The Sunshine State is where Publix began. And today, it continues to provide many of the fruits and vegetables that we carry throughout the year, thanks to its tropical and subtropical climates. From citrus to strawberries, from green beans and eggplant to tropical treats like guava and passion fruit: Florida is a true agricultural powerhouse—particularly in the winter months, when other states are too cold to yield produce. Following are just a few of the growers we work with.
Adrian Bass, his wife, Crystal, and their two sons Ashton and Grant have grown cucumbers in Hardee County, Florida, since 2004. Adrian, a second-generation Florida farmer, has dedicated himself to growing the highest-quality cucumbers for Publix.
Raley Groves has been growing oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit in central Florida for nearly a century. Today, Lindsay and Michelle Raley continue their family tradition and take great pride in growing and providing great-tasting Florida citrus for Publix. The Raley family has been a part of the Dundee Citrus Growers Association since its inception in 1924.
Russian immigrant Harris Wishnatzki started his company in the 1920s. And today, third-generation family-owner Gary Wishnatzki takes great pride in continuing his family’s legacy and growing exceptional winter strawberries for Publix.
See our sourcing philosophy to understand where Publix gets our produce—and why.