. The crop templates are scaled to size (8.5 x 11 paper). They can be printed and used to create sizing templates to be used by workers on the wash and pack lines. Additional grading resources are available too.

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