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Growing for Wholesale: Vegetable Grading/Sizing Templates

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

February 21, 2018

Growing for Wholesale: Vegetable Grading/Sizing 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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Upcoming Events

2021 Oswego County Onion Growers Twilight Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 24, 2021
Hannibal, NY

It's going to be a Weed Control Extravaganza at this year's Oswego County Onion Growers Twilight Meeting! Bring weed samples for identification. 2.25 DEC recertification credits will be available (categories 1A, 10 and 23). CCA credits will also be available. This meeting is being organized by Oswego County Vegetable Growers and Improvement Association and CCE Cornell Vegetable Program.

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Herbicide Charts for Vegetable Crops Available

The Cornell Vegetable Program has compiled herbicide charts for control of weeds in the following crops in New York in 2021: table beets and peas. While these reference charts are handy, it is critical to read the labels thoroughly. 

Eastern Broccoli Market Opportunity Assessment

Is there an opportunity for New York growers and marketers to invest in broccoli production and distribution as a way to diversify and strengthen their businesses, while adding jobs, dollars, and resilience to the economy and rural communities?

The Eastern Broccoli Market Opportunity Assessment for New York State sought to answer this very question. The study was made possible by the initiative of three partner organizations: Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation, Red Tomato, and the Eastern Broccoli Project, with funding provided by Empire State Development.


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